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Zynga Reviews

Updated December 7, 2017
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Pros
  • Benefits - Free food, relaxed work environment, centrally located (in 95 reviews)

  • Many non-cash benefits such as free breakfast, lunch and dinner; as well as, free starbucks style coffee (in 36 reviews)

Cons
  • Since it's a gaming company there's literally no work life balance (in 61 reviews)

  • Bad location for Chicago office, lots of turnover in upper management (in 38 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (12)

    "Fun and exciting, not for everyone, but you can find your place here."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Zynga is a fun place to work for the right personality. It's not for people who like to be "warm and fuzzy" all the time. But if you have the right attitude and outlook, you will find it fun here.

    - Great benefits (some of the best packages I've seen, compared to many other companies I've worked for)
    - perks (food, haircuts, massages, nutritionist, acupuncture, etc...)
    - Fast paced environment lets you learn fast
    - Exciting and fun jobs and great responsibilities
    - Good bonus structure (as far as I can tell) and promotion potential
    - Mostly fun people

    Cons

    - Long work hours (12-14/day)
    - Still disorganized, but it's still considered a startup
    - micromanaging from the higher levels
    - Even though staffing is crucial, lots of issues with the recruiting department and HR
    - Sometimes work is a grind
    - Too short term focused, but gradually getting more strategic

    Advice to Management

    Stop micromanaging. when the top level execs mass spam employees multiple times a day, there's something wrong. Also, stop reacting to the "problem of the day". DAUs will drop, tough. Focus on the long term strategic initiatives and stop changing your mind every day.


  2. Helpful (9)

    "Nice place for fresh graduates, but not so for seniors"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Free food, unlimited vocation, genius founder, lots of t-shirts, zynga daily news to keep up to date with what is happening around in the industry.

    Cons

    Lots of politics, company grows too fast, lots of incompetents in the management. Game wise great, technology wise not so. Have to play politics to get promotion. No pork for religious reasons :).

    Advice to Management

    Need improvement on the lower to middle management.

  3. Helpful (7)

    "good food, confused management"

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    Former Employee - Artist in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Artist in San Francisco, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    free food and gym membership, good salary

    Cons

    interviews are unorganized
    after you get in there is no personal life, always working till late

    Advice to Management

    plan before assigning work to others


  4. Helpful (16)

    "Always pressure to get something out the door."

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good perks and benefits. Free lunch and dinner. 5 - 25% bonus and equity. Has a start uppy feel. To it.

    Cons

    Once a quarter we'll work a few weekends. The work is dull. The code is a mess and hard to work with due to rushed schedules. Too many junior developers making poor decisions. Management has questionable morals.

    Advice to Management

    Don't make people work weekends. Focus on quality instead of quantity of games released. Start using more modern tools when available. Hire more seasoned developers to guide junior devs and only hire devs who have their fundamentals down (seems like a lot of sub par devs slipped through the cracks).


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Fun perks, worked to death."

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    Current Employee - 2D Artist in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - 2D Artist in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Zynga full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Fun perks, good health insurance, dentai insurance, vision insurance. Good bonuses. Free lunch and dinner, Happy Hours on Fridays.

    Cons

    No matching 401K. Working 50-60 per week. Sometimes worked to death.

    Advice to Management

    Consider the value of your artists and how much they bring to Zynga. Artists are not really valued in this company.


  6. Helpful (7)

    "No respect for employee work life balance or life outside work"

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    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Zynga full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Perks to keep you chained to work.

    Cons

    They think they are doing a huge favor when they don't ask people to come and work on weekend!!

    Advice to Management

    Stop thinking of company as a startup. It IS NOT A STARTUP.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "fun company with greedy management/ceo"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Zynga full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    fun fun fun fun fun

    Cons

    bad management, greedy, non-honest, non-trustable

    Advice to Management

    be an non-greedy man

  8. Helpful (2)

    "They are Zynga..."

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    Former Employee - QA Engineer in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - QA Engineer in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Zynga full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great atmosphere, good teamwork and communication, nice perks.

    Cons

    Bad time management, petty politics, hard work and hours not appreciated

    Advice to Management

    It will be great if they promoted everyone who is dedicated to the company.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "It's all right, but depends on which team you're on."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lead Artist in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Lead Artist in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Zynga full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lots of perks
    Hours are okay (depending on what team you're on/which manager you have)
    Happy Hours with free beer/wine/pizza every Friday
    No vacation/sick day policy, take as many days off as you need, up to 1-week per quarter.
    Salary is great/on par with industry standard or higher

    Cons

    Depending on which team you're on, there might be severely little creative freedom
    Artists tend to get the short end of the stick for bonuses/recognition
    HR is made up of cheerleaders that only care about each other and not employees
    Witnessing thousands upon thousands of dollars wasted on frivolous things around the company.
    Company is enormous; can make you feel more like a number than a human-being
    Managers were promoted rapidly without proper training
    Sometimes completely impossible to switch from one game team to another

    Advice to Management

    Currently, there are management-improvement meetings that you can go at your own will. Make it mandatory. Witnessing someone get screamed at in the middle of the office is highly unprofessional. Have HR members that don't roll their eyes at employees whenever they contact them for help.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Good perks, but terrible work/life balance."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - QA Engineer II in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - QA Engineer II in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Zynga full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good perks,
    Lots of money,
    Looks good on a resume

    Cons

    Terrible work/life balance
    Easy to get disenchanted with game production working at a game company like this


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