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Zynga Reviews

Updated January 13, 2018
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Pros
  • Benefits - Free food, relaxed work environment, centrally located (in 94 reviews)

  • Many non-cash benefits such as free breakfast, lunch and dinner; as well as, free starbucks style coffee (in 37 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 (2)

    "High Pressure, High Rewards"

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    Current Employee - Systems Architect in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Systems Architect in San Francisco, CA
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    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Smart people, fun work environment, tons of very exciting projects, lots of ownership opportunities, free onsite lunch and dinner, massages, acupuncture

    Cons

    High pressure, tight deadlines, lots of crunch time.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "It's awesome but you have to want it"

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

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity if you want it
    Cool cutting edge tech
    Meritocracy
    Great benefits (health care, gym, perks, food, parties)
    Celebratory
    Rocket ship
    Successful
    Great people
    Take really good care of employees
    Lots of promotions if you work hard and show results

    Cons

    It's still a start-up, so work hours can be long
    It's not google or microsoft where it's all figured out
    Some of the same people get rewarded a lot

    Advice to Management

    it's been better since you hired HR people; help people learn to ask for vacation and rest; try to realize that you don't have to hire so many people to do the same work

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Fun and excited place to work, combines the feeling of both Start-up and solid company"

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

    Pros

    No1 company in Social gaming which has a huge potential
    Great package(salary, bonus, stock)
    Cool cutting edge tech
    Great benefits (delicious food, party, massage)
    Zynga is definitely one of the most successful in following 10 years

    It is the right place for the person who works hard and productive.

    Cons

    long hours of work, but it's the same for every start-up company
    Many Micromanagement
    Zynga is very ambitious, that's very correct, but it should have a clearer objective and strategy
    Have a clear company culture, this is very important for the company in future

    Advice to Management

    Reduce the micromanagement in company.
    Make a clearer vacation policy, every one needs break for some time.
    Reward policy also needs to be refined.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Excellent Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
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    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Always changing environment, great benefits and people make the hard work easy

    Cons

    A lot of late nights


  5. Helpful (5)

    "So far, so great!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
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    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Medical/Dental/Vision for employee 100% paid (very affordable to add spouse and dependents)
    Free lunch and snacks
    Choice of Mac OS or Windows laptop
    Latest/greatest technology
    Ergonomics evals available for every employee
    Commuter 1:1 benefit
    Gym membership
    Casual dress code
    Dog friendly work place
    Work hard, play hard!
    Great co-workers
    Team mentality
    Encouraged to take personal ownership of your job & your contribution to the team.

    Cons

    Working long hours, weekends, after hours, etc. is the norm.
    Would like more frequent communication from management about launch dates, long and short term goals for our studio, space planning, career advancement, etc.

    Advice to Management

    It would be nice if upper management, facilities, HR, IT, etc. had a better sense of what goes on at the off-site locations, and by that, I mean VISIT our site instead of doing everything remotely. Additionally, an ocasional visit from C-Staff would be great. Even if only for a 1/2 hour just to say "Hi!" when they are in town for other business.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Great teams, exciting space"

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    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
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    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Smart people, hard problems, really massive scale, good compensation, great office, great benefits and perks, very flexible vacation policy, opportunities for growth.

    Cons

    Long hours, no 401k employer contribution matching.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Sky's the limit opportunity, fast-paced and fun of a start-up, scale of a global brand & business"

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    Current Employee - Marketing in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing in San Francisco, CA
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    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Opportunity to affect culture, and your friends & family every day.
    The scale we build for is incredible. Where else do 50 M people play every day on what you build?
    Responsibility & accountability is everywhere - if you want it, you can have it.
    Opportunity to build on a world stage and do things that haven't been done before - every day.
    Insanely awesome perks - gym, incredible food, dogs everywhere, mobile culture, happy hours, quarterly meetings.
    Plenty of access to top management.
    You're not building your resume - you just want to be a part of something unique and meaningful.
    You like solving problems and doing something that's never been done before.
    You're comfortable defining and disrupting industries not walking in other brand's footsteps.
    You like to move fast and see results quickly.

    Cons

    Start-ups are for people that like accountability and responsibility.
    We have a high bar, a lot is expected of people at every level - you have to be comfortable with working hard and showing results often.
    Zynga moves really really fast. We have to stay ahead of what consumers want and where the market is going, we don't have time to do something next week or next month.
    Because we're doing something different, hours aren't always predictable.
    Prioritization can be tough - you can't get to everything so you have to chop out what doesn't matter.
    People need to see what something was a good idea, be ready to show metrics-driven results after you accomplish something.
    This is not a laid back, in-house job.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "A great place for smart, driven people who care"

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    Current Employee - Game Designer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Game Designer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    If you can think it, you can do it at Zynga. It's fast-paced and fun. There are loads of perks, including free health care and a generous vacation policy (no policy - take time when you need it). Easy access to top management even with 3,000 employees. It's open and flexible here. You can do your best work at Zynga.

    Cons

    The environment encourages achievement and hard work -- bettering your best. It's not for everyone. Those not prepared for this, could be challenged.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the open and honest format and feedback.


  9. "Hard but fulfilling work"

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

    Pros

    Career growth- you will learn a lot as you are pushed outside of your comfort zone. You will work with some of the brightest people in the game and internet industries. You will be surrounded by entrepreneurs. Great perks and the hours are no longer unreasonable. 8-10 hours is average on most teams in most roles except the <10% who are crunching for a game release for a month or so. The food is fantastic and the new office is great.

    Cons

    It's hard work so it's not for everyone. Some teams have better managers than others. Company strategy could be communicated better. You will stick out and be pushed out if you are a low performer.

    Advice to Management

    More regular communication of company strategy. I have faith in the leadership every level of the company is not as informed as they could be.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Zynga is a fast-paced and rewarding company."

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager, Engineering in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager, Engineering in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Challenging, fast-paced issues to tackle every day and almost everyone here is committed to what we're doing. The compensation and perks are excellent (free food, massages, gym), fun teams and opportunities to learn.

    Cons

    Sometimes finding myself working more hours than I intended. It's a competitive environment with lots of young people - which is a con from a personal perspective because it takes more effort to stand out.

    Advice to Management

    Once the massive stock apple goes away I think people will evaluate competitive opportunities. Zynga needs to create a work environment that is sustainable so people don't get burned out and leave.


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