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Zynga Reviews

Updated May 19, 2017
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Pros
  • Many non-cash benefits such as free breakfast, lunch and dinner; as well as, free starbucks style coffee (in 36 reviews)

  • Benefits - Free food, relaxed work environment, centrally located (in 89 reviews)

Cons
  • Since it's a gaming company there's literally no work life balance (in 60 reviews)

  • Lots of indecision among upper management which comes down as thrash to the different teams (in 38 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (5)

    "My time at Zynga has been Amazing"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    People at Zynga are genuinely passionate about their work and share a common vision of connecting the world through social games, and creating meaningful relationships for players. Zynga has great opportunities for growth and learning, especially for high performers. There is a strong “work hard- play hard” mentality across teams and people’s careers are rewarded tremendously. It’s a dynamic environment, surrounded with smart, driven, and motivated people. The office space itself is open and inspiring and they provide amazing benefits to reward employees (gym, 401K match, free food etc.). Benefits and salary are top-notch and highly competitive with other tech leaders in the Bay Area. It’s rare to find a company with such a strong culture and mission.

    Cons

    I feel very optimistic about Zynga’s future.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work.


  2. "Game Programmer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Zynga full-time

    Pros

    Big company, competitive salaries and benefits.

    Cons

    Layoffs are too frequents, the employees are just assets, not people.

    Advice to Management

    You should care more about your employees.


  3. "Good place to work and grow"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Zynga full-time

    Pros

    get good experience working at scale (for engineers), nice work culture, great benefits, good management

    Cons

    some may not like the low matching for 401k, but other benefits are good.


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  5. "Legal"

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

    I worked at Zynga full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lots of exciting things and daily challenges

    Cons

    None other than tighting of costs that may not be best in long term


  6. "Great perks and nice environment"

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    Current Employee - Associate Product Manager in Bengaluru (India)
    Current Employee - Associate Product Manager in Bengaluru (India)
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great perks and compensation. Chill place to work

    Cons

    Senior management is not good

    Advice to Management

    Have a clear roadmap


  7. "Great Work Environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Zynga full-time

    Pros

    Great environment to be apart. The employees are really friendly and welcoming. Zynga treats everyone like family.

    Cons

    Sometimes the company can seem unorganized in management.


  8. "Love it here!"

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

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

    Pros

    Great perks, great people.

    Cons

    Work can some time be a crunch though.


  9. "Zynga Bangalore - An artist's perspective."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Work from home.
    Lavish food .
    Comfortable timing.
    Very near to Trinity metro stn.

    Cons

    Growth opportunity is very very less unless you become a yesman for managers.

    No transparency in evaluation process.

    High region/state based office politics.

    Incompetent Art Directors - Acting art directors have very very less/no knowledge skill and achievement in the field of gaming.

    Few managers ,for the sake of own performance, are going for mindless cost cutting. Projects have been outsourced to cheapest and most incompetent vendors thus extensively hampering the product quality.

    Communication is much more important to your actal core work skill, thus generating a workforce of braggarts.

    Most of the principal artists have almost less or no technical knowledge.

    Huge tax deduction from salary and finance team is extremely non cooperative hence you actually loose a big amount in your actual net salary.

    Advice to Management

    You need a major evaluation of your workforce hierarchy and pull down the incompetent people and replace them with real skilled workforce.


  10. "Learned, loved, laid off, moved on"

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    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Zynga full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    A leader in their field,
    I started as a contractor and was promoted several times over the 3 years I worked there. The majority of the people there are skilled, friendly, great people and I really enjoyed my time there.

    Cons

    I was part of a mass layoff

    Advice to Management

    none


  11. "After 18 years, a great place to be"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Having worked on pretty much every kind of game there is, I found a home at Zynga. I have made 5 MMOs, a first person shooter, an RTS and other genres. I have never been to a place that takes care of its employees better. I do not crunch. I get respect and praise. I am paid exceptionally well... and I have had over 4 years of this. Great place to work.

    Cons

    The CEO handoffs over the last few years have been problematic. However, from my studio, we have been given great respect and good treatment from the current CEO (Frank).

    Advice to Management

    Keep driving toward a unified goal to let the team rally behind. When leadership falters, so do we.


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