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Updated December 15, 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. "Amazing people, weird management"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Zynga full-time

    Pros

    Really dedicated people. Full of energy and passion to make games. Real pride in their work.
    Great benefits and support staff.

    Cons

    Management sucks, plays politics, lies and uses cost cutting measures without thought.

    Advice to Management

    They are beyond advice.


  2. "Producer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great team environment and beneftis

    Cons

    There is very little upward mobility and my team is very unmotivated.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more training and opportunities to grow!

  3. "Art Department - Zynga India"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Concept Artist in Bengaluru (India)
    Current Employee - Concept Artist in Bengaluru (India)
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Office provides food and refreshments. Friendly atmosphere across teams and departments. A lot of great talent.

    Cons

    This is the situation in art department now:
    A group has formed which comprises of people joined from the same previous company. They have played enough politics with a particular art-director to position themselves on key positions, and have effectively stopped the growth of any other artists whom they regarded as a threat to their political moves. They have also got to screen new recruits, which resulted in joining more people exclusively from their previous place, and from their friend-circle. This group has effectively stopped a lot of quality talent from joining the company to make room for their own people. As a result the art-quality has been declining at an alarming rate, and its obviously noticeable on the recent games that got transitioned to India-studio. Its a common complaint for the rest of the artists that only these group has career growth and benefits. All these happened in a time span of 2-3 years. Quite recently this group has been given quick managerial training and they all got promoted to manager levels ignoring the concerns from a number of others. This is favouritism and the success off lobbying and politics over skill. It is obviously reflected in the overall art quality across many games.

    Advice to Management

    There ought to be more system to filter out real talent from impostors. The favourable situation to lobbyists is a concern. There out to be periodical feedback collected from employees of the conduct of their managers, Of late, this feedback process has disappeared.


  4. "Maybe the best gaming company to work with in India"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bengaluru (India)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bengaluru (India)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    1. Excellent work-family life balance
    2. Talented bunch of people to work with
    3. Excellent employee benefits and pay
    4. Free breakfast, lunch, evening snacks and well stocked pantry on every floor
    5. Opportunity to work on some of the most successful games in the industry

    Cons

    Nothing really specific to Zynga. Standard issues that one could face anywhere else. Zynga Bangalore is indeed a great to place to be working at.

    Advice to Management

    It would be great if employees also had a chance to represent themselves at the performance review meetings. Not always would you be getting a balanced report for an employee. Also, some people are not great at presenting well, what they contributed. It would be nice if you can spot such instances.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "All in one place"

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    • Senior Management
    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 (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Food + Snacks + Dogs
    Accessible to handy tools and hardware
    Awesome on-site benefits in the SF location

    Cons

    The work environment moral, and ethics aren't kept at all.
    Performance feedback often unpredictable or they will use it against you in future. (Well at least from my experience.)

    Advice to Management

    Please gain a better look at your people.


  6. "Software Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Bengaluru (India)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Bengaluru (India)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to work.
    Free food and soft drinks.
    Your work directly reaches to Billions of Players.

    Cons

    Very bad at stock market.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Amazing experience"

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    Former Employee - Senior Customer Service Manager in Brookline, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Customer Service Manager in Brookline, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Learning every day, start up feeling, perks, interpersonal relationships etc a wealth of experiences and gains at multiple levels, including international travel

    Cons

    A few colleagues spend most of their time gloating about their achievements which amount to nothing. I could live with that despite being annoying however it was even more disappointing when senior managers valued those people and promoted them

    Advice to Management

    Value the truly hard workers and get rid of fake

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Aggressive turnaround presents both opportunities and risks"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Zynga full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    In aggressive turnaround focused on changing some core company practices that hindered growth and progress. Lots of opportunity to learn from extremely smart people while working on projects with strong technical strength.

    Cons

    Almost complete lack of long-term vision. Perception from the inside is that this vision is in flux, and such job and project stability are thin at best. Also, personality-driven politics pervades the culture.

    Advice to Management

    Be more transparent. Create a vision and execute on it.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Office politics/sf office has no job security"

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    Current Employee - Senior Director in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Director in San Francisco, CA
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Zynga full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, free food, onsite gym. Unlimited pto nice for some. Health insurance premium is free. Snacks and happy hours are nice.

    Cons

    Benefits are about the only thing that’s keeping people around.

    New Cstaff moving key people around without thinking through consequences. If you weren’t brought in by the new cstaff then there is a high likelihood that your future at the company is limited.

    More experienced people were offered “packages” to leave so they can be replaced with less expensive heads. Certain cstaff often eliminate critical headcounts from parts of the company and build under his own orgs. This is creating lots of operational inefficiencies. Let’s not forget that a big reason why the SF office has inflated labor cost is due to ridiculously high cstaff pay packages relative to peers.

    Sf office culture is getting worse. Looks like most positive reviews on Glassdoor came from interns


  10. "Love Working at Zynga!"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Zynga full-time

    Pros

    work life balance / ability to work from home, access to upper managment for guidance and support.
    food + snacks + dog friendly = happiness!!

    Cons

    location isnt my favorite but parking or transit is provided so that makes it easy!

    Advice to Management

    keep it up! I see the turn around happening! It is exciting!


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