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Pros
  • Benefits - Free food, relaxed work environment, centrally located (in 90 reviews)

  • Many non-cash benefits such as free breakfast, lunch and dinner; as well as, free starbucks style coffee (in 35 reviews)

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

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

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Glory days are gone"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Competitive salary if negotiated well, stocked kitchen and free lunch although these benefits have been reduced drastically in the recent few months and most others on the way out

    Cons

    Office politics, mediocre middle managers without competence staying put at Zynga for a few years driving the company down, work culture is terrible

    Advice to Management

    deliver on promises, focus on longer term goals than immediate results and remove incompetent people staying for many years on the basis of office politics


  2. "Lack of Vision & Empowerment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good Salary
    Local in city
    Good benefits like in house gym.

    Cons

    Poor Executive Leadership
    lack of transparency
    No Commitment to long term goals and execution.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "A potentially good Company, Bad managers and improper strategy, trying to copy other games instead of coming up with new"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bengaluru (India)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bengaluru (India)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Zynga (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Free 3 meals a day
    - Some great people with amazing talent (Need to spot them out from the crowd)
    - Competitive Pay

    Cons

    - Highly political upper management people specially in Game Design, the Leads maintain an attendance sheet when they themselves do not show up in the office
    - Office politics - Management does not care about talent or if you're a hard worker, promotions and bonuses go to the ones that are the loudest and lick their manager's feet
    - Creativity limited and constricted. PMs are the ones that run the show
    - The ones on the lower levels work extra, whereas the leads take all the credit

    Advice to Management

    Stop with the fake promises and reward the ones that are hard working, not the ones that don't work and lick their manager's feet or you'll soon be left with the ones that don't do any work


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Stay away"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Zynga full-time

    Pros

    A lot of perks,b but it is changing. Zynga used to have a lot of talent and now it is all politics and who can survive.

    Cons

    No one listens to the creative. No real respect for the talent. Everyone is dispensable .

    Advice to Management

    Once your reputation spreads, you will not be able to bring in the talent that have a choice.


  5. "Probably a great company to work for, if you're a Producer"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Art Manager
    Former Employee - Art Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice amenities, great pay.

    Cons

    This company MASSIVELY over-values Producers and egregiously under-values content creators, especially artists.

    Satellite studios 2nd-class employees in comparison to the employees at Zynga HQ.

    Advice to Management

    The content people can make a game without the army of Producers, but without content you don't have a business. Please keep this in mind.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Former Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Nice perks (free off-site lunches, games, snacks, gym)

    Cons

    Food is terrible
    People don't enjoy working here

    Advice to Management

    Work on improving internal structure and business model


  7. Helpful (6)

    "Principle Software Engineer"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

    free food, gym etc. ie. everything not related to work. There are some good engineers there

    Cons

    Most of the engineering staff in the live games are bored. The employee satisfaction surveys for engineers reflect this. They have no say into the games, and are just hit with a never ending stream of must do features that make no difference, or they spend all day adding ab tests code. Many have been on the same live games for years. Moving between games and studios is almost impossible. You can only do it if you know someone very well with the ability to make it happen, else you are there forever or until you leave. Working in central tech is better (they have good managers). I personally have experience what some might describe as work place bullying. I worked for months under the threat that unless the game shipped i would be sacked. I worked 10+ hours a day for months. All the GM and senior management care about is hitting dates, and not people. They only care when people leave because it slows the release schedule. Producers for the most part are terrible - they only take notes. Management make decisions on gossip and rumor. ie. they will contact "a friend" in another studio, and if that person doesn't say something good (games is a that sort of an industry) you will never move regardless of how good your work is or how hard you work. Management doesn't like staff to move studios, as it may encourage others. Its full of politics. Reviews are the most interesting process. The managers get in a room and gossip about staff, who they "like" etc and then just allocate rewards and punishments. I have seen the same staff get the company engineering awards time after time - they are awarded by the GM's, and are usually a way of rewarding their buddies. (some staff do deserve it, but others are all about who the GM likes). If you want to get into the industry, yeah take a job - they have a hard time finding senior people to work here so you will get a shot, but you will most likely leave after 12 months (i would recommend it) if you want to advance your career. When the end a game (or move it india or where ever games go when put on hold) they are now letting you go. Maybe they will be selling the company soon, who knows ( i am only guessing). In recent years a lot of ex EA people from the old school EA are joining the company in senior positions (as a result i know serval engineers hearing that old EA mantra "if you are not happy you can leave").

    Advice to Management

    Don was doing a good job about improving the culture - he had to bring in training to get people to treat each other with respect and get along as a team. When he left the place lost its energy and direction. Maybe the CEO can focus things again and improve the culture of mild fear.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Director"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - Director in Sacramento, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    fun place to work, great employees

    Cons

    Bad leadership team no clear direction

    Advice to Management

    get rid of existing management team


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Not a meritocracy"

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

    Pros

    Opportunities to learn from working on various projects and from peers are very good for the self-driven employee.

    Cons

    The company's managers and senior leaders have not necessarily espoused company's core value of meritocracy advocated by the CEO. The system allows for any manager to negate an employee's contributions with their bias.

    Advice to Management

    Be fair.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Good pay, no soul"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Artist in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Artist in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -They acquired us
    -Pay was good
    -Perks were good

    Cons

    -They shut us down
    -No intent to make inspired products
    -Obnoxious people

    Advice to Management

    Your employees want to make good games. Let them.


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