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Zynga Reviews

Updated February 5, 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 88 reviews)

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

  • Upper management tends to micromanage causing a lot of the thrash (in 38 reviews)

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  1. "Fun culture, tough work/life balance"

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

    I have been working at Zynga full-time

    Pros

    Fun culture, great benefits, generally really nice people to work with

    Cons

    no work life balance, not enough staff to do all the work, no cohesive strategy for departments to work well together - not well unified. No strongly defined culture.


  2. "Bit of a mixed bag."

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Zynga as an intern

    Pros

    Worked with some really incredible and inspiring people and also pet some really great dogs! The food (which is all made fresh in the building by a full culinary staff) is absolutely incredible. Weekly happy hours also! Compensation was tailored to being able to live in the bay area, which was thoughtful.

    Cons

    Management is a bit tumultuous, causing some strain on the dev teams. A lot of new projects were cancelled and their people reassigned to many different teams. This caused some confusion and questionable morale.

    Advice to Management

    There are a lot of brilliant people at this company, so I would suggest listening to them and their new ideas. Also invest in them!


  3. Helpful (2)

    "All about the $$$$ not a game company"

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

    I worked at Zynga full-time

    Pros

    Benefits are off the hook! Great medical and dental. Many other benefits including pet insurance.

    Employee stock purchase plan.

    Open vacation policy.

    Cons

    If you want to make games, this is not the place. Great at buying other people's games but not coming up with original ideas.

    Current CEO is great at selling smoke and mirrors to investors at the cost of other people's careers. You are simply a number, not a person.

    There is a lot of wasteful spending. People are being laid off while corporate enjoys massages, brewery, personal trainers, and full 3 meals a day.

    Advice to Management

    Be a game company. Employees should feel creative and should be having fun. They should not feel enslaved by the almighty dollar, snubbing ideas to analytics and fearing layoffs due to your lack of innovation.

    Too many managers and executives! Trim there instead of trimming the talent that actually makes the product.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Rocketship sputtered"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Zynga full-time

    Pros

    Lots of autonomy, great experience.

    Cons

    Getting yelled at is commonplace. Lots of long hours. Ultimately stock wasn't worth much.

    Advice to Management

    Chill


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Bad culture great talent"

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    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great compensation, great benefits vacation and catering is incredible. The employees are talented

    Cons

    Negative culture and too many pushes to go to market quickly before market research

    Advice to Management

    Promote creativity with employees and keep the talent happy


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Nothing happens for a while and then you leave"

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    Former Employee - Senior Data Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Data Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Great perks (especially the gym, snacks, weekly happy hours, and meals)
    - Some of my coworkers were very good and talented at their jobs
    - Dog friendly office place was a plus
    - Video game and arcade machines were nice
    - If you're in the right team or position you can do a lot
    - Decent compensation and promotion scheme

    Cons

    - There was a significant amount of internal politics, and a lack of transparency mean you didn't know what was going on
    - It was really easy to do nothing and get complacent
    - Morale is low
    - The organizational structure was the worst: independent studios that fought central teams meant that everyone realized the company was "losing" but somehow thought their own team was doing well

    Advice to Management

    Whatever corporate culture that existed at the start has basically evaporated and needs to be rebuilt. In general, there needs to be a willingness to shut down and consolidate things that are underperforming.

    There also needs to be instilled a better sense of unity among the different studios and parts of the company. It's too easy for studios to prioritize their success at the expense of the overall health of the company. It's possible that the entire central/independent studios structure needs to go.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "High times just before the crash"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great co-workers and GMs. Amenities are stellar.

    Cons

    Stakeholders afraid to take risks, instead eyes on profits and milking whales. Much has changed since then.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Good in the Beginning"

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    Former Employee - Tools Development Manager in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Tools Development Manager in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Innovative work in the operations and data centers
    Excellent food provided
    Nice gym facillities

    Cons

    Low pay compared to the industry
    Too many politics
    Poor Executive Management
    Terrible at cost management in the early days, incredible waste


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Good pay. Obsolete technology. Clueless middle management."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Zynga full-time

    Pros

    Free food. Better pay. Located at heart of the city. Have multiple foosball and TT tables. One of the best gaming companies in India.

    Cons

    Very old tech stack. Lot of open issues. Too much workload. Not enough resources for the project. One monolithic architecture giving lot of troubles to devs. Middle management doesn't act upon any feedback.

    Advice to Management

    Form teams with better structure. Hear and act upon feedback from people. Please avoid politics.


  11. "a lot going on"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Much opportunity to move around between teams and roles.

    Cons

    Sometimes the moving around is involuntary, as company is constantly shifting its commitment between teams.



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