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Zynga Reviews

Updated June 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 (6)

    "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. "good people, good salary, good benefits"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Competitive salary / benefit packages, good people, new CEO.

    Cons

    Stock has stagnated, but showing signs of going up this year.

    Advice to Management

    Leaving because stock (retention) plan expired and new bonus structure does not really replace it (could be worth $0, so must be accounted as such).

  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.


  4. "Great place with great mentor"

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    Former Intern - Game Design Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Former Intern - Game Design Intern in San Francisco, CA
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    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Zynga as an intern

    Pros

    Excellent diversity in the teams. Great mentors that give awesome feedback. Giving interns real jobs that help developing the skills.

    Cons

    There is no hiring for juniors.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to R&D more and give them more freedom to try new platforms.
    New opportunities require enough resources.


  5. "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.


  6. "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.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "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.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great"

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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

    Pros

    Challenging, launched a game title and have learned a ton

    Cons

    There is a bit of politics, but not too bad
    The company is still in the transition stages of its strategy, so there's a lot of differing opinions along the spectrum

    Advice to Management

    Keep going with the strategy -- once we start to see results I think people will start to gain confidence in the direction of the company


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Make games here!"

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    Current Employee - Lead Product Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Lead Product Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Zynga full-time

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity to make huge changes in existing and new games, working with people with lots of expertise and experience, and world class facilities and amenities.

    Cons

    Not a lot of big games to work on currently, disconnection between studio communication, and continuing to fight consolidation in the game market.

    Advice to Management

    We need to continue to design and create games in house vs. acquiring external studios then closing them.


  10. "Software Engineer"

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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 great team on cool projects

    Cons

    Zynga was undergoing a lot of changes when I was there


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