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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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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    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. Helpful (8)

    "Where to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Executive Producer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Executive Producer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    If you put your head down, work hard and don't complain--you will see room for improvement. Do a good job and you will be rewarded. It is a VERY tough environment, not for everyone!

    Cons

    If you need structure and lots of kudoo's this is not the place for you. It is a very harsh work environment--not for the faint of heart.

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to manage in a way the people actually respond to and possibly read or get educated in a way that enriches a work environment.


  3. Helpful (14)

    "not for everyone"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Manager
    Current Employee - Product Manager

    Pros

    -equity, though not worth it if you are joining now
    -freefood, haircuts, and bring your dog to work

    Cons

    -work environment- super competitive, lot of early (not so smart) arrogant employees, promotions/rewards based on 1 man opinion, low salary and benefits compared to other companies

    Advice to Management

    where to even start?
    -make it flat - too many layers already
    -improve pay/benefits
    -remove incompetent GMs/middle managers
    -and for god's sake,have a proper functioning performance review system


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  5. Helpful (11)

    "Staffing is a game to them"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    It is fun to work for a fast growing and successful company. It's easy to get caught up in the excitement.

    Cons

    No recognition of work done. No documentation. No communication of goals or objectives. Zynga does not care about their employees as humans nor treat them with any respect.

    Advice to Management

    Recruiting is hard and expensive. Make some effort to nurture that investment by treating the employees you have with respect and give them some goals rather than just tossing them into the fray and hoping it works out.


  6. Helpful (16)

    "Difficult to enjoy"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    * Big name company.
    * Your parents will be proud.
    * You like working on games.

    Cons

    * Horrible work-life balance.
    * Weekend work expected even when nothing is due urgently.
    * No innovation. Just copy and churn.
    * Dis-functional software engineering process.
    * Horrible inefficiencies in engineering. Many hundreds of hours wasted.
    * Below par engineers.
    * Extreme micromanaging at all levels... from CEO down.

    Advice to Management

    * Learn to trust your employees and let them solve the problems rather than micromanaging and second guessing.
    * Create an exchange of information between product and engineering. Not the one-way flow it is now.
    * End the culture of cutthroat backstabbing.
    * Fix the review/reward process to stop rewarding just those who work 14 hour days.


  7. Helpful (12)

    "Fun and exciting, not for everyone, but you can find your place here."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Zynga is a fun place to work for the right personality. It's not for people who like to be "warm and fuzzy" all the time. But if you have the right attitude and outlook, you will find it fun here.

    - Great benefits (some of the best packages I've seen, compared to many other companies I've worked for)
    - perks (food, haircuts, massages, nutritionist, acupuncture, etc...)
    - Fast paced environment lets you learn fast
    - Exciting and fun jobs and great responsibilities
    - Good bonus structure (as far as I can tell) and promotion potential
    - Mostly fun people

    Cons

    - Long work hours (12-14/day)
    - Still disorganized, but it's still considered a startup
    - micromanaging from the higher levels
    - Even though staffing is crucial, lots of issues with the recruiting department and HR
    - Sometimes work is a grind
    - Too short term focused, but gradually getting more strategic

    Advice to Management

    Stop micromanaging. when the top level execs mass spam employees multiple times a day, there's something wrong. Also, stop reacting to the "problem of the day". DAUs will drop, tough. Focus on the long term strategic initiatives and stop changing your mind every day.


  8. Helpful (19)

    "Soul crushing"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Extensive Perks (lunch, dinner, sometimes breakfast), massage, etc
    Frequent quarterly bonuses
    Great people
    You get to be with a winning company
    If you are only interested in the bottom line, whatever the cost, this is the place for you.

    Cons

    Long hours even when there is no real deadline.
    Insane micro management all the way from CEO down
    If you're single with a dog, you'll be happy, if you have a family you'll be miserable.
    Promotions are based more on how many hours you're willing to work rather than skill or experience.
    If you want to be creative go elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    It doesn't matter, they'd never believe they need to change anyway.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "High Pressure, High Rewards"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Architect in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Systems Architect in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Smart people, fun work environment, tons of very exciting projects, lots of ownership opportunities, free onsite lunch and dinner, massages, acupuncture

    Cons

    High pressure, tight deadlines, lots of crunch time.


  10. Helpful (20)

    "No work life balance"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Producer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Producer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    You can bring your dog to work.

    Cons

    You can expect to work 12 to 15+ hours a day, Mon through Saturday. You get free meals, etc. but that's because they don't want you to leave the office. It's disorganized and chaotic, though they like to call it "moving at zynga speed". Game design is led by Product Managers (not game designers). Focus changes on a daily basis and you're expected to constantly change direction, yet keep to schedule - hence the working long hours, six days a week.

    There's is no work/life balance - everything revolves around the company. Quarterly bonuses were much lower than what was said in the interview.

    No vacation policy (they say you should take some when needed), yet people were denied vacation or asked to work while on vacation.

    Advice to Management

    Get organized and spend time in pre-production so that you don't over work the team.


  11. Helpful (15)

    "horrendous place to work"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Pay is good; food is sometimes good. The company stock is obviuosly doing well. You meet some very entrepreneurial people here.

    Cons

    Horrendous work culture; lots of backstabbing, bickering, testosterone driven petty politics going on in the company.
    People working here tend to rate 1-3 out of 10 on the maturity scale. The company does not select for socially developed peole AT ALL.
    People here are not happy and are clearly overworked

    Advice to Management

    Focus on people management if you want to make this company a vibrant, successful company years down the line
    Give people some downtime


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