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Zynga Reviews

Updated September 21, 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 90 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)

More Pros and Cons

  1. "Great place to learn, can be a tough culture"

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

    I worked at Zynga full-time

    Pros

    learn a lot about how to manage

    Cons

    work life balance challenging, performance feedback often unpredictable


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

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    • Senior Management
    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. "You are the CEO of the product, PMs get more say"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great opportunity to launch good products, you get good opportunity to innovate

    Cons

    Should be more agile being a gaming company, too slow sometimes in implementation from top to bottom

    Advice to Management

    Need sharper management and should be focused on operating each studio like a startup; fail fast learn fast in gaming


  4. "Good place to work and grow"

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    • 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

    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.


  5. "Great Work Environment"

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    • Senior Management
    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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    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great perks, great people.

    Cons

    Work can some time be a crunch though.


  7. "Legal"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of exciting things and daily challenges

    Cons

    None other than tighting of costs that may not be best in long term

  8. "Learned, loved, laid off, moved on"

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    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    A leader in their field,
    I started as a contractor and was promoted several times over the 3 years I worked there. The majority of the people there are skilled, friendly, great people and I really enjoyed my time there.

    Cons

    I was part of a mass layoff

    Advice to Management

    none


  9. Helpful (1)

    "After 18 years, a great place to be"

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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 (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.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Make games here!"

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


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