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Zynga Reviews

Updated February 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 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. "Start-up like environment that is constantly re-organizing"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Digital Marketing in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Digital Marketing in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Learn a lot quickly but not always in the best way

    Cons

    Moving roles and to different departments without your consent

    Advice to Management

    Work on a long-term plan


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Bad culture great talent"

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


  3. "Good Experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Zynga (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great Pay, Great Benefits, Relaxed Culture

    Cons

    Red tape, Politics, team management is spotty,

    Advice to Management

    Re-train mid-level managers on basics of analytics and HR policies.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Software Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Pay, Great Benefits, Relaxed Culture

    Cons

    Poor company direction, team management is spotty

    Advice to Management

    Trust your employees enough to make a game instead of micromanaging them all the time.


  6. "Good have been great"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Artist in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Artist in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Zynga full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people to work with, excluding upper management. Great perks.

    Cons

    Unwillingness to take risks. Missed opportunties second guessing themselves.
    No direction from project heads. Lots of thrash.

    Advice to Management

    Put trust in the staff. They have been hired for their skills and knowledge of development. Allow them to succeed and Zynga will succeed.
    Currently there are too many uninvolved making decisions that basically block success.


  7. "If you like CYA this is the right place"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

    Data driven company, so you can learn a lot about the mechanics of free to play games. Has to pay well for a game company to attract and retain talent.

    Cons

    Too many layers of management - an engineer in my area is 8 steps from the CEO. However none of the managers will actually follow through on any strategy. No one is empowered to make decisions, but individuals and managers are held accountable for the decisions of executives. If you like an environment where CYA is your primary job, then Zynga is a good place to work.

    Advice to Management

    Stop trying to keep everything secret. Set strategies and state problems to be solved, then let your workers solve the problems. Be smart about cost savings - cut half of the layers of management instead of cutting the people actually creating products. Most of all -- listen.


  8. Helpful (4)

    "Committed to gender equality"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lead Artist in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Lead Artist in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Unlimited vacation policy
    Great food and benefits
    4 mo maternity/paternity leave
    High salaries
    Great, talented coworkers
    Fun environment

    Cons

    Too much middle management
    Poor planning in game teams
    Frequent changes in direction on a corporate level
    Large company mentality

    Advice to Management

    Cut some of the dead weight in production and PMs.
    Give creatives more power.
    Plan outsourcing smarter.
    Keep a clear, consistent company guidance.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Nothing happens for a while and then you leave"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Great Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Network Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Network Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Zynga full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    nice team member, good life/work balance.

    Cons

    menu has not been updated since I joined Zynga.


  11. Helpful (3)

    "So lucky to work here"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Zynga full-time

    Pros

    My team loved what they did, and we enjoyed each other's company.

    Cons

    There were a lot of exhausting politics because there was a surprise CEO swap while I was there. Hopefully the new guy has things under control--from watching the news, it seems like he does!



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