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Zynga Reviews

Updated January 15, 2018
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Pros
  • Benefits - Free food, relaxed work environment, centrally located (in 94 reviews)

  • Many non-cash benefits such as free breakfast, lunch and dinner; as well as, free starbucks style coffee (in 37 reviews)

Cons
  • Since it's a gaming company there's literally no work life balance (in 61 reviews)

  • Bad location for Chicago office, lots of turnover in upper management (in 38 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Went downhill after IPO"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Fun Environment to work for in the city

    Cons

    Not great company morals and ethics


  2. "Company on a turn-around"

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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

    Connecting the world through games is an inspiring mission and over the last 2 years we have been executing well against that mission. Product Management is Zynga is still among the best in the industry and its a great place to learn, and grow quickly while making a real impact

    Cons

    Games is a hard business. Lots of competition and disruption.

    Advice to Management

    Be more clear on strategy for the future.

  3. "Fun PLace to work"

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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

    Easy lateral movement. Great employees. Lots of teams to choose from

    Cons

    Some bad leadership decisions. Sometimes slow to pivot.

    Advice to Management

    Great place to work with some fun projects and perks. Leadership can be questionable.


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Nothing Special Anymore"

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    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 full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good perks, flexible schedule, dogs in the office

    Cons

    Unfortunately, Zynga is past its glory days and can't find its way back. Nothing really innovative happening, games are being shut down, leadership isn't transparent, and there is a lack of growth. So many changes over the last few years with nothing exciting on the horizon. While there are some amazing people who work here, a few duds snuck their way in and coast, providing no genuine value.


  5. "Best company I have worked for"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I no longer work there but my employment at Zynga has been the longest so far. This is a company that will challenge you non-stop but also rewards you for your hard work. They have a work hard-play hard attitude. Breakfast, lunch and dinner was free plus the millions snacks available on every floor of their building. I put on the famous "Zynga 15" (15 pounds of weight gain) from indulging in their delicious food. But don't be alarmed, they have a gym onsite with free boot-camp and kickboxing classes.

    Cons

    Like everywhere, it might take some "butt-licking" in order to get promoted. They certainly took their sweet time to promote me after years of hard work and dedication but it happened eventually.

    Advice to Management

    Formal verbal or written warning is advised


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Management team does not appreciate partner teams or understand the value they bring to the company."

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

    Pros

    Health benefits, perks, gym, good food, career opportunities, interesting work, many good people, dogs in the office, and flexible schedule.

    Cons

    Poor communication from management team. Management team makes poor people decisions, often in a rush and without context or care for employees. Management team does not seem to care about partner teams or understand their value.

    Advice to Management

    Show the partner teams some love. Be more transparent. Be less rash.


  7. "Internship experience is amazing!"

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    Former Employee - Producer Intern in Carlsbad, CA
    Former Employee - Producer Intern in Carlsbad, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Zynga full-time

    Pros

    Great events for interns to help them get to know the company and their role within it. Hourly pay is good, great experience for those interested in joining the industry. You also get 5 days of paid time off and a housing stipend.

    Cons

    Not a lot of attention is given to remote offices (non-San Francisco). They could do a better job of giving those locations special attention.

  8. "Great intern experience"

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    Former Employee - Design Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Design Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Zynga (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great experience! Got to do real projects, and had a lot of freedom.

    Cons

    Not sure about the prospect of the company


  9. Helpful (1)

    "A great place to be"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    You know what you need to do in order to succeed

    Cons

    I do not own a dog that I can take to the office


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great benefits, but SF studio is shedding games and teams rapidly"

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    Current Employee - Art Director in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Art Director in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Unexpectedly good work- life balance.
    -Great on- site benefits in the SF location compared with most traditional game developers (for now)
    -Free breakfast, lunch snacks, and drinks

    Cons

    -Layoffs and frequent cost- cutting measure are now the norm
    -MVP mentality and overly aggressive release cycles ensure poor quality and lackluster production values.
    -"New" game features are often reskins of successful features from previous games
    -Titles being developed in the SF studio have drastically dwindled (with Poker and WWF being the bulk of the development staff) so options to work on new projects there are extremely limited.
    -Poor stock performance


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