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Zynga Reviews

Updated November 4, 2017
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Pros
  • Benefits - Free food, relaxed work environment, centrally located (in 93 reviews)

  • There are many perks: free breakfast/lunch/dinner, onsite gym, wellness services, dog friendly, and much more (in 36 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. "Internship experience is amazing!"

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


  2. "Great intern experience"

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    • Senior Management
    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

  3. 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


  4. Helpful (1)

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

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


  5. "Distinguished Engineer"

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

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

    Pros

    Good franchises, lots of tech

    Cons

    Waste of resources, waste of people skills many times over

    Advice to Management

    Take a better look at your people


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

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    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


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

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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).

  8. "You are the CEO of the product, PMs get more say"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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


  9. "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.


  10. "Great Work Environment"

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


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