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Zynga Reviews

Updated November 10, 2016
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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. Helpful (1)

    "A place of politics and little else"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Zynga full-time

    Pros

    -Awesome Perks! Free lunch, gym, amazing happy hours and offsites
    -decent work/life balance: You can easily limit work to 40 hours a week and not have to take work home with you. Its a nice change from the usual tech company balance

    Cons

    -politics! everyone is too busy empire-building to notice the company is largely failing at pivoting to mobile
    -Many of the current C-levels do not understand the current landscape of gaming and thus aren't able to properly direct the company in a way that will be successful. Examples: CEO who is still applying web gaming logic to the mobile space and tries to micromanage all projects. The CMO who only thinks in brand marketing and is clueless about mobile marketing and how it works.
    -No solidified vision for the future: both of the above result in this. As everyone is too busy protecting their turf and the leaders don't understand the mobile space, no plan/vision of how the company will go about becoming a dominant can be found. All hands consist of stay the course speeches and little else

    Advice to Management

    At this point, the only way to get the company back on track is to make drastic changes. The C-level team needs shaking up, especially with the CEO, COO, and CMO positions. With a new management team in place, a clear vision of how the company will go about becoming successful in mobile is needed. The plan should include steps to achieve the goal, not just the standard "we want to be #1" and then hold people to the plan.
    Also, the tunnel vision of Zynga's IPs that did well on web isn't working. Invest in new IPs and move away from trying to force an IP to work. if you find a successful model, you can always go back and reskin with a Z IP


  2. Helpful (6)

    "Learn, Get The Logo On Your Resume, Then Leave"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    It is a good place for 3 kinds of people: you need industry and/or functional work experience, bullies, and longer term employees who want to hang out and vest. Cool office space. Zynga is a brand name that is great for your resume. With even <1 year of work experience you can learn a lot, re-brand yourself as a mobile professional in the entertainment industry, and gain digital/online experience. The culinary team is amazing with an incredible knack for keeping weekly happy hour events fun with new and creative themes. Assets: company-owned building and tons of cash in the bank. Will over-pay because they have a hard time recruiting talented people with so many other

    Cons

    Games are a reflection of the company culture: games are not fun and the games have no soul. Revolving door at all levels means that many work teams have no continuity. No compelling new products and markedly lower new game introduction with current leadership. Declining customer base. Many employees have very low productivity because they are learning on the job or they simply don't care and go with the flow . Addicted to "update" meetings largely for political reasons with no decisions, no real outcomes.

    Advice to Management

    Find a new CEO and/or sell the company.


  3. Helpful (6)

    "Hapless, Helpless, and Going Nowhere"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Zynga full-time

    Pros

    - Benefits: These are generally good, but if you're looking for work at any public company you should have a certain level of benefits that should cover what you need. Yes, there's food, free coffee, happy hours, and so forth. If you get a job here you should be able to buy all of this stuff for yourself anyways (most positions at Zynga command good salaries).
    - People: There are some truly outstanding people and some truly terrible people. Mostly, the people are a positive.
    - Games: Yes, working in games is better than working in any number of industries, so that's definitely a positive.

    Cons

    - Content: This one is important as Zynga is theoretically a content company; they can't make it and what they do make doesn't make money. That's really the problem at Zynga, they haven't had a hit game in years and they're relying on old games (Poker, Words with Friends, FarmVille 2) and Slots to squeak along.
    - Leadership: There is none, so there's not much to say. I mean, the CFO just stepped down with no reason given with less than 2 years of service. That should tell you everything you need to know.
    - Size: The company has probably 500-700 more people than it needs and no discipline to keep headcount down. If you are considering a job at Zynga understand that you're probably walking into a situation where a layoff is necessary in the near future.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Zynga was the best and worst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Art Director
    Former Employee - Art Director
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of snacks, cool offices, equity and stock option plans

    Cons

    stock is worthless, brutal hours, no respect for personal life/family

    Advice to Management

    when will "The Year of Mobile" actually come to pass?


  6. "Poor Work Life"

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

    I worked at Zynga (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Benefits, dogs come to work, gym on site.

    Cons

    Poor Work Life Balance... execs are erratic

    Advice to Management

    work for a different company or get a new CEO.


  7. "Had been great for me but not any more"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    startup culture and chances of doing good work

    Cons

    poor management, bureaucracy and dirty politics within teams

    Advice to Management

    straighten your customer-centric processes and love your people


  8. Helpful (2)

    "A full transformation from awesome to awful company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    # Good vacation policy
    # It was great pre-IPO - one of the best companies. None of the cons I mentioned applied to this company pre-IPO. But well, it is sad truth that the company has transformed into an awful place post-IPO.
    # Nice and talented people

    Cons

    # Long working hours
    # So much politics
    # They don't know how to manage resources. They frequently start projects and shut them down in the middle. That's why they don't get any new things out.
    # Hardly any bonus and they are trying to make every possible move to make you work more for little pay
    # So much attrition and layoffs brings employee morale down
    # Management wants to get rid of old employees that were once their peers.
    # Poor Zynga stock

    Advice to Management

    Think of Zynga First, and don't be selfish. Actually exhibit the core values that Pincus promoted pre-IPO. If management improves, Zynga will.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Unstable business model"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Product in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great execution chops in product, engineering, analytics functions
    Data-driven decision-making
    Smart, driven coworkers

    Cons

    Weak business model relies on hit games & monetizing "super-users" - unstable.
    Weak direct user relationship, low user loyalty to parent brand/network.
    Culture does not support trust.
    Extreme focus on short-term metrics often shortchanges UX & drives risk-aversion.

    Advice to Management

    Consider refocusing company strategy, structure & metrics around user loyalty to the zynga network & brand (vs individual game titles). It will be very hard, but it's the only way to escape the typical game publishing treadmill.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Good and bad - rewarded for hard dedicated work - then flushed by unintelligent upper management."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director of Engineering in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Director of Engineering in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Well rewarded for hard work, it will take huge reserves of energy and time, but you can do and learn a lot if you can hack it. Well paid and good benefits. Great colleagues.

    Cons

    Unless you kiss up to the right people then all that hard work and recognition can be flushed out of the company with little consideration by apparently ignorant company level management. Entire game teams can be cut, with no smart decisions about who might be worth keeping.

    Advice to Management

    Connect more with your game teams and learn who the real hard workers are.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Micromanagement at its best"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Free Food
    Benefits
    Pay
    Gym
    Coffee
    The people that work in the service of Zynga ex. culinary are the best people I have had the pleasure of interacting with.

    Cons

    Lots of favoritism and unfairness thrown in peoples faces. If you are well liked the skys the limits here. The tip to succeed at Zynga is to be a good talker. Talk a lot, but do very little. Good intentions with no follow through go well here.
    A lot of bad talking and unprofessional comments spoken out loudly for people around to hear by management.
    Huge egos and passive aggressive behavior from upper management.
    Inconsistent planning and misleading talks about the future
    Micromanaging nightmare
    Crappy games
    Lots of lay offs
    Steal ideas from other games that have proven track records. No desire for innovation
    Greedy game makers. Its all about money here. If you are creative person go somewhere else.

    Advice to Management

    Stop micromanaging and foster a positive healthy work environment that isn't based on fear



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