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Zynga Reviews

Updated February 5, 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. "a lot going on"

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

    Pros

    Much opportunity to move around between teams and roles.

    Cons

    Sometimes the moving around is involuntary, as company is constantly shifting its commitment between teams.


  2. "Principal 3d artist"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Zynga full-time

    Pros

    People are great!
    Nice environment!

    Cons

    Lack of leaderships. Unstable. Lack of project.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "company in transition"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Zynga full-time

    Pros

    Great people who believe in the games. New CEO who has experience in turning around a company and is creating some stability. Fantastic perks and opportunity to learn/own your work product.

    Cons

    Lots of churn in management and processes over past year. Founder is still active in business and his opinions are often in conflict with new CEO. Employees have hope in potential to turn company around but also waiting to see what happens.

    Advice to Management

    Stability executive leadership team, simplify processes, make decisions and move forward


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  5. "Was a Fun place to work, learn and grow"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Freedom to work on things the way you want, lot of learning, different places to grow, Amazing visibility within the company

    Cons

    HR interferes with everything (from raises to bonus), Got political as soon as people from big companies got in, no more about the games


  6. "Smart People, Poor Management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Lots of growth and responsibility opportunities. Very smart people.

    Cons

    Failing upper management with bad strategy.


  7. "QA Tester"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - QA Analyst I in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - QA Analyst I in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    4 weeks paid vacation
    Room for growth/Advancement
    In-house training programs
    Free breakfast/lunch/dinner

    Cons

    Too much micromanagement
    Too many long or unnecessary meetings
    Cloudy plans for the future

    Advice to Management

    Develop new IP
    Dial back the number of meetings from top to bottom and make them shorter
    Continue the in-house training programs they are really great
    If you paid for employee parking they would love you


  8. "Hard Work, but Fun"

    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
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company attracted very professional people in all major functions. Those that remain are usually a pleasure to work with. If the company can engineer a turnaround, it could be a great place to work again.

    Cons

    The downturn in performance of the company has resulted in the departure of many great people. Morale suffered as a result.

    Advice to Management

    Stay focused on achievable goals. Be willing to experiment with some of the game offerings.


  9. "Software engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - free lunch
    - dynamic environment
    - move fast

    Cons

    A lot of late night work. Poor management

    Advice to Management

    Don't stress employees. People need better work and life balance


  10. "Software Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at Zynga full-time

    Pros

    +The benefits are good
    +Good work-life balance

    Cons

    -Pay is low
    -No much room for creativity
    -Management looks for money and not innovation

    Advice to Management

    Take more into account employees


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Software Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -Great culture
    -great minds
    -great food catering

    Cons

    -Terrible marketing team
    -Terrible management
    -Incapable to keep up with the trending market

    Advice to Management

    It's hard to say due to it's "you made your bed, now lie on it"effect that Zynga has done to itself over the years.



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