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Zynga Reviews

Updated January 15, 2018
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Pros
  • Benefits - Free food, relaxed work environment, centrally located (in 95 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)

    "Unstable business model"

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    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.


  2. Helpful (3)

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

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    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.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Micromanagement at its best"

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    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


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Politics, man."

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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
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart, passionate people who care about what they do.
    Exciting atmosphere
    Unparalleled Perks
    Competitive compensation
    Dog friendly
    Great food
    Delicious coffee

    Cons

    Toxic politics
    High turn over
    No clear guidance with career advancement
    Poor communication from C-Staff, trickles down through the rest of the organization
    Mixed messages about company trajectory
    Frequent layoffs

    Advice to Management

    Examine ways to create a less toxic dynamic between employees and managers. Train managers in direct and constructive communication. Develop a clear, consistent reporting structure within business units.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Lead Artist"

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    Former Employee - Lead Artist in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Lead Artist in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing campus life with all the amenities. The production staff are top quality and believe in the art of making games.

    Cons

    CEO and other senior management have fumbled time and time again trying to make the company relevant. Lots of pivoting on game ideas without any confidence in the projects. Is turning more in to a money making business than a creative business.


  6. "Good job experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    good employers, excellent work space, I had a very good experience here

    Cons

    it is a very high stress workplace, very competitive within employer workplace

    Advice to Management

    get more usefull interns, with more experience and more energy


  7. Helpful (7)

    "great pay, but a soul sucking place to work for creative talent"

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    Former Employee - Artist/Animator in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Artist/Animator in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Zynga (More than a year)

    Pros

    very casual environment and easy work. Lots of food, snack, and treats provided if your game makes them money. Its totally out of your control if your game makes money, but if it happens to make a ton you get all kinds of goodies. I recommend it only to friends because its easy and good money.

    Cons

    You have to abandon any real pride at the door if you are an artist and work here. The pay is great and the work and workload is easy, but the games you work on are hideous, the gameplay is bad, and dont try and change anything because everyone in charge thinks what they are working on is the most amazing and stunning thing ever, its kind of hilarious. Draw your pizza, cows, trees in the bland clipart style they demand, and you will be fine. Its also a total brofest working there, lots of graphic designers and failed animators masking as illustrators with art directors that have no actual artistic talent, immediately realized that is why things look the way they do with anything zynga does. Any talent is repressed and its kinda tragic to see someone new with actual skills take charge only to get knocked down and return to whats easy.

     Every game while working there was just ripping off another studios game, then thinking of the way to make the most money till users lost interest and then the game team would close up and get outsourced while you moved on to the next boring thing. I had some amazing artists that went on to do stunning work at other companies, but zynga beats you down so you just stop caring and do what the boss wants.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on creativity and hire some talented people to lead. Make games that are actually fun and you wont have to stress out every month about why people are not spending enough money on add-on junk for a bad game.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Loads of perks to make terrible Management seem less awful"

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    Former Employee - Game Designer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Game Designer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Free meals
    great gym
    great health benefits
    good bonuses

    Cons

    Most of the upper management has no idea what they are doing and they are insanely overpaid "leaders" that are always absent, vacationing, clueless about the market they are chasing, and ask for constant last minute changes. Not tiny changes... but full blown core redesign changes, then they refuse to allow extra dev time.
    Micro-Managey ceo who completely ignores roadmaps and new IP promises... does not respect creatives at all.

    Advice to Management

    Advice to anyone that wants to actually make something new, or try something new, avoid this place like the plague. This company solely wants to play it safe for the investors and rip people off.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "A lot of good things happen(d)"

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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
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Zynga (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great learning opportunity and high energy, growth environment in the early years

    Cons

    Depends on role, team and time of employment.


  10. "Zynga Review"

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    Former Employee - Technical Program Manager in San Francisco, NM
    Former Employee - Technical Program Manager in San Francisco, NM
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Zynga (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Use to move really fast

    Cons

    Got taken over by process junkies


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