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Zynga Reviews

Updated August 10, 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 90 reviews)

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

  • Lots of indecision among upper management which comes down as thrash to the different teams (in 38 reviews)

More Pros and Cons

  1. "Hard Work, but Fun"

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    • 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.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Software engineer"

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    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

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Software Engineer"

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    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


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Software Engineer"

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    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.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Copywriter"

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    • 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

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

    Pros

    Great network of people. Lots of opportunity to wear multiple hats. Fantastic benefits. Good resume builder.

    Cons

    Long hours churning on snap decisions that haven't been well thought-out. Poor upper management seems largely uninterested in the actual gaming industry. Unconsciously misogynistic culture.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "leadership muddled, but some strong teams"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Zynga (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    You may be put on a team with strong engineers who work well together.
    Compensation is good out of the gate.
    Quality of life is mostly good.

    Cons

    Leadership is still confused about what to do. Hopes for long term company performance are low. Exec micromanagement may hit your project if you're not lucky.


  7. "Former"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Solid starting ground for new grads or the inexperienced. You're able to learn a lot about how the industry functions and basic pieces of related tech.

    Cons

    Red tape ties up a lot of development and several teams have poor directions. There's a bizarre culture of failing up and good engineers can face a task drought.

  8. "SFA"

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    Former Employee - SFA
    Former Employee - SFA

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

    Pros

    Great culture, smart people, fun environment.

    Cons

    Management was in disarray, long nights, some people rude.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Zynga"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Zynga full-time

    Pros

    Great food, you can bring your dog, gym, shuttle, great people, some departmental growth, meritocracy.

    Cons

    Typical business cons (empty appreciation, layoffs, granular management metrics), typical gaming cons (long hours, tons of churn, takes a long time to spin up important processes), meritocracy (i.e. you won't move up unless you are amazing), little cross discipline training.

    Advice to Management

    Stop taking so long to ship products. Getting a product into the market and making some money is infinitely greater than spinning your tires forever and then shutting down the project 3 months later.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Okay for contract work."

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at Zynga as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible hours. Reasonable goals. Work from home.

    Cons

    Unsteady projects and unfocused management.


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