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Zynga Reviews

Updated April 12, 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 89 reviews)

Cons
  • Since it's a gaming company there's literally no work life balance (in 60 reviews)

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

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  1. "Fun culture, tough work/life balance"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Zynga full-time

    Pros

    Fun culture, great benefits, generally really nice people to work with

    Cons

    no work life balance, not enough staff to do all the work, no cohesive strategy for departments to work well together - not well unified. No strongly defined culture.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "A steady job in the Indian Game Industry"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Content Designer in Bengaluru (India)
    Current Employee - Associate Content Designer in Bengaluru (India)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    1) People - You'll have fun in the Bangalore office
    2) Work - Most games are live ops which are still played by lots of people.
    3) Benefits - Free food, relaxed work environment, centrally located
    4) Data-driven - Learn from the best about how to use analytics to make better decisions

    Cons

    1) Not player focused - Hard targets from upper-management pushes game teams to make games payer oriented. Great in short-term. Very bad in long term.
    2) Unsure future - Stock price is terrible. Regular top-management changes. Each change brings a new strategic shift.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "All about the $$$$ not a game company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • 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

    Benefits are off the hook! Great medical and dental. Many other benefits including pet insurance.

    Employee stock purchase plan.

    Open vacation policy.

    Cons

    If you want to make games, this is not the place. Great at buying other people's games but not coming up with original ideas.

    Current CEO is great at selling smoke and mirrors to investors at the cost of other people's careers. You are simply a number, not a person.

    There is a lot of wasteful spending. People are being laid off while corporate enjoys massages, brewery, personal trainers, and full 3 meals a day.

    Advice to Management

    Be a game company. Employees should feel creative and should be having fun. They should not feel enslaved by the almighty dollar, snubbing ideas to analytics and fearing layoffs due to your lack of innovation.

    Too many managers and executives! Trim there instead of trimming the talent that actually makes the product.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Software Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Bengaluru (India)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Bengaluru (India)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Zynga is very unique in terms of its culture, most of the people in the team will be young and spirited. You have quarterly team building events and a creative vice always in office

    Cons

    Long Hours, Stress, Repitative Job


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Rocketship sputtered"

    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
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Zynga full-time

    Pros

    Lots of autonomy, great experience.

    Cons

    Getting yelled at is commonplace. Lots of long hours. Ultimately stock wasn't worth much.

    Advice to Management

    Chill


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Good Until Layoff"

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

    Pros

    Great salary, benefits, and alright atmosphere

    Cons

    Not as creative as anticipated.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "If you like CYA this is the right place"

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

    I have been working at Zynga full-time

    Pros

    Data driven company, so you can learn a lot about the mechanics of free to play games. Has to pay well for a game company to attract and retain talent.

    Cons

    Too many layers of management - an engineer in my area is 8 steps from the CEO. However none of the managers will actually follow through on any strategy. No one is empowered to make decisions, but individuals and managers are held accountable for the decisions of executives. If you like an environment where CYA is your primary job, then Zynga is a good place to work.

    Advice to Management

    Stop trying to keep everything secret. Set strategies and state problems to be solved, then let your workers solve the problems. Be smart about cost savings - cut half of the layers of management instead of cutting the people actually creating products. Most of all -- listen.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Bad culture great talent"

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

    Pros

    Great compensation, great benefits vacation and catering is incredible. The employees are talented

    Cons

    Negative culture and too many pushes to go to market quickly before market research

    Advice to Management

    Promote creativity with employees and keep the talent happy


  10. Helpful (4)

    "A Neutral Review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Bengaluru (India)
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Bengaluru (India)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Zynga full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Open office culture still lingers. Democratic atmosphere to some extend.

    Cons

    This is as neutral and as honest assessment that can be made of Zynga's India facility.

    The situation at Zynga-India is honestly a mix of pros and cons. The only question is which outweighs which. while we should wholeheartedly recognise all efforts made by some dedicated people who are much passionate about gaming, there are some glaring and outrageous negativity that cant be overlooked.

    The whole place is swarming with producers and managers. You cant literally walk the floor without bumping into a producer or manager. Most of the people who are part of the actual workforce doesn't have a chance of any recognition or career growth, while the mouth babbling, long-winded producers/managers reap all benefits and share the perks between them. They are cutting down man-power in actual workforce day by day, and actually recruiting more and more to their creed. Its a pathetic situation where managers/producers take pride in taking advantage of people who do the actual work.

    There are numerous and impossible hurdles that a worker has to accomplish to attain a level-up or a salary hike. On the other hand, managers/producers liberally promote each other and enjoy easy growth and massive compensations, all at a cost of excising their tongues.

    Its a well known fact, as far as Zynga-India is concerned, skill at work doesn't get you far in this concern. A mouth blabber always win over a skilled professional here. The top management is simply not able to differentiate between a skilled worker and a charlatan or a quack. If you express your concerns and reasoning, you are kicked out. Many of the top positions are filled with people who posses no ability at all, their only qualification to be there being an unconditional readiness to go with every whims and fancy of the top management.

    Advice to Management

    Just find out an encourage the actual skilled workers instead of encouraging the mouth babblers.


  11. "Awesome Place to Work at"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Bengaluru (India)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Bengaluru (India)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to work.
    You get opportunities to learn cutting edge technologies.
    Free food and soft drinks.
    Your work directly reaches to Billions of Players.

    Cons

    None, will come here and review again if i see any.


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