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Zynga Reviews

Updated July 8, 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)

More Pros and Cons

  1. "Great place, but..."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Tax Accountant in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Tax Accountant in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Perks, perks, perks! The cafe, gym, parking, salary, are all great here. Also nice to have your dog at work, and its a good location. People are generally very friendly, and the work is interesting from a finance perspective. There is a lot of international work which you don't always see.

    Cons

    Management often uses the company for their personal playground, which can often times get in the way of you doing your job. Lots of overtime is expected but not necessarily expressed to you.

    Advice to Management

    Work on increasing faith in the company.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great co-workers. Average leadership"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great and very talented people to work with. You can learn a lot.
    Great benefits and perks.
    You can WFH any day. You can tele commute if needed.
    Vacation policy is very good.

    Cons

    Lack of good leadership. They basically change the leaders every quarter and that messes up things.
    Pay is always below the industry standard. They give you a good package when you start, but your pay will never increase much. after 1 year, you will earn less than average of what other companies pay for your level.
    They cancel / reset / delay lot of projects which is very annoying.
    Your opinion is not valued at all, when the leaders make a decision. All they care about is the stock price.
    Most of the benefits were being cut since a couple years.

    Advice to Management

    Please hire good game designers

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Temp to perm contractor in datacenter"

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    Former Employee - Datacenter Technician in Ashburn, VA
    Former Employee - Datacenter Technician in Ashburn, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of great people in the Ops dept. All very easy to work with. Free snacks.

    Cons

    I was told by management that their hiring freeze would end and I would be hired on. Their hiring freeze never ended and my year contract expired. The DC I was working at started downsizing shortly after the company stock tanked after their IPO. Looking back, i didn't miss out on anything. I also heard nightmare stories about their creative depart.

    Advice to Management

    No one likes being lied to. It leads to poor reviews. As a datacetner employee, we were pretty much kept in the dark in terms of the organization.


  4. "Good for those who know that they're getting into"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Lots of smart people.
    - Tons of experience you can learn from about how to build and grow games.
    - Decent perks/benefits, they try to take care of people.

    Cons

    - Social/mobile gaming space is inherently unstable.
    - Culture can be off-base. Good intentions, but often poor execution.
    - Company is currently in turn-around mode.

    Advice to Management

    - Cautious growth is much more prudent than lots of hiring, Zynga grew much too fast and the games couldn't keep up with the growth the company needed to justify all the additional hiring.
    - Focus more on connecting the line-level employees with the leadership thinking. There was good effort on communicating goals and OKRs, but often felt like most employees didn't understand why leadership was doing what it was doing.


  5. Helpful (1)

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

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    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. "Enjoying working here"

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    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Enjoy what I do on a day to day basis. Learning a lot. Friendly and welcoming people. Professional, amicable, low-ego, low-politics, low-drama workplace. They feed me delicious lunch every day. Plus... free coffee bar!!

    Cons

    Zynga has much untapped potential and tends to be overlooked / disregarded / not taken seriously.


  7. "QA Tester"

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    • 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. "Work hard, play hard"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great atmosphere and surroundings. Work/life balance is great nowadays, with many opportunities to just kick-back and enjoy hanging out with your coworkers.

    Cons

    Leadership could use a little growing.

    Advice to Management

    Treat/hire employees well based on their talents and hard work, not based on if they know the right people or yell the loudest.


  9. "Hard Work, but Fun"

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    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.


  10. "Awesome Workplace"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    The Austin office of Zynga is an engaging, fun environment to work in. The office has had its challenges in the past, but the current and previous management has worked really hard to make this an awesome place to work.

    Cons

    Corporate game studios often deal with too many meetings as they grow larger and larger, and middle management struggles to wrap their hands around what such a large team is doing. Zynga Austin is no exception.

    Advice to Management

    Work to cut down the meetings. Managers, engage more with specific employees to keep them out of simple status meetings.


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