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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. "fun work environment, smart engineers, (very) poor managers"

    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
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    free food
    flexible vacation policy - if you use it!
    some really smart engineers solving problems as scale
    Don is making decisions which are impacting the stock price in a positive way (atleast for now)

    Cons

    middle and top management highly inexperienced - which fail to motivate high performers, and end up losing them.
    Since IPO has been highly unstable, and too many re-orgs every quarter.
    Compensation might have been good, if stock value had gotten north of IPO price (by comparison other tech startups are trading at 100-150% above IPO)
    office politics & you need to know the right people/ be in the right team to get noticed for your performance - no longer a meritocracy.
    Too many layoffs in the past 6-8 months, and the upper management has failed to deliver a consistent future plan.

    Advice to Management

    Have experienced and stellar engineers as Engineering Managers/Senior Engineering Managers - who are hands on and can motivate team members and steer them towards a strong career in engineering.


  2. "It was fun in the early days, but has gone down hill since it ipo."

    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
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    meals, incredible talent, flexible hours, gym, accupuncture, massage, hair cuts, good commuter benefits,

    Cons

    lacks direction. company is in transition to mobile games, and it still has lots of growing pain.

    Advice to Management

    The people are what makes the company. The company needs to attract talent or the company will fail.


  3. "This company doesn't know which way is up"

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

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

    Pros

    Competitive salary, good people for the most part. Lots of perks and they will let you bring your dog to the office.

    Cons

    Poorly structured internally. Chasing competitors rather than trying to innovate despite claiming otherwise. Too many middle management producers. Not enough innovative gameplay or rather good game ideas get canceled due to Zynga style monetization and friend base gameplay structure. Make good games people want to play instead of trying to nickel and dime players.

    Advice to Management

    Restructure where the audio department falls under internal development so there is incentive for internal teams to utilize this valuable resource that makes games more fun.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Clueless upper management and chaotic environment, but still some talented employees left"

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

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

    Pros

    There are some really smart and passionate individuals left at Zynga, but they are leaving and will soon if they haven't yet. I am learning a lot from them.

    Depending on the team you work for, there are opportunities to learn and be challenged.

    The food is good.

    Cons

    Low morale coupled with long hours at my studio.

    Some clueless upper management making cuts to solid performers and then replacing them with people from other teams, whom the rest of the studio has to train. Why bother?

    Some senior managers were promoted too quickly when Zynga was still a start-up, so you have/had 20-something year old GMs who don't know anything about management and make a ton of mistakes.

    Advice to Management

    How will you make great games if you cannot retain your talent?


  6. "A top heavy company that has it's glory days behind."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior 3D Artist in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior 3D Artist in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Worked with a great team of people when I was on CityVille

    Cons

    Copy of a.... copy of a... copy of a...


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Avoid if you can"

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

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

    Pros

    Perks!
    Working From Home
    Salary
    That's it. Really.

    Cons

    Building games -- hate it.
    Future of company is not clear
    PHP (yes, they still use it)
    Flash (yes, they still use it!)

    Advice to Management

    Fire more management staff


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Small company that grew too fast for it's own good"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work hard, play hard attitude towards work. Lot's of motivated young employees who have something to prove. Great place to start a career.

    Cons

    Company grew from less than 200 employees to over 3000 very quickly. Quality of hiring suffered as it was more about filing seats as fast as possible. Innovation was not encouraged and it was more about shipping the next game, which is really just a reskinned copy of the last game with a few new features and one new game mechanic. Also became very top heavy with executives and management team. Although recently, this has taken a turn under the new CEO.

    Advice to Management

    Become lean again. Continue to eliminate levels of management to become more flat. Also focus on a few big bets rather than tons of lower quality games.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Great people, poor management, poor environment, lacking creativity"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Senior 3D Artist in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior 3D Artist in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    You will meet a lot of people that are very talented. I was quite surprised when I showed up.

    Cons

    The management is terrible, never leaving room in the schedule to be creative. You will be forced to follow orders and work late nights. It feels like a factory instead of a creative environment.

    Advice to Management

    DUDES. LET YOUR ARTISTS AND DEVELOPERS BE CREATIVE.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Perpetual movement within the company. Feels Unstable. Morale down."

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

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

    Pros

    - Fun people and fun culture.
    - Awesome coffee + culinary team.
    - very helpful HR (People OPs). One of the best HR/payroll teams I worked with. Extremely responsive, helpful and pro-active. Never had an issue.
    - Maternity benefits ( as of mid-2013) : you will get around 14-18 weeks maternity leave of which ~7 weeks would be 100% paid and rest would be ~66% paid. you can also get 6 additional weeks of unpaid leave under the state law. Most of this is supported by CA law.
    - Benefits: good medical/dental. RSUs instead of options (but the stock is not worth much right now).

    Cons

    - Take vacation anytime.. doesn't feel that open. since there is nothing mandated, some people feel guilty taking time off.
    - too many org changes. I worked for 4 different teams in one year.
    - has quarterly evaluations and priorities. This makes the company very short sighted. projects with highest priority one quarter are cared less the next. or might even be dumped. So all the work on the projects is a waste.
    - have a sense of unpredictability within the company and feel like management is confused about their goals. Don has been the CEO for not long, so have to see if he makes a difference. There have been a lot of ORG changes since he came as well, but not sure if its the last of them.
    - Benefits: NO 401K match

    Advice to Management

    rethink your quarterly compensation and OKR policy. Thats making the company very short sighted. or if you think the idea is still good, find a way to implement it better than how it is right now.

    and the good talent is leaving everyday. find a way to keep the morale by not making too many changes and make the current employees feel more stable about their jobs. unless you find a way to do this, you will lose more good talent since we don't know if we'll have a job tomorrow.


  11. Helpful (6)

    "this dog stinks"

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

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

    Pros

    + Free lunch and dinner, free blue bottles coffee all day
    + no one there will help you set goals but yourself. if you like this kind of freedom, this place is for you.

    Cons

    - zero focus: change directions all the time because either management don't care or they don't know what's going on. clueless or just plain lazy. that's "Be your ceo" model. you make upper management left to do nothing but collecting paychecks.

    - HR dept is the most worthless , shameful dept i ever met. they build backbones around college grads. and only top game studios gets the bread. the rest of us gets the crumbs / weak hires. they failed to provide any real helps to make a dept successful. they suck, period.

    - Central QA is a joke. the whole dept is made of game testers and they were unqualified to force to test complex platforms. couldn't catch any critical bugs but central qa and their QA managers kept saying central qa is great for the studio. bs. look at how many bugs you couldn't find because you are not capable. and of course, it falls outside of the scope of qa coverage so it didn't count as misses. another bs. worthless team. should hire real QAs with computer science degrees.

    - PMs are jokes there. no freaking confidences on what they are producing. so they decide to run 10 to 20 different experiments to our customers for given releases.

    Advice to Management

    step up and take ownership.


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