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Zynga Reviews

Updated July 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 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. "Start here, then move forward"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senor Designer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senor Designer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Zynga full-time

    Pros

    The perks were awesome. The people were great. Everyone here loves what they do. The motto is/was "connecting the world through games."

    Cons

    The work/life balance is all over the place. Sometimes it's a great balance, and then at time they go way over the top. I've worked on weekends straight through the week for months at a time.

    Advice to Management

    Higher management are rather inexperience and/or lack leadership skills. They don't seem to trust the people they've handed the responsibilities to. Trust your team; they're going to do an excellent job.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "The people make this company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer New Grad in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer New Grad in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Team members are intelligent and pro-active in fixing existing issues with the game, all devs (at least in my studio) is intrinsically driven to make the games better
    - Everyone's friendly and willing to help
    - Great benefits and food
    - Rapid learning and career advancement for those who are motivated (especially for new grads)

    Cons

    - Middle management doesn't communicate as well as they should
    - Priorities in features/scrum work can change too frequently

    Advice to Management

    Keep things transparent and stick to a consistent road map

  3. "Head of Mobile Advertising"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Head of Mobile Advertising and Partnerships in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Head of Mobile Advertising and Partnerships in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Dynamic, Smart people- good community

    Cons

    Slow entry to mobile- lost ability to monetize paid players


  4. "Great People, suffering market space"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Zynga (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The people I worked with became really good friends, amenities are great, the office is great, the social culture was great

    Cons

    The social gaming market space is hard to survive in, constant uphill battle in explaining numbers (growth revenue), leadership was not stable


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Nice perks"

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

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

    Pros

    - nice perks including free meals, snakes etc.
    - good place to learn game development

    Cons

    - management lost vision since IPO and bad execution after IPO too.

    Advice to Management

    need figure out how to keep users


  6. "good company"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Developer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Developer in Seattle, WA

    Pros

    Feels good to be working here. Games apps etc

    Cons

    Tough deadlines. Wrap up quick


  7. "Great experience"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    You get to work with some of the brightest talent in the world. Great perks.

    Cons

    Really poor work/life balance and constantly changing priorities.

  8. "woo hoo"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    fun place to work at

    Cons

    only give promotions to top producers.

    Advice to Management

    reward the peons too.


  9. "When I worked there it was a great place to work. Just not as challenging and motivating as it used to be."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good work/life balance, lots of perks, resonable PTO policy.

    Cons

    Redirecting and pivoting led to burnout on projects

    Advice to Management

    Use small motivated teams to build products they care about


  10. "Wasn't always a great job, but they're a great employer"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Two meals were catered every day, and special care was taken to accommodate anyone's dietary restrictions.

    I worked in a room full of very experienced game developers from all walks of the industry, including a few legends from my childhood.

    For the most part, everyone was friendly, helpful, and invested in helping you succeed. Even when the whole team is stuck in the office because your update keeps failing QA at midnight, they come to you to see how they can help, rather than complaining.

    Zynga offers unlimited/untracked PTO for vacations and sick leave. Their official vacation policy was "You should probably take some." In an industry notorious for working developers to death, Zynga producers were known for pulling people aside and telling them to go away for a week or two for a vacation. And if a producer asks you to stay late to finish something, they'll sometimes offer you a day or two off in exchange. The whole office basically shuts down from before christmas through the new year.

    Cons

    Not a lot of original IP or creativity, in some aspects of their games. Also, the product managers are making game design decisions based solely on market statistics.

    Advice to Management

    Try to keep on top of bonuses and and leveling up for your teams.


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