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Zynga Reviews

Updated January 13, 2018
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Pros
  • Benefits - Free food, relaxed work environment, centrally located (in 94 reviews)

  • Many non-cash benefits such as free breakfast, lunch and dinner; as well as, free starbucks style coffee (in 37 reviews)

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

  • Bad location for Chicago office, lots of turnover in upper management (in 38 reviews)

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  1. "Great company to work for"

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

    I worked at Zynga as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The people are kind and talented. Free food. Not too stressful. As an intern, there are plenty of events and happenings to keep one motivated and interested.

    Cons

    There's a sense of lack of creativity. Some projects are less exciting to work on than others.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Low bureaucracy, tons of perks, and great people"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Zynga full-time

    Pros

    - Incredibly low bureaucracy (to order a company paid-for phone and unlimited data service, I sent an email asking for the newest Galaxy model and in a week it showed up)
    - On premises IT was always available and super helpful
    - We could easily ask for and get any software we needed as developers
    - Management up to and including the CEO was very approachable and down to earth
    - Engineering centric culture
    - All the food you could imagine and more for free
    - Hammocks for naps
    - Quarterly team outing budgets of $100/person plus lots of team prizes (we went on a trip to Hawaii)
    - Smart and very friendly teammates
    - Very flexible vacation and WFH policies - merit based culture where if you got your work done, you were given freedom how to do it.

    Cons

    At the time, it felt like the company as a whole wasn't succeeding but with the recent success of CSR2 and the potential shift in direction from quantity to quality, this may be different now

    Advice to Management

    Avoid getting to businessy - keep the free and down to earth culture. Mark Pincus brought this back from Don Mattrick and I hope Frank continues the trend.

  3. "excellent"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Current Intern - Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Zynga as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    great team, mentorship, fast pace

    Cons

    in a downturn right now


  4. "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.


  5. "Work hard, play hard"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  6. "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.


  7. "Amazing environment"

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    Current Employee - Animator in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Animator in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Skilled team members, great people, fantastic benefits, enjoyable work, good food, enthusiastic crew. Most enjoyable environment I've worked in in 20 years. Keep it up.

    Cons

    It's all about the attitude here. Meaning, it's pretty much what you make of it. Opportunities are abound, performance gets noticed, for the most part and wages/benefits are top notch.

    Advice to Management

    More hackathons, employee events like art jams, game jams, etc. time for employees to work on personal projects that may be incorporated into company efforts, set aside time for exploration of new tech for those interested, keep doing most of what is currently being done. Mangers are great to work for and company stock helps keep me invested in what I'm creating. Overall, things are looking good.

  8. "Yes, Zynga is a great place for your career!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Architect in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Architect in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Whether you are interested in games (as an engineer, artist, product manager or designer) in mobile apps and web, or applying social networking skills, running services in very large scale, or being a data scientist or analyst, Zynga has something for you.

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

    Every day is "Bring your dog to work" day. Benefits are super good.

    While this review is for the San Francisco head quarters where I work, other Zynga locations in Austin TX, San Diego CA, Eugene OR, Chicago IL enjoy the same level of goodness.

    Cons

    The only con of working at Zynga HQ is the general problem of high-cost of living in "the bay area." However, Zynga HQ has 3 meals a day and snacks (both healthy and not-so healthy) and an on-site Gym to help alleviate some of that hardship.


  9. "Small company feel at a big company"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Recommends

    I worked at Zynga as an intern

    Pros

    -very innovative and collaborative atmosphere, not hierarchical
    -AMAZING culinary team. such great food
    -all dogs welcome
    -culture is great; HQ equipped with gym, free meals, basketball court etc.

    Cons

    -very few complaints
    -company not doing great transferring to mobile space


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Really came into its own in 2014."

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    Current Employee - Lead Artist in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Lead Artist in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Zynga full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    - After the Austin studio got kicked around pretty badly for a few years, it found its footing and became a healthy, stable place to work.
    - You get free lunches every day.
    -The benefits package is excellent, and the compensation is very competitive.
    - They absolutely recognize good work from employees at every level, with employee of the month awards and hero of the week call outs.
    -There are ample opportunities for career growth, from moving up into the ranks to switching disciplines altogether.
    - The culture is like working in a big happy family. There are multiple team building events and the different disciplines work closely together to make the best products they can.

    Cons

    - Dealing with the rest of Zynga is still a pretty negative experience. If you can ignore the stock price or what's going on in the company at large, then it's not an issue.
    - When faced with a looming launch deadline, you will be expected to crunch. It's not nearly as bad as a AAA game studio, and after a launch the pace of a game slows dramatically, but there will be a few months where to work/life balance takes a hit.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the studio agile and manageable and it will be great forever!


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