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Zynga Reviews

Updated May 17, 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. "Awesome!!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Puppies!
    Free food/snacks/lunch.
    Great benefits and perks.
    Learning and field trip budgets.
    Life drawing sessions.
    Excellent culture.

    Cons

    Tasks can be a little chaotic and unclear.
     Organization could improve.


  2. "Product Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Product Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    smart co-workers, perks, great location in SF, data-driven, testing mentality, ownership, opportunity to release a dozen times per year

    Cons

    very little professional training, in-fighting across divisions and disciplines, game-making is very difficult and stressful

    Advice to Management

    needs a much stronger of deciding a rolling 18-month slate (future production)


  3. Helpful (8)

    "Challenging and Rewarding"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - G&A in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - G&A in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I've worked at Zynga for nearly 4 years and my experience has been phenomenal. I've never worked in an organization that truly provided opportunities for employees to catapult their careers to the next level. The company fosters a creative and collaborative environment. My team is amazing - we work hard and have fun doing so. Overall, company culture is improving with Mark's return and I'm optimistic about what the future holds for Zynga. Perks/Benefits are fantastic. Cadillac medical/dental/vision plans where Zynga pays 100% of premiums for employees. 401k match, great workout facility and the culinary team is top notch.

    Cons

    The leadership changes have been tough on some groups but I'm hopeful that Mark and his staff will get everyone back on a path with a clear strategic direction.

    Zynga represents a meritocracy and while it may not be for everyone, folks that are ambitious and motivated to help the company through this transition will do very well here.


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  5. "Great place if you're on a good team"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Product Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Intern - Product Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Complete SF tech company package, exciting environment, smart people
    -in house gym
    -in house delicious breakfast lunch and dinner
    -smart, driven people that really know how to analyze data effectively
    -great pay and benefits
    -great work/life balance

    Cons

    -competition between departments/games
    -the teams working on successful games are exciting and fast paced, but teams working on games with few players get less attention and resources
    -company management fluctuates, currently unstable

    Advice to Management

    try to keep things at the top stable so that your employees can concentrate on making good games and not worry about politics


  6. "A great summer spent at Zynga!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Software Engineering Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Current Intern - Software Engineering Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Free food, dogs at work, intelligent co-workers, good managers

    Cons

    Less innovation, data centric approach

    Advice to Management

    Let the innovations of your employees flourish. This will help :)


  7. "A lot of opportunities"

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

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

    Pros

    Have opportunities to work on different part of the system end to end.

    Cons

    Unable to attract new talents. Cannot make good games.
    Too matrices focused and missed other opportunities.

    Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts.

    Advice to Management

    Need better game designer and gamer dna


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Director of Global player experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director of Global Player Experience in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Director of Global Player Experience in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Design and complexity of games with established franchise winners.

    Cons

    Focus needed on player experience,me specially in the global market place.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great for Career Advancement"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - California in Concord, CA
    Former Employee - California in Concord, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with
    Great benefits
    Lots of opportunity for career advancement
    Lunch/dinner provided daily
    Work is fun

    Cons

    Company outlook is trending downward
    Lots of layoffs
    Decreased morale as of late

    Advice to Management

    Take more time to analyze the impact of individuals you're laying off to ensure you keep the people that will really make the difference.


  10. "Great people, conservative leadership"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Generalist Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Generalist Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, great benefits (food, gym, etc). Lots of responsibility but lots of freedom on the work itself.
    Heard lots of hate/horror stories about this place, but that depends dramatically on the team you're on. If possible, work on a new IP!

    Cons

    Some of the high level design decisions may seem a little myopic.
    May not be working on exactly the games you'd like to play yourself.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the core elements of successful games - you're not gonna make a hit by just being feature complete with the competitors.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Great in every way."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Product Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Food
    Nice Employees
    Atmospher is good.

    Cons

    Big company.
    Back breaking supervisors.

    Advice to Management

    Get more intimate the employees.


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