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Zynga Reviews

Updated May 19, 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. Helpful (2)

    "Fantastic, fun company, takes care of top talent."

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

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

    Pros

    Zynga prided itself on growing young employees into incredible talent. Employees were evaluated and rewarded on a quarterly basis. Normally, this was done with stock and cash bonuses. Nowadays, there's a more structured system for reviewing employees, where the old days would give bigger reward pools to teams doing well.

    Cons

    Like any game company, Zynga is a hit driven business. When your game team is doing well, you were rewarded. When your team isn't making money, games were sunset. In the early days, there were late hours and weekend work, but most of Zynga's new game teams are well managed and structure their schedules for a much more healthy balance.


  2. "Loved my time at Zynga"

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

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

    Pros

    Rocket ship growth
    Awesome workspace
    Great people
    Games

    Cons

    Lots of ups and downs
    Finding hits is hard


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Good place for new grads to work and learn"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work-life balance. Average engineers I know come in at 10, have 1 hour for lunch, have 1 hour for gym/dinner/break, and leave at 7. That's 7 hours of working time.
    During working hour the task is not compact. You can cost loosely.
    Can WFH any day
    Flexible holiday, not a fixed amount. As long as you have good performance and gives the team time to plan ahead.
    Can bring dogs, and almost 50% people bring dogs.
    Benefits are on bar with Internet companies, which means much higher than traditional game companies.
    The work you are working on is a game. Though it may not be the game you like to play, the process is the same. You can learn the inside out of how to make games. People around you are mostly veterans probably worked on games you love. And they are not super busy, you can learn tons from them.
    Culture is great, people here love great games and play, talk about them.

    Cons

    Risk of being laid off
    The game you are making may not be the type you like. If you are very against this, don't apply.
    Structure is heavy, though I haven't seen big problem with it on my team yet


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great culture with great people"

    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
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The environment is fast paced and challenging, and very collaborative at the same time.
    You work with really bright people.

    Cons

    Too much free food (???)


  6. 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.


  7. "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.


  8. 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.


  9. 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.


  10. "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


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Good Experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Zynga (More than a year)

    Pros

    Professional environment. People I worked with were great.

    Cons

    Not really a startup company anymore, have to deal with bureaucracy but not anymore than any other company this size.


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