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Zynga Reviews

Updated August 15, 2017
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Pros
  • Benefits - Free food, relaxed work environment, centrally located (in 90 reviews)

  • Many non-cash benefits such as free breakfast, lunch and dinner; as well as, free starbucks style coffee (in 35 reviews)

Cons
  • Since it's a gaming company there's literally no work life balance (in 61 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 (3)

    "Stay away"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Zynga full-time

    Pros

    A lot of perks,b but it is changing. Zynga used to have a lot of talent and now it is all politics and who can survive.

    Cons

    No one listens to the creative. No real respect for the talent. Everyone is dispensable .

    Advice to Management

    Once your reputation spreads, you will not be able to bring in the talent that have a choice.


  2. "UX intern"

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

    Pros

    Nice mentor. Learned a lot.

    Cons

    Unstable management. Move forward very slowly

  3. Helpful (1)

    "High times just before the crash"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great co-workers and GMs. Amenities are stellar.

    Cons

    Stakeholders afraid to take risks, instead eyes on profits and milking whales. Much has changed since then.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Good in the Beginning"

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    Former Employee - Tools Development Manager in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Tools Development Manager in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Innovative work in the operations and data centers
    Excellent food provided
    Nice gym facillities

    Cons

    Low pay compared to the industry
    Too many politics
    Poor Executive Management
    Terrible at cost management in the early days, incredible waste


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Tons of valuable experience, but a hard place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Zynga (Less than a year)

    Pros

    early growth was big
    lots of new responsibilities to master all the time
    a lot of great people
    good benefits
    IPO'd

    Cons

    corruption, power struggles and politics was a constant
    IPO'd in a historically bad manner, screwed a lot of employees, really poor management up top to do that to so many. Disgusting. Company gutted and at a low since the IPO. Probably will stay around its current value for some time to come. Comeback doubtful.

    Advice to Management

    Who are you? Didn't know you, cause virtually everyone at the company was replaced as they exited after the IPO or whenever they could cash out. The higher up, usually, the worse the offense.


  6. "Senior Experience Designer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Lots of benefits/perks. You can move up in the company with hard work. Dogs at work is awesome. Much to learn from the companies methods.

    Cons

    Too much turnover. coworkers and managers will come and go allowing for some disfunction for short periods of time, but allows you to take on more responsibility or have more say in the direction of the game.

    Advice to Management

    Make games that people care about, which is really the hardest thing in the world.


  7. "a lot going on"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Much opportunity to move around between teams and roles.

    Cons

    Sometimes the moving around is involuntary, as company is constantly shifting its commitment between teams.

  8. "Principal 3d artist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Zynga full-time

    Pros

    People are great!
    Nice environment!

    Cons

    Lack of leaderships. Unstable. Lack of project.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Great place if you can find the right challenge to work on"

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

    I worked at Zynga (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Professional growth can be great if: 1) you are in the right team 2) working on the right challenge.
    Great work life balance.
    Perks are top notch.
    Smart colleagues. (mostly :))
    Great location.
    Cute pets all around.
    Culinary is great.
    Friday Happy hours.

    Cons

    If you are not on the 1) right team 2) working on right challenge (there are not many ) - professional growth will stagnate.
    Not all long timers are adding value to the current state of the company. Many make the atmosphere political.
    There may be lot of busy work.

    Advice to Management

    Don't let your most passionate people leave.


  10. 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.


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