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Zynga Software Engineer Reviews

Updated March 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 88 reviews)

Cons
  • Since it's a gaming company there's literally no work life balance (in 60 reviews)

  • Upper management tends to micromanage causing a lot of the thrash (in 38 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Nice to work at Zynga"

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

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

    Pros

    Very nice work life balance, and top benefit around silicon valley

    Cons

    Stock price was too low


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Software Engineer"

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

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

    Pros

    Some of the coolest people who are very passionate about what they do. You feel like you are part of the product and everyone's opinions are heard.)
    Free food and tons of things to do if you need a break, unlimited vacation (It's actually unlimited not one of those things they say to have you onboard) and Dog friendly.

    Cons

    Can't think of anything on top of my mind.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Senior Software Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Pay, Great Benefits, Relaxed Culture

    Cons

    Poor company direction, team management is spotty

    Advice to Management

    Trust your employees enough to make a game instead of micromanaging them all the time.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Good working environment"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior 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

    Working with smart people. Good cafe food. Harmonious team environment. Cool building. Flexible work hour. No micro management.

    Cons

    Project direction is not clear. Does not seem to have a road map to be an industry leader and inventor.

    Advice to Management

    Need to motivate employees to work toward the same goal.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great co-workers. Average leadership"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great and very talented people to work with. You can learn a lot.
    Great benefits and perks.
    You can WFH any day. You can tele commute if needed.
    Vacation policy is very good.

    Cons

    Lack of good leadership. They basically change the leaders every quarter and that messes up things.
    Pay is always below the industry standard. They give you a good package when you start, but your pay will never increase much. after 1 year, you will earn less than average of what other companies pay for your level.
    They cancel / reset / delay lot of projects which is very annoying.
    Your opinion is not valued at all, when the leaders make a decision. All they care about is the stock price.
    Most of the benefits were being cut since a couple years.

    Advice to Management

    Please hire good game designers


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Was a Fun place to work, learn and grow"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Freedom to work on things the way you want, lot of learning, different places to grow, Amazing visibility within the company

    Cons

    HR interferes with everything (from raises to bonus), Got political as soon as people from big companies got in, no more about the games


  8. "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.


  9. "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.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Software Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -Great culture
    -great minds
    -great food catering

    Cons

    -Terrible marketing team
    -Terrible management
    -Incapable to keep up with the trending market

    Advice to Management

    It's hard to say due to it's "you made your bed, now lie on it"effect that Zynga has done to itself over the years.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Software Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Carlsbad, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Carlsbad, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Fantastic Compensation & Benefits. You are treated wonderfully. I love going to work everyday. The work is challenging which I consider to be a good thing.

    Cons

    The products being made aren't the most exciting things to be working on. Sometimes, there are decisions made without consultation of the team which leads to people being 'out of the loop'.

    Advice to Management

    Work on communication and make sure everyone on the team feels invested by empowering them and keeping them informed of potential pivots and changes.