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Zynga Software Engineer Reviews

Updated October 20, 2017
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Pros
  • Benefits - Free food, relaxed work environment, centrally located (in 91 reviews)

  • Many non-cash benefits such as free breakfast, lunch and dinner; as well as, free starbucks style coffee (in 36 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 39 reviews)

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  1. "Excellent place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Software Engineer
    Former Intern - Software Engineer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly environment. Great management. Interesting projects

    Cons

    Lack of structured teams
    No enforcement of formal code reviews


  2. "Software Engineering Intern"

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    Former Intern - Software Engineer(Internship) in San Francisco, CA
    Former Intern - Software Engineer(Internship) in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Zynga as an intern

    Pros

    Awesome people, good work, learning new technologies, great environment

    Cons

    Nothing about it was really that bad, you get what you expect out of it, and its an awesome time if you really like games.

  3. "A Great Internship!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Software Engineer(Internship) in San Francisco, CA
    Current Intern - Software Engineer(Internship) in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Zynga as an intern

    Pros

    Great training.
    Challenging yet manageable volume work.
    Fun offsites and other events.
    Welcoming and friendly Culture.
    Strong Hackathon Focuses.
    Amazing perks!

    Cons

    Three times upper level managers would act interested in side-projects I created for Zynga, asking to meet but would cancel the day of.


  4. "good people, good salary, good benefits"

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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
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Competitive salary / benefit packages, good people, new CEO.

    Cons

    Stock has stagnated, but showing signs of going up this year.

    Advice to Management

    Leaving because stock (retention) plan expired and new bonus structure does not really replace it (could be worth $0, so must be accounted as such).


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Nice to work at Zynga"

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    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


  6. Helpful (2)

    "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.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Senior Software Engineer"

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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 (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.

  8. 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.


  9. 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


  10. 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