Zynga Employee Reviews about "free food"

Updated Jan 21, 2021

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  • "Free food/snacks/refreshments /goodies(in 113 reviews)

  • "Taking Care: Zynga takes good care of their employees with a good work-life balance(in 59 reviews)

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  • "For less experienced hires straight out of college, it was very easy to not have a healthy work life balance(in 63 reviews)

  • "Upper management is not good at picking the right games to develop(in 40 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Former Intern, less than 1 year

      Great Experience For Interns

      Oct 25, 2017 - Software Engineer Intern in San Francisco, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great teams, awesome work-life balance, free food, dogs everywhere, fun environment, empowering for interns

      Cons

      Work doesn't feel meaningful, little communication between teams, engineers opinions are disregarded

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    2. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Great parties, but

      Aug 3, 2020 - Principal Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
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      Pros

      free food and lots of parties

      Cons

      the parties are really to numb how uninteresting the work is. And the cliques in your team show at those parties. So kinda like high school. Among the game companies I've worked at, my coworkers and the environment at a whole is more close to high school. That's the impression I got to this date if I were to summarize.

      3 people found this review helpful
    3. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      If you're a hardworker with low self-worth, this is the place for you.

      Apr 18, 2020 - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
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      Pros

      Free food, attempts at creating culture and company spirit.

      Cons

      No leadership. Senior executives act as if it is employees' privilege they show up for work. Lots of internal conflicts between leaders, studios, and teams. No direction.

      4 people found this review helpful

      Zynga Response

      Hello and thank you for your review. While I am glad you took away several positive experiences during your time at Zynga, I take your constructive comments seriously. I am disappointed to hear your experiences and perception of senior leadership were not positive. Zynga values inclusive leadership and team work is essential at all levels of the organization in order to deliver on our mission of "Connecting the World Through Games". We encourage employees experiencing issues to reach out to a trusted leader or People Operations. I appreciate your candor and wish you all the best in your future endeavors.

    4. 2.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      High turnover and too political

      Jan 16, 2019 - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
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      Pros

      - Competitive pay - Excellent benefits - Gym on site - Free food - Fun parties and activities

      Cons

      - High turnover and burnout - esp. marketing - Data dependent to point of paralysis - Environment is overly political and hierarchical - Too many chiefs who are not aligned - Lack of company mission and culture - Understaffed teams get pushed around

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      6 people found this review helpful
    5. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Corporate gaming at it's lamest.

      Jun 13, 2019 - Lead Artist in Carlsbad, CA
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      Pros

      Free food and short commute

      Cons

      It's not a game company, it's a data collection service.

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      8 people found this review helpful
    6. 2.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Great perks, poor management

      Jan 6, 2014 -  
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Zynga is a fast-paced environment with lots of room for innovation. The employees are incredibly talented and the perks (free food, free gym, flexible hours, vacation time) are fantastic. Salaries are generous and the new executive team seems very competent.

      Cons

      Zynga is a company that grew too fast for its own good. Hiring was done at a rapid rate with no structure or long-term plan in place. The repercussions of this decision are starting to hit hard. Middle management at Zynga is incredibly inexperienced, which results in lots of turmoil and very low team morale. You are expected to put in incredibly long hours, but you will not be rewarded for your work as this is the norm at Zynga. Most employees have a very poor work-life balance, especially around holidays. Employees are constantly pressured to participate in social activities outside of work (normally drinking and partying) and you are branded "not a team player" if you choose to forego these activities. Its almost impossible to get raises, promotions or bonuses unless you rub shoulders with leadership. "Be your own CEO" is one of Zynga's favorite ideals, but unfortunately, it's also the most destructive when combined with inexperienced management. When employees are left to fend for themselves and define their own roles, it results in ruthless politics and an "everyone for themselves" attitude. If you do not have the stomach for politics, stay away. You will not succeed here on hard work alone. I believe that the new executive leadership will turn things around, but it is going to be a long, painful process.

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    7. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Great learning opportunity at the time but disorganized with a very abrasive culture

      Jul 18, 2013 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      You get to work with very intelligent, ambitious and driven colleagues (and get to build a network with these folks). You will most likely have the opportunity to learn a lot in your field. The perks (free food, snacks, happy hours etc...) were not bad either. The best aspect for working for Zynga was the career opportunities it opened up. However, I feel this is diminishing as the company continues to decline.

      Cons

      The company is very disorganized and so political that the environment has often been described as a modern day "Game of Thrones." Incentives across cross-functional teams are horribly misaligned, and lead to a lot of internal confrontation. The environment is currently very very unstable with high levels of attrition across the entire organization. Most employees have been at the company for less than a year since experienced employees often leave for greener pastures. To make things worse, it has become difficult to attract domain experts as they have more attractive options elsewhere. I should emphasize there is a lot of infighting between teams, which is extremely counter-productive and leads to lots of daily stress You will run into employees with absurdly high-egos, the company does not believe in the "no a**hole" rule. Given the disorganized structure, political infighting across teams, and high levels of attrition...the company is the pinnacle of the "everyone for themselves" organization...it truly is a free for all. Do not look for mentorship or expect to see great leadership here, you will find neither. Lastly, there is zero work-life balance - you will be overworked (churn and burn).

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      3 people found this review helpful
    8. 1.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Stay clear!

      Apr 6, 2015 -  in San Francisco, CA
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      Pros

      Food, Rich in benefits. free massages. free food. free coffee + unlimited vacation policy

      Cons

      First, I am not a bitter X employee. I left on my own terms after 6 months and ran like the wind. Prior to joining this organization, I was told by several X co-workers to stay away. I wanted to learn on my own. Sure, you can bring your dog, they offer 3 free meals a day, have a cool gym, and an open vacation policy. Taking a day off is nearly impossible given the amount of guilt and pressure they put on you. They aren't making any new games and their direction changes daily. Change is good in tech, however, this place changes way too much and causes fear among employees. The exec team and their EA’s have some attitude like they are the hot place to be. They need to get over themselves given the state of the company and a stock price at $2 a share! There is a head EA that is bulldog that can’t be trusted. She told one of the EA’s on my group that if they don’t do things her way they will be gone. The CEO is not well rated but to be fair the original founder destroyed management and was not well liked. Zynga had its day – stay clear of this joint and the exec team. It’s falling apart at the seams. There are SO many other great places in the valley to settle for this place. This place is an outside recruiter’s playground!

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      4 people found this review helpful
    9. 1.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      No work-life balance, meritocracy for very few, politics over performance.

      Mar 28, 2011 - UI Designer in San Francisco, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      - Company is successful and well-known - Free food, drinks, and snacks - Team trips to Vegas and other locations if your group happens to be "killing it". - Can bring your dog to work.

      Cons

      - The companies core values are lies. - Few positions get ownership over their work and performance - Constant politics and backstabbing make it hard for performers to see any real advancement. - Management is shuffled around often so promises don't need to be fulfilled and the next person can pump their team up about how they are going to make everything better. - Much of the companies management comes from EA, you can basically consider this EA on Facebook when it comes to how employees are treated, they know there is a never ending stream of new employees who want to make games and work at a big name so burning people out isn't a concern. - No tangible career path, requirements will never be defined, and opportunities to meet vague requirements are never given even when requested. - No formal vacation policy, which sounds good in theory but in reality it means there is always a new deadline and now isn't really a good time for you to abandon the team... - Deadlines are never based in reality, unless you consider a 60+ hour work week normal. - New hires receive no equity - People bring their dogs, some are great, others go to the bathroom everywhere, and add a funk to your work area.

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      16 people found this review helpful
    10. 1.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      A place where sucking up to management is the only way to get ahead.

      Apr 11, 2011 - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      They do provide benefits and salary and (rather mediocre) free food. You can work on social games, which some people think is cool. If you work really long hours and suck up to everyone possible, you can get ahead. You can get lots of free t-shirts, free pizza, and free beer. It's a good place if you want to do nothing in your life but work a lot.

      Cons

      You're basically forced to work 60-80 hour weeks. You can't actually take advantage of the unlimited vacation policy. It's impossible to know what's actually going on if you're not on the inside. Pay is not actually that high. Managers are completely inept and are only using you to get ahead. Not possible to get promoted on self merits, only by using other people. Engineering is laughable and of poor quality. There is a culture of blame and trying to avoid blame at all costs. Upper engineering is basically management, but is still called "engineering." Advancement within the company on the engineering track is a dead end, people invariably switch to being managers to keep going up, whether it's official or unofficial.

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      16 people found this review helpful
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