Zynga "free food" Reviews | Glassdoor

Zynga Employee Reviews about "free food"

Updated Oct 18, 2019

To filter reviews, or .

3.7
72%
Recommend to a Friend
93%
Approve of CEO
Zynga CEO Frank Gibeau
Frank Gibeau
153 Ratings
Pros
  • "work life balance, free food, fun & friendly environment(in 106 reviews)

  • "Lots to learn, lots of great people to work with, very little politics, lots of perks(in 53 reviews)

Cons
  • "Since it's a gaming company there's literally no work life balance(in 62 reviews)

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

More Pros and Cons

Reviews about "free food"

Return to all Reviews
  1. "Great Experience For Interns"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Software Engineer Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Zynga

    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

    Advice to Management

    Make more room for innovation and new ideas. Zynga feels years behind the rest of the mobile game industry.

    Zynga2017-10-26
  2. Helpful (3)

    "Corporate gaming at it's lamest."

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Lead Artist in Carlsbad, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Zynga full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Free food and short commute

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

    Stop selling user data.

    Zynga2019-06-14
  3. Helpful (4)

    "High turnover and too political"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Zynga full-time

    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

    Advice to Management

    - Staff appropriately for the output you expect. High expectations along with a lack of resources leads to burnout and breeds resentment. - Invest time in what matters, asking your people to constantly put out fires is not sustainable. - At Zynga, if you don't have data you don't have the power to get things done. You MUST hire people with analytical backgrounds AND provide them with the tools they need otherwise... you are setting them up to fail. -Get serious about what kind of company you want to be and get everyone onboard. We want to be "a company with a good profit margin" is not a mission statement.

    Show More
    Zynga2019-01-16
  4. "Fun place with old tech"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Zynga full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Lots of perks Free food Great gym Fun dynamic environment Smart people

    Cons

    Old tech Products are very money oriented, which is fine to sustain, but not fun to develop personally because those who make the games do not typically play the games

    Advice to Management

    Nothing particular, highly depends on the team. Current team is always willing to listen to ideas which is always good

    Zynga2018-04-17
  5. Helpful (2)

    "Fun place to work for the most part"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Zynga full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Free food, fun culture, good benefits. I loved a lot of the people at this company. Feels like a scrappy start up at times, but the established franchises make for a good balance.

    Cons

    Even though most of the people were great, there were also a lot of massive egos. Many people were in management positions that shouldn't have been. You'll work really hard and may or may not be recognized for it. Depends on your team.

    Advice to Management

    Need a clearer promotional path. It seemed people were often arbitrarily promoted. I had never seen one learning or training in my 3 years there that set out any expectations for performance or growth.

    Zynga2018-02-21
  6. "Helpdesk Intern"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern 

    I worked at Zynga

    Pros

    Working at Zynga was an overall great experience on the part of working with end user employees as well as co workers on different teams than your own on different projects. Most people here are very laid back and understanding and not to mention all the free food, dogs and free gym membership. You'll save a fortune on those things alone here.

    Cons

    Would love to see more organized projective future planning and more goal orientated projects from management to really fix a lot of the internal problems here.

    Zynga2018-02-20
  7. Helpful (3)

    "Save your soul, Just walk away."

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sandwich Artist in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Zynga full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    -Free food. -Dog friendly. -Liked most of the people I worked with (except mgmt). -Great benefits -All the vacation you could ever ask for b/c no one cares.

    Cons

    If you're a student right of school this place might be great! That being said, for the most part, this place is terrible if you've been in the industry as an artist….at all, anywhere. Don't let the free food and adorable dogs cloud your perspective. Poor communication and management skills are probably the number one offender here. Oh, and don't forget the raging office politics. Forget being skilled at your job... title, everyone must be a Jedi at office politics to survive at this place. -Art Directors are all checked out, not creative, and theres a 90% chance they are not as talented/skilled as you. At some point you will probably be doing their job for them. Don’t expect to learn anything from them. Most of them just pander to upper management to make it look like they know what they are talking about and contributing to the project. They are often out of touch with what is appealing in art and design. They can be really picky over minor issues and have no clue/knowledge about the major issues. -Limited job growth for creatives. There are ZERO creative projects to work for at this company. They are only focusing on live games (casino games, bad looking ones at that) and only buying other companies to add genres to their portfolio. They have no interest in creating new IP, it scares the bejesus out of them. Even if they wanted new IP, they have proven that they are incapable of doing it, purely based on the number of projects they have canceled internally. They have had many beautiful projects, created by really talented artists, that have never seen the light of day b/c it was destroyed by incompetent management, designers and PM’s. It’s never about the art when a game dies. -That brings me to Project Managers, a.k.a Gods of Zynga. Forget every other job title on a game team. These are the people who actually design the games and dictate how they are made, whats made and when its made. A 25 year old kid, out of college who ‘loves’ games and can read a spread sheet will destroy your soul as an artist. If you’re lucky and can get on the good graces of a PM and pass your ideas off onto them, you might have a chance of getting a say into what you make, but beware, you won’t get the credit for it, or the bigger bonus. - Massive Attrition. People get a job here and realize what they have gotten themselves into and quit, if they can make it through the regular lay-offs. Everyone is aware that they could be laid off at any time and are often just working to try and not get laid off, making it hard to focus on your actual job and to enjoy it. When I left, you didn’t really have to worry about that as an artist though, there are not enough of them left at Zynga, only a handful. Bottom line as an artist here, you are a service. Nothing more, Nothing less.

    Show More

    Advice to Management

    -Stop under estimating the actual talent that works at this company. You fester frustration and the people with any kind of creativity and talent get angry and leave. -Quit leaving all the decisions to people who have no clue what 'fun' in a game is and who don't have a single creative bone in their body. -Stop 'fast following' games. You're still doing it after all these years. Grow a pair and make an actual new... game. You got the money.

    Show More
    Zynga2018-01-15
  8. "Great Work Environment and Opportunities"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Intern in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Zynga for more than a year

    Pros

    Competitive pay, free food, great culture and environment.

    Cons

    Bad location for Chicago office, lots of turnover in upper management.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to streamline management a bit more effectively.

    Zynga2017-10-19
  9. "Zynga Design intern review"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Designer in Carlsbad, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Zynga

    Pros

    Dogs. Free Food (carlsbad location has best food, Tracy is the greatest)

    Cons

    Zynga doesn't care about design as much as PM and data

    Advice to Management

    Please don't say Zynga is working towards invovation or is an inovative company because it is clearly not. With my time as a design intern here I saw how most design choices were actually made and I would call that inovation or design. The company should work on keeping all displines involved connected instead of isolating them. Design and Art often felt very disconnect to the games they were on, it felt like we... were contributing a lot to the game but we were very distant from working with other aspects of the games development.

    Show More
    Zynga2017-08-10
  10. "Zynga provides the best benefits among game companies."

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Zynga

    Pros

    Free food, good pay, good working environment.

    Cons

    People here don't like games, I am somewhat disappointed.

    Advice to Management

    Make some good games, not money generators.

    Zynga2017-04-07
Found 106 reviews