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- "The management is poor." (in 61 reviews)
- "Some managers have made unethical and immoral decisions in the expense of the employees" (in 32 reviews)
- "Bad upper management, Non deserving candidates are at higher position in company" (in 29 reviews)
- "lack of leadership and direction" (in 24 reviews)
- "Lots of layoffs" (in 21 reviews)
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- 2.0Feb 18, 2014Anonymous EmployeeFormer Employee, more than 1 yearSan Francisco, CA
free food flexible vacation policy - if you use it! some really smart engineers solving problems as scale Don is making decisions which are impacting the stock price in a positive way (atleast for now)
middle and top management highly inexperienced - which fail to motivate high performers, and end up losing them. Since IPO has been highly unstable, and too many re-orgs every quarter. Compensation might have been good, if stock value had gotten north of IPO price (by comparison other tech startups are trading at 100-150% above IPO) office politics & you need to know the right people/ be in the right team to get noticed for your performance - no longer a meritocracy. Too many layoffs in the past 6-8 months, and the upper management has failed to deliver a consistent future plan.
- 2.0Nov 5, 2015Anonymous EmployeeFormer Employee
- Benefits: These are generally good, but if you're looking for work at any public company you should have a certain level of benefits that should cover what you need. Yes, there's food, free coffee, happy hours, and so forth. If you get a job here you should be able to buy all of this stuff for yourself anyways (most positions at Zynga command good salaries). - People: There are some truly outstanding people and some truly terrible people. Mostly, the people are a positive. - Games: Yes, working in games is better than working in any number of industries, so that's definitely a positive.
- Content: This one is important as Zynga is theoretically a content company; they can't make it and what they do make doesn't make money. That's really the problem at Zynga, they haven't had a hit game in years and they're relying on old games (Poker, Words with Friends, FarmVille 2) and Slots to squeak along. - Leadership: There is none, so there's not much to say. I mean, the CFO just stepped down with no reason given with less than 2 years of service. That should tell you everything you need to know. - Size: The company has probably 500-700 more people than it needs and no discipline to keep headcount down. If you are considering a job at Zynga understand that you're probably walking into a situation where a layoff is necessary in the near future.7
- 2.0Apr 3, 2014Anonymous EmployeeCurrent Employee, more than 5 years
used to be a great place to work with lots of added benefits. these days employees don't get bonuses, christmas parties or offsites like we used to
lack of appreciation for employees 'be glad you have a job' atmosphere increased workload due to massive rounds of layoffs
- 3.0Feb 9, 2014Product ManagerFormer Employee, more than 1 yearSan Francisco, CA
Learn a lot fast. Fast dev cycles for product launches.
Poor management. Managers receive no manager training. No career guidance. Layoffs are brutal and poorly managed. Company is lost and the moves it's making won't save it.
- 4.0Jun 26, 2013Senior Game DesignerCurrent Employee, more than 1 yearBoston, MA
Good pay and perks, and good people in the trenches.
Seem to be stagnating and may have further layoffs
- 3.0Jul 28, 2017Art DirectorCurrent Employee, more than 1 yearSan Francisco, CA
-Unexpectedly good work- life balance. -Great on- site benefits in the SF location compared with most traditional game developers (for now) -Free breakfast, lunch snacks, and drinks
-Layoffs and frequent cost- cutting measure are now the norm -MVP mentality and overly aggressive release cycles ensure poor quality and lackluster production values. -'New' game features are often reskins of successful features from previous games -Titles being developed in the SF studio have drastically dwindled (with Poker and WWF being the bulk of the development staff) so options to work on new projects there are extremely limited. -Poor stock performance2
- 3.0Mar 12, 2013Anonymous ContractorFormer Contractor, more than 1 year
1) Awesome perks: Free meals, coffee, beverages and snacks, and swag 2) Every day is bring your dog to work day 3) Connect and work with some amazing people 4) Create games and help them evolve
1) Employee retention - losing a lot of talent due to either budget cuts/lay offs or just leaving in general due to environment. 2) Management doesn't seem to listen or care when it comes to great ideas or suggestions 3) Wasteful spending on certain things that led to office closings and layoffs including outsourcing 4) Community to player relations are at an all time low 5) Player retention is poor 6) Listening to advice/complaints is very poor3
- 2.0Mar 1, 2014DesignerCurrent Employee, more than 3 yearsSan Francisco, CA
Comp is on the higher end for gaming companies, but on the lower end relative to other public tech companies. There are some good folks remaining but they're all leaving like flies. It used to have good perks when I started, but they have gotten rid of a lot of them (no more massages, haircuts, they also laid off my trainer in December).
Lowest morale in all of SF and Silicon Valley right now. The last round of layoffs ended up cutting some of the best performers at Zynga (HR and C suite's decision-making abilities are questionable), leaving behind some cheaper but very mediocre performers. My studio has too many leads and too political to get anything done. All upper management cares about is pleasing the investors (not their players or employees). They haven't been able to ship a good mobile title organically, so they tap into their free cash flow and acquire other mobile gaming companies while cutting headcount. Great for the bottom line temporarily, but terrible in the long-run because some of the top performers are gone and you cannot make great games without them. They always claim there will not be more layoffs but a 18% layoffs occurred in May and an 15% layoffs occurred in late January. Do not believe anything upper management says anymore.1
- 4.0Dec 13, 2019Director of Product MarketingCurrent Employee, more than 1 yearSan Francisco, CA
Top talent, great benefits and perks
constant layoffs across functions and studios3