Zynga Employee Reviews about "upper management"

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  • "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
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Stability and Opportunity at Zynga

      Feb 19, 2016 -  in Chicago, IL
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Zynga is a solid place to work that takes good care of their employees. The benefits are absolutely amazing, including onsite meals and snacks, and as far as I can tell, the compensation is at or above related local industry. There are also great opportunities to learn from amazing talent at the company, collaborate and problem-solve with other game teams, take part in social groups and activities within Zynga, tap into the various learning resources the corporation offers, and otherwise work on your own personal and professional growth. Additionally, Zynga.org offers charity matching and volunteer drives at least twice per year. Many studios organize really inspiring positive community efforts, such as working with local students.

      Cons

      At times we work long hours, but it's something we're working on improving in our overall processes as a studio. Our upper management genuinely cares about everyone contributing to the game and no hard work goes unrewarded. Sometimes being a big corporation isn't a speed advantage in terms of the red tape processes. However, the pros outweigh the cons, in my opinion.

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    2. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      An opportunity to grow your skills will respectful and intelligent people admist a whirlwind of fluctuating strategies

      May 7, 2015 - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
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      Pros

      I have worked at Zynga for five years now, and I've observed the following things to be consistent as I have moved around it. - I have rarely encountered individuals who are not driven to succeed or disrespectful. - 3.5 out of 5 star food provided daily with other options somewhat nearby. - Strong sense of ownership of business outcomes - Great place to learn and grow for technical disciplines. At better times, efficient work is rewarded. - Pay is a little above reasonable for the area. - Culture encourages having fun at the workplace but still be professional about it.

      Cons

      - There feels like there is a conflict between attempting to be transparent about strategy and covering up internal politics at the upper management level. Very often, management will have high degrees of confidence of current directions of development, but be misguided in their confidence. - Turnover has been getting higher as confidence in the company has gone down. When this occurs at the management levels, it results in thrash in strategy. - The stock price has not been a very high payoff for a long time employee. - Contracting work can particularly suck, especially when working remote. It is fairly easy to feel left in the dark.

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    3. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      this dog stinks

      Sep 26, 2013 - Engineering Manager in San Francisco, CA
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      Pros

      + Free lunch and dinner, free blue bottles coffee all day + no one there will help you set goals but yourself. if you like this kind of freedom, this place is for you.

      Cons

      - zero focus: change directions all the time because either management don't care or they don't know what's going on. clueless or just plain lazy. that's "Be your ceo" model. you make upper management left to do nothing but collecting paychecks. - HR dept is the most worthless , shameful dept i ever met. they build backbones around college grads. and only top game studios gets the bread. the rest of us gets the crumbs / weak hires. they failed to provide any real helps to make a dept successful. they suck, period. - Central QA is a joke. the whole dept is made of game testers and they were unqualified to force to test complex platforms. couldn't catch any critical bugs but central qa and their QA managers kept saying central qa is great for the studio. bs. look at how many bugs you couldn't find because you are not capable. and of course, it falls outside of the scope of qa coverage so it didn't count as misses. another bs. worthless team. should hire real QAs with computer science degrees. - PMs are jokes there. no freaking confidences on what they are producing. so they decide to run 10 to 20 different experiments to our customers for given releases.

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    4. 1.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      This ship has sunk.

      Mar 20, 2016 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      Free food, gym, and other amenities. Compensation is relatively high to industry standards, but needs to be to make up for skyrocketing SF area housing fees.

      Cons

      Game teams are not afforded enough freedom to actually finish and release a product. Upper management will often derail games by making counter-productive demands on the game teams, demands that do not actually improve the intended product but instead randomize development cycles. PMs are treated as gods, and the word 'data' is thrown around a lot, but it doesn't mean anything in the end; management will steamroll over any creative swells in the team and just do what they want to do, claiming that the data told them to do it regardless of sense or reason. Massive layoffs are regular fare, and game teams are filled with workers that fear for their alleged job security. Furthermore, executive staff members have the gall to think that lining the hallways with cheesy slogans and cutouts of ugly wide-eyed animals are ways to actually spur the working staff's excitement about being a part of the Zynga-branded culture, but these same executives are meanwhile deaf to the derision that these things actually create. Working at a clone factory is, not surprisingly, unfulfilling. All of the perks in the world won't make up for a bad working experience, and you'll be left seeing wasted potential and true disregard for quality or integrity.

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    5. 3.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Laid back culture but needs some direction

      Dec 5, 2012 - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
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      Pros

      Free food: awesome food at the SF headquarters. Other satellite offices have food too but not even close to the HQ. They try to keep fresh fruit and juices everywhere. flexibility (depending on the team): if you are in a team like I am in (infrastructure) and the manager is cool about it, you will have the flexibility to work out of where you want. It really helps good benefits: Blue-cross-PPO or Kaiser, dental offered free for employees. free GYM at the SF HQ, frequent events with food&booze. good bonuses every quarter... particularly if you are in the game studios and you game does well.

      Cons

      Lacks direction. redundant work done a lot of times in the team. Upper management lets that happen. and some teams are working on things with no strong leads who can make strong decisions. Can't say is this is a common trend, since i have been here for less than a year. But i heard that there is a lot of shuffling of resources between teams going on all the time. No 401K matching. 6 weeks maternity leave, which is the shortest i have seen in companies.

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    6. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      great experience that prepares you for your next position

      Mar 29, 2013 - Director in San Francisco, CA
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      Pros

      Most creative people I have ever worked with - Good Food - Great perks - Fun place to work

      Cons

      - Inconsistency in level-up/promotions. I have seen people that merit their award or level up, but it is very much about who you know and a lot of brown nosing. - The test team never gets the merit they deserve, they lost their leadership and now are lead by someone that never plays a game and doesn't listen to his team, and doesn't understand gaming - Too many producers that think they rule the world - They keep making the same game over and over and launch with the same issues - Great food...expect to gain weight when you work there - HR - no consistency in hiring, salaries, promos and every raise or hire has to be approved at least 5 times. Lose good candidates because the approval is sitting on the HR heads desk - No 401K match - Too many execs or upper management that don't understand what is happening in the trenches

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    7. 4.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Great company benefits but not mature in business operations and planning

      May 24, 2016 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      Fast-paced environment. Very motivated co-workers. Great food for lunch/dinner and great benefits all around.

      Cons

      Planning was non-existent at Zynga. Lots of software rollouts done in a rush and then major bug fixes or rollback were needed. Very inexperienced engineers, product managers, and producers who are not strategic planners or good leaders. Studio GMs and upper management have big egos and do not know how to develop people. Everyone at Zynga just really need more leadership and project management training. I'm sad to see Zynga not doing well but part of the culture was to rush to the market (or rush to judgement) without proper planning and testing.

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    8. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      fun work environment, smart engineers, (very) poor managers

      Feb 18, 2014 - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
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      Pros

      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)

      Cons

      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.

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    9. 2.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Micromanagement at its best

      Aug 17, 2015 -  
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Free Food Benefits Pay Gym Coffee The people that work in the service of Zynga ex. culinary are the best people I have had the pleasure of interacting with.

      Cons

      Lots of favoritism and unfairness thrown in peoples faces. If you are well liked the skys the limits here. The tip to succeed at Zynga is to be a good talker. Talk a lot, but do very little. Good intentions with no follow through go well here. A lot of bad talking and unprofessional comments spoken out loudly for people around to hear by management. Huge egos and passive aggressive behavior from upper management. Inconsistent planning and misleading talks about the future Micromanaging nightmare Crappy games Lots of lay offs Steal ideas from other games that have proven track records. No desire for innovation Greedy game makers. Its all about money here. If you are creative person go somewhere else.

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    10. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Great people but poor management

      Jul 20, 2015 - Artist in San Francisco, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      The people there are so talented and wonderful. I loved working with my teammates and learned a lot from them. The benefits are also great, free food, gym, quite a bit of workshops. They are pretty relaxed about your daily working hours. As long as you get things done, it's all good.

      Cons

      Upper management is pretty poor. There seems to be a disconnect between team leaders and the executive level. There isn't a lot of transparency. Art is not a priority at this company. Designers are not very good here, imo. Many of their unsuccessful games failed because of poor gameplay. Zynga does not innovate at all.

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