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Updated Jan 23, 2018

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3.8
73%
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93%
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Zynga CEO Frank Gibeau
Frank Gibeau
154 Ratings
  1. Helpful (1)

    "Copywriter"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great network of people. Lots of opportunity to wear multiple hats. Fantastic benefits. Good resume builder.

    Cons

    Long hours churning on snap decisions that haven't been well thought-out. Poor upper management seems largely uninterested in the actual gaming industry. Unconsciously misogynistic culture.

    Zynga2016-02-18
  2. Helpful (1)

    "A company of trial and error"

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    IT in Concord, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Zynga for more than a year

    Pros

    Great perks, good benefits, not much else.

    Cons

    Low pay compared to market, cold upper management

    Advice to Management

    Your employees are people not operating expenses.

    Zynga2015-09-04
  3. Helpful (3)

    "the dogs were the best part"

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     in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Zynga

    Pros

    some talented and nice people, good food, good location, nice building, DOGS

    Cons

    unlimited vacation is a lie (trust me, expect just 2 weeks if that), expect to work weekends and late nights more than you'd want to, lots of turnover because people get burnt out, immature leadership - middle managers actually lie to subordinates regularly to make themselves look better to upper management

    Advice to Management

    Look at the teams with high attrition and connect those reasons to the ones collected at HR interviews and not what managers report.

    Zynga2015-09-11
  4. Helpful (3)

    "Micromanagement at its best"

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    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Zynga

    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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    Advice to Management

    Stop micromanaging and foster a positive healthy work environment that isn't based on fear

    Zynga2015-08-17
  5. "Great people but poor management"

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    Former Employee - Artist in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Zynga full-time for more than a year

    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.

    Advice to Management

    Start innovating new prototypes and stop copying other games. Don't put so much emphasis on data. Hire better designers that actually make good games. Don't skimp on the art because art is what captures the audience first.

    Zynga2015-07-20
  6. Helpful (2)

    "Loads of perks to make terrible Management seem less awful"

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    Game Designer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Zynga

    Pros

    Free meals great gym great health benefits good bonuses

    Cons

    Most of the upper management has no idea what they are doing and they are insanely overpaid "leaders" that are always absent, vacationing, clueless about the market they are chasing, and ask for constant last minute changes. Not tiny changes... but full blown core redesign changes, then they refuse to allow extra dev time. Micro-Managey ceo who completely ignores roadmaps and new IP promises... does not respect creatives at all.

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    Advice to Management

    Advice to anyone that wants to actually make something new, or try something new, avoid this place like the plague. This company solely wants to play it safe for the investors and rip people off.

    Zynga2015-06-21
  7. "An opportunity to grow your skills will respectful and intelligent people admist a whirlwind of fluctuating strategies"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    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.

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    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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    Advice to Management

    I understand that business objectives take precedence and things need to happen, but please make sure you are internally consistent with your objectives and your analysis. It gets very frustrating when you feel like you're getting the run around of what's really going on when times are tough.

    Zynga2015-05-08
  8. "Terrible culture"

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    Former Employee - QE Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Zynga full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    + Rich in benefits. free massages. free food. free coffee + unlimited vacation policy + Be you own CEO (you plan and execute). You get to learn alot on your own and learn what you are truly made of. + quarterly reviews and bonuses

    Cons

    - Upper management takes 0% blames, 200% credits - that's because they provide no directions. they rely you to be CEO. when things fail, you are at fault. When things succeed, somehow, one of the execs will proudly take your MVP and level-ups. go figure. - Terrible central QA team - they don't know what they are doing. terrible unskilled directors/managers lead to terrible QA team. doesn't understand the meaning of QA. can't deliver. - discussion making solely on data. no brains usage. which led to poor planning (kill and launch the wrong games).

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    Advice to Management

    Upper management needs to play more their zynga games. be a customer and feel the product. if you don't like the game, what makes your customers like your games.

    Zynga2015-02-06
  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work on casual games"

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    Current Employee - Producer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Zynga full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great benefits and everyone works as a team to get things done.

    Cons

    Upper management seems directionless and don't know how to create any new games except for FarmVille.

    Advice to Management

    Stop copying other games. Commit to new ideas.

    Zynga2014-07-23
  10. "Terrible culture, terrible people and a terrible product"

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    Former Contractor - QA Analyst I 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Zynga for less than a year

    Pros

    Free food. Lots of cute puppies around.

    Cons

    Where to start? Upper management is inept. Games are clones of clones (well done clones, but still). Original thought is not wanted nor needed. Terrible terrible place to work at. The company has been suffering some serious brain drain over the past 3 years as well.

    Advice to Management

    Women and children first. bail sailors, bail bail bail.

    Zynga2014-07-10
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