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  1. 5.0
    Former Employee

    Great place

    Feb 3, 2021 - Producer 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Work life balance, people, environment.

    Cons

    Pay could be better, building is nice, but commuting to it is difficult.

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  2. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Great company

    Nov 15, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Good at accountability Flexible work environment Good work/life balance

    Cons

    Ongoing projects that never seem to end. Some times work is crazy hours but mostly good work/life Limited career growth opportunities

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  3. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Great work life balance; career advancement

    Jul 6, 2021 - Product Manager 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    -Great work life balance - Mentorship - Training

    Cons

    - Too distributed - Games are old

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  4. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    Dream come true

    Aug 4, 2020 - Director of Design in Austin, TX
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    I’ve been a game developer for over 25 years. My experience with Zynga has exceeded my expectations in every aspect including compensation, benefits, and projects. The biggest dream come true, however, is the work-life balance: being given the trust and autonomy to work remotely when needed. Additionally, Zynga’s commitment to employee health and safety during the Coronavirus pandemic has made quarantining a smooth adjustment, and allowed the company to continue to grow and actually flourish since more folks are sheltering at home playing Zynga games. I am grateful and humbled to be part of the Zynga family!

    Cons

    I waited too long to look for a job here.

    3 people found this review helpful
  5. 4.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    Experience depends on your studio

    Jan 5, 2021 - Senior Manager Software Engineering in San Francisco, CA
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Great benefits. Opportunities to move around the company. Your experience will vary widely depending on which studio you work in. Each game is like their own mini-company.

    Cons

    For less experienced hires straight out of college, it was very easy to not have a healthy work life balance. At the time I was there, they served meals from their kitchen every work day, including dinner. They have since ceased that, but even without that there are enough perks that it is easy to be there way more than 8 hours a day.

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  6. 4.0
    Current Employee

    Review

    Mar 18, 2021 - Engineer 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Great work/life balance Easy to move in between teams

    Cons

    No swag for new hires Will not fight to keep you

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  7. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 5 years

    A Stable Startup Community

    Feb 27, 2020 - Senior Engineering Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Zynga is a public company wrapped around a group of startups, with each team having significant freedoms to choose their own technology, strategy, and designs without being forced to tow the company line on core decisions. The teams heavily embrace an open community within this ecosystem, and there is significant cooperation between these teams to share technology, processes, and code to allow sister teams to prosper as opposed to companies where teams are in constant competition over resources. Nor do teams have their technical / creative decisions restricted by a rigid company persona, or are forced to leverage specific technologies due to primarily political decisions. Sitting in between these teams is the Cloud Engineering team, which works with every team to support and disseminate new processes, technologies and patterns across this loosely coupled community. We enjoy the opportunity of tracking the different technologies, challenges, and successes from our peers, increasing our own knowledge base as Zynga continues to grow. In return, we focus on pairing solutions with partners throughout the company, and leading teams on the path of prosperity. Zynga in general has a very strong work life balance, with generous PTO (not gated by seniority), maternity/paternity leave, and benefits to care for your family and pets. Our team has taken this as a core tenet to balance the challenges of supporting such a wide variety of clients and their needs, by emphasizing the importance of regular PTO, predictable work hours, and the role of remote-work.

    Cons

    Zynga is a multinational, and many teams are relatively distributed across different offices and time zones, so communication is often electronic rather than personal. While this introduces us to friends and co-workers around the world, opportunities to work together in person are rare. Commuting time to our major offices like San Francisco can be challenging, so we heavily emphasize and subsidize public transportation or shuttles where available. Senior management has changed frequently in the past 10 years, shuffling organizations and strategy, but the current CEO has put Zynga into a continuous growth trend for the last couple years, and seems poised to have brought strategic stability.

    6 people found this review helpful
  8. 5.0
    Current Intern, less than 1 year

    Great company to work for!

    Jul 16, 2020 - Software Engineer Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    - Good pay - Fun projects - Great people - Good work life balance

    Cons

    - Steep learning curve on some projects but not unmanageable

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  9. 5.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    Great company to work for

    Jun 22, 2020 - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommend
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    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Sweet food, Good props and Nice Gym

    Cons

    Hard work culture and strange work-life balance

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  10. 2.0
    Current Employee

    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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