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Zynga Reviews

Updated 18 April 2015
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Pros
  • Free food & stuff if that is important to you (in 57 reviews)

  • Benefits, cool office environment, in house Gym, breakfast, lunch and dinner (in 22 reviews)

Cons
  • Most employees have a very poor work-life balance, especially around holidays (in 42 reviews)

  • Low morale coupled with long hours at my studio (in 27 reviews)

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  1. Go in expecting to work hard, come out with many new skills

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    Former Employee - Product Manager
    Former Employee - Product Manager

    I worked at Zynga full-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - For Product Managers, it's basically boot camp. Don't plan to stay long, but you will learn a ton while there
    - Very rigorous a comprehensive on decision making and analysis
    - Go in with expectations that you won't have much work/life balance and things will be okay
    - Operationally, very efficient, great infrastructure
    - At least back in 2011/2012 - you genuinely felt like all teams were staffed with some of the best in the world at what they do (and for those that weren't - they still aspired to be the best)

    Cons

    (Depending on studio, the environment would vary greatly)

    The Game Designer opinions have traditionally been steam rolled by stats/PM - hence the games generally lack innovation. The stats have a higher probability of moving a metric, however those optimisations rarely lead to a better experience in the long run

  2. Challenging place to work at, but fun once you find your niche

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Zynga full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    You get to work with some of the smartest people in the Valley regardless of the discipline. There's also a strong chance that you'll become a big fan of the product you are working on as well.

    Cons

    i think the biggest problem at Zynga is the number of pivots a product might go through and those decisions coming from the execs.

    Advice to Management

    Trust the smart people you've hired and let them create a product based on data and instincts.

  3. Strong individual contributors, no leadership

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    Current Employee - Product Manager
    Current Employee - Product Manager

    I have been working at Zynga

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Strong product folks and devs

    Cons

    Weak leadership, constant changes in strategy and org structure

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  5. Sr. Producer

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    Current Employee - Senior Producer in Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Senior Producer in Bangalore (India)

    I have been working at Zynga full-time (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Cooperative Team, Long team company Goal, Lot of Product initiative, Great Leadership

    Cons

    Centralized Decision Making, Not expanding beyond US audience, Over do on Re-skin of old franchise.

  6. The good and the bad

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    Former Employee - Customer Service
    Former Employee - Customer Service

    I worked at Zynga full-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very open minded company, flexible schedules, nice atmosphere to work at

    Cons

    Very strict metrics to follow, sometimes it felt like we were machines. Very repetitive job

  7. Helpful (1)

    Currently at Z-town

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    Current Employee - CA - California in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - CA - California in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I have been working at Zynga

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, lots of opportunity to fix things, great perks (love the food!), fun company culture, and love having an on-site gym.

    Cons

    However, some of the negative aspects are around the financial health and longevity of the company, change in management and direction, and lack of resources.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to get GREAT games out, invest in the people (training goes a long way), and pay fairly (there are other options in SF...).

  8. Helpful (1)

    You are well cared of, but might need to really stand out to ger promoted or advance

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    Former Employee - QA Engineer II in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Former Employee - QA Engineer II in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I worked at Zynga

    Neutral Outlook
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    - You got free lunch and dinner ( and food is okay too)
    - Perks and swags are abundannt, and if oyu like showing off your company then by all means wear it
    - Facility is very nice. you have a Gamer feel type of environment. There are also a lot of free services available (Last time i worked)
    - Benefits are okay

    Cons

    - Gets very busy and will have no time to enjoy the free amenities the company provides
    - It's really who you know and not what you know ( I got screwed by my pay and bonuses/raises. never got one on my whole 3 years working there even when I worked my butt off)
    - With the company being that big, its hard to really stand out and be recognized. You really need to get along with everyone. If you have one person that doesnt like you, that's one negative points for you.Again, It's all who you know and what you know.

    Advice to Management

    Really take care of your employees. See through it to have their quarterly review. are met and any hard work is well compensated or rewarded.

  9. Helpful (2)

    Nice perks

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I worked at Zynga full-time (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    - nice perks including free meals, snakes etc.
    - good place to learn game development

    Cons

    - management lost vision since IPO and bad execution after IPO too.

    Advice to Management

    need figure out how to keep users

  10. Helpful (1)

    Revolving Door of Executives

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    Former Employee - Worker Bee in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Worker Bee in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I worked at Zynga (more than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great Food, Great people, you can bring your dog to work. Fantastic basement gym. Onsite Massage. Any snack you want.

    Cons

    Grueling hours for most employees. The stock offering was a plane wreck. Low pay for non-management roles. On-site useless 'health and wellness' practices of acupuncture and reflexology. The executives who are giving those big, flashy presentations on how to course-correct the company? Don't really listen to them because they won't be there for long. In a few months they will be gone, probably leaving much richer.

    Advice to Management

    Management can't choose a good plan and stick to it. The major players of the company always leave, so no plan will be adhered to.

  11. Helpful (1)

    Good Learninf but uneven work distibution

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Bangalore (India)

    I have been working at Zynga

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Good food
    - Lots of learning of how system, scalibility and coding can be worked/optimised
    - Supporting colleagues
    - HR, Colleagues. Managers even GM of the comapny in India is reachable at any time(literally)
    - Extreme visibility, people know you exist in team and are working on things which is always important.

    Cons

    - Tight deadlines at time screwing work-life balance (not always)
    - Software developers have more pressure than other teams like game design /art and even if design had fault in there end, engineering pays up spending extra hours to recitfy it.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more engineers than designers, you really need engineers more than designers to clean up the mess at times.

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