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Zynga Reviews

Updated 26 February 2015
Updated 26 February 2015
391 Reviews
3.1
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Review Highlights

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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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Product Manager
    Former Employee - Product Manager

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

    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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great people, conservative leadership

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Generalist Engineer in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Generalist Engineer in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I worked at Zynga

    Pros

    Great people, great benefits (food, gym, etc). Lots of responsibility but lots of freedom on the work itself.
    Heard lots of hate/horror stories about this place, but that depends dramatically on the team you're on. If possible, work on a new IP!

    Cons

    Some of the high level design decisions may seem a little myopic.
    May not be working on exactly the games you'd like to play yourself.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on the core elements of successful games - you're not gonna make a hit by just being feature complete with the competitors.

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    good company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Developer in Seattle, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Developer in Seattle, WA (US)

    I have been working at Zynga

    Pros

    Feels good to be working here. Games apps etc

    Cons

    Tough deadlines. Wrap up quick

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  5.  

    Great experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    You get to work with some of the brightest talent in the world. Great perks.

    Cons

    Really poor work/life balance and constantly changing priorities.

  6.  

    woo hoo

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    fun place to work at

    Cons

    only give promotions to top producers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    reward the peons too.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Company Imploding Under Weight of Incompetent Management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Game Designer in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Game Designer in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I worked at Zynga full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good pay. Cool facilities. Generally friendly and competent co-workers, some with a great deal of experience and talent. A good place to work if you're a coder.

    Cons

    Original owner destroyed management structure by listening to sycopants and sharks. Ended up with a company dedicated to sucking the last nickel out of an ever-diminishing client-base and throwing other employees under the bus for personal advancement. Became functionally unable to release decent games or to give a game enough time to grow and find its audience. Began violently restructuring every 10 minutes. I wouldn't work here again until and unless they managed to release several new and interesting and successful games, and I don't think that's ever going to happen.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire yourselves. Start with an entire clean slate. Create groups with the authority to make and test and release games without going through the incredibly awful vetting process. Stop rewarding managers for destroying teams.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    smart people, weird politics

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Zynga

    Pros

    smart people to work with

    Cons

    lots of big changes happening all the time.

  9.  

    Associate Software Engineer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Software Engineer in Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Associate Software Engineer in Bangalore (India)

    I have been working at Zynga

    Pros

    Good working environment , Amazing food, free to learn new technologies

    Cons

    You are free to implement any ideas

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    When I worked there it was a great place to work. Just not as challenging and motivating as it used to be.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I worked at Zynga

    Pros

    Good work/life balance, lots of perks, resonable PTO policy.

    Cons

    Redirecting and pivoting led to burnout on projects

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Use small motivated teams to build products they care about

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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