Zynga Reviews

Updated 18 April, 2015
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  1. Huge Learning Experience

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Zynga

    Pros

    Great perks, Lots of personal growth

    Cons

    Emotional atmosphere of the company after all of the bad press

    Advice to Management

    Keep following through with the vision set in place

  2. UI designer

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    Current Employee - UI Designer in Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - UI Designer in Toronto, ON

    I have been working at Zynga full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    great talent to work with

    Cons

    there are some remote office communication issue

  3. Helpful (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.

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  5. 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

  6. 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.

  7. good company

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    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

  8. Great experience

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    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.

  9. woo hoo

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    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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    fun place to work at

    Cons

    only give promotions to top producers.

    Advice to Management

    reward the peons too.

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

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I worked at Zynga

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Redirecting and pivoting led to burnout on projects

    Advice to Management

    Use small motivated teams to build products they care about

  11. Wasn't always a great job, but they're a great employer

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

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Two meals were catered every day, and special care was taken to accommodate anyone's dietary restrictions.

    I worked in a room full of very experienced game developers from all walks of the industry, including a few legends from my childhood.

    For the most part, everyone was friendly, helpful, and invested in helping you succeed. Even when the whole team is stuck in the office because your update keeps failing QA at midnight, they come to you to see how they can help, rather than complaining.

    Zynga offers unlimited/untracked PTO for vacations and sick leave. Their official vacation policy was "You should probably take some." In an industry notorious for working developers to death, Zynga producers were known for pulling people aside and telling them to go away for a week or two for a vacation. And if a producer asks you to stay late to finish something, they'll sometimes offer you a day or two off in exchange. The whole office basically shuts down from before christmas through the new year.

    Cons

    Not a lot of original IP or creativity, in some aspects of their games. Also, the product managers are making game design decisions based solely on market statistics.

    Advice to Management

    Try to keep on top of bonuses and and leveling up for your teams.

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