Zynga Reviews

Updated 21 October, 2014
Updated 21 October, 2014
358 Reviews
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358 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Free food & stuff if that is important to you (in 56 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.  

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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 an year)

    Pros

    great talent to work with

    Cons

    there are some remote office communication issue

  3.  

    review of zynga

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Zynga

    Pros

    nice environment as a whole

    Cons

    doesnt feel right from time to time

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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Fun environment.. sometimes

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Toronto, ON

    I have been working at Zynga full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Free food
    Happy hour on Fridays
    Get to work with some of the newest technologies
    Super smart co-workers

    Cons

    Lots of constant pressure to meet arbitrary deadlines
    Quality is not a priority in the end product
    Management has very little visibility on who is actually doing a good job
    Perks are getting less and less and noticeably less month to month

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The culture needs to change now! Smaller development teams and with a purpose. Too many project managers. We don't need 3 PM's when there's only 4 developers!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good at first, downhill after that

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Toronto, ON

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

    Pros

    - Lots of smart people
    - Very interesting projects
    - Decent enough office
    - Good life work balance, none of the crazy forced hours seen in SF

    Cons

    - Culture, over time, started to become more and more like the one in SF
    - Managers have no idea what their reports are working on
    - Bonuses, awards, etc are all very much tied to how well you can play the game and suck up to those in charge. Hard work gets you nowhere if you don't make sure people know about it
    - The people at the top of the company are an embarrassment who act like children
    - Too many inter-team politics, things are not done for the greater good but rather for the good of various teams and/or individuals

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People are not happy with how things are run, listen to them or you will keep loosing talent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Surrounded by greatness

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Toronto, ON

    I have been working at Zynga full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I work with incredibly bright, passionate people ever day.

    Cons

    Our stock price seems to be in a real slump.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good place for new grads to work and learn

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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 (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great work-life balance. Average engineers I know come in at 10, have 1 hour for lunch, have 1 hour for gym/dinner/break, and leave at 7. That's 7 hours of working time.
    During working hour the task is not compact. You can cost loosely.
    Can WFH any day
    Flexible holiday, not a fixed amount. As long as you have good performance and gives the team time to plan ahead.
    Can bring dogs, and almost 50% people bring dogs.
    Benefits are on bar with Internet companies, which means much higher than traditional game companies.
    The work you are working on is a game. Though it may not be the game you like to play, the process is the same. You can learn the inside out of how to make games. People around you are mostly veterans probably worked on games you love. And they are not super busy, you can learn tons from them.
    Culture is great, people here love great games and play, talk about them.

    Cons

    Risk of being laid off
    The game you are making may not be the type you like. If you are very against this, don't apply.
    Structure is heavy, though I haven't seen big problem with it on my team yet

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good company to work for

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Zynga full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good life balance
    Lot of perks
    Good technologies
    Office environment is awesome
    Great free food
    Good pay

    Cons

    Not many cons, Management hierarchy is a bit high

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Leaving with benefits

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Zynga

    Pros

    We were a bunch of gamers, be it console, social, computer or board games but with such diverse backgrounds and knowledge that you could easily learn a lot from the people sitting around you. Another huge benefit of the company was having access to food and coffee all the time, especially since you're working 8-15hr shifts. As a representative it was also a fantastic experience to work with teams outside the country and state to help our players or build towards a better game. I came out of the company with a better outlook on my position as someone from the CS org as well as build many skills to help me grow in any company. One last benefit was you have ownership and freedom to complete those tasks (within reason). It's nice to have that ability and experiment on your own without being a drone.

    Cons

    It was hard for the department to press forward because every time we thought we were pushing to something better things would get retracted to procedures that were done months or years back. As a company the departments just seem to be confused causing communication issues due to the disbursement or removal of teams. When issues like that arose the responsibility was never redistributed so it was a guessing game. After some time staffing also became a big issue which also contributed to communication issues with more confusion that left teams scrambling to establish the level of care and devotion to the games that use to exist. One other problem that could also be said for a lot of other companies is that the wrong kind of people were hired for particular positions. Their personalities and bad tastes for decisions left a division within teams.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Good

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Marketing in San Francisco, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    I joined Zynga at its early stage, a lot super brilliant and hard working people.
    Great benefits
    No need to get up too early to go to work. you can go in late and leave late.

    Cons

    Too much politics going on
    work & life balance was poor
    Too many poor decisions from management team
    Too many PMs and decision makers
    but despite all these, it is definitely one of the best places to work at in the gaming industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    make good games

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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