Zynga

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Zynga Reviews

Updated 19 December, 2014
Updated 19 December, 2014
370 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.  

    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  

    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
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Fun environment.. sometimes

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  7.  

    Surrounded by greatness

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    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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Starving the Golden Goose

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Zynga

    Pros

    Lots of variety of games to work on, some GREAT people there, wonderful talent. I loved the dogs all around, it really made it fun to be there, especially during crunch time. Decent pay for the region, great free food, great teams. Clean neat environment. TEAMS were great, lots of autonomy. Very good "flex time" policies. Yes, GREAT FOOD. Nice in-house gym.

    Cons

    I have a particular sore spot with the so-called "meritocracy" shell game.

    Sure, there WERE deserving people who did over and above the call of duty, and deserved recognition, and the "level-up" was great for them. BUT.... it's easy to "level-up" if the company has an established policy of downgrading your position when you start a new project to a lesser title! I found out by accident that this had happened to me, when I noticed that my job description on my pay stub was not what I was hired for. When I questioned it, first it was described as an error that would soon be corrected. Two months later it was "wait until the end of quarter when we change all the new titles". More weeks waiting it was "sorry, that's just what it is". Then a couple months later, "sorry, that title (the one I was HIRED with!) has a higher pay scale and would need approval." HUH? My HIRED description has a higher pay scale than the downgraded one I discovered I had been labeled with? It took multiple directors standing behind me to restore my original title, and many months. And no, my pay scale was never corrected.

    And I found out that I was one of many who had discovered themselves downgraded in position when they started new projects -- but they were mostly too intimidated to speak up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stick to your promises. Never NEVER ask an employee to give back a hiring perk / bonus / stock options! Respect the titles you hired them with. (If you needed and "bought" a Land Rover, but later you just need it to deliver newspapers door to door, you STILL OWN A LAND ROVER, you're just choosing to use it for simpler jobs. For now.)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great in some ways, lacking in others

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    Former Employee - Product Manager
    Former Employee - Product Manager

    I worked at Zynga

    Pros

    - Exceptionally open culture
    - Great data infrastructure
    - Lots of smart people and a hip office make for a fun work environment
    - Good career growth and mobility

    Cons

    - Tough place to get groundbreaking products off ground
    - Hampered by early success in some ways as it's hard for new ideas to start from the ground up
    - Work/life balance can be difficult to achieve, but varies by group
    - Lots of "best practices" make the company slower than before

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus more on the "fun" part of game design and be careful with making the place too bureaucratic as it may sap creativity and innovation.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Decent place to work.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Allen, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Allen, TX (US)

    I worked at Zynga

    Pros

    Great benefits and a strong culture, plus competitive pay.

    Cons

    Work-life balance is a struggle to maintain

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Didn't deliver on the promise

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    Former Employee - Senior Producer in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Producer in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I worked at Zynga

    Pros

    Great Benefits, cool office, great food.

    Cons

    Product strategy is broken as they cancel more games than they release. Business thinking drives too much of the new product development and they end up with uninspiring fast-follow clones that they end up cancelling. This takes a toll on the creative people that they desperately need to be inspired. A good deal of the best people I worked with here have since left.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find the balance between business and creative ideas.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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