Zynga Reviews

Updated 21 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. 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. 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. Helpful (2)

    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 a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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

  6. Helpful (2)

    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 a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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!

  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 a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I work with incredibly bright, passionate people ever day.

    Cons

    Our stock price seems to be in a real slump.

  8. 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.

  9. Product Manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Got to work with some really great, smart people.
    Exciting time launching knew games

    Cons

    Tough culture. Lots and lots of pressure.

    Advice to Management

    Commit to a few well known game mechanics.
    Put out lots of tests of new games.

  10. 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

  11. 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.

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