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Updated 24 February 2015
Updated 24 February 2015
65 Reviews
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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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Bad compensation, bad work/life balance, horrible upper Management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bangalore
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bangalore

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

    Pros

    The people you work with are mostly young and driven. Work from home option.

    Cons

    - HR and upper Management one of the worst I have ever experienced
    - Level ups and comp increase heavily depended on how well you cuddle up to HR or upper Management
    - frequent late nights and weekend work
    - no transparency for anything from Level ups to why certain Studios are preferred over others

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    wake up and look at who is really working and reward those, take away some power from HR

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    not so good.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Producer in Bangalore
    Former Employee - Producer in Bangalore

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

    Pros

    Fun at work. No leaves policy. Flexi hours

    Cons

    No job security. Continuous lay offs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    don hire if you cant promise their jobs

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Politics, nepotism, favoritism and corruption at its best

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

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

    Pros

    1. Very good engineers to work with, but even there the quality is going down with recent hiring and lot of good people have left due to rampant nepotism
    2. Decent food

    Cons

    1. If you are an engineer this is probably one of the worst places to work. You will often be bossed by people with no skills whasoever. In Zynga they are called Producers. Literally anybody becomes a producer here, any QA, english writers, or so called community specialists, literally anyone who knows the right boots to lick

    2. HRs control too many things. The quarterly evaluation they tell you about is a joke. There is no transparency and Engineering managers have no say in appraisals. It is a close group who always keep getting the best. If you don't know how to play this game of thrones, this is not the place for you

    3. Overall there is no sense of direction and you have very little control on you career direction. Today you are working one one project and tomorrow you will be put to a different project without any direction and no explanations given to you.

    4. There is no transparency in any process they follow.

    5. Many IIM grads. who believe they know everything are actually sinking the company. They all are trained to chase very short term goals here, as a result company is suffering. Add to that these recent graduate can actually make a senior engineer's life tough.

    6. I have not come across a single good game designer in India. This is sort of understandable given there aren't any good game design institutes in India. But, here the problem is that these mediocre people are calling the shots.

    7. Your technical growth stops in this company because you are always chasing short term goals, without a moment to stop and think. At times you are even expected to do data entry kind of work, and then they come up with phrases like Zynga first to justify this.

    8. Best way to grow in this company if you are an engineer is a) Create a problem yourself b) Solve it couple of days later c) Send a big mail as to how you have solved the biggest problem, add in a few made up numbers, tie up with a Product manager to add in an excel sheet with all sort of manipulated information. It never fails to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    All that glitters is not gold. Have a re-look at your quarterly review process. There are many people in this office being paid for no real work. Stop those expenses rather than cutting out benefits from deserving people

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    HONOUR AMONG THIEVES!!!!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bangalore
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bangalore

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

    Pros

    If one is a freaher it is a good place to start off with since they pay well to attract talent.
    Food , food, food if you are going to enjoy this please join...
    GM's are extremely talented and a good lot to work with but the corruption is so high that it takes away the pleasure of working with these people.

    Cons

    The crime party - Country Manager, Ops managers, HR head, HR manager..... If you would like to understand how corruption works Zynga is the best place to get this information... The management here mainly takes care of their own pockets and ensures that the lions share of bonuses fall into their pockets. The crime party never lets down each other.... The vendors they use are all names sakes of the crime party and they make a killing in each and every deal.
    HR openly supports fraud and prides sexual harrassment... and you can succeed in this place only if ypu are one amongst them. TRANSPARENCY is non existent in any of the dictionaries of the management..They like to make the US feel that "ALL IS WELL".
    The management lacks maturity in dealing with any any situations. Escalations go to the Country Manager and HR Head who are not people who cannot think independently and take decisions, their decisions are based on favouritism and the degree of consequence depends on how well an employee licks these peoples boots.......
    Its a mini version of how politicians work in our country for their own benefit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let Zynga make some money please!!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 6 people found this helpful  

    Zynga is for people who like to lick the boots of HR & know to blow their trumpet well...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - QA Role in Bangalore
    Former Employee - QA Role in Bangalore

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

    Pros

    Food, Food, nothing much to mention about

    Cons

    >> Attitude of HR [Big heads] as Appraisal, Perks & Compensation is in their Hands. Never seen a company like this before.
       Its like supreme power given to Monkeys, their experience & Maturity level is way below their knees. Professionalism, Culture & Ethics is absolutely shitty.
    >> Only people who lick HR boots get good hikes & perks, all other dedicated employees are ignored.
    >> Not a place for prompt, disciplined, silent & smart workers.
    >> HR promises many things while offering, hardly keep such promises.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    >> Try to recognise people with open mindedness. Dont presume things & reward people of your choice.
    >> All that glitters is not Gold, recognise individual's contribution towards work than their licking/boasting capabilities.
    >> Stop playing with people's career. Day is not too far where everyone will witness the ship sinking.
    >> Follow the 3M rule: Effective utilisation of Men, Material & Money - Core thing missing in Zynga [Colossal waste of 3M].

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Zynga India - synonym for Favoritism, Nepotism, Corruption

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

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

    Pros

    Food. Good enough facilities. Amiable security staff (nothing else to write !!)

    Cons

    In Zynga India HR and ceratain bosses has the ultimate say against any reason & justification. haughty and ludicrous HR top. Top notch favoritism. Shameless mouth-blabbering wins over dedication and skill. Corruption in art-outsourcing. The manager who initiated large amount art-outsourcing to certain indian companies draws huge amounts from them as fringe-benefit, monthly. preposterous country manager.

    Basicaly The top bosses wants to pocket as much dollars as possible from USA, while all this lasts. This is a place for mouth-blabbers, smart-talkers and shameless butt-kissers. Not a place for skilled folks who consider there careers important.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Enjoy your life. But remember, if you are unethical and rotten to your subordinates , it reflects everywhere, even to yourself. Why this life?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Food is the only good thing

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - N/A in Bangalore
    Former Employee - N/A in Bangalore

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

    Pros

    Good food. Good compensation. There is nothing else good about Zynga.

    Cons

    The HR has control over everything that happens at Zynga.
    Performance does not matter
    Way too much office politics
    Career growth takes a backseat
    Contract employees are treated like crap
    The money and employees are underutilized.
    Its a sinking ship and nothing is being done to revive it.
    Very unorganised in general.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Come up with new better and creative games and not just improvise on the same old existing games.
    There s way too much money spent on keeping the employees enterained which is a waste sometimes.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    No concern for support staff

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Zynga

    Pros

    Free food was pretty good

    Cons

    Worked as IT Support. Despite on boarding up to 200 people a week during my time, only 3 other hires were made for the support team. A total of 12 people. Management didn't care. No way to advance. I was explicitly told that there was no way to move to a different team and if I was unhappy to look elsewhere for a job. I did. Much happier now.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  10.  

    Baffling place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Artist
    Former Employee - Senior Artist

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

    Pros

    Great health benefits
    "Free" breakfast, lunch & dinner
    Cool building
    New leadership (Mattrick) seems to know what it's doing and has implemented a plan to re-focus the company on it's core strengths before branching out into new territory. Upper management structure was also streamlined, removing unnecessary layers, etc.

    Cons

    Pay for artists is on the low side

    Project level leadership is fickle at best. Project / design leaders frequently jump-ship to other projects that better suit their short term survival instincts, leaving the previous project in limbo until a new project/design leader steps in. The new leader invariably must leave his/her own stamp on the project so a re-design usually follows. Artists are constantly being shuffled from project to project.

    Dog policy encourages many employees to become new dog owners. Many un-socialized and un-trained dogs roam around the office, barking, whining, peeing and pooing. Combined with the open floor plan, the racket is on par with Grand Central or JFK during the holidays.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on your project leads, encourage or enforce a little more discipline and commitment. Your project and design leaders need to stick with it and see their projects through to launch. Invest more heavily in pre-production game design and prototyping. Stop second guessing your seasoned veterans (those few who are still there).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Terrible culture

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

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

    Pros

    + Rich in benefits. free massages. free food. free coffee
    + unlimited vacation policy
    + Be you own CEO (you plan and execute). You get to learn alot on your own and learn what you are truly made of.
    + quarterly reviews and bonuses

    Cons

    - Upper management takes 0% blames, 200% credits - that's because they provide no directions. they rely you to be CEO. when things fail, you are at fault. When things succeed, somehow, one of the execs will proudly take your MVP and level-ups. go figure.
    - Terrible central QA team - they don't know what they are doing. terrible unskilled directors/managers lead to terrible QA team. doesn't understand the meaning of QA. can't deliver.
    - discussion making solely on data. no brains usage. which led to poor planning (kill and launch the wrong games).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management needs to play more their zynga games. be a customer and feel the product. if you don't like the game, what makes your customers like your games.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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