Zynga Reviews

Updated 13 May 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. Helpful (1)

    Not a good company to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Indi, Karnataka
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Indi, Karnataka

    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

    some good perks and free stuff

    Cons

    You have to work like a dog to make dog happy

    Advice to Management

    Treat engineers like engineers not as slave !

  2. Not really a good place for engineers

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    Current Employee - Associate Software Engineer in Bangalore
    Current Employee - Associate Software Engineer in Bangalore

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fun Place to Work , Free Food, Good Opportunities for personal growth, you get to work on games played by thousands of players.

    Cons

    Not really a good place for engineers. Most engineers get to work on sunset games transitioned from the US with the aim of keeping the revenue stable for some time.
    Company not doing well ans has had multiple layoffs in the past

  3. Good for chilling out , no technical work

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Bangalore
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Bangalore

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Awesome , i think ultimate food
    Good amount of Swags
    Good Salary(Initially when you join)
    Extra curriculars

    Cons

    Non Technical work , only copy paste(Atleast in India center)
    Pathetic or no salary hikes

    Advice to Management

    When you hire people for Bangalore center , tell them exactly what they have to do , I have seen your HRs just making them speak with some people who will tell them lies about work just to make join. This should not be happening.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Good facilities but lousy work culture and people management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Decent free food, recreational facilities, flexi hours, wfh option, unlimited leave policy.

    Cons

    You won't get any visibility, promotions, pay hikes or bonuses without sucking up to Indian HR. If you're a pet of HR, life is made for you here. Blatant favouritism displayed by HR. Game teams are favoured over other support teams. Plenty of politics.

    Advice to Management

    Reward employees who turn in good work. Stop centering so much power in HR.

  6. Helpful (1)

    Fast Moving company, Like Finance Market, Bad for Engineers, Great for PMs

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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 a year)

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

    Pros

    Fast Culture - even though it is a big company, things move at a very fast pace.
    Data Driven Decisions - most of the decisions are taken based on internal data platform.
    Meritocracy - if you slog enough, they'll promote you and shower you with cash.

    Cons

    Zynga India is a outsource shop, cost saving strategy.
    Code quality is horrible, terrible. Very bad Engineering Culture in Game Teams. High attrition rate.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing specific

  7. Helpful (3)

    Excellent place for yogis , who can let go of all wordily happiness like family, friends.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • 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 (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Free food and snacks.
    Nice interiors.

    Cons

    Me-first-crush-you-under-my-dirty-shoe attitude of managers.
    Excellent place for those who like working for 74 hours a week.
    Excellent place for those who would like to get more work plus perked humiliation for good/excellent performance instead of recognition and bonus.
    Excellent for people who would ilke to work on vacation, since theres no leave policy.
    Excellent place for those who know how to lick feet to grow upwards.

    Advice to Management

    Bozo explosion on its way , cut the politics.

  8. Zynga Review

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Program Manager in San Francisco, NM (US)
    Former Employee - Technical Program Manager in San Francisco, NM (US)

    I worked at Zynga (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Use to move really fast

    Cons

    Got taken over by process junkies

  9. Product Manager

    • Comp & Benefits
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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. Helpful (1)

    Revolving Door of Executives

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Worker Bee in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Worker Bee in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I worked at Zynga (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great Food, Great people, you can bring your dog to work. Fantastic basement gym. Onsite Massage. Any snack you want.

    Cons

    Grueling hours for most employees. The stock offering was a plane wreck. Low pay for non-management roles. On-site useless 'health and wellness' practices of acupuncture and reflexology. The executives who are giving those big, flashy presentations on how to course-correct the company? Don't really listen to them because they won't be there for long. In a few months they will be gone, probably leaving much richer.

    Advice to Management

    Management can't choose a good plan and stick to it. The major players of the company always leave, so no plan will be adhered to.

  11. Helpful (7)

    Company Imploding Under Weight of Incompetent Management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Game Designer in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Game Designer in San Francisco, CA (US)

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

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

    Pros

    Good pay. Cool facilities. Generally friendly and competent co-workers, some with a great deal of experience and talent. A good place to work if you're a coder.

    Cons

    Original owner destroyed management structure by listening to sycopants and sharks. Ended up with a company dedicated to sucking the last nickel out of an ever-diminishing client-base and throwing other employees under the bus for personal advancement. Became functionally unable to release decent games or to give a game enough time to grow and find its audience. Began violently restructuring every 10 minutes. I wouldn't work here again until and unless they managed to release several new and interesting and successful games, and I don't think that's ever going to happen.

    Advice to Management

    Fire yourselves. Start with an entire clean slate. Create groups with the authority to make and test and release games without going through the incredibly awful vetting process. Stop rewarding managers for destroying teams.


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