Zynga Reviews

Updated 17 March 2015
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  1. Not a good company to work

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    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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    • Career Opportunities
    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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    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
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    • 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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    • 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.

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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. Helpful (1)

    Revolving Door of Executives

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    • 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.

  9. Helpful (7)

    Company Imploding Under Weight of Incompetent Management

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    • 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.

  10. Helpful (5)

    A Dysfunctional Step Towards Better Pastures

    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at Zynga as a contractor (less than a year)

    Negative Outlook
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    + If you can successfully do your job here, you can probably successfully do your job anywhere
    + Doglovers' paradise
    + Baristas at the free espresso bar were basically wizards of their craft
    + Actually, the entire culinary team is incredible. Eat their food any chance you get, especially the snacks made in-house: pickles, coconut granola, beef jerky, ice cream, etc. Stuff it in your bag, fill your cheeks with it like a deranged hamster. Their food is so good.
    + Actually actually, the entire facilities team is stupendous! Do you know how hard it is to keep a place as huge as Zynga is clean, secure, and running smoothly? Facilities staff are the unsung heroes of this story, guys.
    + Convenient free shuttles to BART, Caltrain, and down the Peninsula
    + I loved my team. LOVED. Greatest group of people I've ever worked with. Sadly, I'm not evaluating them; I'm evaluating the company.

    Cons

    Look, this place is what it is: a stepping stone; a place to refine one's skills in the fire before heading out for that real dream job - and they know it. The turnover/attrition rate here is unbelievably high - if you've worked at Zynga for a year, you've done some serious time. The recruiting team tries to keep the staffing numbers up and oftentimes relies on bringing in non-local candidates. Zynga's rep in the Bay Area has been torched so badly, the local workforce (and those who are tuned into the goings on of the tech and gaming industries) know to stay away. So we look out-of-state, for candidates who want to move to the Bay Area and just need a way in. Once they get here, work a couple of months and find a place to live, they get the hell out and into a more reputable company.

    I was a contractor for them. A good portion of the "expendable" workers (aka: anyone not a software engineer) are. That way, once leadership looks at its quarterly/EOY reports and decides that it's been bleeding money and needs to tighten up, it's easy to sweep out the chaff, without needing to go through the fuss of actually laying off FT employees and paying severance. My boss had no notice that me and four of my coworkers were going to be cut; she had no say in who was going to be cut.

    As a contractor, I was also sometimes on the outside looking in: I couldn't attend the company holiday party unless I was a FTE's +1, I wasn't allowed to use the (awesome) company gym, and I got none of the supposedly-lovely benefits and generous vacation policy. That's pretty standard for contractor work, I guess. I'm just spoiled and grumping about that.

    Advice to Management

    Leadership: I know you know that Zynga is dysfunctional and broken. I know you know your reputation. Why do you continually ignore the fact that you're bleeding out? I was here for a short time, in a limited capacity. If I couldn't even really see the leaders trying to lead, how is the public supposed to see it?

    Assess and address your apathetic and disillusioned workforce and commit to being strong and honest leaders. Don't perform triage anymore; you're beyond that stage and you know it.

  11. Sink or swim

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Product Manager in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Product Manager in San Francisco, CA (US)

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

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

    Pros

    Good infrastructure, facilities and perks.
    Smart People
    Excellent food (3 meals per day)
    Good promotions / career trajectory if you fit

    Cons

    Downward trajectory - don't see Zynga recovering former glories
    Tough work-life balance (although I hear it has improved)
    Easy to stagnate if you don't succeed or fit the mould
    Frequent team changes

    Advice to Management

    Become scrappy - release games frequently (Not necessarily the highest quality)

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