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great experience that prepares you for your next position

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Former Employee - Director  in  San Francisco, CA (US)
Former Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA (US)

I worked at Zynga full-time for more than 3 years

Pros

Most creative people I have ever worked with
- Good Food
- Great perks
- Fun place to work

Cons

- Inconsistency in level-up/promotions. I have seen people that merit their award or level up, but it is very much about who you know and a lot of brown nosing.
- The test team never gets the merit they deserve, they lost their leadership and now are lead by someone that never plays a game and doesn't listen to his team, and doesn't understand gaming
- Too many producers that think they rule the world
- They keep making the same game over and over and launch with the same issues
- Great food...expect to gain weight when you work there
- HR - no consistency in hiring, salaries, promos and every raise or hire has to be approved at least 5 times. Lose good candidates because the approval is sitting on the HR heads desk
- No 401K match
- Too many execs or upper management that don't understand what is happening in the trenches

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Open your eyes and look at your workforce, and give merit where merit is due.

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

Other Reviews for Zynga

  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    The worst possible work environment and culture imaginable.

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    Former Employee - Studio General Manager  in  San Francisco, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Studio General Manager in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I worked at Zynga full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    There is no good reason to work here. Good food & coffee, free snacks. Video games and nice gym on main campus.

    Cons

    CEO has no idea how to run a large company. Constant thrash and pivots. CEO says stuff like, "When you come to the conversation understanding that I'm always right you'll have a better outcome." This company cannot succeed with current management in place. Highly, highly political environment, not a meritocracy as they say. Squeaky wheel gets the grease.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire yourselves.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Hard working, hungry, ambitious company

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    Current Employee - General Manager  in  San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - General Manager in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I have been working at Zynga full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great, high quality, highly motivated and straight-shooting folks
    The Zynga spirit drives the company to be successful and pushes through challenging times
    The constant quest on how to be more successful, make better games, increase value for our players
    Yes, the food is amazing

    Cons

    The outside reputation and perception of Zynga are at least one year behind the reality of the current culture, which I have found very positive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep building up a more game development centric culture
    Push to hire the best talents

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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