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Too many people with egos work for this company.

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

I worked at Zynga full-time

Pros

It was a lot of fun working with a gaming company and communicating with the players.

Cons

The biggest issue is the lack of communication between the staff at Zynga. If you send an email, most often they don't even bother replying. My new manager always find time to return emails and expects us to confirm important information always - and the great communication makes for a great work environment. When you tell them what the problem is, based on the voices of hundreds of very angry people, they don't look for a solution to the problem. They instead make excuses...

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Find real solutions to the real problems. If you have players complaining that they are getting goals for so many houses that they don't even have room to put them - if you can't slow down, at least find a way for players to make the most out of the virtual real estate they have. Learn to work as a team and learn how to communicate with people who are trying to make things better for the company. Listen to your customers, they are telling you what they want and what they hate. With anything technology it's all about keeping up with the rapid pace of change and staying ahead of the game. This is taught in basic programming classes! Zynga has not changed much since it launched besides adding some better graphics. But the games are all the same - and buggy as heck. Learn to value your core members - if you save your core members instead of seeking out new players, you will make at least 5x more profit. The only thing you have shown them is they better not trust you or invest in our company because you'll just shut the game down anyway. There's a lot that needs to happen, and the changes need to take place from the top-down.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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    Current Employee - Technical Recruiter  in  San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Technical Recruiter in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I have been working at Zynga as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Great place to try new methods of recruiting. Stress but good kind of stress. Stress to achieve not micromanagement version of stress. Great people to work with. Everyone out to help one another. Don't need to watch your back. It's easy to recruit for a company doing super well. This company has its challenges and therefore makes you a better recruiter. Managers and engineers are very talented. They keep the bar high even during tough times which is good. New engineers are guaranteed a challenging work environment with lots to learn even if you're a senior recruiter or engineer.

    Cons

    Contractors not treated like equal. Not a big deal but sometimes inhibits your ability to do a good job on behalf of the client. Company only hires recruiters as contract-to-hire which limits their ability to hire top recruiters.

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    A fantastic life-changing experience that I wouldn't trade for anything!

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    Former Employee - Art Intern  in  San Francisco, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Art Intern in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I worked at Zynga as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    The environment is stellar and the people are absolutely amazing! You will make tons of friends, learning and teaching others all the while. If you're not having the time of your life, you're doing it wrong.

    Cons

    It's such an awesome place to work, you could end up living there if you aren't careful. Between the convenience and amenities, it can be difficult to keep track of how much time you're actually spending at work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing things great, just try not to forget the little guys.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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