Zynga Reviews

Updated 27 August 2014
Updated 27 August 2014
407 Reviews

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Pros
  • Free food and snacks are good and did offset some of the salary cut the pre-ipo hired took (in 52 reviews)

  • Benefits, cool office environment, in house Gym, breakfast, lunch and dinner (in 21 reviews)


Cons
  • Most employees have a very poor work-life balance, especially around holidays (in 40 reviews)

  • Low morale coupled with long hours at my studio (in 25 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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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 for more than a year

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Nothing specific

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Work is fun, but engineers deserve more respect.

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

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

    Pros

    Very good engineers as colleagues.

    Cons

    Career growth might get stale after a while
    A little favoritism culture had set in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You could group and form great teams, but not at the cost of company.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Politics, nepotism, favoritism and corruption at its best

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • 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 for 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.  

    Worked in zynga bangalore for a year

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Bangalore
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Bangalore

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

    Pros

    Great people to worth with, lots of learning opportunities, free food, good facilities, flexible working hours, approachable management

    Cons

    Some teams have crazy work hours, frequent changes to organization structure that is sometimes confusing, they are still struggling to get the food right

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Learning at Incredible speed

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Product Manager  in  Bangalore
    Former Employee - Associate Product Manager in Bangalore

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

    Pros

    - You get to work with some of the best people around
    - Probably the best place for Product Management in India
    - Awesome food / recreational facilities

    Cons

    - Work / Life Balance will take a hit, at least initially. That might be true of any firm.
    - No clarity beyond the next 3 months. Things / Teams change very quickly. If the chaos is okay, you should thrive here.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    HONOUR AMONG THIEVES!!!!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Bangalore
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bangalore

    I worked at Zynga full-time for 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
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Initially a good place to work; now a very bad one (steep decline in last 9-12 months)

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Developer  in  Bangalore
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Bangalore

    I have been working at Zynga full-time

    Pros

    [1] Excellent food for breakfast, lunch and evening snacks. 5 different caterers for 5 working days, one of them is a 5-star hotel. Multi-national cuisines - salads, soups, main course, starters and icecream everyday! You'll love this place if you're a foodie. Only 1 or 2 companies in India probably have better food than here. Period.
    [2] Quarterly appraisal cycle and bonus payouts (that is, you don't have to wait an year for your pay hike or bonus payout :-)).
    [3] Smart developers around. Zynga hired a lot of smart folks from good companies/colleges (I hear hiring standards have declined recently, I'm not sure)
    [4] Good growth and quick change in roles (this 'pro' existed 2 years back, may not be now)

    Cons

    (I'm not gonna just compalain about the cons here. Wherever applicable, I'll indicate how you can use these cons to your advantage, if your conscience / opportunity at company allows. See points mentioned in '=>')

    [1] Clearly not an engineering-oriented company. Very few (I repeat, very few) people get to work on good-technology. Most developers work on projects involving only editing XML files, adding PHP array entries, editing CSS, integrating animation/image files into front-end code etc. Only products that US office doesn't want transitions to India office. The other way around, products that's technologically cool built out of India office gets transitioned to US. Around 60-80% of the developers here can be quickly replaced by front-end developers or multi-media chaps (who just have an NIIT course on CSS/JS/Flash).
    => Keep your expectations clear. Don't come here to work on cool technologies or anything. Earn salary and leave.
    [2] Lacks dignity of labour. Clearly, following is the tiered system one would notice within a week of joining:
    1st-grade employees: Product Managers, Producers, UI Designers, Artists
    2nd-grade employees: Developers, Engineering Managers
    3rd-grade employees: QA
    Typically for all the good things that happen in your product, Product Managers and Producers get credit. For any bad things, blame typically goes to developers and QA. General Managers almost always listen only to Product Managers or Producers. As a developer, I get deeply hurt sometimes. Can't imagine what would our QA be feeling every day!
    => If you want to join Zynga as developer, come with clear expectations that you're not respected like in other companies. Then you'll feel better.
    [3] Product Managers and producers call the shots in almost all teams (to know what a 'producer' role means, you may have to google a bit). As a developer, you'll have little to no freedom to disagree with them. Engineering managers are powerless here - there is little they're able to do, even if they want to. This has a direct negative impact on developer's work-life balance, severely. A freshly graduated MBA can make 7 to 10 year experienced developers and their engineering manager dance to his/her tunes. Unfortunately, Product Managers in India Studio are very short-sighted (focus is on that particular month's revenue, sometimes that week's - instead of thinking long-term). This attitude is obviously bad for company as well as developers. Developers end-up working for short-term goals and hence sub-standard projects.
    => You can expect a good hike / promotion if you're in good terms with Product Managers and Producers in your team. Their quarterly feedback on you matters a lot (I repeat, a lot)!!! If you're into developing features, do whatever they tell you to, howsoever foolish it might seem or howsoever damaging their decisions is on product - don't question. Also, don't spend unnecessary effort in impressing these Engineering Manager fellows with your good programming skills or hard work or anything. If possible, move out of feature development and work on some platform stuff with an architect directly.
    [4] There is lot of office politics (a lot) - this is not a general statement that one passes in any software company, but a bit more severe. This one involves a lot of people across roles. There are multiple nexuses in office.
    => If your conscience allows you, be part of one such nexus. Be in good books of key people in your team and company HR. Never (I repeat, never) provide correct feedback about these key people in your team to HR.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop the company to be a more engineering-oriented - other this attrition would continue (may be aggravate). Overhaul the India office.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Good place to be at if you are looking for just fun

    Current Employee - QA Engineer  in  Bangalore
    Current Employee - QA Engineer in Bangalore

    I have been working at Zynga full-time

    Pros

    Fun, good environment, no pressure,

    Cons

    No upside in career and management sucks at times

  10.  

    Never a dull moment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Very exciting business, things are constantly changing and employees are constantly challenged

    Cons

    No work life balance at all

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Be prepared to wear many hats & deliver work at Zynga speed!

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

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

    Pros

    The work environment is quite chilled out. You will get to work with crazy, passionate & self driven people.

    Cons

    The Job roles however, are not so well defined here.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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