Zynga

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Zynga Reviews

Updated 30 January 2015
Updated 30 January 2015
385 Reviews
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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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Amazing till 2011. Changed drastically most that

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Zynga full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Zynga still has some talented people to work with. There is a strong analytical culture that if done right (like the early years) can be a great learning opportunity for people.

    Cons

    Lost focus over time. Early employees left or checked out.
    The management let strong people leave and were left with some poor employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Empower employees like the early years. Keep on your toes to keep innovating and looking for new disruptions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Bad compensation, bad work/life balance, horrible upper Management

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bangalore
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bangalore

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

    Pros

    The people you work with are mostly young and driven. Work from home option.

    Cons

    - HR and upper Management one of the worst I have ever experienced
    - Level ups and comp increase heavily depended on how well you cuddle up to HR or upper Management
    - frequent late nights and weekend work
    - no transparency for anything from Level ups to why certain Studios are preferred over others

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    wake up and look at who is really working and reward those, take away some power from HR

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    An Ok company with lots of cash, poor technology, very bad managers and no strategy

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

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

    Pros

    Food is amazing.
    Work will be recognized and lots of cash / promotions will follow if you work hard. Never felt underpaid here or ever thought about not getting that hike. Hikes are good. Gift cards are given generously for even small achievements.
    I have a very satisfied work life balance. May be because I am not in the game teams.
    Facilities do an awesome job here. Employees are regularly treated with great food on occasion of festivals and others.

    Cons

    Managers do not contribute at all. They just sit and spend their time playing politics.And most managers are either over qualified or totally under qualified for their jobs. While the former are good but less in number. The latter are worthless and do a real shoddy job here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make managers responsible for everything that his team does or does wrong. Train them to run a team properly.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    not so good.

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    Former Employee - Producer in Bangalore
    Former Employee - Producer in Bangalore

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

    Pros

    Fun at work. No leaves policy. Flexi hours

    Cons

    No job security. Continuous lay offs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    don hire if you cant promise their jobs

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    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)

    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
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Politics, nepotism, favoritism and corruption at its best

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

    I have been working at Zynga full-time (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
  8.  

    Work is fun, but engineers deserve more respect.

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

    I worked at Zynga full-time (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
  9.  

    Very challenging place, CEO of your own work

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

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to take up more responsibilities

    Cons

    Decisions are taken in very less time by higher management

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    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 (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
  11.  

    Learning at Incredible speed

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Product Manager in Bangalore
    Former Employee - Associate Product Manager in Bangalore

    I worked at Zynga full-time (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

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