Zynga Reviews

Updated 21 October 2014
Updated 21 October 2014
358 Reviews
3.0
358 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Free food & stuff if that is important to you (in 56 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  

    OK not good not great

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Product Manager in Bangalore
    Current Employee - Associate Product Manager in Bangalore

    I have been working at Zynga full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    steep learning curve initially,great benefits and you get to play a lot of games. scope for great analysis and learning

    Cons

    nepotism,incompetent people leading some teams

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    been good so far

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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 an year)

    Pros

    ownership, fast paced, valued for your work

    Cons

    loosing the startup culture, need to reinvent in phones

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Associate Software Developer Zynga Review

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Software Engineer in Bangalore
    Current Employee - Associate Software Engineer in Bangalore

    I have been working at Zynga full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Diversity, good people, facilties, more responsibility

    Cons

    work life balance, not very good technology wise

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    Awesome for a fresher

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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 (less than an year)

    Pros

    Brings you to top gear in no time, perks are definitely a plus. Friendly work atmosphere, mentoring in it's truest.

    Cons

    work load is involved. perpetual amount of work coming to you. bad feedback in the news.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    manage media better

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Excellent place for yogis , who can let go of all wordily happiness like family, friends.

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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 (less than an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Bozo explosion on its way , cut the politics.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Enlightening

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Bangalore
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Bangalore

    I have been working at Zynga full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Gaming
    Innovative culture
    Working with the latest and best technologies

    Cons

    Work life balance and demands for hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Innovation is about being more experimental, that aspect is ignored

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good place for new grads to work and learn

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I have been working at Zynga full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great work-life balance. Average engineers I know come in at 10, have 1 hour for lunch, have 1 hour for gym/dinner/break, and leave at 7. That's 7 hours of working time.
    During working hour the task is not compact. You can cost loosely.
    Can WFH any day
    Flexible holiday, not a fixed amount. As long as you have good performance and gives the team time to plan ahead.
    Can bring dogs, and almost 50% people bring dogs.
    Benefits are on bar with Internet companies, which means much higher than traditional game companies.
    The work you are working on is a game. Though it may not be the game you like to play, the process is the same. You can learn the inside out of how to make games. People around you are mostly veterans probably worked on games you love. And they are not super busy, you can learn tons from them.
    Culture is great, people here love great games and play, talk about them.

    Cons

    Risk of being laid off
    The game you are making may not be the type you like. If you are very against this, don't apply.
    Structure is heavy, though I haven't seen big problem with it on my team yet

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Leaving with benefits

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Zynga

    Pros

    We were a bunch of gamers, be it console, social, computer or board games but with such diverse backgrounds and knowledge that you could easily learn a lot from the people sitting around you. Another huge benefit of the company was having access to food and coffee all the time, especially since you're working 8-15hr shifts. As a representative it was also a fantastic experience to work with teams outside the country and state to help our players or build towards a better game. I came out of the company with a better outlook on my position as someone from the CS org as well as build many skills to help me grow in any company. One last benefit was you have ownership and freedom to complete those tasks (within reason). It's nice to have that ability and experiment on your own without being a drone.

    Cons

    It was hard for the department to press forward because every time we thought we were pushing to something better things would get retracted to procedures that were done months or years back. As a company the departments just seem to be confused causing communication issues due to the disbursement or removal of teams. When issues like that arose the responsibility was never redistributed so it was a guessing game. After some time staffing also became a big issue which also contributed to communication issues with more confusion that left teams scrambling to establish the level of care and devotion to the games that use to exist. One other problem that could also be said for a lot of other companies is that the wrong kind of people were hired for particular positions. Their personalities and bad tastes for decisions left a division within teams.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Good

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Marketing in San Francisco, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    I joined Zynga at its early stage, a lot super brilliant and hard working people.
    Great benefits
    No need to get up too early to go to work. you can go in late and leave late.

    Cons

    Too much politics going on
    work & life balance was poor
    Too many poor decisions from management team
    Too many PMs and decision makers
    but despite all these, it is definitely one of the best places to work at in the gaming industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    make good games

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    not good

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    The only real perks include free junkfood, soda and liquor

    Cons

    Zynga pays far less than majority of their local competitors and does not seem to properly honor people's work experience. Many experienced employees are hired here and given a job title that does not reflect their resume. People in tech services departments are expected to work long hours so that deadlines will be met while management is off at happy hour, Giants games, etc. It's painfully apparent that Zynga will hire people who have virtually no technical skills as long as they have a reference. Furthermore, many people here are not personable and will often go to great lengths to avoid a face-to-face conversation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire some managers who know what it means to lead a team. People will not give you 100% effort at work when you are underpaying them and allowing their managers/leads to work from home every day. Get rid of your review system and reward employees based on their contributions to projects.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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