Zynga

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Zynga Reviews

Updated 16 December 2014
Updated 16 December 2014
368 Reviews
3.1
368 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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  

    OK not good not great

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    • 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

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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

    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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    • 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 (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.  

    Great teams, tired games

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Compensation is good. Currently my work life balance is solid (though there were several bad months last year). I genuinely love working here; headaches and all. As soon as management chooses one path for more than a month in a row, I will raise my ratings to 5 stars.

    Cons

    Coming from mainstream gaming, the Social game creation at Zynga was a surprise. Things have changed in the last year, but when 10+ years of game design experience was overruled by a rookie MBA Product Manager, I seriously questioned my decision to join. However, my new PMs are great and respect flows both ways. The trick is getting with the good ones and avoiding the bad ones.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pick a direction and let us execute on it. Quit pivoting, please.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Starving the Golden Goose

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Zynga

    Pros

    Lots of variety of games to work on, some GREAT people there, wonderful talent. I loved the dogs all around, it really made it fun to be there, especially during crunch time. Decent pay for the region, great free food, great teams. Clean neat environment. TEAMS were great, lots of autonomy. Very good "flex time" policies. Yes, GREAT FOOD. Nice in-house gym.

    Cons

    I have a particular sore spot with the so-called "meritocracy" shell game.

    Sure, there WERE deserving people who did over and above the call of duty, and deserved recognition, and the "level-up" was great for them. BUT.... it's easy to "level-up" if the company has an established policy of downgrading your position when you start a new project to a lesser title! I found out by accident that this had happened to me, when I noticed that my job description on my pay stub was not what I was hired for. When I questioned it, first it was described as an error that would soon be corrected. Two months later it was "wait until the end of quarter when we change all the new titles". More weeks waiting it was "sorry, that's just what it is". Then a couple months later, "sorry, that title (the one I was HIRED with!) has a higher pay scale and would need approval." HUH? My HIRED description has a higher pay scale than the downgraded one I discovered I had been labeled with? It took multiple directors standing behind me to restore my original title, and many months. And no, my pay scale was never corrected.

    And I found out that I was one of many who had discovered themselves downgraded in position when they started new projects -- but they were mostly too intimidated to speak up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stick to your promises. Never NEVER ask an employee to give back a hiring perk / bonus / stock options! Respect the titles you hired them with. (If you needed and "bought" a Land Rover, but later you just need it to deliver newspapers door to door, you STILL OWN A LAND ROVER, you're just choosing to use it for simpler jobs. For now.)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Decent place to work.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Allen, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Allen, TX (US)

    I worked at Zynga

    Pros

    Great benefits and a strong culture, plus competitive pay.

    Cons

    Work-life balance is a struggle to maintain

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Didn't deliver on the promise

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    Former Employee - Senior Producer in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Producer in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I worked at Zynga

    Pros

    Great Benefits, cool office, great food.

    Cons

    Product strategy is broken as they cancel more games than they release. Business thinking drives too much of the new product development and they end up with uninspiring fast-follow clones that they end up cancelling. This takes a toll on the creative people that they desperately need to be inspired. A good deal of the best people I worked with here have since left.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find the balance between business and creative ideas.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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