Zynga

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Zynga Reviews

Updated 25 January 2015
Updated 25 January 2015
380 Reviews
3.0
380 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  

    Awesome food, culture and people

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Bangalore
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Bangalore

    I worked at Zynga as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    There will be lot of team outings. Food is amazing. Work depends on what team you get into. People are fun.

    Cons

    work depends on what team you get into and for most parts its sucky. Work life balance is pretty much screwed up

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    come up with better games and game-play rather than reskinning the same gameplay all the time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Kick Ass Place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - QA Engineer in Bangalore
    Current Employee - QA Engineer in Bangalore

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

    Pros

    Exciting work
    Rewarded for Ownership
    Great facilities
    Pampered by Employers

    Cons

    Hectic schedule.
    Work life balance needs to prioritised
    Office politics

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    OK not good not great

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    • Senior Management
    • 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
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  5.  

    been good so far

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  6.  

    Associate Software Developer Zynga Review

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Awesome for a fresher

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

    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
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

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

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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 (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
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Enlightening

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  10.  

    When I worked there it was a great place to work. Just not as challenging and motivating as it used to be.

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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

    Pros

    Good work/life balance, lots of perks, resonable PTO policy.

    Cons

    Redirecting and pivoting led to burnout on projects

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Use small motivated teams to build products they care about

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Wasn't always a great job, but they're a great employer

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Diego, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Diego, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Two meals were catered every day, and special care was taken to accommodate anyone's dietary restrictions.

    I worked in a room full of very experienced game developers from all walks of the industry, including a few legends from my childhood.

    For the most part, everyone was friendly, helpful, and invested in helping you succeed. Even when the whole team is stuck in the office because your update keeps failing QA at midnight, they come to you to see how they can help, rather than complaining.

    Zynga offers unlimited/untracked PTO for vacations and sick leave. Their official vacation policy was "You should probably take some." In an industry notorious for working developers to death, Zynga producers were known for pulling people aside and telling them to go away for a week or two for a vacation. And if a producer asks you to stay late to finish something, they'll sometimes offer you a day or two off in exchange. The whole office basically shuts down from before christmas through the new year.

    Cons

    Not a lot of original IP or creativity, in some aspects of their games. Also, the product managers are making game design decisions based solely on market statistics.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to keep on top of bonuses and and leveling up for your teams.

    Recommends

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