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Once was good, but slowly declining

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

I worked at Zynga as a contractor for more than a year

Pros

1) Awesome perks: Free meals, coffee, beverages and snacks, and swag
2) Every day is bring your dog to work day
3) Connect and work with some amazing people
4) Create games and help them evolve

Cons

1) Employee retention - losing a lot of talent due to either budget cuts/lay offs or just leaving in general due to environment.
2) Management doesn't seem to listen or care when it comes to great ideas or suggestions
3) Wasteful spending on certain things that led to office closings and layoffs including outsourcing
4) Community to player relations are at an all time low
5) Player retention is poor
6) Listening to advice/complaints is very poor

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Focus on what the players want, that's what is driving your revenue. Take some time and listen to what community/players are saying and make sure the games run smooth. Tone down the cadence, as well as find a way to stick to a budget so you will not have to make "painful cuts"

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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    great experience that prepares you for your next position

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    Former Employee - Director  in  San Francisco, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I worked at Zynga full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Most creative people I have ever worked with
    - Good Food
    - Great perks
    - Fun place to work

    Cons

    - Inconsistency in level-up/promotions. I have seen people that merit their award or level up, but it is very much about who you know and a lot of brown nosing.
    - The test team never gets the merit they deserve, they lost their leadership and now are lead by someone that never plays a game and doesn't listen to his team, and doesn't understand gaming
    - Too many producers that think they rule the world
    - They keep making the same game over and over and launch with the same issues
    - Great food...expect to gain weight when you work there
    - HR - no consistency in hiring, salaries, promos and every raise or hire has to be approved at least 5 times. Lose good candidates because the approval is sitting on the HR heads desk
    - No 401K match
    - Too many execs or upper management that don't understand what is happening in the trenches

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Open your eyes and look at your workforce, and give merit where merit is due.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    The worst possible work environment and culture imaginable.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Studio General Manager  in  San Francisco, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Studio General Manager in San Francisco, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    There is no good reason to work here. Good food & coffee, free snacks. Video games and nice gym on main campus.

    Cons

    CEO has no idea how to run a large company. Constant thrash and pivots. CEO says stuff like, "When you come to the conversation understanding that I'm always right you'll have a better outcome." This company cannot succeed with current management in place. Highly, highly political environment, not a meritocracy as they say. Squeaky wheel gets the grease.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire yourselves.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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