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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 (more than an 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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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very talented workers - but very poor management

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

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

    Pros

    I met some very talented, passionate folks that deeply cared about making good games. Get on the right team with the right manager and the right project - you could have a very good experience. And if you really care about little perks like free soda and LOTS of t-shirts, you'll find that too.

    Cons

    The management is poor. What leadership says to the company often doesn't reflect what actually happens. They don't know when to kill a bad game pre-launch nor how to pick fresh ideas to enliven the haggard portfolio. They reward people for doing very short-term-gain things that hurt the games (and therefore, the company) in the long run. And worst of all: management never grasped the core need to make fun games, and make fun the priority. All game design decisions were trumped by the financial, and many good games were strangled to death by the management-mandated addition of "social features" and other revenue-based mechanics.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Empower more employees to make original games. They can, and want to. Little incubation groups. There was internal lip service about this before (never went anywhere). You cannot rely on the flagship -Ville games forever. Unleash your best employees, let them show you the way. Or they will leave...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    great experience that prepares you for your next position

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I worked at Zynga full-time (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
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