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Zynga

Zynga is one of the largest social game developers in the world. Zynga helped pioneer this market with their hit IP Farmville that took Facebook by storm. Currently, they are focused on Words With Friends 2 and Zynga Poker.

What

Zynga

Looks For

Even though Zynga had over $1 Billion in revenue last year they still operate with a startup mentality. Each of their game teams has flexibility in the ways they market, design, and develop their properties. They understand that each game needs its own brand so they allow teams to be as creative as they want in building these social games. Zynga wants independent thinkers who want to blaze their own path. Some of their best IPs were ideas by people on the team so they aren’t afraid to lead with a looser style because they trust their employees. This is because Zynga hires people who game and understand what customers want from their experiences.

History of

Zynga

Zynga was one of the first companies who set out to connect the world through games. The company goal is to make games people love and to keep bringing changes to make the experience even better. The best way to understand the culture is their namesake, Zynga. Zynga was the founder’s American Bulldog, an extremely playful and at times human-like dog. Her carefree and loving nature is what Zynga wants to capture in each of its experiences, whether you are tending your digital crops or if you got a royal flush in poker.

Quick Facts

Entry-level careers:
Data / Analytics
Engineering
Design (UI/UX)
Human Resources / People / Talent
Product
Business Development / Corporate Development
Sales Operations
PR / Corporate Communications
Marketing
industries
Tech
Gaming
office locations
Greater San Francisco
Greater Austin
Greater San Diego
Greater Chicago
Greater Los Angeles
Greater New York
2019 Revenue:
$1.28B

Zynga

Internship Programs

Zynga internships, Co-Ops, and year-round placements

Interns at Zynga get all the office perks of a full-time employee, get to work on projects that directly impact Zynga’s users, and get to build their professional network. All internships are paid and offered year-round, so keep checking for openings. Their internship programs prioritize learning and mentorship, and interns are able to shadow multiple teams and learn how teams work cross-functionally.

Internship Info

Number of interns (2019):
Preferred education level:
Currently a junior or senior in pursuit of a bachelor’s, master’s, or in a doctoral program.
Perks:
  • Free food
  • Dog-friendly office
  • Competitive pay
  • Mentorship
  • Social events
  • Company gym
  • Workshops and classes

Zynga

Interview Process

The interview process at Zynga moves quicker than the average company and is typically 4 to 6 steps.

1. Initial phone screen

You should hear back from a recruiter at three weeks max after applying to set up an initial phone screen to quickly go over your background and see if you should be moved to the next round.

2. Technical Interviews

The next round consists of interviews with a more technical focus that depends on your desired role. You can expect around two to three of these. These will be back-to-back and over the phone.

3. Final Interview

The final interview will go over both the technical and the non-technical (aka your soft skills) to ensure you’re a good fit for the role and for the company. Typically the last interviewer will also be your manager. After this last step, you will receive onboarding information or feedback as to why it didn’t workout after the calls.

How to Prepare

Use your network

Reach out to your alumni network or employees via LinkedIn and see if they can offer you insight into Zynga and the interview process

Do your research

Do research on Zynga, such as their culture, current projects, company goals, etc.

Check out the social gaming market

Impress your interviewers with your knowledge of social gaming, included but not limited to its history, current market trends, and Zynga’s biggest competitors in the space.

Practice makes perfect

The positions are very competitive to get, so doing your research and preparing for behavioral-type questions is imperative.

Common Interview Questions at

Zynga

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  • Why Zynga?
  • What games do you like to play? How would you improve them?
  • Marketing: Describe your experience with mobile campaigns.
  • Product Management: What are some reasons as to why someone would change the XYZ feature (color, shape, functionality) of this product?