What does it take to get a job with Zynga? What is it like working at Zynga? ACR takes a look:
Zynga is a social gaming company that develops games for Facebook, MySpace, Mobile, and Yahoo!. Some of the most popular games include CityVille, Empires & Allies, FarmVille, Mafia Wars, FrontierVille, Words with Friends, and Zynga Poker. Some of the most popular Zynga games have in excess of 21 million users around the world. The games are available in dozens of languages.
Established in 2007, Zynga headquarters are in San Francisco, but the company has offices and studios across the U.S. and around the world. Other U.S. offices include Los Angeles, Austin, Boston, Dallas, New York, and Seattle. International offices include Germany, India, Japan, Ireland, the UK, Canada, China, and Germany. The company has more than 2,000 employees worldwide.
Zynga, like many gaming companies, welcomes fresh talent. As of September 2011, the company had more than 100 open positions around the globe. In the U.S., just a few openings included:
- Game Designer
- Mobile Producer
- Executive Producer
- Artist (Flash)
- 3D Character Modeler
- Concept Artist
- Senior 2D Graphic Designer
- Senior User Interface Designer
To apply for a position at Zynga, visit the website at zynga.com and click “Jobs” at the top of the page. You can search for open positions by location or category. If you find a position you think may be a good fit, you can apply directly to the company online. This is the fastest way to receive a response.
Zynga Salaries and Benefits
Salaries for Zynga employees vary depending on job responsibilities, skills, and education. The company does not list salaries on its website. However, sites such as Glassdoor.com offer salary information, as reported by Zynga employees. Just a few salary reports include:
- Game Designer: $76,000-$83,000
- Systems Architect: $134,000-$144,000
- Producer: $68,000-$73,000
- Senior Software Engineer: $105,000-$145,000
- Lead Designer: $97,000-$103,000
- Senior Artist: $87,000-$93,000
- Graphic Design (2D Artist): $71,000-$77,000
- Director of Game QA: $138,000-$148,000
In addition to competitive salaries, Zynga pays 100 percent of benefit premiums for medical, dental, and vision coverage for all U.S. full-time employees and 75 percent of their dependents’ premiums. The company also offers vacation pay, voluntary life and accident insurance, and disability protection.
Game Developer Magazine conducts an industry-wide salary survey each year. The latest survey lists average salaries for programmers, artists and animators, game designers, production specialists, and sound designers working in the gaming industry. See how Zynga compares. The results of the survey are as follows:
- Programmers: $85,733
- Art & Animation: $71,354
- Game Design: $70,223
- Production: $88,544
- Sound Designer: $68,088
- Business and Legal: $106,452
Game Developer Magazine is a San Francisco-based print publication serving more than 30,000 professional game developers.