Zynga is well known for the social gaming platform which has emerged through Facebook. Zynga has played a great role in bringing about a good number of user base through the gaming platform. Last year, Zynga started their first international office outside US in India. Recently, I appeared for Zynga interview and landed with a job offer.
It happened all of a sudden. My book (Linux Shell Scripting Cookbook) news spread through different mailing lists. One of the XMECian who works as Engineering Manager at Zynga, India refered me hearing this news. He came online and asked for my Resume. Within a minute after I send my resume, I got a phone call from Zynga HR. He told me that they want to consider me for Studio Engineering team (The team which is responsible for development and maintenance of Zynga games) and asked whether I am available for the following week. We decided to conduct the interview on March 10th. He told that he will book the flight tickets and get back through mail. The call was less than 1 minute. I was stuck. Hooh. I asked the man who referred me what was happening in a minute. He answered simply with a smilie, “Zynga Speed!”.
Two days before the interview date, HR contacted me and confirmed the date again. He sent me round trip flight tickets (Cochin - Bangalore). I had no clue what kind of interview will it be and what kind of role they are looking for. I did not prepare anything since they are conducting me direct interview without conducting the test process.
I was eagerly waiting for February 10th. Finally the day came. The flight was scheduled for 7.45 AM. I was so excited. My first flight journey. I reached the airport in time. Thanks to my friend Harish for dropping me at the airport ruining his sleep. It was Kingfisher red small flight. I got the seat 1F, which was the first row window seat. It was a great experience - flight taking off and landing. The flight reached bangalore on time. There were buses to the city in front of the airport. I took some BIAS - 6 bus and told bus conductor to remind me when reach M.G road. I stepped down near M.G road. When I asked some one standing near the bus stop he directed me to a road. I walked for sometime and I understood that I am not going to reach anywhere. So I hired an autorikshaw reached the Zynga Game Network which is in the 5th floor of Esquire building.
The HR came to me in a hurry and told that Cab is ready and I can move to the airport. He brought me immediately to the Cafeteria and got some cold drinks. HR was really nice, he was taking care of everything. I was accompanied by another person who introduced himself as CEO of some dot com company. I reached airport in time. I came to Cochin on Jetairways Boeing flight. Thanks to my roommate Navin for picking me from airport to hostel. The next day I had a phone HR interview for zynga. It was usual HR questions like expected pay, why zynga, kind of work I look for, etc. I requested her about my interest in Systems Engineering Group. But she told that they don’t recruit freshers in SEG and told they will get back to me in a week.
After a week I got a call from the Zynga HR, whom I had correspondence from the beginning. He told that they need me to be interviewed once more. I agreed and I received the flight tickets again by mail. On Febraury 23rd again I flew to Bangalore. At Zynga, the interviewer came little late due to some meeting. He introduced himself that he is an architect at SEG. I got the clue that they are considering me for SEG. He asked about my interests. Then we had a long interview comprehensively on Operating System internals, application debugging, etc. Finally he asked me about preferred programming language and whether am I comfortable with C. Then we had lunch together at the Cafeteria. After lunch, he wanted me to write a program in python. Once I completed, he told me to write the same in C. Once the interview is over, I had another interview with an engineering manager. He introduced himself by saying that previously he worked as engineering manager at Google and currently work in SEG. Asked about my book and interests. He spoke about the work they do in SRE, etc. Next he wanted me to solve a puzzle on white board. I came up with a correct solution. Then he was open for answering my questions. The HR came and asked to leave as soon as possible not to miss the flight. I returned second time in Jet Airways Boeing. Due to Airshow at Bangalore, the flight was little delayed. It was raining also. I could see the clouds through the windows of flight. Awesome. Thanks to Adarsh for picking me from airport to hostel.
In Zynga, you will find a lot of self driven engineers and is a great place to learn and grow.
On 9th of March, I received a call from HR saying ‘Welcome to the Zynga family’. You are hired as Associate Software Engineer in Systems Engineering Group :)