Nintendo of America Reviews

Updated June 26, 2015
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Nintendo of America CEO Satoru Iwata
Satoru Iwata
5 Ratings

Pros
  • Great work/life balance(for most) (in 7 reviews)

  • Good benefits, competitive salary, casual corporate culture, Redmond campus has nice amenities, fun products (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • There is very chance of getting hired and no room to grow within the company if you do (in 4 reviews)

  • Most of the hardcore players work in Product Testing (as contractors) (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Product specialist

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Bilingual Product Specialist in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Bilingual Product Specialist in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Nintendo of America full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Work life balance is great. The quality of product the company makes is something to feel proud of. There is potential for the company to grow.

    Cons

    Company culture; it is very traditional making it difficult to make any change happen quickly.

    Advice to Management

    Reward good employees


  2. Helpful (1)

    NoA Management is a mess, ruining Nintendo HQ one step at a time

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer
    Current Employee - Engineer

    I have been working at Nintendo of America full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -Great Benefits
    -Fantastic insurance
    -Name dropper on your resume
    -Salary isn't out of this world but it is decent compared to other game companies

    Cons

    -Reggie and his suit friends on the board are ruining the company. They are biased and mean, and continue to terrorize people's lives that he doesn't like. If he and his lackies don't like you, say good bye to any hope of making an impact let alone being promoted at all
    -The company is centered around an old boy's system of cliques, if you haven't been there from the start you will forever be a lowly employee in their eyes. Some of the treehouse employees are responsible for ruining the game's artistic visions
    -The old censorship policy for internally made games during the NES days still applies

    Advice to Management

    You along with Reggie are running this company to the ground. Stop acting as if you're not in the business of making games and that our main competitors are Disney, My Little Pony, and Rovio Mobile. Stop butchering the products that some of us worked on when bringing them over the states. And most importantly, stop the cliques that have screwed over all the rest of the employees who haven't been part of the "happy circle."

    You have screwed over the people we worked for to bring these products in more ways than one. The hate is warranted. The negativity that the people are throwing at us was warranted. Stop calling them "entitled little brats who don't know any better." Without their support, Iwata would have shut down the company we have worked in.

    But of course you continue to act as if you're right and everyone else is wrong. Let's see how far that mentality gets you guys 20 years from now


  3. Great company to work for

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Nintendo of America full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    If you can manage to secure a full-time job at Nintendo of America you won't be disappointed. This is an excellent place to work! Management cares about the employees and there's a ton of support available for those with a good work ethic.

    Cons

    Very flat organizational structure doesn't lend itself to rapid promotion. Be prepared to stay in one job for a decent amount of time prior to moving around.


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  5. Nice People - Not Culture

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Nintendo of America full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Nice people. Nice office. In the heart of Redmond and very close to Microsoft (If you have friends at Microsoft you can schedule lunches)
    Smart employees

    Cons

    Bad management. There is no leadership, and the company keeps on promoting people with zero leadership skills (Most not all)
    Top down approach. Do as you are told. This is just a regional office with no say when it comes to strategy

    Advice to Management

    Evaluate leadership skills. Stop promoting bad managers


  6. Helpful (3)

    Nintendo Contractor

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Marketing in Redmond, WA
    Current Contractor - Marketing in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Nintendo of America as a contractor (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Working for an iconic brand is awesome! Especially if you like games.

    Cons

    Being a contractor is like being second class. Most contractors are product testers or translators. There are some in the "main building" which might be a little better, but at the end of the day you are still second class. Most projects need to go through Japan. This can be frustrating.


  7. Helpful (2)

    Not bad, not great.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Nintendo of America full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Nintendo of America is a fun place to work. The benefits the company provides are pretty good. The people who work there are generally quite nice.

    Cons

    There's not a lot of opportunity for advancement at Nintendo of America, so there is no reason to believe that accepting an entry-level position will eventually lead to something better--unless you are thinking very long term, like 20 or 30 years later. Also, the company asks a great deal for what it pays. The company will gladly provide you with a stepladder and then ask you to reach for something beyond the stars.

    Advice to Management

    I know the company is quite enamored of its "blue ocean strategy," but in many respects it pays to be aware of what is going on elsewhere in the industry. Too often, Nintendo assumes that its way of doing things is the best or only way, but that's not always true.


  8. Great company to work for

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Nintendo of America full-time (More than 8 years)

    Neutral Outlook
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    People are very passionate about their jobs. Most of the time, work/life balance is not bad compared to other companies in the industry.

    Cons

    Since it is a subsidiary, things move rather slowly.


  9. Helpful (5)

    Nintendo Of Japan this ain't

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Contact Center in Redmond, WA
    Current Contractor - Contact Center in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Nintendo of America as a contractor (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great if you're 20 years old, live w/mom and dad, have no financial responsibilities, and don't need benefits, health coverage, paid time off, etc. Great "trainer" job if you're right out of high school. Can prepare you for an actual real professional office job out in the real world. Use it for this and get out. Don't plan on staying too long. Turnover is ridiculous.

    Cons

    Bad if you're not 20 years old, don't still live w/mom and dad, have financial responsibilities, and need benefits such as health coverage. Nintendo follows the Microsoft standard as in it's workforce is 95% "perma-temp". However, unlike Microsoft, they pay their perma-temps extremely poorly, well under the area average for the job type. They justify this to their temps by emphasizing that what the company isn't providing them in pay, is being made up to them by being awarded the privileged of working for a neat and fun company. Thing is, Nintendo hasn't been a "neat and fun company to work for" for many years. So this mantra comes across as hollow, placating, and disingenuous. By the way...the temp agency that staffs for Nintendo is breaking the law by not offering health coverage options. The penalty for this is a $2000 fine per employee, so they have deemed it's more cost effective for them to break the law and pay the fine than to follow the law and offer health care. The moral and ethical implications are apparently of no concern to them, or to Nintendo. This is all the polar opposite of how Nintendo Of Japan is operated, and runs counter to Japanese philosophy in general of how employees should be treated. Long-term prospects, as in being hired on as permanent, are nil. So hanging in there with the hopes that it might pay off will only lead to frustration and disappointment. Also, as Nintendo is a slowly sinking ship due to decreasing sales, things will only continue to get worse. They need to have the phrase "Abandon all hope, ye who enter" emblazoned on their on-boarding paperwork.

    Advice to Management

    If working for low pay, no benefits, and being forced to take 2 months off unpaid per year (as required by WA state law for temporary workers) is such a great idea, why not lead by example and go perma-temp yourselves.


  10. An innovative and generous company to work for.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Buyer in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Buyer in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Nintendo of America full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The benefits at Nintendo are extremely generous. Not only do they offer a 401K plan, but also a pension. The longevity of the employees here is the highest I've seen. People choose to stay because of the wonderful people and management that you get to work for and with.

    Cons

    The flip-side of having longevity with the employees limits new ideas from being introduced and implemented.


  11. Helpful (2)

    A great place to work for in IT!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Nintendo of America full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits!
    Great work/life balance(for most)
    Great coworkers and most management
    Lots of cool promotions going on all the time(it's a game company for crying out loud)!
    They own the Mariners so you always get a chance to watch a game for free!
    They're beginning to value training more and won't deny you training dollars
    For the amount of work you do or don't, you definitely get paid well compared to others. That's not to say some here work quite a bit which is a requirement based on the projects involved or because some people are workaholics(I'd say the latter is the case).

    Cons

    Communication can always be a challenge - it's a need to know basis type of place. With so many secret projects going around, it can be hard to "plan" for things when someone decides to drop you some information that might have been helpful awhile ago.
    It's getting bigger which means the culture is changing. It used to be a family type company where you would know everyone and everyone's willing to go the extra mile for you. Now it's becoming bigger which means more processes and things taking a lot longer than need be.
    Management is what it is. Some are great and others aren't. It's really a roll of the dice.
    Advancement can be very hard since it's still "small" in relative size.

    Advice to Management

    This is a hard one 'cause I understand the culture but I would communication and listening to employees some of the time might help with keeping talent and hiring new ones.



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