Nintendo of America Reviews

Updated January 30, 2015
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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    Nintendo Contractor

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    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)

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  2. The staff were prejudice

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    Former Employee - Order Picker in North Bend, WA
    Former Employee - Order Picker in North Bend, WA

    I worked at Nintendo of America

    Pros

    Very clean work enviornment. Superb break area with free coffee expresso, tea etc

    Cons

    Alot of things were done that the permenent staff (trainers) got away with. They didnt seem to have a liking for diversity

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3. 1 person found this helpful

    Expect nothing more than punch a clock and collect a paycheck.

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    Former Employee - Information Technology in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Information Technology in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Nintendo of America

    Pros

    Showing up guarantees no chance of getting fired. No creative required, no innovation expected, no effort above or beyond the call of duty needed.

    Cons

    Using old technologies with no opportunity to stay cutting edge. No recognition of doing more than what is expected. No opportunity for growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Drop the policy of not firing / laying off slackers... this turns everyone into slackers. Change the bonus policy from rewarding product teams to rewarding individual achievement.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5. 2 people found this helpful

    Fun in theory

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA

    I have been working at Nintendo of America full-time

    Pros

    Fun products and good people to work with and good work life balance

    Cons

    No growth opportunity, can't figure out what to change to adapt to changing consumer, LOTS of process issues

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to up the morale and not just with rah-rah speeches

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful

    Unique experience, some good, some bad

    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at Nintendo of America as a contractor

    Pros

    Unquestioned loyalty is a big asset

    Cons

    Lots of fiefdoms, some condescending people at good positions. Favoritism.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't discourage people who are trying hard to do something bigger than their jobs for the company. Believe in fair give and take and constantly compare yourself with other companies management styles.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful

    You can do better

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Nintendo of America full-time

    Pros

    Pay is competitive, bonus is typically paid, sick leave is awesome.

    Cons

    Politics, drama, don't expect to be able to do your job. If you make waves, you will be pushed out. Zero job satisfaction. If you are not a sheep, and do as you're told, you're done.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful

    Contracted Sadness

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Redmond, WA
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Nintendo of America as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Sushi on Tuesdays! Really smart, passionate people, work life balance encouraged, a place where balancing children and work might be more easy than other places.

    Cons

    Like most people in Seattle, I have contracted at Microsoft. There, you're made acutely aware of your contract status by the color of your badge and lack of access to company benefits. At Nintendo, it's made clear to you through very strange things--for example, you have to turn your badge in each night before leaving, you must clock in and clock out using a machine, Internet usage is heavily monitored, and quick access to the nearest bus stop can only be gained with an FTE badge. Though these last few items might be the norm in other industries, I've spent the past several years in technology and haven't ever encountered such stringent policies.

    Within my team and those I worked with: monolithic organization, lack of process and what process did exist was garbled, redundancies in staffing, and an unwillingness to make changes necessary to improve efficiencies. My job description and the day to day tasks I was asked to accomplish differed greatly, but neither NOA nor my contracting firm worked to communicate that to me.

    Additionally, and this wasn't something I thought would matter much to me, the culture is very different from the average American workplace. Workspaces are quiet, there's no socializing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The collaborative spirit fostered within teams should be encouraged between teams. Accept that the world is constantly changing and it's your job to adapt.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful

    Unbalanced

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA

    I worked at Nintendo of America full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Benefits & Some of the people there are great to be around all day

    Cons

    There seems to be different sets of rules for everyone. They say there is no work from home policy yet managers continue to work from home and not allow subordinates to do so when in a bind.

    Upper management and HR can care less about issues employees have with their direct managers. They do nothing to help the employee and continue to reward those who are really the ones causing issues in departments. There is always a blind eye turned and subordinates continue to get stepped on.

    No possibility for advancement at all. Even when submitting interested in a new position within the company already working in HR does not forward resumes to hiring managers. Good people continue to leave or be let go because of this. They are told there is no possibility to advance yet when the individual leaves the company their old position magically changes and moves up a level and includes more challenging work that those who previously asked for were not given.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a look at the "small" people who makes the day to day work matter. If it weren't for those people, their managers wouldn't be who they are.

    Consider promoting within and listen to those who are already employed by your company. Value them as they deserve it. Take into consideration all the issues with Senior Managers, Directors on up before blaming subordinates. Listen to their needs and issues first, things aren't always what they may seem.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful

    You are either with Management or you are against.

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    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)

    Pros

    great to tell your kids where you work
    company picnic
    Halloween party

    Cons

    mediocre benefits, low pay
    no job growth, outdated techonology stack
    promotion is popularity contest
    HR turns blind eye to employee complaints
    no gaming culture inside

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    make management accountable to the growing dissatisfaction of employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 5 people found this helpful

    Great coworkers, but little room for advancement.

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    Former Employee - Product Tester in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Product Tester in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Nintendo of America full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    The culture of the workplace was amazing. I did not go a day at work without smiling or laughing.

    Cons

    Testers are treated with very little respect. The company requires that you take two months off a year to avoid you gaining rights. They lose a lot of good talent this way.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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