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Updated May 29, 2014

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2.9 73 reviews

50% Approve of the CEO

Nintendo of America CEO Satoru Iwata

Satoru Iwata

(2 ratings)

54% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good benefits, nice amenities on campus, great employees to work beside (but not necessarily to work for)(in 7 reviews)

  • Really smart, passionate people, work life balance encouraged, a place where balancing children and work might be more easy than other places(in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Only part-time, no full-time offer in my location(in 4 reviews)

  • Incredibly toxic work environment where contractors are told in no uncertain terms that Nintendo does not think of them as people, let alone employees(in 4 reviews)

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    Fun in theory

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Redwood City, CA

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

    ConsNo growth opportunity, can't figure out what to change to adapt to changing consumer, LOTS of process issues

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeed to up the morale and not just with rah-rah speeches

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Unique experience, some good, some bad

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsUnquestioned loyalty is a big asset

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon'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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    You can do better

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

    ConsPolitics, 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Contracted Sadness

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Redmond, WA

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

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Unbalanced

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Redwood City, CA

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

    ConsThere 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 Senior ManagementTake 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    You are either with Management or you are against.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Redmond, WA

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

    Consmediocre 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 Senior Managementmake management accountable to the growing dissatisfaction of employees

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great coworkers, but little room for advancement.

    Product Tester (Former Employee) Redmond, WA

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

    ConsTesters 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good benefit, good workplace if you don't want to work hard

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Redmond, WA

    ProsIncompetent manager wouldn't want you to work hard, so if you're determined to sit back, relax, and collect check, there's no other place better.
    Good benefit
    Fun product
    No layoffs

    ConsNo layoffs means no change. Many of the management are there for 20+ year, and proud of it. Many of them joined Nintendo fresh out of college, or in some cases, high school. They do not know how the world outside Nintendo works. They do not know managers in the other successful companies are highly educated and competitive.

    Because the old timers won't leave, there's no room for young talented people to move up. Many smart young people left. Those who get promotions are lazy workers who spend 50% of his day sucking up to management, lying about his achievements. Very disappointing for honest, hardworking, capable people.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe review in ONLY top down. No manager gets comments from subordinates. No use to complain to manager above, as they all protect themselves, knowing the limitation of their competencies. They really need 360 degree review process.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    I would suggest looking elsewhere if you are a younger professional looking for work in the tech/video game industry

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Redmond, WA

    ProsGreat co-workers, the industry as a whole is constantly changing and there is always something exciting going on (whether it be new games, or fun internal events). Benefits package is decent, and the new building has brought a positive change to the culture.

    ConsExtremely difficult to move up once you get your foot in the door. Even with the right education and experience, very rarely do "real" job openings show up. The majority of jobs listed are either for contractors getting hired or internal promotions. If you do apply for a job and aren't selected, HR doesn't even take the time to respond personally via phone or email. You would think that current employees would deserve more than the standard "sorry you were not selected" template email, but apparently not.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe management problems vary drastically by department. I think it is quite obvious the management in departments with lots of contractors (those stranded in the old building) have little to no experience, and don't know what to do with so many people. For other departments, management seems to be stuck in their old ways, and have not adjusted to change over the 30 years the company has been around Until the younger generation starts to take over more senior management roles, unfortunately I don't see a way for this attitude to change.

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    NCL knows best

    Biz Dev (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat philosophy toward quality games and innovation. Great view of customer service.

    ConsExtremely hierarchical. Decisions are made in Japan and NOA employees are expected to execute. Initiative is not encouraged.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFocus more on career development. Some people stay in the same job for years and years.

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