Nintendo of America
2.9 of 5 71 reviews
www.nintendo.com Redmond, WA 500 to 999 Employees

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Updated May 14, 2014

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Nintendo of America CEO Satoru Iwata

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    Quality Assurance (Former Employee)
    Redmond, WA

    ProsReally awesome opportunities for overtime. You get to test games all day and sort of get an idea for game development life cycles. They definitely reward you for quality work and dedication to your job.

    ConsSometimes feels like they will hire just about anyone for a QA position and length of a contract may not be entirely stable as a source of income.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGive more opportunities for advancement and permanent positions.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Fun and rewarding. Very challenging to deal with the mother company

    Software Engineering Manager (Current Employee)
    Redmond, WA

    Prosworking with some of the smartest engineers on the planet.

    Consworking on some of the most unrealistic schedule ever had

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Casual, Easy going atmosphere, fun job

    Tester (Former Employee)

    Prosemployee opinions are valued
    team atmosphere

    Conssmall company can limit promotion opportunities
    conservative pay

    Advice to Senior ManagementHelp people develop and grow

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Accountant (Former Employee)
    Redmond, WA

    ProsGreat work environment and great perks.

    ConsSome of the employees who have been there a while are not flexible and willing to look at new ideas.

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

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    Overall Good Company

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Redmond, WA

    ProsGreat benefits, nice new corporate headquarter with gym, bonus program, fun corporate events. Great products.

    ConsMajor growths and recent re-organizations has changed the overall culture of the company

    Advice to Senior ManagementInvest in training your existing staff instead of simply bringing in new people.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A great experience overall

    Systems Administrator (Former Employee)
    Redmond, WA

    ProsNintendo of America had pretty amazing health benefits while I worked there. Additionally you get some nice discounts on video games, systems and memorabilia. There were also plenty of perks like free Mariners tickets, a yearly raffle for a chance to get their Hawaii house for a week (you only paid airfare and taxes, not free but still an amazing deal) and plenty of other stuff. It generally felt "fun" working there. They also offered to pay for training in Japanese language and culture and there were opportunities to travel to Japan and work with them over there.

    ConsThe pay in the Information Technology Department was really pretty dismal. With Microsoft literally less than a mile away it's hard to believe they attract and retain talent, though work life balance at Nintendo is probably miles ahead of MS or any other high tech on the Eastside.

    Advice to Senior ManagementOverall I always felt management was doing a pretty good job the only thing I would say is that they could probably do a better job of breaking down some of the departmental walls (especially within IT) and work more on collaborating outside of each others individual units.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Fair and loyal company that is better than most American companies

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Redmond, WA

    ProsBenefits are good
    Stable company
    Industry Leader
    Innovative (more so than either MS or Sony)
    Cares about employees to a degree

    ConsHas grown too fast in recent years
    Has become more corporate in recent years'
    When Minoru Arakawa left, the company suffered and so did the employees

    Advice to Senior ManagementDJ should go...

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Manager at Nintendo

    Manager (Former Employee)
    Seattle, WA

    ProsGames are available to play at all times. Kids think you are a god. It's pretty fun to be in the know about what games are coming out.

    ConsReally hard to get promoted at Nintendo. You have to work there for a long, long time to be promoted.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPromote your people.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Exciting Place to work,

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThey Treat the employees well.
    Good bonus plan
    Discounts on Nintendo products.
    Good vacation plan.
    Excellent benefits package.
    Fun christmas party.

    ConsNo clearly defined development path.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep doing what your doing.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Not so bad, but they'll use you as much as they can.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThe name value by itself is good reason to work there. Even as a contractor the company store was a perk. The work environment was practical as there was lots of room in the cubes and open communication with coworkers in the team. There were often company events which brought up morale sometimes.

    ConsSeattle to Bellevue commute could be ridiculous, any where from the average commute time of 30 minutes to 1.5hrs one way. The other big con was that there was no push to develop new skills for me. The two different contracting jobs I scored on different occasions both felt like routine, non-changing (translates to not exciting) jobs. The company events mentioned in the pros section was often reserved for the full time employees...or at least they got first dibs on everything. Having had two different bosses, I could tell that the work environment was highly dependent on the manager though.

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement should actively offer to cut down on daily tasks for training and advancement. Using every drop of energy on daily tasks isn't a big morale booster. Treating contractors as equals would be great too.

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