Nintendo of America Reviews

Updated August 14, 2014
Updated August 14, 2014
78 Reviews

2.8
78 Reviews
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Nintendo of America CEO Satoru Iwata
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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
  • They don't hire enough associates on as full time employees (in 4 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    A great place to work for in IT!

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    Current Employee - Systems Engineer  in  Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Nintendo of America full-time for more than 8 years

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Quality Assurance

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance  in  Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    Really 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.

    Cons

    Sometimes 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 ManagementAdvice

    Give more opportunities for advancement and permanent positions.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineering Manager  in  Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Software Engineering Manager in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Nintendo of America full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    working with some of the smartest engineers on the planet.

    Cons

    working on some of the most unrealistic schedule ever had

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Casual, Easy going atmosphere, fun job

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    Former Employee - Tester
    Former Employee - Tester

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

    Pros

    employee opinions are valued
    team atmosphere

    Cons

    small company can limit promotion opportunities
    conservative pay

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Help people develop and grow

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Accountant

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    Former Employee - Accountant  in  Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Accountant in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Nintendo of America full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great work environment and great perks.

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Overall Good Company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Nintendo of America for more than 10 years

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in training your existing staff instead of simply bringing in new people.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    A great experience overall

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator  in  Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Nintendo of America

    Pros

    Nintendo 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.

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    Overall 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.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fair and loyal company that is better than most American companies

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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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Has 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 ManagementAdvice

    DJ should go...

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Manager at Nintendo

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    Former Employee - Manager  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Manager in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Nintendo of America

    Pros

    Games 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.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote your people.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Exciting Place to work,

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Nintendo of America

    Pros

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

    Cons

    No clearly defined development path.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what your doing.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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