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Naughty Dog Reviews

Updated October 21, 2014
Updated October 21, 2014
12 Reviews
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Company. Work Hard and Play Hard.

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    Former Employee - Character Artist in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Character Artist in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Naughty Dog as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Fantastically talented people. Good pay, nice location. Make great games.

    Flat Structure. Naughty Dog isn't hung up on corporate structure. Ideas flow freely. NO PRODUCERS!

    Work Hard, Play Hard.

    Cons

    The culture is so perfectionist and has no producers to worry about budget issues that you are expected to stay late and get everything in. It's not required and they won't be mad... just disappointed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They are very hands on, and I like that. Keep in touch with the employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Best company around

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    Current Employee - Game Programmer in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Game Programmer in Santa Monica, CA

    I have been working at Naughty Dog full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Make the worlds best game
    Amazing people
    Always pushing for perfection

    Cons

    Some limited crunch time before a project ships

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    work for the best

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Naughty Dog

    Pros

    The people at Naughty Dog are very talented, the best in the industry. It's a great place to grow and learn and push yourself.

    Cons

    Striving to reach perfection often leads to long hours, but end result is a great product.

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  5. 5 people found this helpful  

    Incredible People; No Work/Life Balance especially during crunch

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA

    I worked at Naughty Dog as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    The people at Naughty Dog are some of the most talented human beings you will ever work with in the game industry. You'll work on some of the best games this industry will ever produce.

    Cons

    Mgmt thinks 6-9 month crunch, which is normal for ND, is a feature, not a bug in their production process. They don't have producers, so everything upstream gets pushed and pushed downstream until the last possible second. This just wreaks havoc on the employees for the last 6 months of a game. If you have a spouse or family, you'll never see them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Directly engage with your employees more, especially during crunch. Listen to them - they're smart. People can't work 16 hrs day week after week and retain the same level of creativity over time - besides it's extremely physically and mentally unhealthy. Everybody wants to make the best game possible - their name is on it - so let them by pushing your designers/creative directors harder at the beginning of a game, so everyone downstream can have enough time to do their jobs properly. Its so disappointing to walk away from a project thinking you could have done such a better job if only the project was managed more time efficiently.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Naughty Dog part-time

    Pros

    Really Great company, with generous people who are willing to help you in order for you to grow into the best worker possible.

    Cons

    Very, very time consuming job. if you dont care about hanging out with friends and stuff then this is the place for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    non

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Super awesome amazing company to work for!!!!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Environment Artist in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Environment Artist in Santa Monica, CA

    I have been working at Naughty Dog full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    You get to work on some of the most amazing and critically acclaimed games.
    You get to work with THE most talented people in the industry, everyone they hire is a seasoned professional- Senior or Lead level actually.
    They pay very well for this talent and if you perform well and stick around you get WELL compensated for it with shipping bonuses and quarterly bonuses that can be a very big percentage of your yearly salary!
    The Culture is fun and people are friendly and have lots of activities and lunch time fun together.
    The Leads are very nice and respect you and ask your opinion on things, not just order you around.
    A+++ Would highly recommend.

    Cons

    Standards are very high and there can be long hours and long crunches, but that is just because everyone is committed to making the best game we can, and they compensate you very well for working so hard.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to reduce the lengthy crunches, as others have said.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Awesome

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Game Designer in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Game Designer in Santa Monica, CA

    I have been working at Naughty Dog full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    You get to work with the most talented people in the industry.
    People here genuinely care about the games we make and work hard to satisfy our standards.

    Cons

    Standards are high, but everybody is in it together to make things as good as they can be.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great summer sjob

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Naughty Dog

    Pros

    damn good place to work

    Cons

    17th century british navy code of conduct

  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Review

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Programmer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Programmer in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Naughty Dog full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    It is a very fast past company that is in california

    Cons

    Management is horrible and people are selfish.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    A truly amazing company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Programmer
    Former Employee - Programmer

    I worked at Naughty Dog full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Naughty Dog has an amazing track record of hugely successful titles. That success has attracted a lot of talent that in turn has increased the scope and quality of the products. Naughty Dog also pays well both in base salary, but also in sharing the wealth with bonuses/profit sharing. If you want to work on AAA titles with an extremely talented bunch of people and you've got what it takes then this is the company for you.

    Cons

    A lot of hard work. The people there are very passionate about making a quality title and that passion can translate into long work hours.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to reduce the lengthy crunches.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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