Nintendo of America Reviews

Updated March 23, 2015
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Nintendo of America CEO Satoru Iwata
Satoru Iwata
11 Ratings

Pros
  • Most of the time, work/life balance is not bad compared to other companies in the industry (in 7 reviews)

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

Cons
  • They don't hire enough associates on as full time employees (in 4 reviews)

  • There is very chance of getting hired and no room to grow within the company if you do (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Great to work for, if you're NOA

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    Former Employee - Consumer Service Representative in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Consumer Service Representative in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    Good pay, easy job on phones, casual attire. Love Nintendo.

    Cons

    Can be stressful and working during the holidays sucks. It sucks to be in the old building.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring back PTPT! It was a great program and it helped me though college.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Great People

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    Former Employee - IT Manager in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - IT Manager in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Nintendo of America

    Pros

    Lots of great benefits, such as gym, company store, cafe, work environment. Smart talented people.

    Cons

    Slowed down by Japanese parent company dictation direction. Overall conservative. Slower to adopt new technology.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep employees insulated from headaches from Japan.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. Loved every minute working here with those amazing people .

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    Former Employee - Tech Support
    Former Employee - Tech Support

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

    Pros

    The people are kick back the teacher for our training was good instructor . lots of hours and got to talk to.people all over the United states

    Cons

    Fourteen hour shifts but it was well worth it all

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire me back please you guys are awesome

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 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
  6. 3 people found this helpful

    Terrible experience

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    Former Contractor - Translator Spanish in Redmond, WA
    Former Contractor - Translator Spanish in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Nintendo of America as a contractor (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Nice cafeteria and premises. The main building is a great place to work. If you like NIntendo products, you'll love it.

    Cons

    If you're hired as a contractor, there is no chance to get hired as a FT employee. People spend years and years before getting promoted to the immediately next level. Every decision is made in order to not bother Japan HQ and to keep their positions safe. According to this, they spend millions on decisions even when they know that those won't work.
    Staff has no project management skills, at all. Everything comes given from Japan.
    If you don't have a deep knowledge about Nintendo products you are excluded from conversations and even from lunch tables. Everything moves around visibility and promotion opportunities. It really sucks.
    Contractors are excluded from parties and most of corporate events.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I'm not gonna waste my time here.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. Not bad

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Nintendo of America

    Pros

    I have been working there for about one year, and I felt that people were very friendly and helpful.

    Cons

    This company won't help you a lot on your career growth.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. Greatest company to work for

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    Former Employee - District Supervisor in Providence, RI
    Former Employee - District Supervisor in Providence, RI

    I worked at Nintendo of America

    Pros

    Great leadership, tremendous family atmosphere. They provide multiple opportunities to succeed. They offer competitive salary along with benefits. I would recommend this company to everyone I come in contact with

    Cons

    No bad things to say about this company. They gave me a chance to build a tremendous career.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less pressure on working weekend events.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 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
  10. 1 person found this helpful

    Not bad, not great.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Nintendo of America full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nintendo of America is a fun place to work. The benefits the company provides are pretty good. The people who work there are generally quite nice.

    Cons

    There's not a lot of opportunity for advancement at Nintendo of America, so there is no reason to believe that accepting an entry-level position will eventually lead to something better--unless you are thinking very long term, like 20 or 30 years later. Also, the company asks a great deal for what it pays. The company will gladly provide you with a stepladder and then ask you to reach for something beyond the stars.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I know the company is quite enamored of its "blue ocean strategy," but in many respects it pays to be aware of what is going on elsewhere in the industry. Too often, Nintendo assumes that its way of doing things is the best or only way, but that's not always true.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  11. 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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