Nintendo of America Reviews

Updated July 24, 2015
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Nintendo of America CEO Satoru Iwata
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Pros
  • Great work/life balance(for most) (in 7 reviews)

  • Good benefits, competitive salary, casual corporate culture, Redmond campus has nice amenities, fun products (in 7 reviews)

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

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

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  1. Helpful (3)

    Nintendo = Win

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Nintendo of America

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - The company treats their employees like kings and queens. - Pay (in this position anyway) is very competitive when compared to the same pay around the Seattle area - Benefits package rocks - HUGE discounts on Nintendo games, hardware, and merchandise - Awesome company perks (free Mariners tickets, Sounders luxury suite tickets, Seahawks luxury suite tickets, 24/7 gym access on site) - Constant classes being offered for continued career development as well as to more efficiently use your tools (Excel, Outlook, etc) - Excellent bonus package - The Executive leadership really does a good job of communicating the company's goals to everyone in the organization. We all feel like we have a part to play in the company success, regardless of department. - Depending on position (and how hard working/reliable of an employee you are) there are lots of different projects you get to work on, so it's not the same mind-numbing work over and over. - Pension!

    Cons

    - I have heard that it's difficult to eventually move into other departments....especially if you are just getting your foot in the door (Consumer Service, Product Testing, Tech Services, and Manufacturing Operations come to mind) - Doesn't seem like there is a ton of collaboration between departments. Every business unit kinda does their own thing.

    Advice to Management

    While it's important to always hire the best candidates for a position, it's also important to keep your eyes sharp on your current employee base. Employees that come in on the entry-level love the company...find innovative ways to allow them to have more expanded roles throughout the organization. Otherwise, keep up the awesome work.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Excellent place to work!!

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Nintendo of America

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great People Excellent Benefits Treated well Team atmosphere Location

    Cons

    Few promotions from within Few training opportunities

    Advice to Management

    Provide constructive criticism Provide clear path for improvement Provide performance expectations Keep people who have integrity


  3. Great environment and people!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Redwood City, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    A high energy environment and fun-loving people. Management is open and encourages advancement opportunities. A great product that we all enjoy.

    Cons

    Top-down communication can be lacking at times, as well as interdepartmental communication. Vacation time can be restrictive during the holidays due to seasonal sales periods.


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  5. Good experience made better by the people I worked with.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Nintendo of America full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good department morale. Most people were very friendly and supportive of each other. Employees were enthusiastic about the products Nintendo puts out.

    Cons

    Some departments are very structured and there is not much flexibility. Sometimes it is easy to feel lost in such a big corporation.


  6. Helpful (1)

    My Dream Job

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Tester in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Product Tester in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Nintendo of America full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    If you have a passion and love for the industry, this is the perfect place to work.

    Cons

    Advancment is slow, but doable as long as you work hard and continue to show self-improvment.

    Advice to Management

    Talk with your employees and implement what you can, but make sure the you show that you care about them and the company you both represent.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Amazing company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Merchandising Representative
    Current Employee - Merchandising Representative

    I have been working at Nintendo of America full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good starting pay/opportunity for bonuses Appreciate employees Management communicates goals clearly Free/early access to games and systems Awesome culture

    Cons

    Driving my own car Not having a company phone


  8. Helpful (2)

    Life at Nintendo of America

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kirkland, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kirkland, WA

    I have been working at Nintendo of America full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very diverse opportunities Uniquie benifits Good training opportunities Family like culture

    Cons

    Lean opperation requires many different roles and responsibilities Job growth is dependant on the state of the video game industry


  9. Helpful (5)

    One big family full of amazing people

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Nintendo of America full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The culture differs somewhat from department to department, but I can give some general characteristics that probably apply throughout the company: -Good benefits: there's good health care and dental care, generous bonuses, relatively high salaries, and a work-life balance that is extremely nice given the all-too-common overtime in the rest of the game industry. In general, I think the average employee at Nintendo has been there for 8 years or so, which is extremely long considering the high turnover rate of the industry. -It's one big family: departments interact with each other a lot and by the time I left the company I had literally over a hundred friends there across various departments. Leaving the company was a very sentimental experience for me. -Lots of amazing, smart people: Nintendo really does attract some of the best and brightest people from all types of professions. So many people have grown up loving Nintendo and their games, and a lot of these people end up applying to Nintendo when they get older. Odds are that if you're a game programmer, a professional writer, a Japanese translator, or a QA expert, at one point or another you've wondered what it's like to work for Nintendo. This means that the company's constantly attracting talent from all over the world--people who are not only in the top of their field, but who are lifelong fans. That's a big deal. -The company wants employees to have fun: there are lots of interesting employee activities to keep up morale, like all-company parties, talks by various groups and creators in the company, and an annual video game tournament between offices. There's a built-in fitness center, a soccer field, a volleyball court, a basketball court, and a tennis court. The company, of course, is full of gamers; I recall a group of hardcore Mario Kart DS players who've been playing the game at lunch every single day for nearly a decade! -You get to meet Mario!

    Cons

    It's an old company with lots of history: this can be both good and bad. Nintendo has been around since 1889, and it carries with it a rich legacy in the Japanese and worldwide entertainment industry. This gives it a strong reputation, powerful IP, and perhaps the industry's best collection of long-time creators and leaders. But at the same time, it makes for a fiscally and technologically conservative approach which can be at odds with younger, perhaps more adventurous-minded employees. Working for a foreign parent company has its own unique challenges: if you're in America, at least, you'll be dealing with Nintendo in Japan, and the time difference and language barriers can make things tough. Even with all of the Japanese-English interpreters that Nintendo has, communicating business ideas across cultural boundaries takes a lot of time and careful thought. This can be difficult for people used to dealing only with colleagues who speak their own language.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the hard work.


  10. Helpful (2)

    There's a reason why people spend their entire career here.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Production Specialist in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Production Specialist in Redmond, WA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    AMAZING benefits, bonuses twice a year, pension plan, it's Nintendo.

    Cons

    Japanese owned company. Lots of red tape and lost in translation frustration.

    Advice to Management

    Need to seriously cross-train departments.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Good Company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Finance in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Finance in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Nintendo of America full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fantastic Campus, parking garage is great!! Volleyball, soccer field. Gym downstairs, good people.

    Cons

    Slow to keep up with current technology. i.e mobile/digital gaming.

    Advice to Management

    Have an open forum with employees and share their ideas for the future of the company. Employees are the backbone of the company. Their thoughts, ideas should be heard and put in effect.



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