Nintendo of America Reviews

Updated June 26, 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. Great company to work for

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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 full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    If you can manage to secure a full-time job at Nintendo of America you won't be disappointed. This is an excellent place to work! Management cares about the employees and there's a ton of support available for those with a good work ethic.

    Cons

    Very flat organizational structure doesn't lend itself to rapid promotion. Be prepared to stay in one job for a decent amount of time prior to moving around.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Awesome place to work!

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

    I worked at Nintendo of America full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Family based culture, great benefits, great coworkers!

    Cons

    Sometimes, there can be disagreements with how Nintendo of Japan does things.


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

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    • Senior Management
    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)

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

    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 Management

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


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  5. Loved every minute working here with those amazing people .

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Tech Support
    Former Employee - Tech Support

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

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

    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 Management

    Hire me back please you guys are awesome


  6. Helpful (1)

    Greatest company to work for

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - District Supervisor in Providence, RI
    Former Employee - District Supervisor in Providence, RI

    I worked at Nintendo of America

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

    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 Management

    Less pressure on working weekend events.


  7. An innovative and generous company to work for.

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    Current Employee - Senior Buyer in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Buyer 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

    The benefits at Nintendo are extremely generous. Not only do they offer a 401K plan, but also a pension. The longevity of the employees here is the highest I've seen. People choose to stay because of the wonderful people and management that you get to work for and with.

    Cons

    The flip-side of having longevity with the employees limits new ideas from being introduced and implemented.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Good Company

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    • 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.


  9. Helpful (2)

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

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    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.


  10. Helpful (5)

    One big family full of amazing people

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    • 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.


  11. 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



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