Nintendo of America Reviews

Updated July 6, 2015
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Nintendo of America CEO Satoru Iwata
Satoru Iwata
13 Ratings

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. Upper management has to go

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    Former Employee - Associate Systems Administrator in Bothell, WA
    Former Employee - Associate Systems Administrator in Bothell, WA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Some good people to work with. Not for, though.

    Cons

    Upper management is terrible with their "Good ol' boys" mentality. Super unproductive and it created several growth roadblocks.

    Advice to Management

    Stop being terrible and build a product to be proud of.


  2. Helpful (1)

    NoA Management is a mess, ruining Nintendo HQ one step at a time

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    Current Employee - Engineer
    Current Employee - Engineer

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -Great Benefits
    -Fantastic insurance
    -Name dropper on your resume
    -Salary isn't out of this world but it is decent compared to other game companies

    Cons

    -Reggie and his suit friends on the board are ruining the company. They are biased and mean, and continue to terrorize people's lives that he doesn't like. If he and his lackies don't like you, say good bye to any hope of making an impact let alone being promoted at all
    -The company is centered around an old boy's system of cliques, if you haven't been there from the start you will forever be a lowly employee in their eyes. Some of the treehouse employees are responsible for ruining the game's artistic visions
    -The old censorship policy for internally made games during the NES days still applies

    Advice to Management

    You along with Reggie are running this company to the ground. Stop acting as if you're not in the business of making games and that our main competitors are Disney, My Little Pony, and Rovio Mobile. Stop butchering the products that some of us worked on when bringing them over the states. And most importantly, stop the cliques that have screwed over all the rest of the employees who haven't been part of the "happy circle."

    You have screwed over the people we worked for to bring these products in more ways than one. The hate is warranted. The negativity that the people are throwing at us was warranted. Stop calling them "entitled little brats who don't know any better." Without their support, Iwata would have shut down the company we have worked in.

    But of course you continue to act as if you're right and everyone else is wrong. Let's see how far that mentality gets you guys 20 years from now


  3. Product specialist

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Bilingual Product Specialist in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Bilingual Product Specialist in Seattle, 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

    Work life balance is great. The quality of product the company makes is something to feel proud of. There is potential for the company to grow.

    Cons

    Company culture; it is very traditional making it difficult to make any change happen quickly.

    Advice to Management

    Reward good employees


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  5. Great company to work for

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


  6. Nice People - Not Culture

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Nintendo of America full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Nice people. Nice office. In the heart of Redmond and very close to Microsoft (If you have friends at Microsoft you can schedule lunches)
    Smart employees

    Cons

    Bad management. There is no leadership, and the company keeps on promoting people with zero leadership skills (Most not all)
    Top down approach. Do as you are told. This is just a regional office with no say when it comes to strategy

    Advice to Management

    Evaluate leadership skills. Stop promoting bad managers


  7. Communications Coordinator

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Nintendo of America

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

    Pros

    Fun environment and good management.

    Cons

    Large company, voices can get lost


  8. Cost Accountant

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Nintendo of America

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Fun environment for being Corporate America. It's hard to beat working for a company whose Mission Statement is "We make products that make people smile."

    Cons

    Challenge to work for a Japanese company due to cultural and communication barriers. There is an obvious preferential treatment for Japanese employees over American counterparts.

    Advice to Management

    Stand up for your employees more often.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Awesome place to work!

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    • 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.


  10. 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.


  11. Great People

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Manager in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - IT Manager in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Nintendo of America

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    Keep employees insulated from headaches from Japan.



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