Nintendo of America Reviews

Updated August 25, 2015
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Nintendo of America CEO Satoru Iwata
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 job for a while, but don't get stuck

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    Former Employee - Product Tester in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Product Tester in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Nintendo of America (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very easy job while still providing opportunity to do good work. Pay is decent enough. Can meet great new friends who share a common interest. Very easy to get hired, can provide a paycheck while you seek better work.

    Cons

    Temporary work that isn't always reliable. Among the least respected employers of testers, so you have to get out quick before your career stagnates. Some co-workers can be insufferable.

    Advice to Management

    Actually take your personal hygiene policy seriously. Learn how to identify and promote actually talented testers over the ones who are there forever simply because they could never work anywhere else.


  2. It had a really great atmosphere and everyone was friendly.

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    Former Employee - Product Tester in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Product Tester in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It was the least stressful job I've ever had and sometimes you get free swag. I really liked my manager too. He was nice.

    Cons

    There weren't very many cons to working at Nintendo of America as a product tester other than the pay, but the pay is better than working anywhere else.

    Advice to Management

    Please don't just email us. Be more personal please.


  3. Go place to die out of

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pays better than most other companies in area. Benefits are robust and more like old companies. Lots of cheap swag to put on your desk. This is a place folks stay and retire.

    Cons

    Small US shop with too little opportunity for advancement unless someone dies out of their job. Senior management has free reign on how they treat their staff.

    Advice to Management

    Integrate with your parent company and accept that you have no control or influence over your destiny. Anything else just leads to false hope.


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  5. Fun and Stable

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Nintendo of America full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Everyone loves the product. There is true passion behind the company.

    Cons

    Career advancement is slow. Some processes are outdated and inefficient. People don't leave the company so new ways of thinking are rarely implemented.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize and reward talent. Get rid of dead weight on teams. Too many people get comfortable at Nintendo and stop trying.


  6. Helpful (1)

    An OK company to work for

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Nintendo of America full-time

    Pros

    Relaxed atmosphere, mostly nice people, good benefits

    Cons

    Managers who cannot manage, unfair promotions, some lazy employees


  7. Great content & people but slow and process heavy

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people are really, really nice and working on Mario games is cool.

    Cons

    It takes a really long time for things to change which is too bad when the industry is flying ahead so fast. The really big thinking and decision making happen at HQ in Japan. NOA is mostly a sales and marketing company so there's limited chances to do really interesting stuff. The company is bogged down by endless meetings and a love of process.

    Advice to Management

    Be more experimental and try harder to understand the American market.


  8. 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
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    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.


  9. 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
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    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


  10. Product specialist

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    Current Employee - Bilingual Product Specialist in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Bilingual Product Specialist in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    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


  11. Great company to work for

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    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.



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