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Nintendo of America Reviews

Updated February 12, 2015
Updated February 12, 2015
87 Reviews
2.8
87 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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. 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
  2. 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
  3.  

    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
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  5.  

    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
  6. 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
  7.  

    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
  8. 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
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Poor place to work, low pay, difficult management.

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    Former Contractor - Technical Writer in Redmond, WA
    Former Contractor - Technical Writer in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Nintendo of America as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Easy commute from eastside, nice cafeteria.

    Cons

    Poor wages for technical writers, militaristic management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very fun, but not for the driven and ambitious

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    Pay was good, and work/life balance was excellent. People overall are very nice. And it's a fun, safe environment. You're dealing with Mario! The most innocuous character in video games.

    Cons

    No room for growth. None. Unless someone quits, which is rare.
    Loyalty is valued 100 times more than competency (which makes sense since it's a Japanese company), but you end up having higher management that have already hit their stride a long time ago and unwilling to adapt to modern gaming process and competition.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Great company to work for

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    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 8 years)

    Pros

    People are very passionate about their jobs. Most of the time, work/life balance is not bad compared to other companies in the industry.

    Cons

    Since it is a subsidiary, things move rather slowly.

    Neutral Outlook

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