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Nintendo of America Reviews

Updated January 30, 2015
Updated January 30, 2015
85 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Intimidating, but overall fun and informative.

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    Current Employee - Bilingual Product Specialist in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Bilingual Product Specialist in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Nintendo of America as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    great for entry level position, great people.

    Cons

    contractor seems inflexible with allowing for upward mobility/salary improvements.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better hours

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Fun in theory

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA

    I have been working at Nintendo of America full-time

    Pros

    Fun products and good people to work with and good work life balance

    Cons

    No growth opportunity, can't figure out what to change to adapt to changing consumer, LOTS of process issues

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to up the morale and not just with rah-rah speeches

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 5 people found this helpful  

    Micromanaged, overworked and bait /switch

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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 (less than a year)

    Pros

    Salary was pretty competitive and there was the potential for a large yearly bonus - but I didn't expect to actually see a dime of it.

    Cons

    Health insurance was ridiculously expensive (> $550/month for the employee), extreme micromanagement was the norm, and work/life balance was absolutely non-existent (my management literally expected 14+ hour days). Absolutely terrible culture - toxic, hostile, and devoid of any redeeming qualities. Was repeatedly lied to during the interview and I felt a total bait/switch from when I interviewed to when I started and resigned shortly thereafter.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good workers, management is lacking

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The employees are great and have a positive attitude. The Hawaii house is an awesome benefit.

    Cons

    The management structure is based on promoting people for performing individual contributor tasks well, and as a result they don't lead/manage well. It can be very frustrating to work under people like this.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My advice with upper management is to re-shape the management structure. Stop micro-managing employees, allow people to help in making decisions, talk openly and frequently with your employees, teach your managers how to manage, and create a means of measuring management performance on the leadership level instead of just looking at numbers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great Great Pay!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Nintendo of America full-time

    Pros

    Challenging work, awesome benefits, great pay, fun people in most cases. Great location, flexible hours within reason and great exposure to international business styles.

    Cons

    lack of clarity, lack of clear expectations at times, favoritism, unfair review processes.

  7. 5 people found this helpful  

    One big family full of amazing people

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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 5 years)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the hard work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great place if you started there 20 years ago

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Nintendo of America part-time

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits, IF you are hired full time
    The President is a great guy with a lot of vision
    The product is one to be proud of

    Cons

    Very much a clique atmosphere, people are not friendly at all especially if you are a part time employee. Lots of negative gossip by the people who have been there a long time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do something to make it easier to move from PT to FT; do something about career progression because there are so few opportunities

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great benefits, lousy lob environment

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    Very good benefits. The medical and dental are excellent. You can get a Pro Club membership and they have other outstanding benefits. Vacation is a plus as you get more time is shorter years of service than most companies. The company is very good about sick time and getting needed time off.

    Cons

    The work place is big brother to the extreme. You have to account for every minute of your time. Very negative culture. Management focuses on what you do wrong, and part of your job is to report what others do wrong.

    No chance for growth or promotion for the average worker unless you are in the in crowd. Horrible work environment. Favoritism runs rampant. Either you are in the good old boys club or you are not.

    Unlike most places where you get your vacation allocation at the beginning of each year, you accrue it every pay period. Vacation is a plus and minus as you earn vacation time quickly. See above.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Build morale by making the work environment a more positive place. Break up the cliques. Provide chances for growth. Monitoring productivity is needed, but it has become excessive.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Life at Nintendo of America

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    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)

    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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fun and rewarding. Very challenging to deal with the mother company

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    Current Employee - Software Engineering Manager in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Software Engineering Manager in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Nintendo of America full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    working with some of the smartest engineers on the planet.

    Cons

    working on some of the most unrealistic schedule ever had

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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