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Nintendo of America Reviews

Updated December 22, 2014
Updated December 22, 2014
82 Reviews
2.9
82 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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great Great Pay!

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    • Career Opportunities
    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.

  2. 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
  3. 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
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  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    A company with a niche brand for a slowly diminishing niche audience.

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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

    - The company puts employees' physical health at the top. On-site tennis courts, soccer field, and fitness gym & changing/locker rooms.
    - Free Seattle bus transit pass for employees.
    - Bicycle friendly campus with bike paths and a large locker area with a work bench.
    - Small discounts on game systems but generous discounts on video game software.

    Cons

    - The company's operating infrastructure is outdated and slow, but slowly improving to a new infrastructure.
    - Senior staff/management with 7 - 10+ years at the company are still living or operating like a 1980's video game company.
    - Very stingy promotions and raises to newer employes.
    - Very little or slow growth and development to your own career. A lot of work and very little rewards.
    - You don't accrue vacation time on your 1st couple months of work.
    - 401k matching is not as competitive to my previous company.
    - No free meals or drinks at their on-site cafeteria.
    - Current video game products do not appeal to my children as they are distracted on smart devices that can do more than just video games.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    On a company wide memo, every year, I see the same employee names on a list being promoted, why? Where is the reason why they are being promoted? Please promote more new employees who are great examples that showed, applied, pushed, and/or executed great ideas and innovation within the company (also employees who tried their best yet didn't achieve complete success). Share their accomplishment to the rest of the company so that other employees can follow and be inspired by their great works. Don't just tell us names and their new job titles on a list.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 7 people found this helpful  

    Some good people, but surprisingly horrible experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    There are some nice, smart people who work here.

    Cons

    Middle management, at least from my perspective, was short-sighted, deceptive, defensive and just all around horrible... Not to mention they made stupid mistakes on a daily basis.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to do a better job hiring managers who actually know how to communicate and care about more than impressing their bosses. You need to entirely revamp your marketing department as it is not working. You need to be less provincial considering you are getting your butt kicked in the gaming industry. You need to stop take your marching orders from Japan as they do not and will likely never understand the North American market. You need to do a much better job at respecting and evaluating your existing talent. This was quite honestly the worst working experience of my life and I was completely shocked by that as Nintendo is a very endearing brand.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Amazing company

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    Current Employee - Merchandising Representative
    Current Employee - Merchandising Representative

    I have been working at Nintendo of America full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good starting pay/opportunity for bonuses
    Appreciate employees
    Management communicates goals clearly
    Free/early access to games and systems
    Awesome culture

    Cons

    Driving my own car
    Not having a company phone

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Unique experience, some good, some bad

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Nintendo of America as a contractor

    Pros

    Unquestioned loyalty is a big asset

    Cons

    Lots of fiefdoms, some condescending people at good positions. Favoritism.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't discourage people who are trying hard to do something bigger than their jobs for the company. Believe in fair give and take and constantly compare yourself with other companies management styles.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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