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Naughty Dog Overview

Santa Monica, CA
51 to 200 employees
PlayStation
1984
Subsidiary or Business Segment
Video Games
$1 to $5 million (USD) per year
Naughty Dog is the developer of some of the most critically acclaimed and top-selling video games on PlayStation platforms, having created the classic Crash Bandicoot and Jak and Daxter series, as well as modern franchises Uncharted and The Last of Us. We have become recognized ... Read more

Naughty Dog – Why Work For Us?


Since Naughty Dog is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sony Interactive Entertainment, we also have many perks that comes from being in the Sony family – movie screenings on the Sony Pictures lots and discounts on electronics, music, movies and PlayStation hardware and software. Of course, you just can’t beat our location. Naughty Dog is based near the ocean – and beaches – in Santa Monica, California, where beautiful weather and fair temperatures grace us year-round.

Naughty Dog is the developer of some of the most critically acclaimed and top-selling video games on PlayStation platforms, having created the classic Crash Bandicoot and Jak and Daxter series, as well as modern franchises Uncharted and The Last of Us. The studio is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sony Interactive Entertainment based out of Santa Monica, CA and is currently developing The Last of Us Part II.

Naughty Dog is also home to Sony World Wide Studios’ ICE Team, a central technology group that focuses on creating core graphics technologies for Sony’s worldwide first-party published titles, including low-level game engine components, graphics processing pipelines, supporting tools, and graphics profiling and debugging tools.

Benefits

  • Medical, dental and vision benefits
  • Flex-spending account (For Health and Child Care)
  • SONY USA 401KPlan
  • Basic Life Insurance, AD&D insurance & Additional Life Insurance
  • Short-term (STD) disability insurance & Long-term (LTD) disability insurance
  • Hyatt Law Voluntary Legal Plan
  • Employee assistance plan (EAP)
  • Paid vacation, post-project & holiday office closures and sick days
  • Relocation Assistance

Perks

  • Stocked kitchen with fresh fruit, breakfast, snacks and more
  • PlayStation Perks Card (various discounts on things such as food, clothes, and vacations)
  • Discounted Sony games
  • Monthly PlayStation Network voucher
  • Free Sony Studios movie screenings
  • Sony Store discounts
  • Naughty Dog daily raffles
  • Yoga classes
  • Soccer and basketball groups
  • Biking to Work/Parking Cash Out Program
  • Naughty Dog Employee Referral Program


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    I have been working at Naughty Dog full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    * top quality games
    * focus on storytelling
    * one of the best animation teams in the world
    * best place for ambitious devs

    Cons

    Santa Monica is very expensive.

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Naughty Dog Interviews

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    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 5 days. I interviewed at Naughty Dog (Santa Monica, CA) in February 2014.

    Interview

    Naughty Dog had been advertising for multiple positions for nearly a year. My impression is that they are either very picky or are using their postings to perpetually troll for new recruits. Either way, despite my many years experience, I was asked to perform a "technical interview" as my first interview. They had a Junior Engineer call me and basically give me a pop quiz over the phone on subject matter and minutiae that I have rarely had a practical use for nor did it overlap with the requirements for the job I thought I was interviewing for. At best, my experience with them was cold and confusing. At worst, I would consider them incompetent and generally unable to truly assess the abilities of those they interview.

    Interview Questions

    • The most unexpected question was when they asked me to provide them the result of 2 to the power of 8. Really?   4 Answers
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