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.
I have been working at Naughty Dog full-time (More than 8 years)
* top quality games
* focus on storytelling
* one of the best animation teams in the world
* best place for ambitious devs
Santa Monica is very expensive.
I applied online. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at Naughty Dog (Santa Monica, CA) in October 2017.
Progress: art test-phone interview-onsite interview. The art test had a clear instruction , all interviews were straightforward and the art leads provided me useful feedback on the test in the interview . From first getting in touched by the recruiting team to the on-site interview , it took about 4 weeks. The offer was given to me by the end of on-site interview.
I interviewed with three Art leads for the phone screen and on-site. They were very accommodating and friendly , I was blown away by their transparency on how they are trying to achieve a balance between the position goals and my interests, and they were very patient to answer all my questions.
The recruiting team put tremendous efforts into making sure the interviewee has the latest information on the progress and every question/problem was tackled with energy and patience; for the on-site they were very considerate with scheduling and accommodation. I had a wonderful day in the office.
To conclude, this is definitely the best interviewing experiences I could have asked for. I felt so lucky and honored to have met them and genuinely appreciate everything they've done to bring me in. As a HUGE fan and a young artist in the industry, It's a dream come true.
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