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Niantic Overview

San Francisco, CA
501 to 1000 employees
Company - Private
Video Games
Unknown / Non-Applicable
Originally formed at Google in 2011, we became an independent company with a strong group of investors including Nintendo, The Pokémon Company, and Alsop Louie Partners. Our current titles include pioneering global-control game Ingress, record-breaking AR game ... Read more

Mission: Niantic’s mission is to use emerging AR technology to spark creative and engaging journeys in the real world. We build products that inspire outdoor exploration, exercise, and meaningful social interaction.

Company Updates

  • We’re focusing on rebuilding our communities & introducing the Niantic Local Business Recovery Initiative! Now is your chance to nominate your favorite local & small businesses to have their storefront integrated into Pokémon GO for a year free!

  • We stand with the Black community & against white supremacy, racism, & police brutality & condemn the killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Nina Pop & countless others. Here’s the internal memo we shared with Niantics earlier this week on how we’re committing to change. #BlackLivesMatter

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Niantic – Why Work With Us?

Ferry Building Group Photo 2019


Building technologies and ideas that move us

Niantic’s real-world AR platform is designed to enable users to interact in shared worlds seamlessly blended with the real world. Built on a foundation proven to scale to hundreds of millions of users, the Niantic Real World Platform manages shared state, communication, security, mapping, and AR functionality.

Future innovations include machine learning, computer vision and emerging AR hardware which will power the next generation of record-breaking mobile experiences.

The games redefining our reality

By turning the world itself into a game we hope to motivate our users to head outside, visit new places close to home and far away, to see the world with new perspective, and to play together with friends and family in games that span and unite the entire planet.

Come join our world class team, and experience the joy of creating products and services that touch hundreds of millions of people — and help make the Earth the new game board.

Team Go Rocket 2019


At Niantic, we’ve built the world’s only planet-scale augmented reality platform for current and future generations of augmented reality hardware. We think of this platform as a global operating system for applications that unite the digital world with the physical world. We are the world’s leading augmented reality company with an initial focus on augmented reality games. We see a future where our technology paves the way for new entertainment experiences, advanced robotics, and scaled adaptive computing — and games are where we incubate some of our most audacious thinking.

We believe that cultivating a workplace where our people are supported and included is essential to creating great products our community will love. Our mission emphasizes seeking and hiring diverse voices, including those who are traditionally underrepresented in the technology industry, and we consider this to be one of the most important values we hold close.


Our engineering team is tackling the hardest challenges in high performance cloud applications operating at massive scale, machine learning, computer vision, and augmented reality. Our game creators are building genre-defining real world games that are moving an entire industry towards the future.  

Niantic is building a state of the art planet-scale augmented reality platform for current and future generations of AR hardware. The Niantic Real World Platform includes a massively scalable engine for shared state and user interactions already proven to support hundreds of millions of users and a client platform that sets the standard for mapping, security, and AR capabilities. Niantic is hard at work solving challenges to realize the full potential of augmented reality using technologies such as machine learning and computer vision.

Harry Potter Wizards Unite Fan Fest 2019


Niantic is passionate about bringing people together in the real world through our live player events. These include epic Ingress Anomalies, fun and casual Mission Days, newbie focused First Saturdays, Pokémon GO festivals and Safari Zones and civic events produced with Partners worldwide. Our events have a variety of formats ranging from purely social, to cooperative, to highly competitive, but they all share one common attribute: getting people together to engage with each other, to explore the world around them and to have a fun shared experience.

Niantic Volunteer Day 2019


Our mission is to use emerging technology to enrich the experience of the physical world while encouraging exercise, exploration and social interaction on a global scale. Our impact transcends communities around the world: when people play our games they get moving, they make friends, they explore public space, parks, local historical sites, street fairs, celebrations, and social impact events. We're working to empower millions of people to come together, create community, and help care for the world.

Niantic Reviews

  • "Ok company to work for"

    Former Employee - Product Manager
    Former Employee - Product Manager

    I worked at Niantic part-time


    Good compnay, with ok culutre


    ok hours, but sometimes worked longer

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Niantic Photos

Niantic photo of: Tokyo office love
Niantic photo of: San Francisco lunch
Niantic photo of: Meeting in the office
Niantic photo of: Fun in the LA arcade
Niantic photo of: Walking outside the ferry building
Niantic photo of: Playing outside Bellevue office
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Niantic Interviews



Getting an Interview

Getting an Interview





    Software Engineer Interview

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    First there is a recruiter call, then an initial technical phone screen via zoom, then on site interview with two engineers who give two different coding problems, then lastly there is a culture fit interview date.

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Niantic Awards & Accolades

  • America’s Best Startup Employers, Forbes, 2020
  • Best Work-Life Balance, Comparably, 2019
  • Best Technological Innovation, Pocket Gamer Mobile Games Awards, 2019
  • BAFTA EE Mobile Game of the Year, British Academy Games Awards, 2020
  • Best Live Ops - Pokémon GO, Pocket Gamer Mobile Games Awards, 2019
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