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Redmond, WA
501 to 1000 employees
1980
Subsidiary or Business Segment
Manufacturing
$500 million to $1 billion (USD) per year
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Nintendo of America encourages good hand-eye coordination for the young and old alike. The company, which is broadening its audience by attracting players ranging from preschoolers to grandparents, serves as the Western Hemisphere headquarters for Japan's ... Read more

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    I have been working at Nintendo of America full-time

    Pros

    Always innovative - they try to stay ahead of the "game" and compete well in the space they carved out over 130 years ago.
    Opportunity - If you are motivated and eager to learn, this is a unique atmosphere that will allow you to do as much as you want and sponge as much as you can. It's a medium company that has a lot of funding options. This creates an environment that allows you to touch many technologies and experimental goods.

    Cons

    The same with any company, the inflation rate of the country grows faster than one can keep up with. It is publicly traded so each increase and funding will be analysed before approvals. Lots of effort into compliance. But again, it is the same with any publicly traded company.
    Also, as it is everywhere, it depends on who you work for an in which department. So, read each feedback on here with that in mind.
    Retention is a thing at this company so they rarely hire full time people.

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    I applied online. I interviewed at Nintendo of America.

    Interview

    I got a call from their recruiter. I found the person to be unprofessional and cold. He kept digging into why I left my previous employer. Now, I know that you not supposed to bad mouth your previous employer and I didn't have the intention to do so. Therefore, I just mentioned that I had a negative experience working there and it was not a good place for me any more.

    This was the first time in my life I had experienced a negative situation at work, so I wasn't really sure how to "surf around it", for I am not a politician who just makes up stories as he goes along, and when a reporter tries to dig in, the politician just ignores it by saying "Thank you, next question." And so the recruiter just kept pushing for details about my departure. I don't have a problem giving details, I just didn't want to.

    But he didn't let it go. I wanted to explain that during the 10 years that I've spent at my previous company, I had 7 different bosses (NOT at the same time!!!), but that's how often the managerial seat was "rotated". One of my previous bosses was fired because of ethics violation. At this point he cut me off saying that he is not interested in such details, but at the same time he kept wanting to know why I left my previous employer. Well, it's really confusing when you want to hear details, but at the same time you don't.

    The situation was so bad, that 5 out of our 6 people department has left in a 12 month period! One of our female team member broke down in tears (and she was NOT in her 20's!...) because the director had such a nasty, humiliating attitude.

    Nevertheless, I did not quit my job even then. Even when everyone was flocking from the office. I try to work out differences with people regardless of their gender, or mood, or personality. But this experience has thought me a lesson, that I will not work with another person who is so rude as she was. (Yes, that was a she.)

    A couple of years and a few different bosses later (still at the same company), another woman ended up running the show (with extremely limited experience should I say), with the same detrimental, condescending attitude. After ALL (!!!) the people has left the department because of her attitude, I was still there and was trying to work out the situation.

    I could not resolve the issue with HR for our ENTIRE HR department has left in the same month (true story)!!! However, I was able to get hold of our previous HR manager via phone, and tried to ask for advice. In addition, I had a closed door meeting with one of my previous bosses (who was still at the company at that time), who sat in as a sort of "mediator" trying to resolve our differences. In addition, I had a talk with the CFO of the company, who at that time took on the role of the temporary HR personnel until they refilled our HR department. I have also went down to our counseling center (yes, the company had a counseling center on site) trying to ask for help, since this was the second time it happened that due to an incompetent manager with personality problems our department evaporates and no one seems to care.

    It was a very frustrating situation. But when the humiliation and degenerative attitude of incompetent people continues, I had no other choice but to quit. I was not willing to tolerate it any longer. I believe I tried to do everything in my power to ask for help in order to remedy the situation. I believe me serving the company for 10 years and having 7 different supervisors (not at the same time!!!) during that timeframe, all of them with different personalities and attitudes (yes, some were actually positive), shows that I don't simply head for the door when bad things happen.

    Not to mention, that my last supervisor (or at least she was pretending to be), quit her job 3 months after I left, despite the fact the she was just promoted! (I wonder why did she had to leave so fast...)

    So there you go, dear recruiter. Bad things do happen. It's not always the employee's fault. I was hesitant to tell you this on the phone, but you were keep pushing. When I wanted to explain, you did not let me, and instead you cut me off and tried to make me look like I was at fault. VERY unprofessional!

    By the way, there are tons of resources, articles and such on the internet about bad bosses (U.S. News and World Report, Psychology Today, LinkedIn, etc). They are probably written for a reason. Granted, this was my first negative experience in my life, but I sure hope it won't happen again.

    The recruiter said it will take a couple of days until they will get back to me. Never heard from them.

    Thanks for your call!

    Interview Questions

    • Why did you leave your previous employer? ... But why did you leave? ... Can you explain? ... I'm not interested in such details. So can you explain why did you leave?   1 Answer
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Nintendo of America Awards & Accolades

  • 50 Most Innovative Companies(#5), BusinessWeek, 2009
  • World's Best Companies, BusinessWeek, 2009
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