Nintendo of America - Good benefit, good workplace if you don't want to work hard | Glassdoor
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    "Good benefit, good workplace if you don't want to work hard"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
     in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Nintendo of America

    Pros

    Incompetent manager wouldn't want you to work hard, so if you're determined to sit back, relax, and collect check, there's no other place better. Good benefit Fun product No layoffs

    Cons

    No layoffs means no change. Many of the management are there for 20+ year, and proud of it. Many of them joined Nintendo fresh out of college, or in some cases, high school. They do not know how the world outside Nintendo works. They do not know managers in the other successful companies are highly educated and competitive. Because the old timers won't leave, there's no room for young talented people to move up.... Many smart young people left. Those who get promotions are lazy workers who spend 50% of his day sucking up to management, lying about his achievements. Very disappointing for honest, hardworking, capable people.

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    Advice to Management

    The review in ONLY top down. No manager gets comments from subordinates. No use to complain to manager above, as they all protect themselves, knowing the limitation of their competencies. They really need 360 degree review process.

    Nintendo of America2012-01-27
  1. "Riding the Nintendo Switch wave"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Sales Manager 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Nintendo of America full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    good working-life balance and engagement activities

    Cons

    Hard to get promoted in short period of time

    Advice to Management

    Establishing formal career succession plan

    Nintendo of America2019-09-30
  2. ""Engineering" - Toxic leadership"

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    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Nintendo of America full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    - Company reputation - Has many great products that customers love. - Good job security - No chances of getting fired by under performing - 401k match - Onsite gym/Pro-sports club membership - Well manicured campus with soccer courts, etc - Employee discounts, garage sales, etc - Holiday party and summer events - Cafe Mario has healthy food options - Free parking and ORCA card. - Easy to meet job... expectations. - Lottery tickets to dugout seats at Mariners game and Hawaii house - Entire company is closed from Christmas until New Year. - Good sick and vacation days - Decent colleagues - Great location

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    Cons

    - Promotion within company has lead to incompetent managers. Your work life balance depends on your manager of the team. Some managers don't care about work life balance and run the project as "sweatshop" with frequent overtime, stupid deadlines and micro management. If you end up with good manager you will be fine or be prepared to be treated as a mere resource. - Some team deal with legacy stack. Hiring... contractors/consultant and offshore developers who care about paychecks has lead to horrible code base that needs a lot of patch ups to get the feature working. Be prepared to work with spaghetti code. - Company runs on lean full time staff so be prepared to do work of 2 or more people. Engineering can be a good place to get some technical skills and improve your resume. Don't get stuck here forever thinking that things will improve. - Salary and bonus not competitive with Seattle market for developers. No Stock options. Raises are typically 1-2% doesn't keep up with inflation. Recruiter promise 15-30% yearly bonus but yearly bonus has been 15% or less mostly. - Difficult to move up in the careers since their organization structure is flat structure. No well defined career path so expect to stay in the same title for many years. Promotions happen once a year. - Too many old employees that are just hanging on and are resistant to accept new technologies.

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    Advice to Management

    - Salaries for employees in technical need to be made competitive with Seattle market - Hire top talent and provide opportunities for growth. - Provide opportunity for under performing employees either to retire or improve their job performance. - Be transparent to the employees

    Nintendo of America2019-09-30

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