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"One big family full of amazing people"

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

I worked at Nintendo of America full-time (More than 5 years)

Pros

The culture differs somewhat from department to department, but I can give some general characteristics that probably apply throughout the company:

-Good benefits: there's good health care and dental care, generous bonuses, relatively high salaries, and a work-life balance that is extremely nice given the all-too-common overtime in the rest of the game industry. In general, I think the average employee at Nintendo has been there for 8 years or so, which is extremely long considering the high turnover rate of the industry.

-It's one big family: departments interact with each other a lot and by the time I left the company I had literally over a hundred friends there across various departments. Leaving the company was a very sentimental experience for me.

-Lots of amazing, smart people: Nintendo really does attract some of the best and brightest people from all types of professions. So many people have grown up loving Nintendo and their games, and a lot of these people end up applying to Nintendo when they get older. Odds are that if you're a game programmer, a professional writer, a Japanese translator, or a QA expert, at one point or another you've wondered what it's like to work for Nintendo. This means that the company's constantly attracting talent from all over the world--people who are not only in the top of their field, but who are lifelong fans. That's a big deal.

-The company wants employees to have fun: there are lots of interesting employee activities to keep up morale, like all-company parties, talks by various groups and creators in the company, and an annual video game tournament between offices. There's a built-in fitness center, a soccer field, a volleyball court, a basketball court, and a tennis court. The company, of course, is full of gamers; I recall a group of hardcore Mario Kart DS players who've been playing the game at lunch every single day for nearly a decade!

-You get to meet Mario!

Cons

It's an old company with lots of history: this can be both good and bad. Nintendo has been around since 1889, and it carries with it a rich legacy in the Japanese and worldwide entertainment industry. This gives it a strong reputation, powerful IP, and perhaps the industry's best collection of long-time creators and leaders. But at the same time, it makes for a fiscally and technologically conservative approach which can be at odds with younger, perhaps more adventurous-minded employees.

Working for a foreign parent company has its own unique challenges: if you're in America, at least, you'll be dealing with Nintendo in Japan, and the time difference and language barriers can make things tough. Even with all of the Japanese-English interpreters that Nintendo has, communicating business ideas across cultural boundaries takes a lot of time and careful thought. This can be difficult for people used to dealing only with colleagues who speak their own language.

Advice to Management

Keep up the hard work.

Other Employee Reviews for Nintendo of America

  1. Helpful (3)

    "Great benefits, lousy lob environment"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Nintendo of America full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Very good benefits. The medical and dental are excellent. You can get a Pro Club membership and they have other outstanding benefits. Vacation is a plus as you get more time is shorter years of service than most companies. The company is very good about sick time and getting needed time off.

    Cons

    The work place is big brother to the extreme. You have to account for every minute of your time. Very negative culture. Management focuses on what you do wrong, and part of your job is to report what others do wrong.

    No chance for growth or promotion for the average worker unless you are in the in crowd. Horrible work environment. Favoritism runs rampant. Either you are in the good old boys club or you are not.

    Unlike most places where you get your vacation allocation at the beginning of each year, you accrue it every pay period. Vacation is a plus and minus as you earn vacation time quickly. See above.

    Advice to Management

    Build morale by making the work environment a more positive place. Break up the cliques. Provide chances for growth. Monitoring productivity is needed, but it has become excessive.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Life at Nintendo of America"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kirkland, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kirkland, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Nintendo of America full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Very diverse opportunities
    Uniquie benifits
    Good training opportunities
    Family like culture

    Cons

    Lean opperation requires many different roles and responsibilities
    Job growth is dependant on the state of the video game industry

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