Nintendo of America - Fun place, too much micro-managing | Glassdoor
  1. Helpful (2)

    "Fun place, too much micro-managing"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
     
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Nintendo of America

    Pros

    Nintendo is generous with salary and benefits. Employee store discounts to consoles and hardware. Departments work as a team which makes long hours manageable. Loyal employees.

    Cons

    Parent headquarters mico-manages most marketing tactics. Spend most of your time explaining and justifying actions, instead of being innovative and agressive in the competitive video game industry. No work/life balance. Headquarters want to be cooperative but has difficulty trusting and allowing US subsidiary to be proactive.

    Advice to Management

    Let the US subsidiary do their work and market in the style appropriate to our consumers. Move beyond finger pointing and finding scapegoats to making the best video games possible.

    Nintendo of America2011-01-20
  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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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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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