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Naughty Dog Game Designer Reviews

Updated 18 Jan 2017

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Naughty Dog CEO Evan Wells
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  1. Helpful (9)

    "Game Designer"

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    Game Designer in Santa Monica, CA
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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Naughty Dog

    Pros

    Utopia for game development. So much freedom. Everyone is incredibly passionate and dedicated. The structure is very flat and you can simply work on what you're interested in (within reason of course). Extremely friendly people as they hire based on personality. Cool internal talks from other industry professionals. Engine is incredible and constantly evolves to be better, week by week.

    Cons

    Errmmm.... Movie theatre can get a little cold...? I suppose mitigating crunch is always a worthwhile goal, but that's usually just down to our own obsession with detail.

    Advice to Management

    No feedback is good feedback is the mantra, but positive feedback can go such a long way in boosting people's motivation. Leads should try to pick out positives along with the much needed critiques.

    Naughty Dog2016-08-07
  2. Helpful (6)

    "Get ready to crunch and burn out."

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    Game Designer in Santa Monica, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Naughty Dog for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Best work in the business.

    Cons

    Exclusive, clique culture. You're either in the in club, or a resource to be used up.

    Advice to Management

    Stop treating your employees as disposable.

    Naughty Dog2017-01-19
  3. Helpful (3)

    "Where else?"

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    Current Employee - Game Designer in Santa Monica, CA
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    I have been working at Naughty Dog full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    You will work on the best games in the industry, and constantly be challenged to do your best work, including things no one has ever done in the industry before. Good work is recognized and rewarded.

    Cons

    The crunches are hard, lots of long hours at the end of the project. Your spouse must be ok with this.

    Advice to Management

    Crunch is a hard thing to solve, but is probably the #1 reason people leave. Better scheduling is hopefully in the pipeline.

    Naughty Dog2016-07-26
  4. "Awesome"

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    Current Employee - Game Designer in Santa Monica, CA
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    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Naughty Dog full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    You get to work with the most talented people in the industry. People here genuinely care about the games we make and work hard to satisfy our standards.

    Cons

    Standards are high, but everybody is in it together to make things as good as they can be.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up!

    Naughty Dog2014-06-19
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