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Naughty Dog CEO Evan Wells
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Pros
  • "Great people, great projects, passionate team(in 6 reviews)

  • "Creative environment, lots of talented people, learned new skills(in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • "(in 2 reviews)

  • "stay late or come in on the weekend because that would be(in 2 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (2)

    World's top 1st party developer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
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    Positive Outlook
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    I have been working at Naughty Dog full-time for more than 9 years

    Pros

    * top quality games * focus on storytelling * one of the best animation teams in the world * best place for ambitious devs

    Cons

    Santa Monica is very expensive.

  2. Great Company

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA

      I worked at Naughty Dog full-time for more than 6 years

      Pros

      Great people, great projects, passionate team

      Cons

      Crunch, crunch, crunch, crunch, crunch

    • Helpful (10)

      The snake of the games industry

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
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      Disapproves of CEO

      I worked at Naughty Dog full-time for more than 6 years

      Pros

      You'll be working on some of the best games in the industry, surrounded by some of the most talented, passionate people. You'll be sheltered from external pressure of publishers and have an unlimited budget as Sony's golden goose. Working here will open many doors for you.

      Cons

      Roughly every 5 years, the studio sheds its skin. You'll see developers leaving in droves, then the cycle will repeat as the new hires roll in. For a long time, you'll think this is the best job in games. You'll have likely spent years trying to get here and for the first few years, it delivers. You'll see people leave and go elsewhere and you'll think to yourself 'That's a strange move. Why would they ever leave...

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      Advice to Management

      Attend some management training. Send your directors and leads on management training.

    • Helpful (1)

      Great, Cool, Hip, Rad, Lads

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        Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

        I worked at Naughty Dog

        Pros

        Great lads at this joint

        Cons

        Too much good food I put on some pounds

      • Helpful (4)

        Very talented team. Amazing tools. Treated well.

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        Current Employee - Senior Animator in Santa Monica, CA
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        Neutral Outlook
        Approves of CEO

        I have been working at Naughty Dog full-time for more than 6 years

        Pros

        There is something special about being surrounded by some of the most talented people in the industry. I love getting to work on a product I’m truly proud of.

        Cons

        The hours have can be long towards the end of the project though they are very generous with PTO. It’s also more of a culture of perfectionism than something that feels demanded.

      • Helpful (13)

        Great place to work if you manage yourself well!

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        Current Employee - Environment Artist in Santa Monica, CA
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        Approves of CEO

        I have been working at Naughty Dog full-time for more than 6 years

        Pros

        Good pay and great bonuses if you work here full time for more than a year! You get to work with the most amazing talent in the industry. I feel very comfortable working here, people are nice and welcoming, even when you get constructive criticism you can tell its all for the good of the game and not personal. Not that much backstabbing drama and fear as other places. Lots of PTO days and Sony discounts are cool too.

        Cons

        The only downside is the crunch is brutal most of the time, although they realize it and they are trying harder to fix it, which is nice. Lots of late hours and there's some pressure to stay late even though they can't exactly order you to stay late or come in on the weekend because that would be... maybe illegal for salaried employees and not only that it would be super lame and people would say eff that. Its all about...

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        Advice to Management

        Keep up the work getting things set up to minimize crunch and to have generally smoother schedules.

      • Decent place to work

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        Former Employee - Animator 
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        Disapproves of CEO

        I worked at Naughty Dog full-time for more than 2 years

        Pros

        Great people, insane amount of talent.

        Cons

        Can earn more money elsewhere.

      • Helpful (3)

        A place that takes employee concerns seriously

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        Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
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        Positive Outlook
        Approves of CEO

        I have been working at Naughty Dog full-time

        Pros

        Being associated with incredibly high quality and critically acclaimed games Company works with people with their life situations, and tries to be as understanding as possible of difficult circumstances.

        Cons

        Difficult crunch situations about once every year and a half

        Advice to Management

        Quality will always require hard work, but with diligence maybe that hard work can be spread around more.

      • Contractor

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        Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
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        Positive Outlook
        Approves of CEO

        I worked at Naughty Dog full-time for more than 2 years

        Pros

        seriously talented veterans , The studio has a great work environment and lots of opportunities to learn from co-workers.

        Cons

        On Contract and not yet knowing if you may be offered a Permanent Full-Time position.

      • Helpful (1)

        Amazing studio to work for

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        Current Employee - Artist in Santa Monica, CA
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        Positive Outlook
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        I have been working at Naughty Dog full-time for more than a year

        Pros

        Creative input, freedom, and world class artist to work with. It's a top notch company that cares for it's people and truly wants to make the best games out there!

        Cons

        Crunch can be brutal at times, and Santa Monica is a crazy expensive place to live. Salary is average, not fantastic but not bad.

        Advice to Management

        Keep it up! It's a great place to work and it's important to keep that passion and drive going

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