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Naughty Dog Reviews

Updated March 30, 2018
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Very talented team. Amazing tools. Treated well."

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

    I have been working at Naughty Dog full-time (More than 5 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.


  2. Helpful (8)

    "Great place to work if you manage yourself well!"

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

    I have been working at Naughty Dog full-time (More than 5 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 getting your work done though, if you work super hard and you do all your stuff you can just leave whatever time you want as long as you're sure your work is getting done. Some people chat all day and night and stay late so it might look like they are working hard because they stay super late but it's their work that really shows whats going on and I think people can see that. But overall I think some crunch is okay considering they make it pretty easy on you the other times.

    Advice to Management

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

  3. "Decent place to work"

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    Former Employee - Animator
    Former Employee - Animator
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Naughty Dog full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great people, insane amount of talent.

    Cons

    Can earn more money elsewhere.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "A place that takes employee concerns seriously"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    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.


  5. "Contractor"

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

    I worked at Naughty Dog full-time (More than a year)

    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.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Amazing studio to work for"

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    Current Employee - Artist in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Artist in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Naughty Dog full-time (Less 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


  7. "Work is life"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Naughty Dog full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Work on amazing games with great people

    Cons

    Insane crunch hours, little to no recognition or acknowledgment

    Advice to Management

    Positive reinforcement works

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Get ready to crunch and burn out."

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    Former Employee - Game Designer in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Game Designer in Santa Monica, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Naughty Dog (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.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Great Games and People; Studio Has More Potential"

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    Former Employee - Senior Production Artist in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Production Artist in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Naughty Dog full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    - Great people. Some of the most inspirational, passionate, and dedicated I've worked with.
    - Games are second to none in their genre. Contributing to them was a constant source of inspiration and satisfaction.
    - Benefits and and additional compensation were great.

    Cons

    - Absolutely no creative scope planning and scheduling which leads to an irresponsible amount of crunch and waste. There seemed to be very little acknowledgement by studio leadership of this issue.
    - Review and career development processes were clearly informal, and a bit of mystery.

    Advice to Management

    - Be more transparent about studio wide issues and initiatives. Hold health surveys and more company meetings; give employees a voice. Be transparent about growth and improvement.
    - More technical / tool development investment could improve art production flexibility and allow for iteration and change requests.
    - Junior engineers on staff could free up experienced engineers and allow them to achieve more and not get bogged down by UI development and simpler tasks.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Great Work, Terrible Crunch"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Naughty Dog full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The work is extremely full-filling. The people who work at Naughty Dog are some of the best in the industry. You will grow as an artist

    Cons

    The crunch is terrible. The people can be very type A and arrogant. If you don't mind your soul being destroyed by the crunch, it's a great place to work.

    Advice to Management

    Schedule better. Loosen the terrible crunch.


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