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4.6
83%
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82%
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Naughty Dog Co-President Evan Wells
Evan Wells
37 Ratings
Pros
  • "Great work, great people, great times(in 7 reviews)

  • "There is something special about being surrounded by some of the most talented people in the industry(in 6 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "The crunches are hard, lots of long hours at the end of the project(in 6 reviews)

  • "Crunch hours are a lot, think about it first(in 5 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Great to place to work

      Apr 1, 2021 - Senior Programmer in Santa Monica, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      great to work there and learned a lot

      Cons

      not enough time off between huge gaming titles

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    2. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      High Talent, Good Workflow / Extreme Crunch, Low Pay, Bad HR

      Apr 20, 2021 - Programmer in Santa Monica, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      - You will work with some of the best talent in the industry - The workflow at Naughty Dog is very empowering, you are trusted to get the job done without any constraints, no one is going to be looking over your shoulder. - You are almost guaranteed to work on a cool project - Everyone has a voice, the hierarchy is very flat and everyone is open to new ideas that can make the game better.

      Cons

      - I have been through many crunches. Naughty Dog was by far the worst. They say they are going to change every time but they never do. If you are going to join, you have to be ok with doing 60 to 80 hours a week for 1-2 years for every project. - The pay is amongst the worst in the Los Angeles area. Some people with lots of experience barely get paid well to live on their own, let alone sustaining a family. - HR is inexistent. There is not a hint of interest for the person that does the job, they only care about getting talent and squeezing it. This is why after every project there is an stampede.

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      9 people found this review helpful
    3. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Not the best place for people with families

      Oct 24, 2019 - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      - good benefits and pay - the bonuses are really nice - you are almost guaranteed to work on a best selling, well reviewed game - people are super talented and motivated - full-time employees don't have to worry about being laid off after a project ends (though they do tend to leave in droves between projects because the crunch burns everyone out) - the worst of crunch usually occurs once every 2-3 years and lasts anywhere from 8 months to 14 months. When we're doing reasonable hours and not crunching, this is a great place to work

      Cons

      - management doesn't communicate with each other and no one seems to take deadlines seriously, often leading to confusing, conflicting and often contradicting direction/feedback at the last minute. - the crunch hours are awful. This has been the worst/longest crunch I've ever been part of. Despite management's efforts to mitigate crunch with careful planning and strict deadlines, the game ballooned, level designs changed (after design lock - see note *no one takes deadlines seriously) and thousands of hours of work were thrown away or redone. - if you have a child or a loved one waiting for you at home, chances are you won't see their waking faces for days at a time. They either need to be really understanding or this is not the job for you.

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      28 people found this review helpful
    4. 5.0
      Current Employee

      this place is a pleaseure to work

      Dec 14, 2020 - UI Artist in Santa Monica, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      great here i would say

      Cons

      not entirely sure, i dont think there are any cons

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    5. 5.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      A great company to work

      Oct 25, 2020 - Programmer in Santa Monica, CA
      Recommend
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      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Good office with benefits: gym, free meal and etc. Great colleagues with high skills and abilities, it`s inspiring to work in such an atmosphere.

      Cons

      Extra time for work till night even.

      1 person found this review helpful
    6. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 8 years

      Best video game company

      Aug 18, 2020 - Gameplay Programmer 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      People are talented and hardworking. Working on the projects you will be very proud of.

      Cons

      Might have long crunch time. The management is aware of that and try to improve.

      5 people found this review helpful
    7. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Very satisfied

      Jul 11, 2020 - Animator in Santa Monica, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      The greatest creative freedom and technology in the gaming industry . A lot of astonishingly talented people. Ample funds to make ambitious games. You can be involved in GOTY materials.

      Cons

      Perfectionism and laissez-faire policy in the studio culture are not for everyone.

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      6 people found this review helpful
    8. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      great place to work and learned a lot

      Aug 20, 2020 - Operations Associate in New York, NY
      Recommend
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      Pros

      the people are awesome here, had a great time

      Cons

      all the stuff about dogs, it really makes it hard to work.

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      3 people found this review helpful
    9. 3.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Animator

      Dec 6, 2019 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      -People are friendly. -The ability to insert your creative choices and views through out the projects makes for a better feeling of ownership and wanting to invest in the work. -Great projects. -Pay is ok ... needs to be better.

      Cons

      Bad Estimation of workloads and bad organization leads to too many work hours. Not great for overall health and family on the long run if you are not careful about setting limits.

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      20 people found this review helpful
    10. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Naughty Dog Dream come true?

      Oct 19, 2019 - Game Developer in Santa Monica, CA
      Recommend
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      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Worked here for over 2-3 years now. Its really been amazing to work here along side the best of the game industry. -Amazing Benefits -Well Pay

      Cons

      -Crunch hours consisted of staying at the studio for large amounts of time

      11 people found this review helpful
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