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Found 80 of over 119 reviews
4.4
84% Recommend to a Friend
Naughty Dog Co-President Evan Wells
74% Approve of CEO

Found 74 of over 119 reviews

4.4
84%
Recommend to a Friend
74%
Approve of CEO
Naughty Dog Co-President Evan Wells
Evan Wells
46 Ratings

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Pros
  • "Great people.(in 16 reviews)
  • "Good pay and great bonuses if you work here full time for more than a year!(in 7 reviews)
  • "Everyone is friendly and fair(in 2 reviews)
Cons
Pros & Cons are excerpts from user reviews. They are not authored by Glassdoor.
  1. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Setting the bar high

    Aug 9, 2022 - Technical Artist in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Great management, Work life balance, and the studio is a great place to work.

    Cons

    moving up in the company can be challenging

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  2. 4.0
    Former Employee, more than 5 years

    It's a tough place but you'll grow a lot

    Nov 19, 2022 - Senior Lighting Artist in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Stability and security as well as the chance to work with the best in the industry are major perks. Every game you work on will likely be award winning. Industry respect and credit is highest. It's the Harvard of games, you'll learn a lot. Despite shortcomings they do try their best to improve even if it may not please everyone.

    Cons

    Leaders have a tendency to choose favorites and the best person for a task may not always be chosen on the merit of their work. It's not a warm, friendly, or inviting work environment if you're not part of the inner social circle but if you make a friend or two, it balances out. You may not always get the credit you deserve but to be fair, it's too common in the video game industry as a whole to blame the company. I think it's really a wider problem overall. There are too few places where you get more benefits than cons and many people who leave disgruntled end up wishing they could come back. If you happen to be part of the cool kids you've got it made, if you're not, try to enjoy the perks of being in a top tier company. If you don't know what you're doing or if it's your first job, it's going to be brutal. I highly recommend this company be your second or third opportunity so you understand how the industry works as a whole to appreciate the cons and pros as well as properly navigate high end complex issues without fear of losing your position and not understand why. It's a place full of giants and veterans, not for the faint of heart. The myriad of awards and accolades are no accident.

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  4. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    Try it

    Aug 15, 2022 - Pipeline Technical Director in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Money is great but you have to fight for it

    Cons

    Leadership sucks in the programming department

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  5. 5.0
    Current Employee, less than 1 year

    Great interview process!

    Jul 1, 2022 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Work with smart and hard working people:)

    Cons

    Hard decisions has to be made to meet ddl. Spend additional time on small stuff, make your ocd worse lol.

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  6. 5.0
    Former Employee, less than 1 year

    Great!

    May 24, 2022 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Very good company to work for

    Cons

    It was a little disorganized at times

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  7. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    Awesome work environment

    May 5, 2022 - Game Programmer in Boston, MA
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    - Flexible schedules - Good treatment/ethics

    Cons

    - Stressful at some certain times

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  8. 4.0
    Former Employee

    good

    Dec 2, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    great place to work. Would recommend.

    Cons

    no cons at the moment

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  9. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Wonderful place to work, depending on team

    Nov 8, 2021 - Senior Localization Manager in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Everyone is incredibly talented, passionate, and humble. This varies from department/teams, but in general everyone is incredible hungry and wants to make the best products possible.

    Cons

    Some teams are prone to crunch/tougher work schedules.

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  10. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Working on the best franchises in the industry

    Sep 14, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    -surrounded by top industry talent -room for growth and career advancement -knowing that you are contributing to some of the best franchises in the industry

    Cons

    -onboarding could be better, felt like you are thrown into the fire and expected to just produce top quality work -everyone around you is very passionate, which can lead to overworking without being told to. Especially working from home.

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    5 people found this review helpful
  11. 5.0
    Current Employee

    Creative fun environment

    Sep 14, 2021 - Producer in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Passion, creativity, open communications and collaboration

    Cons

    Crunch, which is actively being solved

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Naughty Dog has an overall rating of 4.4 out of 5, based on over 119 reviews left anonymously by employees. 84% of employees would recommend working at Naughty Dog to a friend and 82% have a positive outlook for the business. This rating has improved by 2% over the last 12 months.

According to anonymously submitted Glassdoor reviews, Naughty Dog employees rate their compensation and benefits as 4.4 out of 5. Find out more about salaries and benefits at Naughty Dog. This rating has decreased by -1% over the last 12 months.

84% of Naughty Dog employees would recommend working there to a friend based on Glassdoor reviews. Employees also rated Naughty Dog 3.8 out of 5 for work life balance, 4.0 for culture and values and 4.5 for career opportunities.

According to reviews on Glassdoor, employees commonly mention the pros of working at Naughty Dog to be benefits, culture, career development and the cons to be management, work life balance.

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