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Found 127 of over 127 reviews
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Naughty Dog Co-President Evan Wells
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Naughty Dog Co-President Evan Wells
Evan Wells
66 Ratings

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  • "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)
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  1. 4.0
    Former Contractor, more than 1 year

    Good experience, but currently not sustainable for long-term growth

    Oct 6, 2020 - Quality Assurance in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Experience what it's like to work alongside some of the most talented individuals in the AAA industry and help create an amazing gaming experience. Learn what it takes to develop a polished Naughty Dog title.

    Cons

    The long hours are expected, but the minimum-wage pay sucks. The studio is evolving to appreciate their QA team more and I had a positive experience with that, but the pay and opportunities provided to grow are definitely the worst part of the job.

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    1 person found this review helpful
  2. 5.0
    Current Employee

    work for the best

    Sep 25, 2014 -  
    Recommend
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    Business Outlook

    Pros

    The people at Naughty Dog are very talented, the best in the industry. It's a great place to grow and learn and push yourself.

    Cons

    Striving to reach perfection often leads to long hours, but end result is a great product.

    3 people found this review helpful
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  4. 4.0
    Former Employee

    Concept Illustrator

    Mar 1, 2016 -  
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Creative environment, lots of talented people, learned new skills.

    Cons

    Long hours, poor work/life balance.

    1 person found this review helpful
  5. 4.0
    Former Contractor, more than 3 years

    Great learning experience

    May 22, 2021 - VFX Artist in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Work on the best games ever with some of the best people ever

    Cons

    Long hours during crunch time

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  6. 4.0
    Former Employee

    Great Studio for AAA Games

    Jun 17, 2015 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    ND is a top studio with some of the most talented folks in the business. Lots of great people, really passionate about doing great work. Sony the parent company, seems to take a pretty hands-off approach and avoids meddling with the studio.

    Cons

    Most everyone works in an open office plan environment. The noise can be very distracting so pretty much everyone has noise-cancelling headphones. It is a high pressure environment, like many game studios. And there is pressure to work long hours. While the studio has expanded greatly, the management style has not changed much. The net result of this is that there are people in management roles who shouldn't be.

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    3 people found this review helpful
  7. 5.0
    Former Employee, more than 5 years

    Great games, great team, long hours

    Jan 19, 2023 - Environment Artist 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    All of the teams in the studio are incredibly talented and dedicated to making state of the art games. The quality level is very high but the results are worth it.

    Cons

    Long hours during crunch time.

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  8. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 5 years

    Very talented team. Amazing tools. Treated well.

    Mar 30, 2018 - Senior Animator in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommend
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    Business Outlook

    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.

    7 people found this review helpful
  9. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Super awesome amazing company to work for!!!!

    Jun 24, 2014 - Environment Artist in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    You get to work on some of the most amazing and critically acclaimed games. You get to work with THE most talented people in the industry, everyone they hire is a seasoned professional- Senior or Lead level actually. They pay very well for this talent and if you perform well and stick around you get WELL compensated for it with shipping bonuses and quarterly bonuses that can be a very big percentage of your yearly salary! The Culture is fun and people are friendly and have lots of activities and lunch time fun together. The Leads are very nice and respect you and ask your opinion on things, not just order you around. A+++ Would highly recommend.

    Cons

    Standards are very high and there can be long hours and long crunches, but that is just because everyone is committed to making the best game we can, and they compensate you very well for working so hard.

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    5 people found this review helpful
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