Nintendo of America Reviews

Updated Jun 24, 2020

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3.5
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Nintendo of America President Tatsumi Kimishima (no image)
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  • "No room for advancing unless you are offered role as part time brand ambassador(in 11 reviews)

  • "Your work life balance depends on your manager of the team(in 10 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (5)

    "Great place to work"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Nintendo of America full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    - Fantastic products to work on - Great atmosphere: Most of the employees are enthusiastic about what they are doing - Good work life balance - Good job security (you need to really screw up to get fired) - Very flexible - Excellent food options on site - Discounted software and hardware, easy access to special edition items

    Cons

    - Poor way to handle contractors in general - Salaries are definitely lower than in other companies in the area - Very low turnover, so promotions are a bit luck based (you need to be there when someone leaves) - Slow to change and adapt

  2. Helpful (1)

    "A Place of Highs and Lows"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Nintendo of America full-time

    Pros

    - enthusiastic community - opportunities for involvement with projects like E3 and PAX - beautiful facilities - decent benefits

    Cons

    - lack of diversity - wages below competitor employers - stressful work environment - lack of strong middle management


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Best Company to work for"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Representative 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Nintendo of America full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great hours Flexible Great co-workers Great benefits Preppie genuinely care

    Cons

    Little to none. This job has always been nothing but good for me.

  4. Helpful (11)

    "Old and outdated leadership far outweighs brand love"

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Nintendo of America full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    -Good work life balance. <=40 hour work weeks are normal. -Difficult to get fired. All you have to do is show up to work. Literally. -Reasonably priced food in Cafe Mario. -Better than average healthcare and benefits. -On-site gym.

    Cons

    -Abysmal pay. It's 2020, the cost of living in Redmond and the greater Seattle area is high. Wake up! If you're coming from any major tech company, you'll take at least a 30% pay cut if not more. -Bureaucratic culture means everything has to be approved by Japan. I mean everything. Even if it takes a month. -Leadership is completely stale and out of touch. Many have been there for 10-20 years, are just there for job security but in reality, should retire or should be let go. -Culture is that of a retirement home. Slow, stale, sad and old. -You're told outright from the start that promotions only happen once every few years. How encouraging.

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  5. "Great Work life balance and decent pay!"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Nintendo of America full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Contract to Full time employee. Contracted for >4 years Contract was under Nintendo of America (NOA) -> Full time under Nintendo Technology Development Like other reviews mentioned, it was not a great experience working as a contract but full time feels a lot more rewarding so far. -Good benefits for full time employees. -Fun company events for full time employees -Above average bonuses -Performance based bonuses which helps under performing employees to improve. -On-site gym and/or Pro-sports club membership -Soccer, tennis, volleyball, and basketball courts -Cafe Mario has decent priced food -NTD has a startup feeling -Management and leads are great mentors for advancing your skills -Nice office -Great Location -Employee discounts on Nintendo products -Free Electric charging -Depending on the team, collaboration with NCL rather than being managed by them -Rewarding to work on successful consumer product -Transparency from management Great place to work if you value what Nintendo stands for and their products more than money.

    Cons

    -Time to transition to full time was too long. Open full time job position has to be approved by NCL. -Base salary is decent -No stock options -Slow to move up in career, depends on business need. (from what I heard) -Expanding teams is slow, hard to hire good people with less competitive compensation

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  6. "Software developer"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Nintendo of America full-time

    Pros

    Culture, benefits, pto, lax dress code awesome perks

    Cons

    No cons whatsoever, I have never worked for a better company

  7. "Riding the Nintendo Switch wave"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Sales Manager 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Nintendo of America full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    good working-life balance and engagement activities

    Cons

    Hard to get promoted in short period of time

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  8. Helpful (5)

    ""Engineering" - Toxic leadership"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Nintendo of America full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    - Company reputation - Has many great products that customers love. - Good job security - No chances of getting fired by under performing - 401k match - Onsite gym/Pro-sports club membership - Well manicured campus with soccer courts, etc - Employee discounts, garage sales, etc - Holiday party and summer events - Cafe Mario has healthy food options - Free parking and ORCA card. - Easy to meet job expectations. - Lottery tickets to dugout seats at Mariners game and Hawaii house - Entire company is closed from Christmas until New Year. - Good sick and vacation days - Decent colleagues - Great location

    Cons

    - Promotion within company has lead to incompetent managers. Your work life balance depends on your manager of the team. Some managers don't care about work life balance and run the project as "sweatshop" with frequent overtime, stupid deadlines and micro management. If you end up with good manager you will be fine or be prepared to be treated as a mere resource. - Some team deal with legacy stack. Hiring contractors/consultant and offshore developers who care about paychecks has lead to horrible code base that needs a lot of patch ups to get the feature working. Be prepared to work with spaghetti code. - Company runs on lean full time staff so be prepared to do work of 2 or more people. Engineering can be a good place to get some technical skills and improve your resume. Don't get stuck here forever thinking that things will improve. - Salary and bonus not competitive with Seattle market for developers. No Stock options. Raises are typically 1-2% doesn't keep up with inflation. Recruiter promise 15-30% yearly bonus but yearly bonus has been 15% or less mostly. - Difficult to move up in the careers since their organization structure is flat structure. No well defined career path so expect to stay in the same title for many years. Promotions happen once a year. - Too many old employees that are just hanging on and are resistant to accept new technologies.

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  9. "Great company to work for"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Coordinator in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Nintendo of America full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Company Culture, and good Perks/ Benefits,

    Cons

    needs improved communication, and clear path to career advancement

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  10. Helpful (2)

    "Decent place to work"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Applications Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Nintendo of America full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Easy to meet/beat expectations OK work/life balance Good benefits

    Cons

    Innovation is often stifled by out of touch leadership Uninformed and unilateral decision-making is often disguised as consensus

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