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Nintendo of America Reviews

Updated July 21, 2017
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Pros
  • Excellent benefits and work/life balance (in 13 reviews)

  • Very good benefits including a subsidized gym membership at the largest luxury gym in america (in 14 reviews)

Cons
  • Work / life balance is not considered (in 6 reviews)

  • Terrible schedule, little opportunity to move to a full time position, and very restricted as far as movement to other parts of the company (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Bilingual gene realist contract position."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Decent compensation, good benefits in hq store. Positive work environment and great coworkers/ managers.

    Cons

    No medical benefits in contract only position. Quite unlikely to be hired on full time after contract position.

    Advice to Management

    Create more pathways to becoming fully hired on after contracting for more employees.


  2. "general"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    so far really good. great company to work if you love games.

    Cons

    none at the moment i can think of.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Nintendo"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Nintendo of America (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Fast paced environment provided ongoing opportunities to learn new skills. People were friendly and willing to give you a hand with issues when the were available.

    Cons

    Nintendo is a demanding company that requires you to push your boundaries of what is an acceptable balance between work and home life.

    Advice to Management

    Realizing that a profit is needing to be made, focus on getting the hiring enough staff to complete the projects that are requested instead of working good people to the breaking point.


  4. Helpful (5)

    "Not a Career Booster"

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    Former Employee - IT Grunt in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - IT Grunt in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Nintendo of America (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Nice workplace with cafeteria, gym, employee store, and outside gardens that are nice for employees.

    Cons

    Not a good place to enhance your career--longtimers interested only in their projects, little funds for training or improving your skills, no upward mobility as they will hire externally rather than promote internally for skilled positions. However, most management is promoted within, which means they are not trained in being managers before becoming managers

    Advice to Management

    Train yourselves so you understand the function of management, which is more than asking employees to work more and then giving them trouble with securing vacation


  5. "People are nice but office is too dark for me."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Location, people, products, company mission, and so on. People are really passionate about job!

    Cons

    Office is a little dark but location and cafeteria is great.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Great people, rewarding career"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Nintendo of America full-time

    Pros

    I encountered wonderful coworkers across the entire company. The culture is very respectful, collaborative, and supportive. The pay was competitive, and benefits were outstanding.

    Cons

    The company runs very lean, so it can be difficult to grow since your job duties take up your whole day (and then some). I often felt that I was doing the job of 2 or 3 people.

    Advice to Management

    Be more proactive in addressing performance issues. Create opportunities for innovation and growth by giving employees time and space to learn and grow.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great benefits"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Nintendo of America full-time

    Pros

    Offers a large variety of benefits.

    Cons

    There is no consistency with compensation.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Rumors of being a contract tester were true."

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    Former Employee - Contract - APT in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Contract - APT in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Great Location.

    - Friendly Co-Workers.

    - Discount at Nintendo Store.

    - It staff is quick to resolve issues.

    - Kind of social work environment.

    Cons

    - Office Chairs: Disgusting, Butt imprints, No Support, have probably been there for 5+ years. And they expect you to test 7 hours a day in them.

    - Computers: Frankenstein'd together with other old computer parts from the year 2011, they can barely open up Excel or Outlook.

    - It's 2016 and "projects" can still be canceled at any time without notice. I witnessed at least 15-20 people have their contract end within 1-2 month span.

    -Senior testers get first priority to be moved onto other projects no matter what their performance was like and after that they may select 1 or 2 newer people.

    - The whole culture there is "saving money". Breaks and Lunches are regulated like they would be working at any other retail, fast-food joint, but you're only allowed to work 36.25 hrs a week.

    - NOJ get's first priority for testing products and then its given to NOA, hence the unstable job security for a contract tester there.

    - You have to get low-balled at "10-14$/hr" by agencies "Aerotek or Parker" if you want be a tester.

    - You have to work the full 11 months to be considered for a "pay bump" if you return after the mandatory 2 month break.

    Advice to Management

    - Hire an HR team.
    - Get rid of the Agencies.
    - Do an "extreme Home makeover" of the testing department.
    - Keep quality testers, and not funnel them in like cattle, and let them go a month later.
    - If you have to keep letting people go, at least give them a notice of a week, and not the day of. On behalf of everyone, that would be GREATLY appreciated.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Good for consistent and 'complacent' work, bad for ambition."

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    Current Employee - Consumer Support Advisor in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Consumer Support Advisor in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Nintendo of America (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Friendly atmosphere; focused on physical health and well being; strong benefits package.

    Cons

    Little to no professional advancement opportunities offered; below market wage compensation; long employed people in management positions by fortune of tenure and not qualification; resistant to new ideas.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great Brand, Good People"

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    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Nintendo of America full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Global Brand
    Fun Products
    Nice People
    Bottom line is you get to make an impact with the work you do!

    Cons

    Lean headcount
    Ambiguous objectives
    Slow to change directions
    Bottom line is you need to influence a lot of cross-functional teams to make a difference!

    Advice to Management

    Expand the brand even more!


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