Naughty Dog Reviews

Updated 20 Apr 2021

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4.6
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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
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Cool place

      19 Nov 2020 - Infosec Consultant in London, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Nice place to work in LDN.

      Cons

      Sometimes stressful for workload in LDN.

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    2. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Amazing

      29 Mar 2015 -  
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great Co-Workers, Benfits/Perks and Salaries. Amazing Work Ethic

      Cons

      Sometimes Stressful at crunchtime i have to do 5 words

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    3. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      really nice

      24 Feb 2017 -  
      Recommend
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      Pros

      very innovative and nice place, reallly enjoyed working and was really fun

      Cons

      very cliquey place to work in. overall a good place to work in and enjoyed staying there despite this.

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    4. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

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

      20 Apr 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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      2 people found this review helpful
    5. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Great to place to work

      1 Apr 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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    6. 5.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Good company

      28 Jan 2021 - Software Development Engineer (SDE) in Mumbai
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Very nice compnay to work at

      Cons

      None at all as far as i know

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    7. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      this place is a pleaseure to work

      14 Dec 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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    8. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Not the best place for people with families

      24 Oct 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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      26 people found this review helpful
    9. 5.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      A great company to work

      25 Oct 2020 - Programmer in Santa Monica, CA
      Recommend
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      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.

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    10. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Big salaries

      9 Nov 2020 - 3D Artist in Prague
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Projects known all over the world Big salaries Food

      Cons

      Recycling at work in project development

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