Naughty Dog Employee Reviews about "long hours"

Updated 6 Oct 2020

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  • "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)

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

    4.0
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    Former Contractor - Quality Assurance in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Naughty Dog for more than a year

    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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    "Where else?"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Game Designer in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Naughty Dog full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    You will work on the best games in the industry, and constantly be challenged to do your best work, including things no one has ever done in the industry before. Good work is recognized and rewarded.

    Cons

    The crunches are hard, lots of long hours at the end of the project. Your spouse must be ok with this.

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  3. Helpful (1)

    "Concept Illustrator"

    4.0
     

    I worked at Naughty Dog

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Long hours, poor work/life balance.

  4. Helpful (3)

    "Great Studio for AAA Games"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Naughty Dog full-time

    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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  5. Helpful (3)

    "work for the best"

    5.0
     

    I have been working at Naughty Dog

    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.

  6. Helpful (5)

    "Super awesome amazing company to work for!!!!"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Environment Artist in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Naughty Dog full-time for more than a year

    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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