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Nintendo of America Reviews

Updated 20 February 2017
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Pros
  • Excellent benefits and work/life balance (in 12 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 6 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Director of Marketing"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Marketing Director in Scoresby (Australia)
    Former Employee - Marketing Director in Scoresby (Australia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Nintendo of America full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Invigorating products, Product Innovation, Fun, committed people, wonderful core consumers and practices set to challenge your normal thinking

    Cons

    Dealing with global complexities and sometimes the inability of global leaders to be able to plan autonomously for a different market behaviours and patterns

    Advice to Management

    Ability to act on what is best for the local market while still being able to be sensitive to global requirements


  2. "Great company, great products, flat organization and limited growth opportunities"

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    Former Employee - Director in Redmond, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Director in Redmond, WA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Nintendo of America full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great people and fun products.

    Cons

    Limited growth opportunity because of low turn over.


  3. "Go no where fast"

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Redmond, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Redmond, WA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Nintendo of America (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The people you work with are cool enough.

    Cons

    Promotions come with no raise? Bs.

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to use your own systems..


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  5. "Shipping Agent"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Gate Agent in Snoqualmie Pass, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Gate Agent in Snoqualmie Pass, WA (US)
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great atmosphere to work in, good people, effective procedures, improvement opportunities in procedures and work position, and transparent communication from the bosses.

    Cons

    Less than effective co-workers, no individual accountability, lack of opportunity frustration, and laziness.


  6. "Nintendo"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Nintendo of America (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fun colleagues, fun IP, interesting to work in an international setting. Sushi Tuesdays is pretty great too.

    Cons

    Nintendo is slow to change course and adopt current industry practices, which can lead to a lot of wasted time.

    Advice to Management

    Be open to new ideas and be willing to advocate for them to NCL. Promote based on merit, not seniorty


  7. "HR"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits but the aren't as good as they used to be!

    Cons

    Nintendo is an "old school" and a very political, back stabbing culture! Avoid this company!

    Advice to Management

    Retire and/or fire all the "old timers" that have been there way too long!


  8. "Bilingual Customer Service"

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    Former Employee - Bilingual Customer Service Representative in Redmond, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Bilingual Customer Service Representative in Redmond, WA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Nintendo of America full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The hourly rate $20 for a bilingual is good. Plenty of free parking. The cafeteria is excellent.

    Cons

    Not much growth opportunity, though. High turnaround. The team lead I had behaved like a 10 yr old towards her co-workers, micromanaged and even bullied some of my co-workers. She also had her favorite. Very unprofessional!!

    Advice to Management

    Re-train your team lead and have surveys by co-workers.


  9. "Retail Representative"

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

    Pros

    Amazing company to work for.

    Cons

    Nothing comes to mind to complain about.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it simple


  10. "Good working environment if your manager is good"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Nintendo of America full-time

    Pros

    Many advancement opportunities are given. You are rewarded for working hard.

    Cons

    If your manager or supervisor is a type of a person who is stuck in the past, you are stuck there as well.

    Advice to Management

    Please do not micro-manage your employees.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Low Mobility. Low Innovation. Low Funding."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA (US)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - If you work in a role you like with a group you like, it's an amazing place to work.
    - It's hard to get hired here, and most FTEs are some of the coolest people you'll meet.
    - You can work the same job until retirement
    - Easy annual raises and bonuses every 6 mo.
    - Nice company events
    - Cool exec mgmt
    - Great working environment (generally speaking...this can vary between groups. Do your research on your group/role/manager and try to interview the team you'll be working with thoroughly)
    - Great benefits and good family environment
    - Some groups have some of the coolest projects. If you're lucky enough to work w/ them, or be one of them, you get some 'dream job' bucket-list moments that people would kill for.

    Cons

    - You can work the same job until retirement ... Low mobility and stagnant groups as a result.
    - Lack of pressure on high performance and results minimum performance on average, and in high performing employees leaving the company due to lack of reasons to stay. Which sucks, b/c it's so hard to even get hired as an FTE at Nintendo.
    - Lack of sustainable profits, largely due to the underperformance of the wiiu and lack of titles, has really impacted staffing and internal development. Not just new positions, but backfilling. A lot of people have left dying teams, which makes it even harder for the teams to justify the spots for backfill. Further incentivizing more people to leave.
    - Older workforce. If you're 35-60 and comfortable where your career is at, this is a place for you. If you're 25-35, or just trying to grow your career, you will face an uphill battle in most groups.

    - Specific to the IT dept. it's a POS. Not all groups are terrible, but you'll really want to grill your prospective group re: it's responsibilities & scope, growth opportunities, mgmt, etc. Not all groups are bad, but some are complete cancer. Especially at the entry level/early career positions. Unless you're certain your role is a good choice for your specific needs, or they're paying you extremely well, I wouldn't recommend it.
    - Also, the IT recruiter is a joke. Ambivalent mgmt and subpar/understaffed recruiters leads to some hilarious candidate pools. This further prolongs the hiring process after battling to get the job posting approved in the first place.

    Advice to Management

    Provide performance incentives with interesting work and growth opportunities. The semi-annual bonus system is way too easy to game, and a 'mediocre' bonus vs. an 'outstanding' bonus is negligible. I don't think it's properly rewarding high performers, and seems to reward mediocre employees for doing the minimum.



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