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Found 80 of over 119 reviews
4.4
84% Recommend to a Friend
Naughty Dog Co-President Evan Wells
74% Approve of CEO

Found 74 of over 119 reviews

4.4
84%
Recommend to a Friend
74%
Approve of CEO
Naughty Dog Co-President Evan Wells
Evan Wells
46 Ratings
Pros
  • "Great work, great people, great times(in 8 reviews)

  • "Naughty Dog has an amazing track record of hugely successful titles(in 8 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "The long hours are expected, but the minimum-wage pay sucks(in 7 reviews)

  • "High expectations come with a job at Naughty Dog(in 6 reviews)

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    Pros & Cons are excerpts from user reviews. They are not authored by Glassdoor.
    1. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Nod

      Feb. 6, 2022 - Game Developer in Toronto, ON
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Good for working a well polished

      Cons

      No cons can telled against

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    2. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Goood company

      Oct. 12, 2022 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Unreal company to work for

      Cons

      Wasn’t a fan of the culture for some reason

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    4. 4.0
      Former Employee

      Nice place

      Jan. 14, 2022 - Software Development Engineer (SDE) in Toronto, ON
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Nice Place to work at

      Cons

      Work life balance is bad

      1 person found this review helpful
    5. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      It's a tough place but you'll grow a lot

      Nov. 19, 2022 - Senior Lighting Artist in Santa Monica, CA
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Stability and security as well as the chance to work with the best in the industry are major perks. Every game you work on will likely be award winning. Industry respect and credit is highest. It's the Harvard of games, you'll learn a lot. Despite shortcomings they do try their best to improve even if it may not please everyone.

      Cons

      Leaders have a tendency to choose favorites and the best person for a task may not always be chosen on the merit of their work. It's not a warm, friendly, or inviting work environment if you're not part of the inner social circle but if you make a friend or two, it balances out. You may not always get the credit you deserve but to be fair, it's too common in the video game industry as a whole to blame the company. I think it's really a wider problem overall. There are too few places where you get more benefits than cons and many people who leave disgruntled end up wishing they could come back. If you happen to be part of the cool kids you've got it made, if you're not, try to enjoy the perks of being in a top tier company. If you don't know what you're doing or if it's your first job, it's going to be brutal. I highly recommend this company be your second or third opportunity so you understand how the industry works as a whole to appreciate the cons and pros as well as properly navigate high end complex issues without fear of losing your position and not understand why. It's a place full of giants and veterans, not for the faint of heart. The myriad of awards and accolades are no accident.

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      1 person found this review helpful
    6. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      A place to work

      Oct. 31, 2022 - Game Programmer 
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Great place to learn, and great people

      Cons

      A lot of extra hours

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    7. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Setting the bar high

      Aug. 9, 2022 - Technical Artist in Santa Monica, CA
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Great management, Work life balance, and the studio is a great place to work.

      Cons

      moving up in the company can be challenging

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    8. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Try it

      Aug. 15, 2022 - Pipeline Technical Director in Santa Monica, CA
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Money is great but you have to fight for it

      Cons

      Leadership sucks in the programming department

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    9. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Great interview process!

      Jul. 1, 2022 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Work with smart and hard working people:)

      Cons

      Hard decisions has to be made to meet ddl. Spend additional time on small stuff, make your ocd worse lol.

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    10. 5.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Great!

      May 24, 2022 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Very good company to work for

      Cons

      It was a little disorganized at times

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    11. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Awesome work environment

      May 5, 2022 - Game Programmer in Boston, MA
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      - Flexible schedules - Good treatment/ethics

      Cons

      - Stressful at some certain times

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