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Naughty Dog Employee Reviews about "crunch hours"

Updated Oct 24, 2019

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4.2
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Naughty Dog Co-President Evan Wells
Evan Wells
37 Ratings
Pros
  • "Great people, great projects, passionate team(in 6 reviews)

  • "Creative environment, lots of talented people, learned new skills(in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • "The crunches are hard, lots of long hours at the end of the project(in 5 reviews)

  • "Insane crunch hours, little to no recognition or acknowledgment(in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Naughty Dog Dream come true?"

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

    I have been working at Naughty Dog full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Worked here for over 2-3 years now. Its really been amazing to work here along side the best of the game industry. -Amazing Benefits -Well Pay

    Cons

    -Crunch hours consisted of staying at the studio for large amounts of time

    Naughty Dog2019-10-19
  2. Helpful (5)

    "Not the best place for people with families"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    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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    Naughty Dog2019-10-25
  3. Helpful (3)

    "Work is life"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    Work on amazing games with great people

    Cons

    Insane crunch hours, little to no recognition or acknowledgment

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    Naughty Dog2017-02-03
  4. Helpful (3)

    "Best Job so Far"

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    Former Employee - Game Programmer in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Naughty Dog full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    + Great medical insurance + Best benefits + Employees are industry veterans and super skilled + Fun working environment

    Cons

    - Crunch hours are sometimes really intense - Some distractions while working

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    Naughty Dog2015-05-24
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