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Naughty Dog Employee Reviews about "long hours"

Updated Jul 26, 2016

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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 (3)

    "Where else?"

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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.

    Advice to Management

    Crunch is a hard thing to solve, but is probably the #1 reason people leave. Better scheduling is hopefully in the pipeline.

    Naughty Dog2016-07-26
  2. Helpful (1)

    "Concept Illustrator"

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    I worked at Naughty Dog

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Long hours, poor work/life balance.

    Naughty Dog2016-03-01
  3. Helpful (3)

    "Great Studio for AAA Games"

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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.

    Advice to Management

    Greater transparency would be nice. Also the wrong person in a management role can do a lot of damage. Having a mechanism to detect and correct that would be nice.

    Naughty Dog2015-06-17
  4. Helpful (3)

    "work for the best"

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    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.

    Naughty Dog2014-09-25
  5. Helpful (5)

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

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    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.

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    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.

    Advice to Management

    Try to reduce the lengthy crunches, as others have said.

    Naughty Dog2014-06-25
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