Naughty Dog Reviews

Updated 20 Aug 2020

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4.4
89%
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87%
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Naughty Dog Co-President Evan Wells
Evan Wells
33 Ratings
Pros
  • "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)

Cons
  • "Crunch hours are a lot, think about it first(in 5 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "great place to work and learned a lot"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Operations Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Naughty Dog part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    the people are awesome here, had a great time

    Cons

    all the stuff about dogs, it really makes it hard to work.

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  2. Helpful (2)

    "Best video game company"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Gameplay Programmer 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Naughty Dog full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    People are talented and hardworking. Working on the projects you will be very proud of.

    Cons

    Might have long crunch time. The management is aware of that and try to improve.


  3. Helpful (3)

    "Very satisfied"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Animator in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Naughty Dog full-time

    Pros

    The greatest creative freedom and technology in the gaming industry . A lot of astonishingly talented people. Ample funds to make ambitious games. You can be involved in GOTY materials.

    Cons

    Perfectionism and laissez-faire policy in the studio culture are not for everyone.

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  4. Helpful (1)

    "Fun but hard"

    4.0
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at Naughty Dog full-time

    Pros

    You work with the best

    Cons

    Crunch hours are a lot, think about it first

  5. Helpful (13)

    "Animator"

    3.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Naughty Dog full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    -People are friendly. -The ability to insert your creative choices and views through out the projects makes for a better feeling of ownership and wanting to invest in the work. -Great projects. -Pay is ok ... needs to be better.

    Cons

    Bad Estimation of workloads and bad organization leads to too many work hours. Not great for overall health and family on the long run if you are not careful about setting limits.

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  6. Helpful (10)

    "Naughty Dog Dream come true?"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    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

  7. Helpful (17)

    "Not the best place for people with families"

    3.0
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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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  8. Helpful (4)

    "Great place to work"

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - MP QA Tester in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Naughty Dog full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Everyone is a team player. Experienced team. We worked hard but we also were able to enjoy our work and the department.

    Cons

    There were times where there would be a break in communications due to management style but the person responsible was eventually let go.

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  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company"

    5.0
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA

    I worked at Naughty Dog full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great people, great projects, passionate team

    Cons

    Crunch, crunch, crunch, crunch, crunch

  10. "Top Developer"

    5.0
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends

    I have been working at Naughty Dog full-time

    Pros

    Very talented first party developer

    Cons

    Some times the crunch are necessary.

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