Nintendo Japan employee salary $ 80,000 on average; work less than eight hours a day
Nintendo Japan pays its employees an average salary of $ 80,000 (90.3 million yen) per year. Along with pay, employees often work less than eight hours a day. This information was revealed in a Nintendo publication detailing the benefits offered to future graduate employees.
According to Gaming Industry Analyst Daniel Ahmad, who spotted the job posting, Nintendo Japan employs more than 2,000 people with an average age of 38.6 years. Wages and working days aren’t the only benefits for Nintendo Japan workers, either. Employees would have the opportunity to earn a bonus in June and December as well as a potential pay raise in April. The conditions seem attractive for employees who stay in the company for an average of 13.5 years. The job posting was for Nintendo Japan’s graduate program, which aims to hire 81 graduates in 2019. The 81 graduates would represent a substantial increase from the 59 they hired in 2018.
Statistics demonstrate positive working conditions in a game development company at a time when they are more closely watched than ever. Activision Blizzard was recently criticized for laying off 800 employees after claiming to investors that it had had a banner year. The announcement of the layoffs was punctuated by the fact that the CEO of Activision Blizzard was named among the most overpaid, alongside the CEO of EA. The news is in stark contrast to the approach Nintendo CEOs have often had with business. In 2011, Satoru Iwata experienced a salary cut due to weak 3DS sales.
Job security isn’t the only issue plaguing developers. Nintendo Japan’s less than eight hour workday contrasts with the crunch culture of many game companies. Rockstar has drawn widespread criticism for its comments on the “100 hour weeks” following criticism of its critical practices leading up to the release of Red Dead Redemption 2. Many have expressed support for Rockstar, however, an employee of Rockstar Lincoln (a quality assurance arm of the developer) spoke anonymously about their struggles. Western game workers are now taking action. A union has recently been formed in the UK and progress is being made towards a union in the US.
In other Nintendo news, Nintendo of America recently saw the departure of its beloved boss Reggie Fils-Aime. Obnoxiously, he was replaced by Bowser (Doug Bowser). If you want to remember the good times before the business was run by a peach-catching giant, we’ve compiled a list of Fils-AimÃ©’s best moments.