Nintendo Japan gives rare insight into what graduates can expect from corporate culture


On average, Nintendo Japan employees stay longer, work less and earn a fair wage right out of school.

Nintendo is preparing to hire more graduates (even more than last year). In light of the hiring season, Nintendo has released statistics and information regarding its work culture in Japan.

First spotted by Niko Partners analyst Daniel Ahmad on Twitter, Nintendo has posted a recruiting page that provides an overview of the company with the aim of attracting students from the Class of 2020. The company has acknowledged that it offers an average working salary of 90.3 million yen. (80,000 USD) and that bonuses can also be earned. every six months in June and December respectively. Employees also receive raises in April.

Nintendo plans to recruit 81 hires this year, an increase of 22 from the 59 graduates hired last year.

From September 2018 to date, Nintendo had 2,271 registered employees, an average of 38.6 years old, with an average length of stay of 13.5 years.

The page also reveals that the average workday for staff is just under eight hours (7h, 45mins), although those at head office start and end their days earlier than those in the development zone.

The statistics give us a more nuanced perspective of what working at Nintendo Japan might look like, including its work culture and the viability of continuing to work at headquarters. Nintendo isn’t as open as its platform rivals Sony and Microsoft, so even a small glimpse might be enough to sway a talented graduate toward the house of Mario.

In comparison with its regional counterparts, the average salary for a software engineer (based on seniority) at Nintendo of America’s headquarters in Redmond, Washington is between $ 92,000 and $ 127,000, far more than the average Nintendo of Japan salary, according to Glassdoor.

It should be noted that Japanese medical costs are tightly regulated by the government to keep costs affordable (although they have been exploding for a number of years) and the Japanese government enforces universal medical care. A salary of $ 80,000 for a new graduate at Nintendo Japan would be comparable (if not better) than what Nintendo of America offers, as health insurance is not as affordable in the United States.

Looking behind the curtain at what new hires can expect at Nintendo Japan gives the rest of the world a rare glimpse into global corporate culture. And by leading with transparency, Nintendo Japan has shown that they are ready to do whatever it takes to stay competitive globally, even among recent graduates.

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Johnny Cullen is a freelance writer and author from Derry, Northern Ireland who has written for Eurogamer, VG247, the official UK PlayStation Magazine and many more since July 2009. Come on @ about The Last of Us, Metal Gear Solid 3, Jonsi and Alex, or the WWE Four Horsemen on Twitter @JohnnyCullen.

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