Tools Programmer (Game Team)


For over 30 years, Naughty Dog has been crafting best-selling, critically acclaimed games that constantly push the boundaries of narrative, gameplay, and technology. Our most recent game, The Last of Us Part II, has received over 300 Game of the Year awards and three of our games are among the top 10 highest scored games on the PlayStation 4. As a part of the Naughty Dog legacy, you’ll become a part of continuing the development of extraordinary and enduring experiences for a broad, global range of audiences.

As a tools programmer at Naughty Dog, you will experience total project ownership: talk directly to the artists and designers and design, build, and deploy the software by yourself. You will also experience varied and challenging responsibilities. We have a small tools team, so you’ll interact with every game system and every department.


  • Designing, developing and supporting tools in our production pipeline from source assets down to the runtime
  • Work with our artists and designers to ensure tools are functioning properly
  • Continuously improve the user experience and performance of our tools
  • Additional responsibilities may be assigned as needed

Requirements & Skills:

  • Self-motivated individual with excellent problem solving skills
  • Experience shipping a game
  • Experience working in a team environment
  • Good verbal and written skills
  • Excellent 3D math skills (especially linear algebra and vector math)
  • Ability to design, author, and maintain complex tools used in different parts of the production pipeline
  • Experience with console or PC programming
  • Experience in building parallel or distributed algorithms
  • Experience in creating one or more of the following PC applications in C++/Qt or C#: level editor (actor placement, navigation meshes, particles, boundary regions, etc), art prototype catalogue/database, animation/cinematic editor, material/shader editor, plug-ins, build tools, data messaging tools, lighting tools
  • B.S. in Computer Science and/or Mathematics or equivalent work experience

Bonus Skills: (Optional)

  • Experience with databases design and query optimizations using MySQL, Redis, and NoSQL databases
  • DevOps experience maintaining Linux machines running Ubuntu
  • Knowledge of scripting languages (Python/MelScript/PHP)
  • Experience using DCC applications (3DStudio/Maya/Photoshop/XSI)
  • GUI art/design skills
  • Experience in using one or more of the following technologies: Maya Plug-in API,  OpenGL, CG, DirectX, HLSL

As part of the Naughty Dog application process, candidates should expect to be given a technical interview.

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If you think you have what it takes to join our talented Kennel, please review our current openings.

If you don’t see your desired position listed—don’t fret! Just apply under the General Application tab and send us your resume, along with a link to your portfolio or demo reel (if applicable). Please do not send us any unsolicited game ideas, scripts, treatments, code, or other creative works. Sorry, Naughty Dog does not offer any internships or student work-study opportunities at this time.

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The Recruiting Process

We feel it is important to let you know how the recruiting process works here at Naughty Dog. Here is what you can expect from us:

  1. Upon submission, you will receive an automated message stating your resume has been received and will be reviewed thoroughly by our recruiting team.
  2. Due to the high volume of applications received, it is not possible to respond directly to each candidate.
  3. If you are selected, you will be contacted for an initial phone screen or test.
  4. The next step is a second phone or Teams video interview, or an invite to come out and meet us at the studio.
  5. In the event that we choose not to move forward at any point in the recruiting process, we will let you know.
  6. If your qualifications do not match the criteria of a current position, your resume will be kept on file for future consideration.

Thank you for your interest in Naughty Dog.