Bally Technologies

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Bally Technologies Reviews

Updated September 12, 2014
Updated September 12, 2014
197 Reviews
2.6
197 Reviews
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Richard Haddrill
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Very good salary - above standards (in 14 reviews)

  • Good Pay,good infra different, different technologies but no usee (in 12 reviews)


Cons
  • this can lead to a strain in the work-life balance (in 52 reviews)

  • senior managements, NO WORK LIFE BALANCE (in 19 reviews)

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  1.  

    Terrible IT department

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Bally Technologies

    Pros

    Not sure about other departments

    Cons

    Management brings in contacts from their previous work place

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Say a big NO!

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Las Vegas, NV
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Las Vegas, NV

    I worked at Bally Technologies full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I had to move to Las Vegas for family sake. When I looked out for companies sponsoring work visa Bally was one of them.
    I cannot think of any other Pros

    Cons

    I got offer at IGT as well. I made a huge mistake by choosing this over IGT. I was reporting to director of a team who had no idea about giving any directions to the team. He wasn't making enough to meet the company goals so he was putting his team (we were 4 people, yes 4 people reporting to a "Director") into any project belonging to any other team in Bally. There is no growth opportunity and there is no concept of 8 to 5 job ever in Bally. They don't value employees. No concept of being paid as timeoff or comps for working over time. Bally as a company wants to make employees work over time. People who work over weekend, new year and long weekend are the ones they hail as STARS . If you are entry level better not to choose this company. You wouldn't learn much

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value employees. They should be positively reinforced for them to be more beneficial to you. Appreciate their hard work. Don't make someone a director of a team (even though they have only 4 people reporting to them) just because they have been with the company for 10+ years.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Nothing positive

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    Former Employee - Programmer II  in  Las Vegas, NV
    Former Employee - Programmer II in Las Vegas, NV

    I worked at Bally Technologies full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Benefits, but that can be outsourced. HR watch your back.

    Cons

    Toxic work environment. Don't work here! Management is clueless. Execs make over a million $ per year and you suck in their minds. JC, you need to rethink your strategy because you are anathema in the rest of gaming.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of JC. He is cancer!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Avoid this company

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    Former Employee - Systems Engineer  in  Atlantic City, NJ
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Atlantic City, NJ

    I worked at Bally Technologies full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    None really, some of the lower level managers are easy to work with

    Cons

    Gaming industry is in shambles due to the ecomony, and Bally's knows it, and treats employees like cattle

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit playing lip service to the employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    No work life balance

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Bally Technologies

    Pros

    Technology and compensation. If you are bachelor and like traveling this may be good place be. Get to learn a lot about gaming industry

    Cons

    Lots of travel, even when you are not traveling you are assigned task which requires more than 12 hours a day to complete.

    Political env.

    No per diem for travel days. Most of the time you travel on sunday evening and return by friday late evening. And if you are in some bad projects your weekends are spoiled to

    My recommendation if you have family this is not a place for you

  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Welcome to bally, now get to work slave!

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    Former Employee - Engineer  in  Las Vegas, NV
    Former Employee - Engineer in Las Vegas, NV

    I worked at Bally Technologies full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    you get a paycheck, some cool people. Las vegas is a great place to live.

    Cons

    While I was only there a couple of years, never in my life have I seen such shady management actions practiced out in the open. If you are not constantly buttering up to management, you will be black balled. Management at Bally are sociopaths, and will make fun of you with the other team members, right in front of you. They will also lie and badmouth you, behind your back, to the directors and VP's to cover their mistakes, while praising you to your face. If you try and complain about any of this, you will be let go, immediately. Bally hires "engineers" with no college degree of any kind, and if they are favored by management, you could have a masters/phd, and you will be getting your marching orders from someone who took programming in high school. Bally management are extremely high paid, and many of them work from home and sometimes show up only a couple times a year, while it is not uncommon for them to call you on a saturday, tell you to drop everything, and show up to work. During review time, to justify not giving a raise, they will actually say things like "we are only giving raises to or top 50%, you are not one of them, better luck next time!" Bally is a total scumbag outfit, steer far from this dump.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing you can do except fire yourselves.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Working in a jail!!

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Bally Technologies

    Pros

    There are a few nice people in the company and location was great to be working so close to. Insurance coverage was good

    Cons

    - environment was like a jail had no windows just 2 doors on each end almost looks like the doors in an insane asylum! Every one got sick often.
    -Had to share 4 desk spaces with each shift since it was 24 hr operation did not get own desk
    -Supervisor of WAPs department was rude, inconsiderate, made fun of his employees or criticized them in the open or to that persons face, didn't care about his employees unless it was 2 certain people that he favored over, only cared about himself
    -not enough staffing for coverage. ESP weekends as gaming regulations state there must be 2 people on shift at all times in which almost every weekend each shift was alone for a few hrs
    -no place to go to move up to another position it was like you were stuck and can't go anywhere else
    -with the profit Bally makes, the raises were minimum like a $0.10 raise per hr which is horrible!
    -management unorganized and do not listen to its employees to help resolve issues

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire people that care about its employees and where supervisors want to see there team moving up within the company instead of dragging them down wanting them in one spot. Get people that care about others and not make fun of them!!!

  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Sweatshop

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Bally Technologies

    Pros

    Some cool technologies. Few good veterans in sales and marketing - and there doing a good job.

    Cons

    Remember the movies about Asian sweatshops. With underpaid workers working night and day. Greedy managers who yell and exploit for their own gain. And only a few brownnosers get favors.

    Well, enter Bally - they have successfully recreated it in the US of A.
    No exaggeration. Politics and Nepotism are rampant. Company is making record profits but employees don't see a penny - mgmt I dare say are getting their piece of the pie.
    Pay is low but workload is no less than a sweatshop - expect to work night and day, weekend and holiday. Managers and directors are always playing politics and favorites. And some of them yell and insult employees and get away with it.
    Ironically, the culture in India seems to be slightly better than US. The pay is definitely much better in India.

  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    All work and no pay

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    Current Employee - Cant Say
    Current Employee - Cant Say

    I have been working at Bally Technologies full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    There are some challenging innovation opportunities
    Stock has been going up thanks to good leadership by CEO

    Cons

    Compensation much much below market in certain cities
    Work is inversely high - long hours are norm.
    Activity is rewarded, productivity is not

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Creepy culture.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Reno, NV
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reno, NV

    I worked at Bally Technologies full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great benefits package, some nice people. Compensation is only fair.

    Cons

    Very political, paranoid, territorial environment with poor communication and training. Employees had to report hours worked each week. People hideout in offices with doors closed. Watch your back.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start by hiring managers with people skills. This is an old company with it's culture as antiquated as the technology in slot machines. Too busy cranking out the same product with different artwork. It's a waste of breath to say happy employees are productive employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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