Video Gaming Technologies

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Jon P. Yarbrough
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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good times, bad times, you know I had my share

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nashville, TN

    I worked at Video Gaming Technologies full-time

    Pros

    The work was usually interesting, the lunch was free if not always good for you, the salary was decent. The benefits were average however the bonuses were always very nice.

    Cons

    Closing of the VA office forcing people to relocate if they were desirable to keep. Not talking with the lowest level managers to see which employees were valuable and which were not. Prima donnas in certain satellite locations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Talk to each other. Preferably before you commit someone to something that they have no idea about. If you really want change, do what is right not what someone else wants. Stick to your guns.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 6 people found this helpful  

    A company in transition. Not necessarily a good thing.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Ruckersville, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ruckersville, VA

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

    Pros

    VGT is small enough that an individual can potentially make a meaningful impact to the company as a whole and not just toil away on things nobody will appreciate. Financial compensation is fair and supports a comfortable family lifestyle. Free lunches are provided along with other sundry benefits. Good health coverage and matching 401k contributions.

    Cons

    From early 2011 up through 2012 today the company has undergone a very turbulent transition from the cozy "family" feel of the operation to one which is much more regimented and corporatized. In this time many senior employees who helped shape the success and personality of VGT were dismissed, lengthy development projects were cancelled, and the entire Virginia office summarily closed in favor of new kingdoms being built in Tennessee and Nevada. These events took place without any convincing words provided as to why this was "The Right Thing to Do.". Instead the impact was "We're doing this for arbitrary reasons. Deal with it."

    The turmoil is far from over as many employees depart for new opportunities and their vacancies have not been filled. Meanwhile the new hires and projects in development have yet to fully gel or prove themselves with successful products on the market. The stability of the company rests on the solid and reliable revenue stream from legacy partners and support systems. This may be strong enough to last while VGT is internally broken and remade. In that respect there are many career opportunities to be had for those looking to take advantage of the situation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    One of the greatest things about VGT was the sense that you as an individual were valued for your work and that the company noticeably benefited from your efforts. The events of the past two years have undermined that sense of satisfaction in the worst possible way. This may be an effective way to "burn the ships in the New World" as Jon Yarbrough put it, but it changes the core of why you would want to stay with the company. Instead of a desire to do a good job now you just want to get a paycheck.

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    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good, smart people...lack of direction

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Ruckersville, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ruckersville, VA

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

    Pros

    Good working environment that allowed me to stretch my legs and take on the tasks that fit me. Really smart people with some great ideas floating around in their heads. Fast paced environment that, when it was working, moved at a good pace.

    Cons

    Lack of direction and decision making from the upper management ultimately took it's toll on our office. Too many chief's syndrom made it hard to have a choice made and moved on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your people and make a choice in the time needed.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    The glass was half full...

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    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager

    I have been working at Video Gaming Technologies

    Pros

    Good benefits, promoted wellness and work/life balance, casual atmosphere and culture; I enjoyed the first half of the time I was employed at VGT.

    Cons

    The second half of the time I worked there was horrible; hostile political maneuverings to try to bring about change rather than working with people to bring healthy, positive change; some middle managers were weak and seemingly unwilling to deal with dissenters and under achievers; lack of direction from senior management. Very dysfunctional company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Mr. Yarbrough needs to provide better vision and strategic leadership to the company. If he cannot trust the people he has in place to develop tactical operations, he needs to find highly competent people he can trust to do so. The company is highly dysfunctional and it starts at the top. Mr. Yarbrough needs to turn the dysfunction into function so that the company can grow and prosper once again.

    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overall positive with growing pains

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Ruckersville, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ruckersville, VA

    I have been working at Video Gaming Technologies

    Pros

    Fairly flexible on hours worked depending on position i.e. support desk is 24/7 with shifts. Overall decent compared to other jobs however the atmosphere is somewhat political in nature.

    Cons

    Really need to overhaul middle management in order to move to a higher standard. Have to get away from the "this is the way we have done it" or the "well its better then it was" in order to really succeed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a plan together which can be shared and stuck to. We need a long term vision that will move us from where we are today to where we want to be tomorrow.

    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great benefits, poor leadership

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Charlottesville, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlottesville, VA

    I worked at Video Gaming Technologies

    Pros

    You just can't beat the benefits package! Good insurance, great 401K plan with outstanding matching!

    Cons

    Middle management overload! Nothing ever seems to get done but meetings.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pretty darn sure they aren't listening to anybody.

    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Nice environment

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    Current Employee - Programmer I  in  Charlottesville, VA
    Current Employee - Programmer I in Charlottesville, VA

    I have been working at Video Gaming Technologies

    Pros

    Laid back atmosphere and central VA is a great place to live

    Cons

    Poor internal communications low levels of competence in getting things done

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase employee training and flatten the power structure.

    No opinion of CEO

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