WMS Gaming Reviews

Updated August 3, 2014
Updated August 3, 2014
85 Reviews

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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great Benefits, Pay is comparable to industry standards (in 6 reviews)

  • Had great benefits, very, very laid back work environment (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • senior management is doing its best to turn a fun place to work into a world of drudgery and uninteresting business-style development (in 4 reviews)

  • Resources in game development are stretched very thin (in 3 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Some jobs are great others are terrible. Depends on your manager.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at WMS Gaming full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    If you enjoy the industry, you will be happy to see products making impact on the market. Most of your peers are great people. Overall game development is full of a lot of dedication and talent.

    Cons

    Some managers openly mock employees on a personal level. Complaints about gender and age discrimination not taken seriously, expect retaliation for complaining. Math teams are in a lot of trouble, are a perpetual blockage, and havent stabilized since merger. With new merger, unlikely to see any progress. Industry is cyclical and platforms are on a down swing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If departments are hemmoraging personnel, maybe it is middle management that is to blame.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Accountant

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    Current Employee - Accountant
    Current Employee - Accountant

    I have been working at WMS Gaming full-time

    Pros

    Few people are really knowledgably.

    Cons

    Leadership is very weak. No accountability. Once person runs the show and very manipulative people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try and listen to more than one person before making an important decision.

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

    Company in limbo

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Field Service Tech
    Current Employee - Field Service Tech

    I have been working at WMS Gaming full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Time off for the first year of employment is 15 days.

    Cons

    With the take over the moral of field service is at a all time low. Many of the techs are setting to look for other employment and the techs have over 5 years with the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leadership, need to have the right people in the right area of management that field service call for question that may arise in the field. Some of the management members have never worked on slots.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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    Playing politics trump job performance

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

    I worked at WMS Gaming full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Fair salary · Excellent facilities · Amazingly good benefits · Decent access to tools needed to get your daily tasks done

    Cons

    Playing political games is the only path to career advancement · Your opinions are best kept to yourself

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat employees like people, not disposable resources.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    its a racist company to many touch and feeling people there u want to find love this is the place to work

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    Current Employee - Line Assembly  in  Waukegan, IL
    Current Employee - Line Assembly in Waukegan, IL

    I have been working at WMS Gaming full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    its not a business its a playground the company doesnt practice what it breaches and if your not of a certain culture u will be harrassesd and the people that are of a certain culture have no dilpomas some have no papers etc but yet there are the ones that get away with a lot more due to the fact 95 percent is of that culture

    Cons

    not worth the time working here two many people married in upper positions working here not good business ethics if your a toucy feeling type of person this is the place for u

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get your act together maybe u should not cater to certain group of people

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Top-heavy, disorganized, technologically behind company

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    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Chicago, IL

    I worked at WMS Gaming full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    * Flexible PTO.
    * Decent benefits.

    Cons

    * Way too much middle management. Most do not have engineering backgrounds.
    * Poor communication among disciplines. Various groups are stand-offish with each other since no one talks directly enough (ie: it's always through managers).
    * Development environment is a travesty. The tools and libraries are very ancient. There's never a concerted effort to pay down technological debt.
    * Upper management seems to genuinely want to improve the work environment. Unfortunately, they only seem to communicate with middle-management and not the people who actually develop.
    * Unqualified people are promoted way too often. The Peter Principle is in full play.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    * Trim the fat. There's too much middle management.
    * Similarly to the first point, people who are clearly unqualified need to be let go.
    * Rigorously screen people during interviews. If you want the best, then demand it. Also, the salaries *and* the work environment need to be attractive. The second point is quite important. If a good applicant realizes the you resist process improvement and use outdated tools, they're going to look elsewhere for a job.
    * For software engineering, people need to be allocated for cleaning up code and researching process improvements. The current mindset seems to be that an employee must always be working on a game. However, no one actively works on improving the process or ensuring the developers can iterate quickly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 5 people found this helpful  

    Used to be good, maybe even the best, now it's almost poisonous

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    Current Employee - Principal Gaming Software Engineer  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Principal Gaming Software Engineer in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at WMS Gaming

    Pros

    - There is the chance of reward and recognition if you put in a big effort
    - Individually there are some cool and very smart co-workers there

    Cons

    - Management have no idea about planning or scheduling, all they use is a random date generator and microsoft xls. That is no exaggeration.
    - You will be forced to bust your ass due to managements failings
    - Cooperation between some key departments is non existent
    - Whole company is littered with legacy procedures and practices that will make you weep, don't bother trying to complain or change them.
    - Every company has politics, if you can't play them watch your back. There are some caustic people there, and they are at all levels of the company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To the 'leadership' group that should be above R&D do the following
    1. Teach middle management how to plan and schedule
    2. Make WMS the creative and fun place it was in it's halcyon days, thats how you became the darling of the industry.
    3. Get down in the trenches, speak to the troops.
    4. Don't just listen to the troops and nod. Understand, react and keep them happy.
    5. You worry too much about the competition, look at yourself from the inside and you'll understand why the competition is getting back on top of you.

    Doesn't Recommend
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Absolute worst management I've ever encountered.

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    Former Employee - Principal Test Engineer  in  Itasca, IL
    Former Employee - Principal Test Engineer in Itasca, IL

    I worked at WMS Gaming

    Pros

    Great benefits including summer hours.

    Cons

    As other WMS employees have already stated, the total incompetence of management (especially in the Product Test department), is astounding. Engineers with no management skills at all were put in charge of large numbers of people. They treated people like dirt and had large egos to hide their low self-esteem and incompetence.
    If you want to work for a company that will absolutely kill your spirit and demoralize you, then work at WMS by all means!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Review the performance of all managers in the Product Test department very closely.

    Doesn't Recommend
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    The culture was very strange - never felt like I was a welcome or appreciated employee, despite my efforts to contribute

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at WMS Gaming

    Pros

    Financial success of the company could translate to a nice portfolio and retirement package for employees.

    Cons

    My VP couldn't articulate his expectations which led to never ending frustrations in never being able to satisfy him. Annual goals and objectives were never established which resulted in ongoing discussions on ever changing priorities. In addition, raging politics created the "in" and "out" crowd campaigns.... what a bizarre organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the politics and create a more formal goals/objectives program to ensure understanding of roles/responsibilities and expectations.

    Doesn't Recommend

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