WMS Gaming Reviews

Updated February 19, 2015
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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    WMS exists in name only as the company was acquired by Scientific Games and is a very different company.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Empolyees are very hard wording and had a common goal to help the company succeed. Benefits are ok but used to be better.

    Cons

    Company once prided itself on being an "Employer of Choice" and after the acquisition, you can feel it was no longer the case. Career Development is pretty much non-existent as it based on nepotism as I have never seen before (its not what you know but who you know).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful

    Used to be a great company, headed downhill fast.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great team members and laid back dress code.

    Cons

    New management is moving away from caring about employees, reduced benefits-increased work level.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employees are people too.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful

    Was a great company with the previous leadership.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Development and Commercialization in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Product Development and Commercialization in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at WMS Gaming full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The benefits are pretty good here, comparable to other companies. You are exposed to many interesting products at the Chicago campus. In addition, the people that work here are innovative and team based. Great working conditions at the chicago office.

    Cons

    The new leadership has caused growing pains within the company ever since being bought out by Scientific Games. The previous executive committee has gone and so did the great values and culture they brought into WMS. The opportunity for promotions in the workplace is minimal at this point due to not meeting sales goals and budgeting from the parent company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to emulate what the previous leadership did for the employees of WMS. They valued their employees highly and made sure that was shown. The basis of WMS products is innovation, so we need to continue that path to stay successful as the company develops into its mergers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful

    WMS Gaming

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at WMS Gaming full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Easy Going Env't, Nice Break rooms,

    Cons

    Bad Leadership, Was fun at one point

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 8 people found this helpful

    Changing for the Worse

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at WMS Gaming full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The Chicago office is a beautiful, pleasant environment to work in. Although "thank you days" were taken away in 2014, the company still has a generous time off and holiday policy and ample free parking makes up for it's Avondale location.

    Cons

    Unfortunately none of the Pros are directed towards the day-to-day work and management. The two mergers in the last year have destroyed morale and the new management leaves little hope for restoring the morale in the future. The company went from from an employer of choice who viewed its employee's as the most important asset to a company that penny pinches and only cares about the bottom line. Management is directionless, creating an extremely difficult work environment for its employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not forget about your employee's. Employees took what was provided by past senior management and boosted WMS's reputation to one of the best places to work in Chicago. Take those perks away? That reputation has and will change for the worse.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 9 people found this helpful

    Sad End to An Awesome Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at WMS Gaming

    Pros

    Facilities: Gorgeous new Chicago campus - digital displays in every conference room, TV-worthy basketball/volleyball court, 2 gyms, yoga, EFT sports training, an above-average cafeteria, free soda, pool tables.

    Product: One of the most fun products to work on. It's great to be able to see the work you've done in the hands of the player.

    People: Some of the best you'll ever work with. Will go to heII and back to produce an awesome piece of SW with focus on player experience.

    Parking: Ample, free parking. Beware of angry, dive-bombing birds in the Spring.

    Cons

    Structure: Obscenely top-heavy. 1:2 ratio of VP/Directors to developers.

    Culture: Once great - rivaling Google - culture has turned into an "every man/department for himself" fiasco. Finger pointing, non/miscommunication is rampant, and morale is at an all-time low.

    Management: Runs on the "Good Ol' Boy" system. A secretary (yes, administrative assistant) is VP of Game Development... Enough said.

    Benefits: After the aquisition by Scientific Games, benefits have been slashed. Medical and dental, along with 401k matching, are on par with Walmart.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Dear Scientific Games Execs,

    You know nothing about casino gaming, and you're killing the golden goose. Good luck.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 7 people found this helpful

    Used to be one of the best...now not so much!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at WMS Gaming full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Work-life balance was exceptionally tailored to the employee in most cases. It was usually up to the individual's manager but typically the company was very family friendly.

    Cons

    Where to start-
    Since the merger this company has gone straight down the tubes. NO Morale among employees, everyone is waiting for the day they walk in to be fired. There is little to NO communication anymore as to what is being done since the merger, which gives all the more reason for employees to feel uneasy and confused. In my opinion this low morale has traveled its way up to managers. Great managers have turned into barely adequate co-workers. There used to be a "team" feeling around the office and now it is every man for himself- how do I prove I am worth saving- how can I show my worth?!

    Not to mention- this company has turned into an all men's club.So Ladies, if you are looking into this company, SGI, or Bally's...DONT! You will get hired at a lesser title and for lesser pay!

    HR is complete joke at this company. It is not run by rules or standards but more or less who you are friends with and you have angered in the past. Some of the top HR personnel got the job merely because of their last name and who they are married to in the company.
    Training and advancement for employees is lacking significantly since the merger. The entire training department was dissolved as of a year ago. There were no "GOALS" set for any of the departments until a month ago, which is already more than half way through the year.
    Benefits used to be one of the greatest around. Not anymore, not even close. When have you heard of a company that charges you for insurance based on your pay grade/band level??!!!

    Plain and simple, since Brian Gamache left the culture of "Employees come first" is long gone. It is a company about bottom dollar, how to make the most buck with the cheapest most complacent employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stick up for your employees, fight for them. Dont try and save every penny in your budget so that you get a bigger bonus at the end of the year. Give your staff the titles and raises they deserve when you fire the rest of your team and make them do 5x the normal workload.
    Most importantly- every Joe and Bob that works there doesnt need to have a "VP" in front of their title. I have never seen a more top heavy company in all of my career!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful

    WMS Gaming

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Manager
    Former Employee - Senior Manager

    I worked at WMS Gaming part-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Used to be a good company

    Cons

    Too much politics, no support

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop the politics take care of the hard workers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful

    WMS Gaming is the same Company as Scientific Games In Alpharetta, GA

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Senior Network Engineer in Alpharetta, GA
    Current Contractor - Senior Network Engineer in Alpharetta, GA

    I have been working at WMS Gaming as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    The work and responsibilities at this company can be very challenging due to Gaming and lottery Business. WMS a company located in Chicago was taken over by Scientific Games in late 2013

    Cons

    Now the Scientific Games is advertising Network Engineer positions using a different name WMS Gaming inc. This WMS and Scientific Games are the same company. Many regulations due to state rules and underground undesirable business competition. Be careful here

    The Network Design & Implementation has a very high turn over. No opportunity for Education or advancement. Some minority guys working in here still have the same title of Junior Engineers since they were hired many years ago. All original Management staff left and now Network Design & Implementation is being managed by other company staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Appreciate people working under a lot of stress and visiting dangerous locations local and international to set up lottery machines.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful

    Best of times yet worse of times

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at WMS Gaming

    Pros

    Personal relationships in a carefree environment regarding company and shareholder success - people recruited into company more on safety of hire than on ability to replace management team

    Cons

    Political culture that does not understand how to learn from mistakes - meetings to discuss and plan next meeting - too many cooks making the broth

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus more on shareholder needs than management rewards - communicate with a purpose in mind - recognize internal customers - realize that you're a software company and not a manufacturer

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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