WMS Gaming Reviews

Updated July 23, 2015
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Pros
  • Great Benefits, Pay is comparable to industry standards (in 7 reviews)

  • Work-life balance was exceptionally tailored to the employee in most cases (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • A secretary (yes, administrative assistant) is VP of Game Development (in 5 reviews)

  • They don't care they will let you go at anytime as long as these greedy upper management make their millions (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    WMS GAMING

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Customer Service Manager in Waukegan, IL
    Former Employee - Customer Service Manager in Waukegan, IL

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good People, nice location good food, large parking lot, good benefits,, nice location, close to highways and resturants

    Cons

    Poor management, no life work balance, no chance to take vacation time you have, Top management will not listen to mid management poor communications lack of desire to move forward.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your managers,,,,,Listen to your managers,,,,,,,,,,,,Listen to your managers


  2. Helpful (9)

    Interactive

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at WMS Gaming

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

    Pros

    Some great people who care about the company and want things to get better but Sadly they aren't - no one seems happy to be at work anymore

    Cons

    So much ego in management, poorly run, don't listen to others. "Culture" isn't what you think it is, your employees are functioning adults, treat them that way. Management has their favorites and will protect them, despite multiple employee complaints and obvious issues (obvious to everyone outside of management). If you can "manage up" you're safe, even if you make everyone else's life hell and you're not good at what you do. If you somehow convince management you should be a favorite, you apparently become untouchable.

    Advice to Management

    Get to know your employees and listen to them. You're not always right, if you were people wouldn't be so eager to leave and find somewhere they're actually valued I wouldn't recommend WMS or the SG Interactive division to anyone. They have managed to change the company to a culture that makes it a very difficult place to work. My well-being depended on my finding a new job which was too bad because I did like my job and the work that I did. There was just no way I could continue to work in that situation and be a happy person. People have tried to tell you there are problems. Put your egos aside and realize you need to change if the company is every going to succeed. You need good people to run a successful company, you're driving the good people away and will soon be left with only the people who think they're good but would throw anyone and everyone under the bus for their own gain.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Addison, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Addison, IL

    I worked at WMS Gaming (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Talented creatives doing interesting projects

    Cons

    Management acts like spoiled children

    Advice to Management

    None - you'll do what the stock dictates anyway.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Was a good company

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at WMS Gaming full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Great people to work with

    Cons

    Old boys club. Not great for women.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Be Careful Which Life Stage of WMS People Are Commenting On

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Director in Chicago, IL

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The compensation and benefits have been consistently above-average through the transition from the original leadership to the takeover of the hired guns to the acquisition by SciGames. The actual work is fun and interesting and you will find people who care about that above the politics and posturing. Hopefully you report to one.

    Cons

    Most of the vision and purpose of the leadership from the early 2000s has been lost through the transitions and the focus has shifted to pure numbers. This is not necessarily a bad thing; it is part of the maturation as the company and market has grown and perhaps necessary to survive in 2015.

    Advice to Management

    Since the exit of the original leadership, I never really understood the goals of the organization other than profit, and even how to go about becoming more profitable other than work hard and obey orders. If that was communicated at all, it sounded like propaganda and difficult to get behind. Fix that.


  7. Helpful (4)

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

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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).


  8. Helpful (3)

    Used to be a great company, headed downhill fast.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    Employees are people too.


  9. Helpful (3)

    Was a great company with the previous leadership.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  10. Helpful (4)

    WMS Gaming

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Easy Going Env't, Nice Break rooms,

    Cons

    Bad Leadership, Was fun at one point


  11. Helpful (8)

    Changing for the Worse

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

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

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

    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 Management

    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.



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