WMS Gaming

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WMS Gaming Reviews

Updated August 12, 2014
Updated August 12, 2014
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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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    WMS Gaming

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

    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
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Network Engineer  in  Alpharetta, GA
    Current Employee - Senior Network Engineer in Alpharetta, GA

    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
  3.  

    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

    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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  5.  

    Employee Beware

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

    Pros

    Had great benefits, very, very laid back work environment.

    Cons

    Bad leadership and no real team. A lot of game playing, lying & back stabbing. Unless your willing to play the game you will go nowhere fast. Phony and fake.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wake Up

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Unless you're in the Chicago office you're treated like crap

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Artist  in  Las Vegas, NV
    Current Employee - Artist in Las Vegas, NV

    Pros

    Paid the bills and the office building was great. I enjoyed most of my coworkers but like me most of them left for better opportunities.

    Cons

    No matter how hard you worked, efforts were not rewarded. Also the art production there is slow and bad. There are too many cooks in the approval kitchen an no one is ever satisfied.

  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Upper Management and then some

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with. Nice buildings. Good benefits. Cafeteria, gym, etc.

    Cons

    Upper management just grows and grows - VP's, VP II's, VP III's, Directors, Sr Directors, and more - Top get paid, rest get crumbs

  8. 5 people found this helpful  

    More cons than pros

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Principal Software Engineer  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Principal Software Engineer in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    WMS Gaming has good pay and benefits. Plenty of PTO and holiday days. Fun working on products that will be played by a large number and wide variety of people.

    Cons

    1) The company is run like a manufacturing company even though it is the content and high tech deliverables that make casinos want to buy our slot machines. As a result, we have old machines, old tools, and old methodologies.
    2) Projects constantly have unrealistic deadlines and are understaffed which results in poor quality and poor performance in the market.
    3) Much talk is made of improving quality but the only emphasis ever made is on engineering quality rather than planning quality, design quality, requirements quality, art quality, math quality, management quality, etc.
    4) Decision makers in upper and senior management are not held accountable for their poor decisions but rather pass the blame.
    5) Senior management and CEO recently admitted that they had no clue about how bad things were in terms of deadlines and project status until our recent bad quarters. Problems have been festering for years but since we were making money hand over fist, no attention was paid.
    6) There are too many people who seem to be promoted due to likeability or confusing their team's abilities with their own abilities. As a result, an administrative assistant with no management or software engineering background is now executive director of game development.
    7) The idea of leadership at WMS seems to be to spout out a vision but not provide any guidance, requirements, resources to implement that vision, etc.
    8) Management cannot handle crises. Whenever there is a fire drill, there is always flailing about to find answers and solutions.
    9) Management says "slow down to speed up" but the same people who say that also want quick results.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There has been too much revisionist history and flat out fabrication of incorrect information at WMS Gaming recently to cover the poor decisions made by management. What happened to "Integrity" as part of our core values?

    Accountability needs to be added to our core values. Those who made poor decisions that resulted in our recent results need to be held accountable for those decisions rather than continuously promoted and praised.

    There is a level of hubris at our company that we are so good that the casinos have no choice but to buy our products and jurisidictions have no choice but to allow our technology into their casinos. I think we need to be more humble and more conservative in our predictions of the future.

    Doesn't Recommend
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Autonomy in coding in my group, very bad cross group communications

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    Able to use the right tool for the job, and build a platform with the highest coding standards without too much business process overhead.

    Cons

    All of the groups have little kingdoms that communicate very poorly. There are NO coding standards implemented anywhere, across the board. No overall architecture, so when groups need to collaborate, it's always a hack job. All the code base was created outside of the company, and all they do is hack on it and push it out the door.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need serious coding standards to fix your quality issues. You need to hire a software architect, that really knows how to write code and can do a deep dive into the code base and start implementing testing and continuous integration.

    Doesn't Recommend
  10.  

    Disappointing

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

    Pros

    4 years ago, this section would have been filled with pros but the company has drastically changed it's culture and work environment in that short of a time.

    Cons

    - outside of CEO (B.Gamache), upper management cannot be trusted
    - nepotism runs rampant
    - the company lost its identity with the hire of a number of senior level mgrs from big corporations
    - HR is ineffective
    - the company has worked lean since my start there (I don't know how anyone is getting anything done now that they've had 2 rounds of layoffs in Summer 2011)
    - no work/life balance which has gotten progressively worse over last 2 years
    - company has started to strip away the small things from employees (ie sport leagues, employee events, etc) which will eventually, as it always does, become more significant things
    - department heads no longer work together but spend time finger pointing other groups for mistakes to upper mgmt
    - Even though mid level and upper mgmt say they do this... they absolutely do not listen to the voice of the employee

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In your efforts to take WMS to the next level, primarily through the hiring of senior level mgmt with big corporate backgrounds over the past 5 years, you have lost your identity. The core workforce cannot function efficiently with the number of cooks that are in the company kitchen. By the fault of mgmt, the values of teamwork and respect have fallen to the wayside. Without those, the passion of the workforce has deteroriated and the quality of the product has suffered. The incentive to work for the employee has shifted from a sense of genuine fulfillment and job well done to a threatened mindset with the outlook of "this better get done or else".

    Doesn't Recommend
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Company doesn't have the engineering attitude of a product company

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

    Pros

    some teams & projects have good quality work

    Cons

    Pathetic Management , too many non-tech management make wrong decisions , imposes their decisions on engineering team .

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value engineers & assist them to make better products

    Doesn't Recommend

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