WMS Gaming Reviews

Updated June 30, 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. Software Engineer

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at WMS Gaming

    Pros

    Nice building. Ample parking. Yeah..

    Cons

    Poor performance over the past year leading to questionable decisions.


  2. Helpful (1)

    A good company but..........

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Wow in Waukegan, IL
    Current Employee - Wow in Waukegan, IL

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

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

    Pros

    A profitable and progressing company, 50% of the culture of the company is very favorable to employees.

    Cons

    Most of the middle and Associate managers are not professionally qualified, so there is all kinds of unnecessary decisions, and always violate employees rights and privileges. You will see more favoritism, on filling all positrions.

    Advice to Management

    The company is merged with another one so there is no chance for advice.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Rocky Road

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Las Vegas, NV
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Las Vegas, NV

    I worked at WMS Gaming (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Some great people, opportunity to be creative

    Cons

    Recent overly aggressive business decisions by corporate management (acquisitions) have left no money and lots of debt. Lots of recent layoffs and reductions, very little opportunity for raises or promotions.

    Advice to Management

    Bite off what you can chew


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Used to be a fun place to work

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Compensation, flexible, good benefits, occasionally really fun games to work on.

    Cons

    Poor leadership since merger, unknown direction, lots of layoffs, reactive management, too many managers not talking to each other and making poor decisions.


  6. Helpful (1)

    QA manual testing

    Current Employee - Principal Lead QA Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Principal Lead QA Engineer in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at WMS Gaming (More than a year)

    Pros

    good for gaming domain , good fair pay

    Cons

    merging , resizing & downsizing global layoff


  7. Currently work in Game Development.

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

    I have been working at WMS Gaming

    Pros

    Nice work environment and co workers. Nice benefits and flexible. Scope to improve skills for career advancement. Nice work culture.

    Cons

    Lots of management and org changes as a result of changes to the company. Things seem very fluid in terms of company direction.


  8. Helpful (3)

    It has its ups and downs

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Artist in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Artist in Chicago, IL

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Work can be relatively enjoyable.

    Cons

    Low morale right now. Layoffs are always lurking around the corner.

    Advice to Management

    Job security would be nice.


  9. Good place to work.

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    • 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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible company with plenty of room to grow. Very friendly environment to be a part of. Good compensation for the line of work you do.

    Cons

    There is little to no communication passed down from management. This company has recently been acquired, thus affecting employee morale. Pay attention to your employees who are helping this business be successful!!

    Advice to Management

    Start paying closer attention to your employees as they are the individuals who are helping make the business a success.


  10. Very Supportive Management

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

    I have been working at WMS Gaming

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Management worked with me to expand experiences and knowledge outside of the standard job description. Very good work/life balance with a standard 8 hour work day for the most part. Great. Benefits.

    Cons

    Harsh working environment where coworkers would rather bring up issues in large meetings rather than try to speak with you one on one first.


  11. Helpful (5)

    Two-time employee...probably won't be three....

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    • Culture & Values
    • 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 full-time (More than 3 years)

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Fun environment to be in...if you're used to normal, boring IT/engineering work, being somewhere with art, music, games, etc., is a welcome change of pace. Company embraced its long history as Williams Corp., who made the pinball machines and video arcade games for generations of youth.

    Cons

    Chicago location can be difficult to get to (no easy access from Metra or CTA trains). Company is going through two consecutive buyouts/mergers, and the corporate environment is changing DRAMATICALLY. NO clear picture as to upper management vision, and the old Brian Gamache ways of treating each individual like a valuable commodity are fading away, day by day. When I was laid off, my immediate boss did not know, and I went from my director saying "hey, can I talk to you for a minute?" to being escorted out in less than 10 minutes, with no opportunity to retrieve personal effects or say goodbye to people I'd spent years working with.

    Advice to Management

    Remember who Williams/WMS used to be. Treat people like family, not like budget items.



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