“Nice place to work as long as you are deemed useful by management, or budget cuts don't come around ”
- Comp & Benefits
- Work/Life Balance
- Senior Management
- Culture & Values
- Career Opportunities
I worked at Playtech full-time for more than 5 yearsPros
A very pleasant working environment with very nice people and a great atmosphere. HR department consisted of the most competent individuals I have ever had the pleasure of working with and do their very best to hold it all together. Salary and benefits compensation are quite good, as is work / life balance. There is some potential for career growth, but it is very limited considering the fact that the company is quite small and higher management level leadership is limited to a select ethnic group. As a multinational company, you are exposed to a very diverse group of individuals.Cons
Despite being a leader in the online gaming industry as a platform / turnkey provider, the company is run without looking at the long term, and their positioning / forecasting abilities are almost entirely reactive as opposed to proactive. One might say that the company reflects a sophisticated startup as opposed to a corporation with a high maturity level. Focus is on staying competitive, but is achieved by providing a robust, feature packed, shaky and immature portfolio as opposed to providing consistent stability with the most popular products. Reinvestment into the employees is a joke, and is done on a "half-shoestring" budget. All employees are always notified about the increase in quarterly and yearly profits, but besides that very little effort is put into keeping the employee informed about the vision and direction of the company as a whole which robs the employees of any motivation and feeling like they are a part of a company as opposed to a worker bee who will simply run the gauntlet until they are burned out and leave on their own, or forced out. Efforts to make the employee feel like an individual contributor are strong in the beginning, and overall is basically lip service with industry standards ( team building events, quarterly awards, etc.) Employee turnover is quite high, and there is no profit-sharing program to speak of. Career growth opportunities are very limited ( junior > regular > senior ) etc. If you are an idealist, then don't look for employment here with the idea that you will change anything and that your warnings will be heard any farther than your direct superior. Reinvestment into the infrastructure is again reactive, and getting anyone to hear your warnings which involve any sort of expenditure is a fruitless effort. Higher management change positions more than the illustrations in the Kama Sutra, which also keeps employees at a distance and uncertain.Advice to ManagementAdvice
If upper management cannot glean any advice from the Cons that are listed in this review, than they should go back to school. My only real advice is this: Be trailblazers, don't be robots with a title and fancy business card. Make Playtech a company that people really want to work for, not a place where they work because it was the best option and they have to.RecommendsNeutral OutlookNo opinion of CEO
Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
- Application Details
I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Playtech.Interview Details
HR contacted me directly and asked me to come for an interview. First interview was nice, I felt that people are motivated and I was excited to work there. I was talking with another developer and I felt good match.
I was waiting for 3 weeks and after that I got a message that I was accepted for a next round. Next interview was directly with managers. Their attitude was very hostile and atmosphere was totally cold. They asked very personal and unrelated questions to make me look like an idiot. I heard before that PlayTech has "managers from hell", but I had no idea that this rumor is actually true.
After that I was waiting for another 3 weeks and I got message that I was accepted. I declined their offer.Interview Questions
Declined OfferNegative ExperienceAverage Interview
- Technically nothing difficult, but be prepared for personal attacks if managers have a bad day. Answer Question
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Playtech is a leading software provider for online gaming operators and can be positively considered as one of the pioneers of the worldwide online and land-based gaming industry. Company's business portfolio consists of the most prominent names in the business, including William Hill, Netplay, Betfred, Mansion, Bet365, etc. Behind the eminent success of Playtech's products and services there are around 3,000 people located in 12 countries, the majority of whom are engaged in research and development of current and future gaming technologies.
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