Bally Technologies
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www.ballytech.com Las Vegas, NV 1000 to 5000 Employees

Bally Technologies Reviews in Bangalore India

Updated Mar 25, 2014
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36% Approve of the CEO

Bally Technologies President & CEO Ramesh Srinivasan

Ramesh Srinivasan

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Be in good books, be successful

Senior Software Engineer (Former Employee)
Bangalore (India)

I worked at Bally Technologies full-time for more than 3 years

ProsWork : Good technical work, Opportunity work with latest technologies, Lot to learn
Pay : Good pay, better than average, other health benefits, snacks etc.
Environment : Can see lot of good talented engineers

ConsWork timings : The day starts late and ends late (or might not end also)
No common goal : Multiple teams work on same thing in underground due to rivalry among top Managers
Planning : No proper planning of projects. No proper direction, Intrusion from "Top" leads to lots of rework
Mantra of success : "Yes boss", learn chanting this before you join.. or else its going to be a tough time ahead
Philosophy : Butter Up and Grow Up
Culture : Bit un-professional
HR : No power and No use

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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A biggest letdown of my life and career.

Software Analyst (Current Employee)
Bangalore (India)

I have been working at Bally Technologies full-time for more than a year

ProsSalary.
Product company.
Smart and intelligent peers.
Fast paced work environment.

ConsThe company is like a huge race consisting of all employees, where each and everyone are trying to impress their seniors as much and as soon as possible. You won't be respected if you just keep yourself to your work, finish your work, and leave on time. You will almost inevitably be forced into politics to survive.

I absolutely don't feel I am working in a gaming company. The atmosphere is suffocating. No suggestions are taken. Only what is told, must be done. Describing the work environment as dictatorial won't be an exaggeration.

The HRs are solely interested in keeping in good relationships with senior management and directors, so that they can keep their jobs. And they are very good in organizing events(again just to please the seniors coming from US to visit to Indian offices) . I think they can very soon start off a event management company of their own !

Variable pay won't be paid in the first financial year you join. The Bally financial year starts from 1st Jan and ends in 31st Dec. So even if you join on 2nd Jan, you will not get variable that year. So it is highly advisable to join this company only in the fourth quarter(after September/ October), so that even though you miss the variable, you won't feel bad about it.
Variable is huge, almost 10 - 12% of your salary. And even from the next year onwards, only 60% of people in a team can get variable. Others get zero.

All the company rules and policies, has been copied from other companies. Only those which benefit the management most, are only taken. There are many policies which could be beneficial equally, for both the company and employees, which are deliberately ignored. ( recognitions, variable pay for all - except for the very poor performers, encouraging work life balance , work from home etc)

Advice to Senior ManagementPlease put an end to this pleasing and buttering culture, which is the root of all problems.

Anyway, most of them are only putting up a happy face, just to get maximum hike and variable. Most of them are actually disgusted, but too scared to say anything about it.

Stop skewing all the policies in company's favor.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Very Very Poor and Worst Work Life Balance

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Bangalore (India)

I have been working at Bally Technologies full-time for more than a year

ProsNothing at all. Just made good friends

ConsLots to say. This page will not enough.
1. Very bad work life balance. Working on weekends should be included in the offer letter or in the company policy so that new joinees do not get CHEATED.
2. Forget your personal life. You will miss all your important things in your personal life like birthday, wedding day, family function etc. You will also miss your train.
3. HR will recruit you telling its for development but you will be put in some bug fixes which involves no learning. I have almost forgotten my technical skills.
4. Some small kids who have done their MS have become directors who just do not know how to manage things. It is very frustrating to work under them.
5. Very poor place to work for women esp married women.

Advice to Senior ManagementTreat employees as humans first. Be Employee friendly first then you can focus on Customer friendliness. Money is not everything.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Not much of growth opportunities, lot of work, bad management

Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee)
Bangalore (India)

I have been working at Bally Technologies full-time for more than 5 years

ProsMoney , compenstation and benefits ,only good for freshers to learn.

ConsWork pressure, no work life balance, bad management. Due to Current CTC, no companies will even short list your resume, due to which you will be trapped. Finally, out of it now.. :)

Advice to Senior ManagementImprove, listen to people..

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Worked here full-time for more than 3 years Not a very good experience.

Quality Assurance Engineer (Former Employee)
Bangalore (India)

I worked at Bally Technologies full-time for more than 3 years

ProsSalary,other than that i didnt see anything else.

ConsNo Work Life balance,Saturdays should be mentioned as working day in company policy because almost all weekends people work here.
The supervisors dont make proper project planning including the risk areas,what is expected from the employees is to stretch.
If you try to go against they screw your appriasal.
Managament guys\supervisors should think in more mature way.
Processes not in place.
Company Policies duhhh...
People here after becoming Leads and managers kind of bully there reporties.
People who show off will get the best here.
you do the same kind of work from day 1 .nothing much to learn here.

Advice to Senior ManagementThink about staff as employees

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Unprofessional, hostile work culture; not for creative people looking for challenges

Senior Software Analyst (Former Employee)
Bangalore (India)

I worked at Bally Technologies full-time for more than a year

Pros- Some of the employees are knowledgeable and helpful. It is nice to learn a lot of stuff from them.
- Pay is above the market standards, definitely not an area to complain.
- Reasonably good outlook for the company's future, owing to the narrow domain (casino gaming) they now dominate.
- Quickly evolving projects allow a lot of technical learning, if you are given the opportunity to work on those projects that is...

Cons- Too much work pressure and expectations from employees. Even if we complete our tasks, finish 8 hours and leave, other employees give dirty looks and questions. It is taken for granted that people have to stay back beyond 8 pm everyday. They serve evening snacks at 7pm just for this reason I believe. Employees' personal time has no meaning here.

- Little to no flexibility in work timings. There is no work from home facility in spite of being a product dev company. That privilege is reserved only for leads and above, while the developers have to clock in 8 hours only inside the office physically. On days when they have late night meetings with american counterparts, developers are forced to stay back till unearthly hours just to satisfy leads and managers. Refusal to do so will trigger problems during appraisal

- Very hostile attitude towards employees, expecting them to just work and do nothing else all year long. There is little to no extra-curricular activity apart from work, and there is just 1 team outing per year. There is no recognition, no awards or appreciation ever given regularly to employees in return for good work. Emotionless expectation of work from others is at disrespectful levels.

- Taking leaves/ personal time off is always something to be grumbled about by management, even if it is for personal emergencies and well within the allotted leave balance.

- It is really shocking the way they track employees - if you forget to apply leave or absent yourself for a day, the HR will be right on your heels sending hundred reminders the next day. The tracking and spying level is shocking - Once they even called and asked why my CV was found on a job search portal and what was my problem working here!!!

- Strict monitoring of swipe time of 8 hours per day. Even if you leave an hour early for a couple of days for personal reasons, the system sends a swipe time complaint to the manager, who will intimidate you as to why you were not completing 8 hours and apply leave for deficit. For this kind of culture, they can as well keep a school bell and ring it at their desired time.

- Too much of time wasted in struggling with hardware issues and doing electrician's work with machines instead of spending that time on software programming. There is little to no IT support for hardware and software. The developer has to do all the dirty work himself/herself and later the management will point the fingers at developer itself as to why there is delay in work.

- Coming to the work itself, there is very little development work in many projects. Most of the nice stuff is done in the US and the dirty work is sent here. Added to this, there is no respect for seniority or experience. Senior engineers and freshers are all made to work on the same boring bug fixes (sometimes even testing tasks) for years together, with no creative career growth in sight.

- Too little planning and no testing is done even for big projects. Emphasis is almost always on submission timelines rather than on good software design and quality of code written. As a result, projects are started in a hurry to finish, without proper feasibility studies and design. Later they find issues, do rework multiple times after trying multiple approaches and failing. The managers are autocratic (not to mention, technically ignorant at times) and have the final say in everything. Even if your design or idea is better, you have to go with the flawed design they suggest (and then do rework when their approach fails). After all this, the blame will be put on you for not meeting deadlines and not ensuring timely quality.

- No HR person cares to organize 1-1 employee meets and listen to the employees' needs and feedback. As a result, it is mostly one-way dialogues with the management and employees have to just obey orders like horses.

- Too much favoritism within the team to some lifeless individuals who stay back late in office everyday, and overlooking others who are actually doing quality work.

In a nutshell, please avoid this place if you are a mid-level professional looking for career growth and expanding knowledge in creative software design. It is mostly routine, mundane tasks which will be dumped on you in addition to all the cons mentioned above. Like other reviews have mentioned, this place has trapped many professionals who want to move out but are not able to do so.

Advice to Senior ManagementTreat employees like how other successful product development companies are treating theirs, and give them some more flexibility and independence. They will achieve wonders on their own without this hostile phantom policing.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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A software sweatshop - Nothing less, nothing more

Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee)
Bangalore (India)

I have been working at Bally Technologies full-time for more than 3 years

ProsNo Maintenance work. Core development.
Good to hone development skills, especially for freshers .
Colorful office to work in.

ConsAbsolutely no work life balance. If you finish the assigned tasks and leave on time, they will either complain that you don't take initiative to do more work, or they will put more work for you from next week onwards, just so that you stay up late.

Minimum 40 hours per week is just for policy sake. It is actually 70+ hours per week, with no extra pay or benefits.

Repeatedly doing, undoing, redoing the same work, just to please higher ups.

Benefits and perks are very minimal (lunch coupons, Indian snacks in evening 8pm , cabs when you work late) - just for namesake, so that HRs can use the words - "benefits and perks" while hiring.

Variable pay is a huge component in the salary, so that the organization can advertize that it is paying above market average, when it is actually paying much below market average (only comparing to other product companies)

Senior Management and CEO have a single point agenda - increasing the stock price.

Because they are working in a ultra specialized and niche market, after finishing 3+ years in the company, there is no future or scope outside organization. Many current employees are actually trapped, rather than staying in the company out of their own liking.

Advice to Senior ManagementStop playing tricks on your own employees.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Attractive Salary - Bad Work Life

Software Analyst (Current Employee)
Bangalore (India)

I have been working at Bally Technologies full-time for more than 3 years

ProsSalary is very good. Enthusiastic and friendly coworkers. Good place to learn technology and domain. Good for freshers.

ConsLot of internal politics. Very poor HR team. Only Management decision is final. More Work pressure. Have to stretch late nights and mostly on all weekends and holidays. No extra pay. Anything you do on your work will be directly and literally threatened with your appraisal.

Advice to Senior ManagementTreat employees as humans. They are not machines. They also have personal life. Try to maintain a good and confidential employee relations team.

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good company to work with. pays good.

QA Engineer (Former Employee)
Bangalore (India)

I worked at Bally Technologies full-time for more than a year

Prosall good, good work culture, supportive colleagues,

Conssingle company for gaming domain

Advice to Senior Managementkeep doing good work.if get a chance willing to jjoin back.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Bangalore (India)

I worked at Bally Technologies full-time for more than a year

ProsNice Place to Learn and Work for

ConsNot too much to say here.

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