Video Gaming Technologies

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A company in transition. Not necessarily a good thing.

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ruckersville, VA
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ruckersville, VA

I have been working at Video Gaming Technologies full-time (more than 5 years)

Pros

VGT is small enough that an individual can potentially make a meaningful impact to the company as a whole and not just toil away on things nobody will appreciate. Financial compensation is fair and supports a comfortable family lifestyle. Free lunches are provided along with other sundry benefits. Good health coverage and matching 401k contributions.

Cons

From early 2011 up through 2012 today the company has undergone a very turbulent transition from the cozy "family" feel of the operation to one which is much more regimented and corporatized. In this time many senior employees who helped shape the success and personality of VGT were dismissed, lengthy development projects were cancelled, and the entire Virginia office summarily closed in favor of new kingdoms being built in Tennessee and Nevada. These events took place without any convincing words provided as to why this was "The Right Thing to Do.". Instead the impact was "We're doing this for arbitrary reasons. Deal with it."

The turmoil is far from over as many employees depart for new opportunities and their vacancies have not been filled. Meanwhile the new hires and projects in development have yet to fully gel or prove themselves with successful products on the market. The stability of the company rests on the solid and reliable revenue stream from legacy partners and support systems. This may be strong enough to last while VGT is internally broken and remade. In that respect there are many career opportunities to be had for those looking to take advantage of the situation.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

One of the greatest things about VGT was the sense that you as an individual were valued for your work and that the company noticeably benefited from your efforts. The events of the past two years have undermined that sense of satisfaction in the worst possible way. This may be an effective way to "burn the ships in the New World" as Jon Yarbrough put it, but it changes the core of why you would want to stay with the company. Instead of a desire to do a good job now you just want to get a paycheck.

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Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good, smart people...lack of direction

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ruckersville, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ruckersville, VA

    I have been working at Video Gaming Technologies full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good working environment that allowed me to stretch my legs and take on the tasks that fit me. Really smart people with some great ideas floating around in their heads. Fast paced environment that, when it was working, moved at a good pace.

    Cons

    Lack of direction and decision making from the upper management ultimately took it's toll on our office. Too many chief's syndrom made it hard to have a choice made and moved on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your people and make a choice in the time needed.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Amazingly talented people to work with

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    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Ruckersville, VA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Ruckersville, VA

    I have been working at Video Gaming Technologies full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Co-workers are top notch
    Company buys lunch for the staff each day
    Company invests in training staff in new technologies

    Cons

    Company has had difficulty adapting to explosive growth and the changing organizational needs of a larger company. They are making an honest effort to make changes, only time will tell if they are successful.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need more management types who are more technically literate and will be more capable of translating effectively between senior management and engineering

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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