WMS Gaming

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1 person found this helpful  

Great place to work, manager supports and challenges me and senior management communicates the company plan constantly.

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

I have been working at WMS Gaming

Pros

We have flexible work hours and passionate employees to develop creative products that are innovative and truly lead the competition. Named 2010 #1 Best Place to Work by Chicago Tribune in the large company category. Solid overall benefits plan.

Cons

Gaming industry is highly regulated.

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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    More cons than pros

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    Current Employee - Senior Principal Software Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Principal Software Engineer in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at WMS Gaming

    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
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Absolute worst management I've ever encountered.

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    Former Employee - Principal Test Engineer in Itasca, IL
    Former Employee - Principal Test Engineer in Itasca, IL

    I worked at WMS Gaming

    Pros

    Great benefits including summer hours.

    Cons

    As other WMS employees have already stated, the total incompetence of management (especially in the Product Test department), is astounding. Engineers with no management skills at all were put in charge of large numbers of people. They treated people like dirt and had large egos to hide their low self-esteem and incompetence.
    If you want to work for a company that will absolutely kill your spirit and demoralize you, then work at WMS by all means!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Review the performance of all managers in the Product Test department very closely.

    Doesn't Recommend
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