Gaming Laboratories International

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Gaming Laboratories International Reviews

Updated October 19, 2014
Updated October 19, 2014
23 Reviews
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23 Reviews
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Interesting niche in gaming industry but testing games is kind of boring and advancement opportunities are limited.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Test Engineer I in Golden, CO
    Current Employee - Test Engineer I in Golden, CO

    I have been working at Gaming Laboratories International full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Nice benefits (up to 5% match on 401K contributions, medical out-of-pocket is competitive, vision), flexibility with daily schedule and time off, good experience if goal is to work somewhere else in gaming industry.

    Cons

    Work is boring, feels like a "job". Some benefits could be better - 401K is traditional vs. a Roth so can't borrow against, dental insurance is average, and Flex Spend Account is limited to $750 annually. Growth potential is limited and salaries are average or below average nation wide.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    With a new push for corporate values, namely accountability and transparency, it's concerning that management doesn't discuss clear salary potential and/or growth opportunities with all employees. It's also somewhat frustrating to hear that there's no interest to increase the FSA limit or change the 401k so employees in need can borrow from it, like with a Roth 401k.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great people and benefits. Entry level jobs can seem tedious at times.

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    Former Employee - Test Engineer II in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Test Engineer II in Denver, CO

    I worked at Gaming Laboratories International full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    All of the people here are awesome and very relaxed working environment. 20 days of vacation are given to you in the first year not including holidays. New games can be fun to play. Opportunities to travel worldwide.

    Cons

    Pay is too low. The job can be boring at times, but you have lots of time to think about things or screw around if that's your thing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Working for GLI was extremely frustrating

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Test Engineer
    Current Employee - Test Engineer

    I have been working at Gaming Laboratories International full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    There are a lot of wonderful people who work for GLI. I had many good friends and am still in touch with most of them.

    Cons

    Pay is on the low side, with no clear path to advancement.
    Employees don't have a sense that their contributions make a difference in the future of the company.
    Implementation of new ideas is rare and worst of all incompetence is tolerated and negatively impacts the overall morale of the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hold people accountable. If employees don't perform to a level that earns their salaries+, why do they get to keep their jobs? Poor performance is a drag on the whole company and reflects badly on the senior leadership.

    If a company is not growing, it is dying. Time to unload the deadwood.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Chaotic at times

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Gaming Laboratories International full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good benefits and modestly decent pay, though still well below comparable positions. Nice enough facilities in a decent location. Nice coworkers.

    Cons

    Inadequate planning. People working directly with customers over-promise and then force subordinates and colleagues to work tons of hours to make up for the lack of planning and coordination

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more attention to the impact your lack of coordination has on the work/life balance of some of your employees. Reward those who make the sacrifices to deliver on unreasonable expectations

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Good Company

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Gaming Laboratories International full-time

    Pros

    Flexible hours, good benefits, nice and friendly environment. HR also seems to be right on everything when you need help.

    Cons

    Pay isn't great for the work and there isn't a lot of room for advancement even with more school.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Test Engineer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Gaming Laboratories International (more than an year)

    Pros

    People are great. One of the best environments I've worked for.

    Cons

    Not much room for promotions.

  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    What is to be expected.

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    Current Employee - Software Test Engineer in Las Vegas, NV
    Current Employee - Software Test Engineer in Las Vegas, NV

    I have been working at Gaming Laboratories International full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    - Great for people right out of college.
    - Great pay for right out of college.
    - Gain experience to get better paying jobs.

    Cons

    - Very hard to grow past Level 2 engineer
    - Promotions based on seniority and not knowledge/ skill.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great for a first job or retirement

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Gaming Laboratories International full-time

    Pros

    Company has good medical benefits and is a very stable company. The company has a good vacation time-off policy where you do accrue time. The president is very committed to ensuring the company is strong and exists into the future. Company values are based on a set of 5 core values that help reinforce what the company stands for and that the customer comes first.

    There is training within the departments when you first start but after that you are on your own, the company seems to want to improve training but rarely follows through.

    Cons

    The company mentality is the company comes first over everything else which includes family and personal obligations. The company does nothing to help nurture or enrich their employee’s.
    Salaries are mediocre and management will give you every excuse why it is not higher. Very overworked!

    It is very difficult to get approval for continuing education for an individual and all courses must be approved by the VP. Contrary, during interviews candidates are told courses are supported and covered by the company if they are relevant.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give senior and junior management the proper training and tools to build their teams and future leaders. Allow your employees to show what they are capable of and don’t be afraid that they will do better than you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good place to get a start

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Golden, CO
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Golden, CO

    I have been working at Gaming Laboratories International full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Friendly coworkers and management.
    Typically low pressure.
    Great heath benefits.
    Lots of days off right from the start.
    Good place to get a job right out of school. It's a nice resume builder, but don't stay here for too long.

    Cons

    The pay for software engineers is well below the regional average. The software engineering managers understand this, but the upper management won't give them the resources to do anything about it.

    The software groups are constantly changing because of the relatively low pay. People jump ship the moment a better opportunity comes along.

    Upper management makes questionable policy changes frequently. They throw blankets over problems then pat themselves on the back. More paperwork for everyone seems to be their favorite solution.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not all Level I positions are the same. You have to pay for skill sets, not for time put in at the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    This is a place to work if you do not want a challange, and would like to coast in an average salary job.

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    Former Employee - Test Engineer in Lakewood, NJ
    Former Employee - Test Engineer in Lakewood, NJ

    I worked at Gaming Laboratories International full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    There are very little responsibilities, and the work is easy.

    Cons

    The pay is awful, and you are treated as expendable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire non engineers to perform the mundane tasks that require no intelligence.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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