Gaming Laboratories International

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Updated February 12, 2015
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  1. Great out of college position that has potential for a lifetime career

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Gaming Laboratories International

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great people, flexibility, great benefit, bi-yearly bonuses, reasonable pay

    Cons

    Not exactly a technical engineering position

  2. Okay entry-level engineering place but lacking significant challenges or compensation

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    Current Employee - Test Engineer in Wheat Ridge, CO
    Current Employee - Test Engineer in Wheat Ridge, CO

    I have been working at Gaming Laboratories International full-time (more than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    - Low-pressure work, easy to pick up (could be a con depending on your point of view)
    - Generally flexible working hours
    - Good benefits package

    Cons

    - Not a lot of significant technical challenges or opportunities to further develop engineering skills or build specific technical experience applicable to future jobs
    - Compensation well below average for most of the degree types hired
    - Company culture becoming increasingly stereotypically corporate with Core Values implementation
    - Rigid advancement structure, have to have good timing to make advancement at yearly performance appraisals

    Advice to Management

    Number one is pay and advancement. Though the nature of work is relatively low in difficulty for the engineers' expectations with their degrees, most people are willing to take on more difficult challenges somewhere else if it means significantly more pay. Particularly the software engineers, who are mostly hired from within as transferred engineers, in one of the more technically-demanding positions available within the company just use it as a launching point for experience to make it to higher-paying software developers.

  3. Ok job for entry-level types and those looking for a place to ride out the last few years before retirement.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Gaming Laboratories International

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good Benefits, standard hours, location.

    Cons

    Poor compensation and bonuses despite 90% market share. Greed, egos, older staff going through the motions and not carrying their weight, boring busy-work, poor training, few exit opportunities due to niche industry, not a lot of camaraderie, jealous and insecure coworkers. No opportunity for advancement and people too busy to recognize your hard work.

    Advice to Management

    Show interest in your employees. And be respectful. If you're going to read books, read books on employee motivation.

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  5. Not a team effort.

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    Former Employee - Test Engineer II in Las Vegas, NV
    Former Employee - Test Engineer II in Las Vegas, NV

    I worked at Gaming Laboratories International

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Overall, a good entry level position to gain experience in gaming field/specific manufacturers. Although it was very intense and stressful at times, it helps you build the necessary skills to be responsible, pay attention to detail, time manage and work diligently. There is a nice group of people working at the LV office.

    Cons

    - Pay is low
    - If you are at the bottom of the totem pole, all of the blame/stress goes on you.
    - At any level (level 1, 2, 3 or senior), compensation is not equal to the amount of work put in.
    - Training program does not exist. Training varies by person. May be trained incorrectly depending on that person.

    Advice to Management

    Work on team building and compensation. Company makes plenty of money to pay employees fairly (maybe they would keep employees longer if this was the case).

  6. "Do More With Less" - 3 years experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Gaming Laboratories International full-time (more than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good entry level experience. Fairly laid back and friendly environment.

    Cons

    Pay is low.
    Criteria for promotion is not universally applied to all employees, constantly changes, and provides little extra compensation. Some employees have to complain to directors/HR to get promoted. Even when you do get promoted the pay isn't worth it.
    Certain managers are not competent.
    Company thinks it is a good thing to do more with less.
    Deadlines that are not thought out and it falls on the lowest guy on the totem pole if it isn't met.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on your employees. The company makes enough money to easily give every employee twice their salary.

  7. As an "Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Gaming Laboratories International

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    GLI loves to hire employees with little experience

    Cons

    GLI does no value the employees it has and would rather replace them with fresh graduates

  8. Helpful (1)

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

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    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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  9. 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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    Keep up the great work.

  10. Working for GLI was extremely frustrating

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Test Engineer
    Current Employee - Test Engineer

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  11. Good Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Gaming Laboratories International full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    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.

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