International Game Technology

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International Game Technology Reviews in Las Vegas, NV

Updated September 28, 2014
Updated September 28, 2014
282 Reviews
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International Game Technology CEO Patti S. Hart
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • I am happy with the work/life balance they offer (in 17 reviews)

  • Helped pay for college, good benefits, gym and cafeteria on site, great people (in 22 reviews)


Cons
  • The upper management of the company don't understand the industry nor regulatory issues (in 32 reviews)

  • The senior management is a joke, with most of them coming from non-gaming industries (in 17 reviews)

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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    A great company on the downward slope

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Integration Engineer  in  Las Vegas, NV
    Former Employee - Integration Engineer in Las Vegas, NV

    I worked at International Game Technology full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great co workers, and a solid group of professionals focused on doing a good job. Generally a good work life balance, and most line managers understand the push / pull of daily life.

    Cons

    Many of the best employees have left for greener pastures. Upper Management is horribly out of touch with little reward for going above and beyond. Creating an environment of just getting by.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to focus on your talent and retain up and comers not just the seasoned has beens

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Training

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Online Course Developer III  in  Las Vegas, NV
    Current Employee - Online Course Developer III in Las Vegas, NV

    I have been working at International Game Technology full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great opportunities, decent benefits, ability to start at the bottom and work your way to the top.

    Cons

    Currently being bought out by overseas company. Nobody knows what is going to happen.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Share information as soon as possible.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Bad culture

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Las Vegas, NV
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Las Vegas, NV

    I worked at International Game Technology full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good benefits and flexible schedules for work life balance.

    Cons

    Backbiting culture from legacy of too many lay offs. Very little sharing of information - 'knowledge is power' attitude. Team playing mentality the worse I have ever experienced.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reshuffle the cards and hit a complete 'refresh' on the reporting structures and culture

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 28 people found this helpful  

    A very sick company with a very sick CEO.

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

    I have been working at International Game Technology full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Free coffee, a few good employees.

    Cons

    The CEO and her cronies have never cared about the well being of this company or its employees, their only interest has been to manipulate numbers on paper at the expense of innovation and employee benefits, for their own personal benefit.

    Employee non-compete agreement confusion

    At a recent all hands meeting to discuss the acquisition, err, merger with GTECH, the CEO admitted that she was not focused on innovation due to the nature of our small time wall street investors who were only concerned with quarter to quarter results.
    Investing in innovation was not on the agenda if it did not payoff in the next quarter.
    When asked if existing employee non-compete agreements would still be in place after the buyout, the CEO said current non-compete agreements would expire upon execution of the GTECH acquisition and that new non-compete agreements would need to be executed.
    Employees who later asked IGT legal and HR to confirm this, were told that the CEO never said this, it was heresay. They would not confirm that the non-compete agreements would expire as the CEO had publicly stated they would.
    Despite the confusion and concern, neither the CEO nor her management has issued a clarification.

    Retention Bonus

    The CEO gets a $3.2M retention bonus for seeing the GTECH merger through to completion or failure.
    This is in addition to the benefits she receives upon execution of 'Change of Control' as described in the 2014 IGT proxy statement.
    So, why should the CEO need a retention bonus considering the Change of Control benefits she will reap when the deal goes through ?

    Employees have been told that there will be no RSU grants this year (typically 10+% of salary), instead employees have been offered a 'Retention Bonus'. The bonus amount is strictly based on level, typically 3% of salary.
    How can this possibly be considered a retention bonus ?

    Annual Bonus

    Employees have been warned that there may not be an annual bonus this year due to poor performance.
    I'll bet the CEO gets a nice bonus regardless.

    Is GTECH sale in best interest of shareholders?

    Scientific Games (SG) recently held an all hands meeting at WMS where the CEO commented that they had been in acquisition talks with IGT. Allegedly they were considering a $6B offer to buy IGT but the IGT CEO was asking for a $50M bonus and retention of some of her cronies. Allegedly, SG didn't want the current IGT CEO or her management team and moved on.

    In a nutshell

    The CEO is a looter and a modern day carpetbagger in every sense of the word (look it up).
    She has taken advantage of an unfortunate situation and bled the company dry for her own personal benefit.
    She has never created or built anything in her career, yet, has damaged the careers and success of those who have.
    She has destroyed IGT and profited from it, all the while claiming success.
    The only consolation I can take from this is to know that she is universally despised both within and without IGT.

    I don't know what GTECH expects to do with the carcass that remains, perhaps there is enough left for a watery stew ? There is not much else.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None, you only understand $$$.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    ...it is what it is

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Las Vegas, NV
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Las Vegas, NV

    I worked at International Game Technology part-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    great people to work with

    Cons

    who you know keeps you there

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    communicate honestly with your team members

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 8 people found this helpful  

    Was great, but not anymore!

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    Former Employee - Account Administrator  in  Las Vegas, NV
    Former Employee - Account Administrator in Las Vegas, NV

    I worked at International Game Technology full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The people and the pay.

    Cons

    Upper mgt in it for the $$ and don't care about the workers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of Patti Hart.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good experience with IGT

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    Current Employee - Anonymous  in  Las Vegas, NV
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Las Vegas, NV

    I have been working at International Game Technology full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Industry leader, gained knowledge of gaming industry, there are great people that work here, gym on site, cafeteria on site, good benefits

    Cons

    lack of communication between departments, didn't feel i was given many opportunities for advancement, teams are not rewarded based on performance

  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Just another minimum wage job unless your friends with management

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    Current Employee - Sames Associate/Fes  in  Las Vegas, NV
    Current Employee - Sames Associate/Fes in Las Vegas, NV

    I have been working at International Game Technology full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Easy schedule, they understand you NEED another job to work there.

    Cons

    No benefits any more, upper managers hire and promote their friends in a matter of days. You have to take up the slack for poor employees. Absolutly no accountability

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at your managers and take away THEIR opportunity to promote in their stores. Send employees to other store managers for interviews and get feedback. Make certain amount of time employed before promoting to specific jobs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 13 people found this helpful  

    I dont like

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Las Vegas, NV
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Las Vegas, NV

    I have been working at International Game Technology full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    It is not a positive work environment, bad leadership, dying business model, no answers on how to turn things around. Many very smart people left the company earlier this year which resulted in much knowledge walking out the door. I can think of a few "rock star" types in particular -known around town as best in what they do or did- who were not utilized properly here or were put in wrong position and not surprising they left. No doubt they will add proper value for a competitor eventually. Sense of giving up + hanging around to see what happens after company is sold dominates the tone. Also there is constant reorganization which hinders traction and progress.

    Cons

    Very odd management group with a lot of hand-picked and unqualified directors and vice presidents making huge decisions, often from remote locations. several of these people who are making $300K+ are working from home. there is hostility from management if you are a "gaming industry" person, they seem to dislike people with this knowledge, which is very strange and ironic. Beyond this internal issues, there is the elephant-in-the room which is that the slot machine is a buggy-whip product that is becoming less popular and less relevant every day. if you look at a slot machine doesnt it look like a 30 year old thing? people under 50 for the most part have zero interest in this product -- which is a big problem. The company also relies too heavily on a dated model of licensing old movies and tv shows for content -- this strategy is 30 years old and was good in the 90s but now everyone does it and players dont care and casino operators dont want it anymore, it makes their nice floors look tacky. there is something about going to wynn for example .. if you see some wheel of fortune machine it just looks out of place (tacky vs classy of wynn atmosphere) .. Young people -- how are we going to get them to gamble? There is ZERO thought on this big subject, which is shocking -- the company strategy seems to be hoping the 60-70 year old woman will not age. Executives dont walk casino floors, they dont play the slots machines either. i dont think they like them either! I guess they dont care because they know they will not be long term involved with IGT. if you are an employee or own stock you think different but they dont care. IGT is what happens when management and stock holder have interests not in line. I think this company is doomed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get out of hardware business, become a software company and grow beyond gambling games to more video game style company across media platforms. And get with newer technology, it is amazing how old the technology is at a company with technology in its name (for now anyway). I also agree that spending millions of dollars on a logo which no one cares about was stupid given the timing. They will lose me soon also.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 13 people found this helpful  

    INEPT CEO MAKES $8MILLION PER YEAR WHILE SHE DESTROYS THE COMPANY

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

    I have been working at International Game Technology full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    New logo! .. And more parking spots due to all of the layoffs. Rumor is more layoffs coming soon .. = more parking spots!

    Cons

    Terrible management team. Company bloated with VPs and Directors most of whom are in over their heads and probably just biding time until they can find a job somewhere else. Nervous workforce, everyone worried about jobs. If company sells to foreign buyer (GTECH) Reno office is fat target for closure. Anyone good who has options has split. Those stuck in Reno are .. stuck in Reno. Sad to learn Patti Hart makes $8m per year (look it up, public info) while she has destroyed so much shareholder value and reputation and morale. She can't manage the company to profitability and can only get the stock price up inorganically, via raising a white flag and announcing the company is for sale. She and her cronies will get their change of management bonus soon and be out. But it's too late to turn around, the company is years behind where it needs to be and smaller more nimble competitors are eating its lunch -- while the industry itself is going through a painful transformation due to globalization and a shift to a younger target gambler. IGT is not positioned to be strong in either vertical.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take the nepotism hires with you out the door please.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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