International Game Technology

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International Game Technology Reviews

Updated September 29, 2014
Updated September 29, 2014
283 Reviews
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International Game Technology CEO Patti S. Hart
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good benefits and flexible schedules for work life balance (in 18 reviews)

  • Helped pay for college, good benefits, gym and cafeteria on site, great people (in 23 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. 4 people found this helpful  

    Definitely not the company it used to be.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  Reno, NV
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Reno, NV

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

    Pros

    IGT used to be one of the best places to work in Reno. Great benefits, strong sense of community, lots of opportunity. Upper management lived in Reno and cared about their employees.

    Cons

    IGT's BOD - were hijacked by Patti Hart and the decline began. Everything has changed. She systematically removed the old guard, and replaced them with her Silicon Valley high tech cronies. She has torn out the heart of IGT and now is selling the remaining organs to the highest bidder. IGT has now been sold to GTech with a tidy little profit to Patti and friends. I have heard that GTech is a Italian family run company - hopefully they can rescusitate the company and infuse it with some heart.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To GTech - clean house of upper management - they are all just hired guns and have no loyalty to the company. Do your research and look at the history of the company before the Patti Hart reign and try and recapture the energy that used to be IGT. There are a lot of loyal employees that would love to work for the company that cared about their employees and the communities that they lived in.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    A great company on the downward slope

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  3.  

    IGT (Reno) is a decent place to work - great people, good work/life balance but compensation/incentives could be better

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Accountant  in  Reno, NV
    Current Employee - Accountant in Reno, NV

    I have been working at International Game Technology full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    A lot of great and smart people work at IGT, there are people who work hard every day and most accounting positions have a great work life balance (it depends on what group you are in). Some supervisors are great, smart and provide excellent support and guidance and others are just there and do not try. For accounting, it really does depend on which group you get into. It is great to have a gym and cafe on site and people are very nice and friendly.

    Cons

    A lot of people are "coasting" and do not work hard and other people have to pick up their slack. There is very little incentive to work hard and do your best when even those that do very little receive the same "incentives" and "minimal" pay/benefits/raise/etc as those that give it their all. Leadership always says "do your best and work your hardest" but it doesn't result in anything in the end besides personal satisfaction.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide incentives to those employees that work really hard and go above and beyond their jobs. Unfortunately, the good employees are leaving for better pay and better benefits/compensation and to be recognized for their hard work. Also, work on getting rid of those employees that are just "coasting" through and barely doing anything, it could save IGT a lot of money

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Training

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Never enough "Chiefs"

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Reno, NV
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reno, NV

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

    Pros

    Some really great ppl there. Extremely talented. Some even passionate.

    Good benefits. Free coffee.

    Cons

    Some really painfully unqualified ppl there. And lot of ppl who are just coasting in their careers. Others seem seem to have their own itinerary realized if they whine enough. "I wanna be a Manager!" "I wanna be a Manager!" "I wanna be a MANAGER!" If you're lucky enough to work on a high-visibility project (even tho your contribution was minimal or a liability), your career trajectory will be phenomenal!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pls stop adding layers of Middle Management to the sandwich. Why would you need an add'l Manager between the Artist and Art/Creative Director?

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Plenty of work to do to create a prosperous environment, but efforts underway.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    There are plenty of opportunities at the Seattle DoubleDown office to expand your skill set, become an industry expert, and be part of a diverse growing team. Some of the benefits are quite nice; lunch, organic and healthy foods, nice working space and proximity to transit. Some of the new management team is strong.

    Cons

    There is still some legacy bad will towards the parent company here. Many are slow to change and some of the management seems to have a hard time making decisions. Some of the benefits are sub-par; health care is expensive, for example. Compensation at start is reasonable, but employees that have been there for some time would say that the company falls short on their bonus program, stock grants, and compensation adjustments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure all of your executive team is listening. Some clearly are, and the teams moral is reflected in that. Others on the management team have a hard time making decisions that cause more turmoil amongst the regular employes. Second bit of advice would be to directly empower the staff. All of the right tools are in place at DDI to do this, but management doesn't seem to regularly take advantage of this.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 7 people found this helpful  

    A company on the decline

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer  in  Reno, NV
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Reno, NV

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

    Pros

    Good co-workers
    High tech environment
    Great location with Tahoe beaches and ski resorts nearby
    Reno is a pretty neat place to live

    Cons

    Bad CEO/board
    Doesn't keep promises
    Fires employees and changes policies to cover for it
    More and more good employees are leaving

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good employees can make or break a business, don't forget to treat them like human beings.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Bad culture

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  10. 5 people found this helpful  

    IGT in a nutshell

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

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

    Pros

    It was a good company to work for 10 years ago. Company used to offer good bonuses and there were no layoffs. You do your job right and you will not lose it due to budget cuts. Friendly environment, people work in close knitt groups and are also willing to help members across the groups.

    Cons

    Past 6 years layoffs happen at random and too frequently. You could be on top of your game and still lose your job.
    Bonuses shrank, contribution to health care went up. Raises are dismal. Top heavy company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trim the top and retain your workers who have many years of experience and a solid rapport with IGT's customers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 28 people found this helpful  

    A very sick company with a very sick CEO.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

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