PartyGaming Reviews

Updated July 14, 2015
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  1. Customer support

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    Former Employee - Customer Support Agent in Sofia (Bulgaria)
    Former Employee - Customer Support Agent in Sofia (Bulgaria)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good chance to improve your language skills and earn good money without stressing with too much responsibility. The team is young and fun. The operations and internal procedures are on pretty good level.

    Cons

    The essence of the job is not very challenging and motivating. After a while it becomes monotonous. You have to be ready to do shifts if you are in the Sofia office.


  2. It was good at the time.

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    Former Employee - Design in Gibraltar (Gibraltar)
    Former Employee - Design in Gibraltar (Gibraltar)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at PartyGaming (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Better than lots of others.

    Cons

    Others are real businesses... It seems like the ship has sunk. sad.

    Advice to Management

    Is there a management?


  3. Felt very valued in my own department.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at PartyGaming (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    A buzzing, creative atmosphere, you can discuss gambling (!)

    Cons

    Instability began to creep in when departmental redundancies started to happen and then it happened to my department.


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  5. A roller coaster of a ride - very big highs, massive lows.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at PartyGaming full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    At times a very dynamic company to work for. Cutting edge work in the field which I was employed. Reasonably good pay and benefits (although there was no pension at the time), although you really have to work for it. Some talented individuals. Some of the best I ever worked with. Very good training and development. Judged on performance not just time served. For the most part a flat structure. Some good colleagues and generally sociable (if you could get out of the office before 10pm).

    Cons

    For all the benefits for working at PG, there were considerable downsides. You needed to dedicate (and were expected to dedicate every hour - waking or otherwise - to the company). Unscheduled calls at 6.00am or late into the night for fairly minor matters were not uncommon. Holidays forget about it. Weekends are for wimps. Family - get over it. Grandmother on deathbed? Get her to hang on until after the deal closes. The work culture leads to a sense of constant anxiety - I often used to check emails 10 times per hour at weekends. Senior management were exceptionally well paid and in some cases had lost touch with real world - its one thing taking a very short term view of work life balance when you are paid in the millions. Different for those lower down the food chain. Bullying and intimidation were common in some departments. Extremely political place to work - factionalised. PG needs to partner with Vax to clean up the blood on the carpet. Aside from all of that, someone joining the industry needs to consider very carefully if they want to work in gambling - it does eat away at your soul after a time. Before you sign up, stand outside a bookies. Feel the broken dreams of the slightly unwashed man smoking cheap cigs, staring into space and thinking about his next bet. That is what you are selling.

    Advice to Management

    There is more to life than online gaming. Not everyone likes or cares about it. Hire more people from other industries to get fresh perspectives. Its not as good a company to work for as you think. The company also needs to improve that share price for the share based benefits to have any meaning.


  6. top company in interesting industry, above average pay

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at PartyGaming full-time

    Pros

    - top company in interesting industry - above average pay and incentive/bonus program - stock options - good benefits of a mature company - learning curve for employees - international company, so travel involved - referral program

    Cons

    - long working hours - a bit process-heavy - make stakeholders in some positions

    Advice to Management

    - make org slimmer - introduce lean and agile in all parts of product development - get closer to the empoyees


  7. Archaic development environments lacking even version control

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    Current Employee - Flash Developer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Flash Developer in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at PartyGaming full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    There were no reasons to work here.

    Cons

    Money isn't good, Endless slot game churning


  8. Really Satisfied

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - S/W Engineer in Gibraltar (Gibraltar)
    Current Employee - S/W Engineer in Gibraltar (Gibraltar)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at PartyGaming full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    1) There are Great Technologies to work 2) Good Management 3) New Things to learn at work 4) Compensation is better than industry standards

    Cons

    the work culture can be a little better and the tech team is not involved a lot during product requirement and design.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work


  9. Its quite good

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    Current Employee - Senior Systems Analyst in Hyderābād (India)
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Analyst in Hyderābād (India)
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at PartyGaming full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good benefits like Stock options bonus and free cab and good salary structure to save more

    Cons

    Work life balance is bad


  10. Helpful (1)

    Fantastic pre-merger. Post, it felt like being part of a funeral dirge.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vienna (Austria)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vienna (Austria)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at PartyGaming full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Depending on where you worked, the facilities were excellent (Vienna, Stockholm), and the company actively tried to ensure that a positive social environment was maintained.

    Cons

    Post-merger, you were a second-class employee if you came from bwin; the business is run by the former PartyGaming management.

    Advice to Management

    Creativity and innovation are stifled when workers feel threatened; running a successful company is about more than short-term profits through deep cost-cutting. There's a real danger of throwing the baby out with the bath-water.


  11. A haven for deluded pencil pushers

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at PartyGaming full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Staff tend to be given a great deal of responsibility and freedom with regards to their roles.

    Cons

    While managers are given great responsibility, this purely is a mechanism for self exploitation. Performance goes unnoticed and unrewarded, and to compensate for everyday chaos HR have created a wall of policies that only serve one purpose: They exist for senior managers to hide behind. Almost everything is smoke and mirrors. For years the company has resisted to provide a pension scheme for employers, instead it hands out meaningless trifles such as the occasional company breakfast.

    Advice to Management

    Don't rely on the fact that bwin.party is the biggest fish in the pond and people don't have anywhere else to go. They do.



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