Video Gaming Technologies

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Video Gaming Technologies Reviews

Updated September 9, 2014
Updated September 9, 2014
32 Reviews
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Jon P. Yarbrough
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  1. 6 people found this helpful  

    Great Potential with Poor Leadership

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Video Gaming Technologies full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The majority of people working there are great people who make it a family like work environment. Free Lunch and good bonuses. The company does give back to the community

    Cons

    Extremely poor leadership with the exception of a few. VGT likes to reward poor performers by promoting thinking that will encourage them to do better. Leaders have been recognized after it well known they don't live by the company's "Values". VGT leadership is a joke. "Leaders" get to act disrespectful but if an employee behaved the same way it wouldn't be tolerated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company has so much potential but if you keep letting high performers walk out the door and treating them like trash, you won't continue to succeed. The owner needs to listen to those that are in the field everyday hearing what the customers want instead of listening to the CAO who's biggest accomplishment is picking out paint for the offices.

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

    Worst place to work in Reno

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

    I have been working at Video Gaming Technologies full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    +Great team members
    +Highly skilled team members
    +Work on what you want when you want
    +Work when you want. Lots of flexibility

    Cons

    -Mountains out of molehills.
    -Mean girl atmosphere.
    -Popularity contest.
    -Cliques. Them and us.
    -Lack of direction and experience of decision makers makes teams very unproductive.
    -Team members are blamed for lack of productivity when lack of direction, maturity, professionalism, and experience are really to blame.
    -Decisions made by ego.
    -Decision makers take more joy from watching others fail than us all succeeding.
    -Untrustworthy, unprofessional leadership.
    -Restrained, ineffective management.
    -Agile gone wrong. Moronic implementation of Agile misses what it means to actually be agile.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leadership is clearly not out for the best interest of the company. They are clearly only interested in boosting ego and surrounding themselves with yes-men. They turn a blind eye to brazen political posturing. Leadership has trained their finest to be just like them: untrustworthy, unprofessional, gossiping politians who are more interested in setting you up to fail than making the company succeed. VGT may be the worst place to work in Reno. It breaks my heart to see so much potential wasted.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    Reno bad

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Reno, NV
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reno, NV

    I have been working at Video Gaming Technologies full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Free food
    Can take lots of time off
    Work on anything you like

    Cons

    Demeaning environment
    Nasty people making poor decisions
    No success
    Poor productivity
    No collaboration

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Executives need to stop rewarding bad, nasty, and unprofessional conduct. The way we're spoken to is demeaning. Stop and listen to it and you'll understand why half of the office is sick every day. Nobody likes to be micro managed and made to feel like **** every day. And nobody wants to work in an environment where they feel that their contributions don't matter. Execs seem to be rewarding people based on whether they like them, are pretty, or just fall inline and ask no questions. No wonder we never get anything done! Employees are being redirected constantly by people that don't understand anything. The shot callers are inexperienced rookies who are motivated by something other than company success.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Management is COMPLETELY untrustworthy - they will say anything, regardless of what they have planned

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Video Gaming Technologies full-time

    Pros

    It's changed so totally, I have no idea what would be good. The only that hasn't changed is the lying, deceitful management.

    Cons

    You cannot believe anything management says, because they are working at an entirely different level in the backroom, focused exclusively on maximizing profit (which is fine), REGARDLESS of the effect on employees (not so fine).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to not deliberately mislead the people who actually do the work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good times, bad times, you know I had my share

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nashville, TN

    I worked at Video Gaming Technologies full-time

    Pros

    The work was usually interesting, the lunch was free if not always good for you, the salary was decent. The benefits were average however the bonuses were always very nice.

    Cons

    Closing of the VA office forcing people to relocate if they were desirable to keep. Not talking with the lowest level managers to see which employees were valuable and which were not. Prima donnas in certain satellite locations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Talk to each other. Preferably before you commit someone to something that they have no idea about. If you really want change, do what is right not what someone else wants. Stick to your guns.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 5 people found this helpful  

    Was a great place to work, until the owner wanted to move to Agile.

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Charlottesville, VA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Charlottesville, VA

    I have been working at Video Gaming Technologies full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    When I first started there were intelligent developers, middle management that understood development, and a VP of engineering while willing to throw developers under the bus was also willing to say "no" to the owner.

    Cons

    Failed to hire or even address a VP of engineering for 2+ years. Owner distrusted and frequently blamed engineering for many problems. Owner is not willing to provide the tools to allow the developers to do their jobs, nickel and dimeing for hardware, while still demanding timely work.
    The owner decided to transition to Agile and in doing so hired people to make the transition in such a way that talent was hemorrhaged at an alarming rate.
    In ability to advance, for much of my time at the company, your title was based solely on your number of years experience versus whether one fit the description of title.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Grow a backbone and say "no" or "next release" to the owner.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 6 people found this helpful  

    A company in transition. Not necessarily a good thing.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Ruckersville, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ruckersville, VA

    I have been working at Video Gaming Technologies full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    VGT is small enough that an individual can potentially make a meaningful impact to the company as a whole and not just toil away on things nobody will appreciate. Financial compensation is fair and supports a comfortable family lifestyle. Free lunches are provided along with other sundry benefits. Good health coverage and matching 401k contributions.

    Cons

    From early 2011 up through 2012 today the company has undergone a very turbulent transition from the cozy "family" feel of the operation to one which is much more regimented and corporatized. In this time many senior employees who helped shape the success and personality of VGT were dismissed, lengthy development projects were cancelled, and the entire Virginia office summarily closed in favor of new kingdoms being built in Tennessee and Nevada. These events took place without any convincing words provided as to why this was "The Right Thing to Do.". Instead the impact was "We're doing this for arbitrary reasons. Deal with it."

    The turmoil is far from over as many employees depart for new opportunities and their vacancies have not been filled. Meanwhile the new hires and projects in development have yet to fully gel or prove themselves with successful products on the market. The stability of the company rests on the solid and reliable revenue stream from legacy partners and support systems. This may be strong enough to last while VGT is internally broken and remade. In that respect there are many career opportunities to be had for those looking to take advantage of the situation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    One of the greatest things about VGT was the sense that you as an individual were valued for your work and that the company noticeably benefited from your efforts. The events of the past two years have undermined that sense of satisfaction in the worst possible way. This may be an effective way to "burn the ships in the New World" as Jon Yarbrough put it, but it changes the core of why you would want to stay with the company. Instead of a desire to do a good job now you just want to get a paycheck.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good, smart people...lack of direction

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Ruckersville, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ruckersville, VA

    I have been working at Video Gaming Technologies full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good working environment that allowed me to stretch my legs and take on the tasks that fit me. Really smart people with some great ideas floating around in their heads. Fast paced environment that, when it was working, moved at a good pace.

    Cons

    Lack of direction and decision making from the upper management ultimately took it's toll on our office. Too many chief's syndrom made it hard to have a choice made and moved on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your people and make a choice in the time needed.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Amazingly talented people to work with

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II  in  Ruckersville, VA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Ruckersville, VA

    I have been working at Video Gaming Technologies full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Co-workers are top notch
    Company buys lunch for the staff each day
    Company invests in training staff in new technologies

    Cons

    Company has had difficulty adapting to explosive growth and the changing organizational needs of a larger company. They are making an honest effort to make changes, only time will tell if they are successful.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need more management types who are more technically literate and will be more capable of translating effectively between senior management and engineering

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    VGT Review

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager II  in  Ruckersville, VA
    Former Employee - Project Manager II in Ruckersville, VA

    I worked at Video Gaming Technologies full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Free lunches
    Great benefits
    Good people (peers)

    Cons

    Messed up and indecisive management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be careful about who your middle management is

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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