WMS Gaming Reviews

Updated October 30, 2014
Updated October 30, 2014
89 Reviews
2.8
89 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great Benefits, Pay is comparable to industry standards (in 7 reviews)

  • Great people to work with, exciting times to be in the gaming industry (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • A secretary (yes, administrative assistant) is VP of Game Development (in 5 reviews)

  • They don't care they will let you go at anytime as long as these greedy upper management make their millions (in 5 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    CEO cares for employees. A place where you are empowered and valued.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at WMS Gaming full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Company empowers employees to take action. Leaders listen to employees and act on their feedback. Very great work benefits and environment. People are generally respectful and talented.

    Cons

    Workload can be intense at times. Not everything is perfect but company works to consistently improve.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company, but management is terrible

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at WMS Gaming full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The company is great. They care about your fitness. They have a great cafeteria. They generally want you to be happy.

    Cons

    There are way too many managers. I'm not kidding. There will sometimes be 5-10 developers to a project and 30 managers. Not a lot of work or innovation ever gets through.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Software Engineer

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Flexible timing
    More time to execute projects

    Cons

    Salary, Promotion opportunity is less, Stuck with one technology, still uses dated tech

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothin

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    A Good Place to Work

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

    I have been working at WMS Gaming full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people to work with, exciting times to be in the gaming industry. Offers a good benefits package, with encouragement and rewards for wellness.

    Cons

    Salary and bonus lag due to tough times in the casino/gaming industry. Work hours can be demanding. Schedules often set before work estimation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Great place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Artist in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Artist in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at WMS Gaming full-time

    Pros

    Great work environment, facilities and projects, art culture. Many opportunities to learn and improve as artist. Good cafe, workout facilities, basketball gyms, and new building.

    Cons

    I don't have much negative to say. It's a great place to work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    good environment to work and nice co worker

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Designer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Designer in New York, NY

    I have been working at WMS Gaming full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    good environment, nice salaries, good games

    Cons

    not that much bad things here , nice place to work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    WMS has faced challenging times, but they provide great benefits and a great culture

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Benefits
    Pay is fair
    Culture is relaxed, but requires hard work
    Work is interesting and challenging`

    Cons

    Some long hours
    not as flexible as would like

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to focus on culture

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    This has to be the most exciting job I've ever had.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Networked Gaming Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Networked Gaming Engineer in Chicago, IL

    I worked at WMS Gaming full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Nearly unlimited budgets, freedom to work without people looking over your shoulder, very open to new suggestions (they even have a site on their Intranet dedicated to the posting of new ideas), very laid-back atmosphere from the top on down, get to hang out in casinos, get to play with new gambling technology and bonuses.

    Cons

    In my case, there was a lot of travel (50%-75%), and, until we received corporate credit cards, all expenses aside from airfare were expensed, which wasn't always the most reliable way to do things.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. Organization, organization, organization. Work with Sales to nail down installations so that the team can book travel well in advance and take advantage of lower fares.
    2. If you want Networked Gaming to work, you're going to have to convince the regulatory boards that it's safe.
    3. Re-hire me as the director of Networked Gaming.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  10.  

    Steady job, decent pay, uninspiring work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Artist in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Artist in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    The job is steady, work hard and well and you won't ever live in fear of layoffs. Benefits are nice, co-workers are good people. Royalties available, depending on successful projects.

    Cons

    Slot development in general is rather boring. The pay's great, almost a guaranteed ROI, but there's no excitement. Too many design decisions come down to design-by-committee-of-higher-ups, stifles talent & innovation, creates stagnant design philosophies that never truly push any envelopes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Integrate a proper game development pipeline with real milestones. Allow developers to create a style for a game that they can then stick to without fear that the Committee isn't going to like minutiae that force artists & designers back to the drawing board.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Modern day sweat shop in a great environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at WMS Gaming full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    * Work is available
    * Benefits package
    * Various activities (ie. weight-loss, basketball tournaments, bowling tournaments, personal fitness...)
    * Flexible hours
    * Ability to advance your knowledge (ie. training, school reimbursement program)
    * IF you know someone in upper management, you will get a great job position
    * Volunteer hours
    * Motivation for Innovation
    * Great Food

    Cons

    * Gender biased
    * brown-nosing = multiple promotion(s)
    * Lack of advancement, unless you change departments
    * Favoritism
    * Working hard = no recognition; unless you are working soo hard your own kid doesn't remember you
    * Waiting patiently for a promotion

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Female minorities work just as hard (or even harder at times) as the male majorities... Recognition should be genuine and true to that persons ability. IF "People" is no.1 of the 4P's, it shouldn't takes years & years of proving yourself in order to advance in a company proclaiming to maintain "Employer of Choice". Tell the truth, no matter what; brown-nosing is a dis-ease. New building does not equal happy employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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