WMS Industries Reviews

Updated January 20, 2015
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WMS Industries President, CEO, and Director Brian R. Gamache
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  1. More reactive than proactive

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waukegan, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waukegan, IL

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Pretty good benefits package
    Decent time off policy
    Fair to good overall compensation package
    Promote continuing/further education

    Cons

    Poor communication
    Too man chiefs, and not enough indians
    Lacking in overall leadership/direction of company
    Putting out different fires everyday
    union workforce

    Advice to Management

    Take control and give direction. The overall direction of the company seems to be changing on a nearly monthly basis. We need to take the time to properly analize our sub tier suppliers abilities before making firm commitments. Also, we need less single sourcing.

  2. Not All that it Seems from Outside

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Vice President Ops in Waukegan, IL
    Former Employee - Vice President Ops in Waukegan, IL

    I worked at WMS Industries full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good product, loyal service workforce

    Cons

    Executive leadership, politics, non strategic thinking

    Advice to Management

    Think long term, rid yourself of WMS Sr Leadership (they drove it into the ground).

  3. Culture of Paranoia

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director in Waukegan, IL
    Former Employee - Director in Waukegan, IL

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Cool technology in a unique industry - and a pretty different office setting surrounded by artists, musicians, developers which offers great diversity.

    Cons

    Slow to adopt/accept change or ideas from elsewhere. Highly political atmosphere with clear favorites. Great place to work if you're an engineer, but if you're looking for a professional environment - this isn't it.

    Advice to Management

    Come down a few thousand feet to see what employees are thinking/feeling/needing.

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  5. What once was...

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operations in Waukegan, IL
    Current Employee - Operations in Waukegan, IL

    I have been working at WMS Industries full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Opportunities to try and fix the many things wrong. They do offer competitive benefits outside of salary. Potential growth in the business.

    Cons

    No career management or growth opportunities in majority of the areas in the company. Employees are stretched very thin and over burdened.

  6. With nearly 40 years of service in WMS, it's no wonder this company is so good.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Tester in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Tester in Chicago, IL

    I worked at WMS Industries full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Stability for nearly 40 years. Positive and very creative culture, one of innovation, imagination and relational.

    Cons

    Advancements can be a little difficult if you're not properly positioned within the company.

    Advice to Management

    Fairness reaps loyalty.

  7. Helpful (1)

    WMS needs to get the whole company moving in the same direction.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Management in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Project Management in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at WMS Industries

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Innovative, Creative, Bleeding edge, employee appreciatation cookies, good benefits, on-site gym, very smart people willing to take sensible risks, willing to provide the proper training/education.

    Cons

    Every three to five years they have massive lay-offs, 10%+ of the work force. Poor communication from the top manage down to the worker bees.

    Advice to Management

    Upper Management needs to communicate the business strategy to everyone in the organization. You would get many answers to the question "What is the direction of the company?" The direction of the company seems to change every quarter.

  8. Just another IT company looking for cheap labor in India

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Test Engineer in Pune (India)
    Current Employee - Senior Test Engineer in Pune (India)

    I have been working at WMS Industries full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -Fast Paced
    -Decent Salary
    -Good Low level & director level Managers

    Cons

    -Employee benefit is of least importance.
    -HR is non-existent & thus company driven by managers.
    -No Promotions , Bonus or Salary hikes. Last 5 years 5% (average) hike given to high performers.
    -India gets all the poor quality work which all the other centers have refused to accept.
    -Leaders only make promises but rarely fulfill them.
    -Too many changes in Upper Management, hence no stability.
    -Too many VPs.

    Advice to Management

    -Listen to employee opinion and act on it.
    -Upper Management should understand the local cultures rather than enforce US mentality on all centers .

  9. Solid company with growth potential - bring your 'A' game.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at WMS Industries

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Challenging and stimulating environment
    Room to grow as a person, but you must take it if you want it
    Solid company with growth potential
    Management team is active in making adjustments quickly
    Gym with showers on site along with fitness trainers should you want to participate

    Cons

    Some projects are poorly planned/managed
    Departments need better communication
    Sick days and vacation are managed as one pool of PTO.

  10. Helpful (1)

    This company is going places..

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

    I worked at WMS Industries

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work space, cool people, very cool products. WMS is on the cutting edge of the casino gaming industry and the people who work there are zealots about putting out innovative games.

    Cons

    In my opinion, the pay is a little low. WMS is making LOTS of money and I'm not seeing that trickle down to some of the folks in the trenches who are actually making the games. I think that the bonuses are pretty weak as well. It's pretty apparent that the sales people and those in Game Dev are the favored children.

    Advice to Management

    Overall, I think the management teams are doing a fairly decent job. I would like to see some of the red tape and politics shaved down a bit. Also, the aforementioned, sharing of the wealth would be nice change of pace. It's a great place to work though and by and large I think the managers are good people.

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