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Gaming Laboratories International Reviews

Updated March 26, 2017
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Gaming Laboratories International President & CEO James R. Maida
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  • The software groups are constantly changing because of the relatively low pay (in 8 reviews)

  • Management and upper management have zero people skills (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Great company to work for"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lakewood, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lakewood, NJ

    I have been working at Gaming Laboratories International full-time

    Pros

    As a longtime employee, I have found that there are great opportunities to move throughout the company and achieve professional growth. The work is interesting and fast-paced, my department is team-oriented, and focused on open communication and continuous education and training. Additionally, the company offers a generous amount of time off each year, fantastic health benefits, 401k retirement plans, and annual performance reviews.

    Cons

    I do not have anything specific to mention at this time as it relates to my current role in the company.

    Advice to Management

    I do not have anything specific to mention at this time for advice to management as it relates to my current role.


  2. Helpful (6)

    "Gaming company that is ran like a sweatshop."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Test Engineer in Las Vegas, NV
    Current Employee - Test Engineer in Las Vegas, NV
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Gaming Laboratories International full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    There are no pros to this job.

    Cons

    There is nothing positive about GLI. It is ran like a sweatshop and if you like being chained to a desk for eight hours a day then you will like it here. Breaks are not looked upon nicely.

    Advice to Management

    The upper management is a product of the CEO they are yes men that micromanage and treat employees like 3 year olds. The culture is not innovative and they want to be viewed as an innovative company. It is a company from the dark ages where you punch a clock and cover your butt.


  3. "Test Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Test Engineer in Longmont, CO
    Current Employee - Test Engineer in Longmont, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Gaming Laboratories International (More than a year)

    Pros

    Pretty laid back environment and people are very nice to work with. Overall the work is very easy and as long as you pay attention you won't have a problem completing your assignments. The benefits package is very generous.

    Cons

    The work can become monotonous and you need to keep finding ways of making it interesting (since most games look the same). Also the pay is not very good, but then again the work isn't very demanding either.

    Advice to Management

    Keep exposing your employees to new opportunities to learn different architectures in order to keep them engaged. Working on a single manufacturer line of products can become monotonous and will hinder opportunities for advancement down the line.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "Las Vegas office is a disaster"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Las Vegas, NV
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Las Vegas, NV
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Gaming Laboratories International full-time

    Pros

    -good 401k matching
    -20 days vacation/sick to start, 25 days after 5 years, 30 days after 10 years
    -good medical and dental

    Cons

    "billable percentage" is the metric that the entire office runs on. It's evaluated at a micro level and employees are constantly stressed on how much work they are billing. It leaves employees to not innovate, train, or perform other necessary tasks. Worst of all, it is generally a metric that is outside the control of the employee since work is assigned by a manager and work volume varies.

    The training is pitiful. No one is afforded the time to fully train on the tasks they are assigned. This is related to the extreme focus of "billable percentage" as training is time perceived as not valuable.

    A lot of staff have left the Las Vegas office and have not been replaced. There is no succession plan. The people left are burdened with the extra work volume with no relief in sight. There is a sweatshop like atmosphere in the office. Salaried staff in particular are forced to work extreme hours and are exploited since they are not paid overtime.

    (To the best of my knowledge, all of these issues above are predominately limited to the Las Vegas office)

    Pay is below industry standard for similar positions

    The email mailbox space is laughably limited. On a near daily basis I would need to delete emails in order to free space so that I could perform my job.

    Advice to Management

    There are a couple of key high level individuals in the Las Vegas office that need to be terminated. Their micro focus on "billable percentage" has crippled the company.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Don't Stay too long-Engineering Sweat Shop"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Golden, CO
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Golden, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Gaming Laboratories International full-time

    Pros

    Good Health and vacation benefits, stable work. Flexible hours and scheduling. Bi-annual bonuses and ok xmas parties. Location is ok too.

    Cons

    Sweatshop engineering work, very boring. Management are a bunch of yes-men(women) with no management skills. no communication between Engineering and QA. No real engineering work.

    Advice to Management

    Get training and stop being yes and being bullied by upper management to instill a business plan that just uses employees that leaves them with no future in engineering.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Test Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Test Engineer in Lakewood, NJ
    Current Employee - Test Engineer in Lakewood, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Gaming Laboratories International (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good healthcare benefits.
    20 days off (you earn them over the year).
    Easy work.

    Cons

    The managers and directors are immature bullies.
    The work is boring and repetitive.
    You will get paid way under market.
    Two discretionary bonuses. Do not expect much.
    HR has no backbone and is not your friend.
    The only way to get promoted is to kiss backside.
    You have to bill 100% of your time or you get yelled at.
    This place is a nerd sweatshop, run!

    Advice to Management

    Grow up!
    Get rid of your useless managers and directors. Pretty much most of them.
    Stop being cheap.


  8. Helpful (7)

    "Test Engineer/Technician"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Test Engineer/Technician in Sterling Heights, MI
    Former Employee - Test Engineer/Technician in Sterling Heights, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Gaming Laboratories International full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    It gain a good experience. The coworkers were wo friendly. Paid vacation. In general good company for entry level engineering position.

    Cons

    You have to work long hours. Don't expect to gain a lot of engineering experience. Training was not good.

    Advice to Management

    Improve training!


  9. "Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in Las Vegas, NV
    Former Employee - Engineer in Las Vegas, NV
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Gaming Laboratories International full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Opportunity experience and learning gaming

    Cons

    no room to grow. Too many senior management.

    Advice to Management

    no comment


  10. Helpful (12)

    "Do not stay at this job for over a year."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Test Engineer in Las Vegas, NV
    Former Employee - Test Engineer in Las Vegas, NV
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Gaming Laboratories International (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits package. Fully covered medical, dental, and vision for yourself, really great price for family. No separate sick time off but 20 days of paid time off that 40 hours can carry over to the next calendar year. Two bonuses a year, but do not expect much. Some coworkers are really smart and you can learn a great deal from, others are really fun to befriend and hang out with outside of work. No layoffs, really hard to get fired unless you are trying. Easy but tedious and repetitive work. Some chances to travel to other countries if the opportunity arrives.

    Cons

    Do not accept a test engineer job offer from this company if you are looking for a place to stay at for the long haul. After a year of working there your number one priority should be to find a different job as you will gain no new knowledge or experiences, all you will gain is added stress from the unrealistic expectations put upon you by the leadership and development. If you are unfortunate to stay never try to become a manager or higher as they are without a doubt setup to fail or be used as a scapegoat. You will be bullied and belittled by the VP and director if they do not agree with you views, or if they see you are not meeting their metrics.
    There is very little training in the engineering department. You are given a task to do and shown how to setup and compete the task once, from then on you are expected to be an expert at that task. If you are unlucky enough to get something that no one has ever seen before good luck trying to figure it out how to test something and train yourself on what you need, while trying to meet the unrealistic deadlines that are set by the management and development team since all they see if dollar signs.
    Some managers and senior are great to work with and will listen and value your input, and most of the time agree and fight for you, but when they say no the client and the client goes their back to the Director/VPs, they will away get their way not matter what as the higher ups will always bend over backwards just to get that extra dollar. What kind of message does that send when you don’t follow the advice of the people that know the product and you are paying to be the expert in said product? So much for independent integrity.
    The compensation for being a test engineer is at the very low end of the scale for the industry, you can go to any other manufacture do the same exact testing, for over $10,000 more, for about 95% less stress.
    Greatly understaffed in all departments. Even though there is a hiring freeze all engineers are highly suggested to take overtime, most do as it will count against them if they don’t in their yearly reviews. The QA department is also understaffed to where they now need even more time to do their work which gives engineering less time to theirs. The compliance team is understaffed so having to reach out to them to get a determination will take days if not weeks which will hold up your project and you will be the one to blame. The math department is understaffed without their calculations the project is bottle necked and if the project does not meet the deadline again it is the test engineers fault.
    Advancement in the company is more all about whose rear end you kiss, and less on the quality of your work. If you are seen as the “golden boy” by one of the senior managers then you are fast tracked to senior. Other than that expect to be promoted to level 2 very late with very little pay increases in between, don’t even think of level 3 as you will never get it.

    Read all the other 1 star review they are all true, and for the ones that are 5 stars or 4 it’s either someone in the company trying to negate the bad review or someone who actually left before they had to deal with all the bad.

    Advice to Management

    Anyone in who is a manager that has not tested anything in over 3 years needs to be given a file to complete to see the unrealistic expectations that they themselves have put on all the engineers. Certain upper management in the Vegas office needs to retire or be let go. GLI will always keep losing its best engineers because they do nothing to keep them, they just get tired of all drama and stress and will not hesitate to jump ship. When you keep losing your best the quality will go (has gone) down. It is only a matter of time before the regulators start to see this too. Maybe then the CEO will do something to get rid of the toxic atmosphere.


  11. Helpful (16)

    "Test Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Test Engineer II in Las Vegas, NV
    Former Employee - Test Engineer II in Las Vegas, NV
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Nothing good except 4 weeks vacation to start and decent health benefits.

    Cons

    I wish I never took the their job offer. Advancement in this company is a joke. It is not based on your work. Its based on who you kiss up to in management. Also you are expected o complete a project without any support from management. If project goes bad you are thrown under the bus. You do not need a 4 year engineering or computer science degree to be test engineer. You will not use any of the knowledge. You will actually start feeling dumb the longer you work there. Do not work for this company if you plan to be a REAL engineer.

    Advice to Management

    Support your employees instead of breaking them down when things go bad on a project.



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