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Konami Gaming, Inc. Reviews

Updated June 26, 2017
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  1. "Good Place to Work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Konami Gaming, Inc. full-time

    Pros

    Great people, great benefits, good pay, stable

    Cons

    work-life balance isn't easy here. They work lean so everyone is putting in extra energy. This is causing burnout

    Advice to Management

    Hire more people


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Not for Everyone"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Konami Gaming, Inc. full-time

    Pros

    The new building is great.
    There are a lot of nice people there at the lower levels.
    If you have casino floor experience, this can be a reasonable place to work. If you do not, no amount of expertise or credential will convince them to take you seriously.

    Cons

    Strong tolerance for poor management and poor management decisions.
    The halls stink. When they redid the building, they did not consider appropriate ventilation for any of the restrooms.

    Advice to Management

    Why bother? They will not listen to anyone other than themselves. They need to learn to value the rank and file employees.

  3. "Coordinator"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Konami Gaming, Inc. full-time

    Pros

    Nice and friendly atmosphere. People were always willing to help

    Cons

    Benefits were slowly being changed and more expensive for the employee as opposed to what they were initially offered.

    Advice to Management

    Executives need to be more visible and social with all employees


  4. Helpful (13)

    "Decent rank and file, but completely cruel and useless management."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Las Vegas, NV
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Las Vegas, NV
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Konami Gaming, Inc. full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    You get paid on time and sometimes you don't have to deal with management. Pretty much everything except for the corporate culture is alright there.

    Cons

    Where to start? Konami just went through a pretty brutal layoff about a month ago. Every department was axed. The CEO filed everyone into one big room and told us that we had to can these people because the company was still profitable, but not as profitable as it was last year. He refused to answer questions from the few employees who actually had them. At the same time, he said that they needed to create money to hire new people in Games R&D. Only they laid off at least half a dozen employees in Games R&D. This is after the department busted their tails to meet the annual goal despite a huge shortage - from a lot of people leaving over the past fiscal year. Games R&D overachieved despite being hamstrung at every turn by management's inability to find and retain quality people, and they were rewarded by getting a few of their comrades canned because the CEO thinks the company isn't making enough money. And to top it all off, he basically told every other department that they should be mad at Games R&D for the layoffs.

    After saying goodbye to everyone in the room, he told us to take solace in the fact that the company is still profitable. As if that's what we care about when this is how it treats us. I agree with previous reviewers: this company thinks that every single person is replaceable. Everything about the work culture here is so strange and rigid. Micromanagement abounds at all levels. Taking time off is frowned upon, even though it's both your legal right and part of your benefits. The executive management has an entirely separate enclave, with their own elevator and everything. You'll see one or two of them occasionally walking around the halls, but that's it. They have a big underground parking garage that's for their use only. Everyone else is expected to park out in the sun with not even tin shading. You can stand in the parking lot and look at all the adjacent office buildings and all of them have covered parking. Except for Konami. And after the layoff they put a couple of security guys down there to protect their expensive cars in case someone came in with a tire iron or something.

    The rank and file employees are smart and decent people. Even the first level of management is largely OK, but even they have only stayed so long because they've started to internalize the bizarre thinking of management. Ask people how long they've been working here and you'll be surprised to find how many have only been here for a year or less.

    Advice to Management

    Don't act like we're stupid. Your company is declining because you treat your employees like dirt. Start being honest and open and you'll get a much more motivated workforce.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Customer Service"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Konami Gaming, Inc. full-time

    Pros

    Nothing, a very disappointing experience

    Cons

    Very disappointing experience with this employer. favoritism, and expectation of low quality work the norm. Made lots of promises that no intention of keeping.


  6. "Over-all"

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    Former Employee - Buyer/Planner II in Lakeside, CA
    Former Employee - Buyer/Planner II in Lakeside, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Konami Gaming, Inc. (More than a year)

    Pros

    Management is very supportive. Company supports life/work balance. Opportunity for advancement.

    Cons

    Upgrade needed on operating system.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "What Happened?"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Las Vegas, NV
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Las Vegas, NV
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Konami Gaming, Inc. full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good salary, good location and dedication to product development. Most employees helpful and cooperative. Financial backing to take risks on unique and innovative products.

    Cons

    Poor working environment and culture. Way to much paranoia and employee monitoring. Seems to becoming more of a "me too" organization the longer I am here.

    Advice to Management

    Hire talent and foster their knowledge. Don't hire based on personality type or cultural bias. Success isn't something you achieve once and just ride the wave, it becomes even more difficult as the industry becomes more competitive.

  8. "A better place to work for"

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    Current Employee - Assembly Technician in Las Vegas, NV
    Current Employee - Assembly Technician in Las Vegas, NV
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Konami Gaming, Inc. full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Konami Gaming is growing company and a very good place to work for.

    Cons

    it`s a very good place to work for.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Will not recomend"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Las Vegas, NV
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Las Vegas, NV
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Konami Gaming, Inc. (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Pay is the only motivator in this place.

    No much else.

    Cons

    Everything else.

    Management runs the place by intimidation.

    No work life balance.

    No recognition or reward for a good work.

    Work is dull.

    Advice to Management

    The will not change.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Good workplace, but needs improvement"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Las Vegas, NV
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Las Vegas, NV
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    First off, the post "Your job is what you make it" was a great one, so I am not going to repeat a lot of the stuff said there. It did sound like it was written by HR though.

    #1 pro is the people. I have found most of the people there great to work with and always willing to help.

    -Good 401 K match (but on a vesting schedule, so you need to work 5yrs to get it all)
    - Other benefits good with broad areas of coverage/choices. Since i have been there, they have done a good job to keep employee contributions to healthcare premiums/deductibles from going up. That can't be said of most places.
    - Vacation is average at 2 weeks to start, plus 1 day for each year after your hire date. Unfortunately, they cut your accumulation back to 1 week every year and pay it out.
    - Just built a new Vegas facility addition which is much better than the previous old facility that they added on to - although remnants of the old building still exist.
    - Compensation is about the local avg, but well below the National avg. Probably due to the lower cost of living in NV.

    Bonuses/Raises - these are very tied to the business performance of the company(as they should). Unfortunately, recently the company (and gaming industry) has not been doing well and that is reflected in the company's payouts to employees. When the company meets their goals in terms of budget/revenue/profit, the company is above avg in this area. When they don't they are below avg.

    Cons

    - The 401K is vested for the company match at 20%/year. That means of the company contributed funds, you only get 20% per year. Until year 1 none of their contributions are yours, and you need to work to 5 years to be entitled to 100% of what Konami provides. I am not sure if this is intended as a employee retention ploy or just for financial reasons, probably a bit of both.

    - On your anniversary of your hire date, Konami cuts your accumulated vacation in excess of 1 week and pays it out to you. This tends to discourage planning/taking any vacation longer than 1 week, particularly if you want to travel after your hire date. Other companies I have been at have ceilings that are double your annual accrual rate. An idea that other companies have used is combining sick time and vacation time into "paid time off". It adds a week per yr to the time off and lets a person use it as they need to. It eliminates people taking sick days because they are "use it or lose it", as well as indirectly rewarding healthy employees. That would be a bold step for the company to take , but I don't see it happening any time soon.

    There is a very stratified culture in the company.. Executives, Engineering, Sales/Marketing, and operations are very separate entities and rarely interact unless they need to. The new building has magnified those separations. When you hear people talk of departmental "silos", that is what you have here. Executive interaction with employees is unheard of outside of all hands meetings(every 6 mo). There is a very "us and them" attitude in this company that could easily be fixed with the right attitude form the top.

    When the new building was built, the executives gave themselves nice underground parking with an exclusive elevator to their exclusive floor. That's OK, executives deserve some perks. But it would have been really nice to cover the outside parking stalls for the average employee. Many good companies in the Vegas area do this. Considering the millions spent on the new addition and exec garage, covered outside parking stalls would have been a relatively minor expense and worth 10x that in showing commitment to the avg employee.

    Konami is always developing new products, but that development always seems to be lagging behind others in the gaming industry. Everything I have seen developed has always been shown in similar form by competitors in the previous years trade show. While that does minimize risk, it will always limit the growth potential of the company.

    There are very few company wide events, parties, etc. The explanation has always been cost, but this puts the company in the minority when compared to other firms.

    Advice to Management

    - Executives need to communicate and interact more with avg employees, not just the dept heads. If you want the company to be one team, this is where it starts.

    - Look at addressing/removing the vacation cash out policy that occurs every year.


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