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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Was once great. :("

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Multimedia Games full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Pay
    Office environment, until lately
    Company outings and events, until lately
    Very good work/life balance, until lately
    Company kitchen is very convenient and well stocked

    Cons

    Oh, where to begin?
    After a bumpy ride for a few years, the company really came into it's own and seemed to be thriving...until it was bought out.
    Morale is at an all time low.
    The work location is still absolutely horrible, and will continue to be via a renewed lease.
    Everyone is looking out for themselves instead of working as a team.
    People are worried about if they'll have a job.
    Good management/VP got let go.
    The technology is ancient.

    Advice to Management

    Take care of the people who make the company successful! Stop selling out!


  2. Helpful (5)

    "Not the old MGAM anymore"

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    Former Employee - Software Developer in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Multimedia Games full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Not very much anymore. All of the things and people that made this company great are now gone.

    Cons

    Management changeover after the GCA acquisition has taken its toll on the company and culture. Communication is at an all time low.

    Advice to Management

    Make this an enjoyable place to work again and the talent will return.

  3. Helpful (5)

    "What happened?"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Multimedia Games full-time

    Pros

    Hard to say. A lot of what made this company so inviting and welcoming years ago is gone.

    Cons

    A lot of high school mentality, it feels like people are out to get you.

    Decisions seem to be based on the mood of those in charge.

    A LOT of inconsistency in terms of whats acceptable and what is not for work and everything under the sun. One higher-up will say its okay, another one will say its not. Some people may get called in for doing X, while another wont be told its an issue at all. Makes it very difficult to know what you really need to do.

    Culture has changed drastically. What was once a welcoming, friendly and family-like work environment has become what feels to be very toxic - a lot of that which comes from upper management and trickles down to employees.

    No longer competitive salary. Doesnt help that a lot of achievements or diligent work will be overlooked.

    Supervisors can tend to throw people under the bus or jump ship immediately.

    Advice to Management

    Re-evaluate your upper management team and delegate more power to keep everyone calmer. Its not a healthy environment when things are based on peoples' moods. Because of this a lot of employees fear speaking up because they also don't want to burn bridges or risk bad reviews. Particularly in the dev department.


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Dropping the ball"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Multimedia Games full-time

    Pros

    It used to be a great place to work. Most of the people that made Mgam so great have already left, but some are still remaining.

    Cons

    Since GCA took over, the company culture started going downhill fast. There's very little communication, the workload has doubled, all the little perks from before have been either taken away or are frowned upon. Employee morale and communication is low and there is no real way to address issues directly (without fear of backlash). In many ways the prevailing mentality is very high school-esque, lots of office politics. Salary is decent, but not particularly competitive.

    Advice to Management

    Take some lessons from Pat Ramsey (he was an excellent company leader).


  5. Helpful (2)

    "What happened?"

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    Former Employee - QA Analyst II in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - QA Analyst II in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Multimedia Games full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The company is not going away. It has enough recurring revenue and money in the bank to coast for quite a while despite its massive debt load.

    Cons

    The family atmosphere, the fun, and the comradery are gone. The salary's used to be competitive, but they are now stagnating while the rest of the jobs in that field in Austin are raising wages quickly. In one situation my job title changed so that they could say I was making closer to 100% industry average than I was before. Nice trick. On paper it looked like a 7% raise, in reality it was about 2%. To top it off, mobility is limited, and a pathway to promotion is vague, or changes year over year.

    Its things like this that has killed the atmosphere. Talent is leaving for more money and less rigidity. The company feels very top heavy as well.

    Many benefits have been rolled back, or re-tooled to appear better, but actually end up worse. I understand streamlining and cost synergies, but at this point it is sacrificing long term growth in the name of short term gains.

    Advice to Management

    Go back to the roots of Multimedia. The sense of family, the fun, and the insane amount of talent lead to monumental growth. Turning GCA/MGAM into the HP/Compaq merger is not the way to go...


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Mathematician"

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    Former Employee - Mathematician in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Mathematician in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Multimedia Games (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    There were a lot of great people to work with, including some of the management. Benefits were good. The work was generally interesting. Austin is a great city.

    Cons

    The core of management functioned strictly on favoritism. The clique mentality was extremely obvious and destroyed any real feeling of team spirit and added a lot of inefficiency. Company very stingy with funds allocated to non-executive compensation.

    Advice to Management

    Base opportunity on merit, not clique status. Have employees review their immediate management in addition to having management review their employees.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Discouraging Environment"

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    Current Employee - Artist
    Current Employee - Artist
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Multimedia Games full-time

    Pros

    Co-workers are great, clean environment, and free coffee.

    Cons

    Things started off great, but now... Overbearing management is regularly difficult. Little to no creative freedom and lots of over-the-shoulder guidance. Lot of egos and control freaks with little to no social skills will run you into the ground. There's now a feeling of soullessness where I used to enjoy my work. Management is heartless and dictatorial. Every day is a new bit of drama and the atmosphere is heavy and full of paranoia.

    Advice to Management

    Stop trying to fix what isn't broken. Let people do their jobs and communicate in kindness. More than half of my co-workers are actively seeking employment elsewhere. If you want to fix anything, fix that. Help people enjoy their jobs again. When socializing, have positive discussions, be encouraging.

  8. "Great market growth opporunities but lack of clear strategic vision and accountibility"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Talented, fun, fearless people
    Huge potential for market growth
    Unique, interesting industry

    Cons

    Lack of accountibility
    Poor strategic vision
    Poor communication from management to employees
    Lack of career advancement
    High stress mode of operation

    Advice to Management

    Believe in the company's potential and put more effort in trying to grow the company versus trying to unload the problems. Strong and clear strategic vision and leadership are greatly needed.


  9. "OK place to work, but needs growth."

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Austin, TX
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Lots to work on and it's pretty dynamic. Chances to work on a variety of technologies / platforms, so it never gets boring. Work / life balance is pretty good. Rewards are given more for success than for simply working hard.

    Cons

    No real chance for career growth - company is stagnant and offers few opportunities to climb the corporate ladder.
    Not a place to come if you're a beginner - there is no training and most developers are too busy to show newbies the ropes.
    Not very much cooperation among teams or even within teams - everyone is out to prove that they are the indispensable team / developer, even if it means putting down good ideas simply because they did not think of them first (how else could we have 3 different developments for the SAME product).

    Advice to Management

    Foster a more cooperative environment among people and teams. Growth growth growth (I know, easier said than done).


  10. "Interesting line of work but with little chance for professional growth."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer in Austin, TX

    Pros

    Get to work in a field (gaming/gambling) that is unusual and few people get to see. Lots of interesting and behind the scenes view into casinos.

    Cons

    You will be worked hard and expected to be available for support at all hours of the night. You may have to travel at any given moment with very little notice.

    Advice to Management

    Show more appreciation to employees that go the extra mile. Offer bonuses and stock to employees that put in extra time and effort or go above and beyond.


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