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Pros
  • Free lunch, relaxed environment (in 30 reviews)

  • Overall a great company, good benefits, great fringe benefits (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • Most (not all) of Product Management has terrible middle management (in 4 reviews)

  • The upper management staff was difficult to work with (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Don't drink the kool-aid"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Analyst II in Franklin, TN
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Analyst II in Franklin, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Video Gaming Technologies full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Free lunch, that's about it. Many unhappy people are in the company. It was a sad day when Jon sold the company.

    Cons

    Too much drama. The company says they are straight forward and no drama, this is not the case. There are irresponsible people in management who should never have been put in the position.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your people working for you. The upper management badly needs revamping.


  2. Helpful (7)

    "Run for the doors. Always saying we are moving once they were acquired by Aristocrat"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Regulatory in Franklin, TN
    Current Employee - Regulatory in Franklin, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Video Gaming Technologies full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The food, and not much else. Take away the free lunches and this place goes in the wind. All the H1B jobs they have.

    Cons

    Manager always fighting and never use SCRUM. Stand ups are updates with time line and what you did or doing. Sprite better make the burn down charts look good. This place is light years from being Agile. The turn over is bad.

    Advice to Management

    Find some one who will listen. Aristocrat better start find new leadership before it's to late.

  3. Helpful (5)

    "Decay and Rot"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Franklin, TN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Franklin, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Inflated Salaries, free lunch, better than average benefits.

    Cons

    I worked for VGT for +8 years. When I started the place was privately held and it was a GREAT place to work. Say what you will about former owner, billionaire Jon Y but, he was honest and honorable - neither adjective applies to current owners Aristocrat. About the only thing you can believe at VGT is that you are probably being lied to.

    The technology model used is a revenue gold mine which is great for the company but, ancient and out of date. I was supporting SQL Server 2000 on Windows Server 2003 in 2014, how does that help me grow inside my field?

    Intra-department squabbles and power struggles limit opportunities to generate high quality work. It often times feel like a Roman senate and you wonder where the next knife is coming from.

    Advice to Management

    Try telling the truth and remember that the signs with company virtues that you hang on the wall should be for more than to cover up what lies beneath.


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Run. Just Run."

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

    I worked at Video Gaming Technologies full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    1) Free lunch still exists.
    2) Annual bonus still exists.
    3) A few talented individuals left to work with.
    4) Convenient (to I-65) location in Franklin.
    5) Casual dress code.

    Cons

    There's not enough time to enumerate all of the negatives with VGT. But let's just start by saying that it was, prior to its acquisition by Aristocrat, a great place to work. People griped about Yarbrough having his hands in every pie, but I was able to get an awful lot done under him with minimal fuss. I am not suggesting that the acquisition in and of itself caused the current culture crisis at VGT; however, when Jon left and the tide went out, it was evident who was swimming naked. Ironically, it was the mediocre folks causing the most problems who evidently rose to the top.

    Non-EC leadership is the worst I've ever experienced in my career, and I've been in some bad positions before. Vacillation is the first word that comes to mind. Quixotic would be the next. Most of the problem is the gross inexperience of the Managers, but that also falls on the Directors and VPs. You have both literal and figurative children running IT. Lots of promises were made and I came to the conclusion that it was not dishonesty, but naivety that led to none of them coming to fruition. Simply put, for all of the faults of the Yarbrough Era leadership, at least they stayed out of the way of the "individually contributing" software engineers. Not so anymore.

    Free lunches and the annual bonus structure are still in place, but it's only a matter of time for one or the other to be eliminated. You simply can't have VGT functioning in such a manner when Aristocrat Mother Ship employees don't have the same benefits. Furthermore, the bonus really just covers a portion of the difference between market rate salaries and what VGT compensates its employees; in other words, it's a wash.

    In a nutshell, if you don't mind poor leadership and if you want to do point-and-click, declarative CRM "development" or very uni-faceted .NET work, VGT is the place for you. It does not have a startup or small company feel anymore. If you want that, go to work for a startup. There are plenty of them in metro Nashville. Many of them are wonderful and you will save yourself a lot of gray hairs if you miss the VGT train.

    Advice to Management

    To the CEO: Figure out a way to conduct an Undercover Boss type of scenario. Get in the weeds to see how dysfunctional VGT leadership really is. It's bad. Very bad. Many people are leaving solely due to who you have in the non-EC positions. Anyone with a degree in Software Engineering or Computer Science, and who has a strong work ethic, doesn't have to put up with this degree of rank ineptitude. Mandate to HR that the "right to work" status of Tennessee should be used more liberally.


  5. Helpful (7)

    "VGT Fires Talent"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Franklin, TN
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Franklin, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Video Gaming Technologies full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    VGT has a lot of upsides and had even more. It has a great success story behind the work of its owner. It had magnificent culture. It has lots of growth and it looks like its going to sell for a good value. VGT's product is awesome and the customers really seem to like it. There is even some amount of loyal talent that is still there.

    Cons

    VGT has the wrong people in leadership at the C levels and the VP levels. Many of the directors were useless. Before any potential purchase, VGT is a sole owned company and any fixes or changes have to go up the chain of command to the owner to succeed. That doesn't happen.

    VGT penalizes you for not toweng the line even though they change the line. It may not intend to have that brand but VGT is developing ineptitude for internal morale and strategic talent management.

    Advice to Management

    Stop firing your talent. You're going to run out of good employees. And then nobody will disagree with your strategic vision but every change will take the maximum time and pain because the best employees are somewhere else. Live your core values instead of just sticking them everywhere. Also, if your management sucks at leadership fix the problem with training. Build your talent instead of magically thinking the next reorganization will.


  6. Helpful (6)

    "Reno bad"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reno, NV
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reno, NV
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Video Gaming Technologies full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Free food
    Can take lots of time off
    Work on anything you like

    Cons

    Demeaning environment
    Nasty people making poor decisions
    No success
    Poor productivity
    No collaboration

    Advice to Management

    Executives need to stop rewarding bad, nasty, and unprofessional conduct. The way we're spoken to is demeaning. Stop and listen to it and you'll understand why half of the office is sick every day. Nobody likes to be micro managed and made to feel like **** every day. And nobody wants to work in an environment where they feel that their contributions don't matter. Execs seem to be rewarding people based on whether they like them, are pretty, or just fall inline and ask no questions. No wonder we never get anything done! Employees are being redirected constantly by people that don't understand anything. The shot callers are inexperienced rookies who are motivated by something other than company success.


  7. Helpful (6)

    "Worst place to work in Reno"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reno, NV
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reno, NV
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Video Gaming Technologies full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    +Great team members
    +Highly skilled team members
    +Work on what you want when you want
    +Work when you want. Lots of flexibility

    Cons

    -Mountains out of molehills.
    -Mean girl atmosphere.
    -Popularity contest.
    -Cliques. Them and us.
    -Lack of direction and experience of decision makers makes teams very unproductive.
    -Team members are blamed for lack of productivity when lack of direction, maturity, professionalism, and experience are really to blame.
    -Decisions made by ego.
    -Decision makers take more joy from watching others fail than us all succeeding.
    -Untrustworthy, unprofessional leadership.
    -Restrained, ineffective management.
    -Agile gone wrong. Moronic implementation of Agile misses what it means to actually be agile.

    Advice to Management

    Leadership is clearly not out for the best interest of the company. They are clearly only interested in boosting ego and surrounding themselves with yes-men. They turn a blind eye to brazen political posturing. Leadership has trained their finest to be just like them: untrustworthy, unprofessional, gossiping politians who are more interested in setting you up to fail than making the company succeed. VGT may be the worst place to work in Reno. It breaks my heart to see so much potential wasted.

  8. Helpful (5)

    "Was a great place to work, until the owner wanted to move to Agile."

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

    I have been working at Video Gaming Technologies full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    When I first started there were intelligent developers, middle management that understood development, and a VP of engineering while willing to throw developers under the bus was also willing to say "no" to the owner.

    Cons

    Failed to hire or even address a VP of engineering for 2+ years. Owner distrusted and frequently blamed engineering for many problems. Owner is not willing to provide the tools to allow the developers to do their jobs, nickel and dimeing for hardware, while still demanding timely work.
    The owner decided to transition to Agile and in doing so hired people to make the transition in such a way that talent was hemorrhaged at an alarming rate.
    In ability to advance, for much of my time at the company, your title was based solely on your number of years experience versus whether one fit the description of title.

    Advice to Management

    Grow a backbone and say "no" or "next release" to the owner.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Political promotions seems to be the way of the beast."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Video Gaming Technologies (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    A very bad place to work at. Free lunch and some good talented employee's.

    Cons

    Political promotions are given and for no other reason that being a friend of higher up. Work your butt over a project? It doesn't matter the ones that get the high fives and raises are those that do nothing. Aristocrat is making things worse not better. Did you complaint to HR to bad now your label. The ones you complaint about they will be the ones promoted. Mass quitting going on company cannot hold on to employees their salaries base is way lower then the national average. Be warned their technology is obsolete Luke for twenty years, and do be fooled by Aristocrats technology. My advised, if your desperate for a job then come here, but if you have options keep open. The insurance could be better that insurance doesn't fight for the employees like the previous insurance.

    Advice to Management

    You're loosing good people keep promoting butt
    kissers then your turn over will much larger. Pay attention to your employees money isn't everything some of them just need recognition or a high five good work and a safe place to work. Clique's are bad for business and who wants to listen to their whispering nobody.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "If you are one of this *Do not apply*"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Video Gaming Technologies full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Free Lunch and the good people you know right away.

    Cons

    +Clicks
    +Mean girl club
    +If you are an Artist do not apply you be drawing meaningless stuff
    +If you are a programmer no challenges there
    +if you do QA forget it outdated tools
    If you want to be treated very poorly then yes by all means come here
    Reno management is very inexperience or knowledgeable keep promoting themselves and nobody else
    TN seems to be doing the same

    Advice to Management

    For both locations You seem to be turning good employees to not care. Unhappy employees its your goal congratulation you have achieved it.


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