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Video Gaming Technologies Reviews

Updated April 6, 2017
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  • 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. Helpful (5)

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

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • 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.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Management is COMPLETELY untrustworthy - they will say anything, regardless of what they have planned"

    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
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Video Gaming Technologies full-time

    Pros

    It's changed so totally, I have no idea what would be good. The only that hasn't changed is the lying, deceitful management.

    Cons

    You cannot believe anything management says, because they are working at an entirely different level in the backroom, focused exclusively on maximizing profit (which is fine), REGARDLESS of the effect on employees (not so fine).

    Advice to Management

    Try to not deliberately mislead the people who actually do the work.


  3. Helpful (6)

    "Reno bad"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • 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.


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  5. Helpful (6)

    "Worst place to work in Reno"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • 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.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Potential and that's about it"

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

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

    Pros

    There are good, bright people here. Decent benefits and perks (bonus, lunch and other food items provided). Tons of potential in the company overall. The CEO seems genuine one on one (see cons). Several people with real leadership potential. Financially solid.

    Cons

    Extremely poor culture. No trust of its employees from upper management and vice versa. Terrible true leadership (limited). Micro managing, and empire building at its finest. They have employee satisfaction surveys that are "anonymous"...do not believe this. CEO has tracked down people who said things he did not like. Most (not all) of Product Management has terrible middle management. They are clueless about teamwork or product vision setting. Extremely immature behavior by product middle management both in and out of the office. Very petty. Engineering area has major micro management issues from top leadership. Disagreement or communication with other departments or management without their prior knowledge is not advised. HR has good people in some areas but their key people have been blinded by the manipulation of other leaders. HR has had large turnover in short time due to poor leadership. Other departments have employees that treat others poorly constantly and are never dealt with.

    CEO seems unaware of the intensely negative impact that his department leaders (not all but some key ones) management style has on creating a culture of paranoia, apathy, and choking innovation. Countless hours are wasted justifying even the smallest purchases (depending on department). CEO seems more interested in cheap solutions than the right thing that is not as cheap.

    Advice to Management

    CEO must wake up and realize he is trusting some of the wrong people (only those that manipulate him and/or control costs in ways that have a very negative impact on culture and innovation). Empower your employees. Get rid of/demote several "leadership" team members in favor of those that create more positive innovative culture. See things as they really are. Stop saying you want to be the best gaming company in the world and act like the cheapest, least trusting.

    You have so much potential in the company. But, there is nothing about the current environment that says you'll reach it.

    Ignoring the feedback provided here is their choice. They can dismiss it as employees with vendetta, disgruntled or whatever. Their is more truth told here than they will lead themselves and others to believe.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Don't be fooled"

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

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

    Pros

    Free Lunches
    Great lower level employees

    Cons

    Don't be fooled by the positive reviews for the Reno office. Things are getting worse not better. They are just trying to pretend the bad isn't happening. They are afraid they won't be able to fill all their open positions because of these bad reviews.
    There is a reason people are resigning in droves now from all offices. And it isn't because they are poor employees.

    Advice to Management

    You are putting your trust in the wrong people. Take a serious look at who your senior management/executive team is and clean house.


  8. Helpful (4)

    "Great for experience but not worth it."

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

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

    Pros

    Gaining experience in your field, good bonus structure, free lunch

    Cons

    Lack of direction from the top down, no room for promotion, extremely inefficient, lack of buy in at the top, no accountability

    Advice to Management

    Stop allowing top talent to leave for other opportunities. Make a long term plan and stick to it. Be open and honest with your employees about the state of the company. The CEO needs to stop changing course when the finish line is in sight. There is no definitive long term plan just the appearance that the people at the top know where we are headed. Stop allowing the CAO to create a political environment.


  9. Helpful (7)

    "VGT Fires Talent"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • 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.


  10. Helpful (2)

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

    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 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.


  11. Helpful (4)

    "Run. Just Run."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • 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.



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