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Video Gaming Technologies Reviews

Updated January 10, 2018
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Pros
  • Awesome place to work, great pay, free lunch (in 32 reviews)

  • Good people, good benefits, team environment for developers pretty good (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • People are what makes an organization successful and all the really good people are gone or are being pushed out by those milking the system (in 3 reviews)

  • Metrics manipulators, process following drones and red tape bureaucracies have supplanted hard work, ingenuity and out of the box thinking (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "VGT"

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

    I worked at Video Gaming Technologies full-time

    Pros

    Good people, good benefits, team environment for developers pretty good

    Cons

    Unclear how long the culture will survive under Aristocrat


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Just another job"

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    Former Employee - Production Associate in Tulsa, OK
    Former Employee - Production Associate in Tulsa, OK
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Free lunch. Good co-workers and easy job.

    Cons

    Bad management. Corporate environment. No opportunity for career advancement

    Advice to Management

    Go back to school and get educated!

  3. Helpful (4)

    "Program Manager"

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    Current Employee - Program Manager in Franklin, TN
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Franklin, TN
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    The daily free lunch was nice.

    Cons

    Management was a bunch of IGT leftovers.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Program Manager"

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    Former Employee - Program Manager in Franklin, TN
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Franklin, TN
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    The daily Free Lunch was nice.

    Cons

    Management was made up of IGT leftovers.


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Good Experience, Questionable Outlook"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Franklin, TN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Franklin, TN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Video Gaming Technologies full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits, and a laidback enviroment. The people are fantastic, and the free lunch is nice.

    Cons

    Direction often seems lacking, and Aristocrat clearly has a strong distrust for VGT. The things that have made VGT a great place to work are quickly slipping away because they aren't mirrored by Aristocrat.

    Advice to Management

    I realize there isn't much you can do with Aristocrat bearing down on your neck, but do what you can to minimize impossible deadlines, and give your employees room to grow.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "former VGT employee"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Benefits and perks; Coworkers; Events Committee

    Cons

    Changes within the management team, lack of trust from leadership


  7. "Was a good company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlottesville, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlottesville, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits, good pay, interesting work.

    Cons

    Management did not seem to be on the same page with one another.

    Advice to Management

    Let employees do their jobs by expressing the problem and getting out of their way.

  8. "Working at VGT was great right up until the end"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Franklin, TN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Franklin, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Easy going atmosphere, casual environment, lunch provided free of charge.

    Cons

    Recently acquired by a larger company, highly political work environment.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Good times, bad times, you know I had my share"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nashville, TN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Video Gaming Technologies full-time

    Pros

    The work was usually interesting, the lunch was free if not always good for you, the salary was decent. The benefits were average however the bonuses were always very nice.

    Cons

    Closing of the VA office forcing people to relocate if they were desirable to keep. Not talking with the lowest level managers to see which employees were valuable and which were not. Prima donnas in certain satellite locations.

    Advice to Management

    Talk to each other. Preferably before you commit someone to something that they have no idea about. If you really want change, do what is right not what someone else wants. Stick to your guns.


  10. Helpful (6)

    "A company in transition. Not necessarily a good thing."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ruckersville, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ruckersville, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    VGT is small enough that an individual can potentially make a meaningful impact to the company as a whole and not just toil away on things nobody will appreciate. Financial compensation is fair and supports a comfortable family lifestyle. Free lunches are provided along with other sundry benefits. Good health coverage and matching 401k contributions.

    Cons

    From early 2011 up through 2012 today the company has undergone a very turbulent transition from the cozy "family" feel of the operation to one which is much more regimented and corporatized. In this time many senior employees who helped shape the success and personality of VGT were dismissed, lengthy development projects were cancelled, and the entire Virginia office summarily closed in favor of new kingdoms being built in Tennessee and Nevada. These events took place without any convincing words provided as to why this was "The Right Thing to Do.". Instead the impact was "We're doing this for arbitrary reasons. Deal with it."

    The turmoil is far from over as many employees depart for new opportunities and their vacancies have not been filled. Meanwhile the new hires and projects in development have yet to fully gel or prove themselves with successful products on the market. The stability of the company rests on the solid and reliable revenue stream from legacy partners and support systems. This may be strong enough to last while VGT is internally broken and remade. In that respect there are many career opportunities to be had for those looking to take advantage of the situation.

    Advice to Management

    One of the greatest things about VGT was the sense that you as an individual were valued for your work and that the company noticeably benefited from your efforts. The events of the past two years have undermined that sense of satisfaction in the worst possible way. This may be an effective way to "burn the ships in the New World" as Jon Yarbrough put it, but it changes the core of why you would want to stay with the company. Instead of a desire to do a good job now you just want to get a paycheck.


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