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WMS Gaming Reviews

Updated January 9, 2017
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  • The new leadership has caused growing pains within the company ever since being bought out by Scientific Games (in 11 reviews)

  • Little to no ongoing investment in development tools or environment (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Great company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Awesome people to work with, great products

    Cons

    Offices closed and unfortunately many people lost their job


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Test Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Test Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Test Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fun co-workers, good work environment with great break room (pool tables, video games, Foosball etc.. ) gym, cafeteria.

    Cons

    Very little to no room for advancement. Company outlook does not look bright. Ever since the company was acquired by Scientific Games things have gone down hill at WMS tons of talented, loyal people have been let go in all departments. Management is not in tune with the employees and are making all the wrong decisions. As more and more people are let go, more is demanded from the employees and very little is done to show appreciation to the employees. Company outings were very common in the past but now it is rare to have one in a year.

    Advice to Management

    With the obvious amount of debt the company has due to being acquired by Scientific Games and also SG acquiring Bally, there is little that management will do to actually invert into their current and future employees. Over time the morale of the employees will get lower as more people get let go, more cuts are made, and no employee acknowledgement is given and it is a matter of time before they realize the damage has been done and bythat time it will be irreversible. Start inverting into employees before it is too late. Employees are always the backbone of the company they need to be supported and appreciated.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Sad, sad, sad"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at WMS Gaming full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Best place to work when it was WMS!!!

    Cons

    Scientific Games...buys WMS...then buys Bally...appoints Bally ex prez to Scientific Games new prez...then WMS is torn apart little by little!!

    Advice to Management

    Don't do the dirty work for the now evil empire..not fair to all the hard working WMS Gaming employees and their families who built and made WMS what it was.


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  5. "Good before merging with SG. Ok now."

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    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at WMS Gaming full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Flexible. Work environment, culture and technology is great. Company is fun to work for, and benefits use to be better but are still ok, average at least.

    Cons

    Too many layoffs recently. Company slowly moving to Vegas.
    No bonuses for three years, promotions are very rare.

    Advice to Management

    Management is ok, we are all caught in between mergers, restructuring, etc... Be the voice of your team members, and they will response well.


  6. "Director Supply"

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    Former Employee - Supply Chain Director in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Supply Chain Director in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    They are very dynamic progressive company always looking to improve on design and cost. I enjoyed my time with them and would consider anyone for this position.

    Cons

    Lay-off were they way of life and you never new when they decided to shift directions. Gaming industry is going thru many changes.

    Advice to Management

    Change your philosophy on how to run your business to many times people put there heart sole into working for WMS.


  7. "Ridiculous"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Decent benefits for full time

    Cons

    Terrible executive and mid level management


  8. "Inventory Controller"

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager Inventory and Finished Goods in Waukegan, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Manager Inventory and Finished Goods in Waukegan, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at WMS Gaming full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Company had great benefits

    Cons

    company moved out of state and laid off

    Advice to Management

    make sure to keep your good employees happy


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Not the best choice"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at WMS Gaming (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Sort of relaxed environment
    Occasional movie/bowling tours

    Cons

    Working with other departments in different time zones (countries)
    A chance to be sacked anytime
    Don't value long time employment, service
    Too much politics, you need to know to right person to excel
    Low salaries

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your people, be genuine


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Was a fantastic place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kenosha, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kenosha, WI

    I have been working at WMS Gaming (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, nice place to work

    Cons

    was bought out and dismantled in a very ugly way


  11. "tester"

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    Former Employee - QA Tester in Waukegan, IL
    Former Employee - QA Tester in Waukegan, IL
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at WMS Gaming full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    it was an all right place to work the benefits were good required overtime when not needed

    Cons

    no room for advancement and the company showed to much favortism

    Advice to Management

    hire people that know how to run a company and not close its doors



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