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WMS Gaming Reviews

Updated September 28, 2017
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Pros
  • Some great people, opportunity to be creative (in 11 reviews)

  • Compensation, flexible, good benefits, occasionally really fun games to work on (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • 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. "Lots of good people, frustrating management"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at WMS Gaming (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Comfortable environment. Good benefits. Fun work.

    Cons

    Way too much middle management. Felt like nobody was really steering the ship or listening to feedback, which is weird because there was also plenty of micromanagement. Way too many "crisis moments".

    Advice to Management

    Fire half of yourselves, please.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Not the best choice"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

  3. Helpful (4)

    "Greatness Diminishes"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at WMS Gaming full-time

    Pros

    All of the pros seem to be disappearing since Scientific Games has taken over, but there are still incredibly talented people there

    Cons

    The company is changing drastically, and not for the better

    Advice to Management

    Try to find that old WMS culture


  4. Helpful (6)

    "Disconnected and Disorganized"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Principal Systems Engineer in Reno, NV
    Former Employee - Senior Principal Systems Engineer in Reno, NV

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

    Pros

    The people with whom I worked were very good people.

    Cons

    Engineering disconnected from real project management lead to poor market penetration and missed essential features. Couple this with the idiotic notion that offshoring would become the panacea for the product ills...ignoring the failures offshoring wrought with their competitors and now the reason for their acquisition becomes clear.

    Advice to Management

    Look outside of gaming for examples to guide you


  5. Helpful (3)

    "A good company but.........."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Wow in Waukegan, IL
    Current Employee - Wow in Waukegan, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A profitable and progressing company, 50% of the culture of the company is very favorable to employees.

    Cons

    Most of the middle and Associate managers are not professionally qualified, so there is all kinds of unnecessary decisions, and always violate employees rights and privileges. You will see more favoritism, on filling all positrions.

    Advice to Management

    The company is merged with another one so there is no chance for advice.


  6. "Software Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Nice building. Ample parking. Yeah..

    Cons

    Poor performance over the past year leading to questionable decisions.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Rocky Road"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Las Vegas, NV
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Las Vegas, NV
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at WMS Gaming (More than a year)

    Pros

    Some great people, opportunity to be creative

    Cons

    Recent overly aggressive business decisions by corporate management (acquisitions) have left no money and lots of debt. Lots of recent layoffs and reductions, very little opportunity for raises or promotions.

    Advice to Management

    Bite off what you can chew

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Used to be a fun place to work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Illinois in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Illinois in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Compensation, flexible, good benefits, occasionally really fun games to work on.

    Cons

    Poor leadership since merger, unknown direction, lots of layoffs, reactive management, too many managers not talking to each other and making poor decisions.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "It has its ups and downs"

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    Current Employee - Artist in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Artist in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Work can be relatively enjoyable.

    Cons

    Low morale right now. Layoffs are always lurking around the corner.

    Advice to Management

    Job security would be nice.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "QA manual testing"

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    Current Employee - Principal Lead QA Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Principal Lead QA Engineer in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at WMS Gaming (More than a year)

    Pros

    good for gaming domain , good fair pay

    Cons

    merging , resizing & downsizing global layoff


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