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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. Helpful (2)

    "Chicago's Best place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Recommends

    Pros

    Recently awarded Chicago's best place to work by Chicago Tribune.
    Fun place to work.
    Very flexible timings.
    Innovative product.
    A lot of HR activities and training to address employee's issues.
    True culture of innovation.
    Management considers employees as their assets.
    Good salary and refund on medical opt out benefits which I have not heard elsewhere.

    Cons

    Big team
    development work flow could have been improved.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work as you are doing.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "It Depends on Who You Know"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    - Good pay
    - Great benefits
    - Some of the people are great to work with
    - Management seems to care about employees

    Cons

    - Very political environment
    - Odd culture
    - Reviews and promottions based on whether you're liked
    - Some incompetent and unethical managers
    - Certainly not the best large company in Chicago

    Advice to Management

    Wake up and remove the politicians that are holding your good people down

  3. Helpful (4)

    "Not what I was expecting"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Average Benefits package

    Summer Hours - 1/2 day on Friday

    Bonus vacation days

    HR dept is extremely proficient communicating to employees. We were given clear and concise advance notice about what to expect during the blizzard, some colleagues of mine at other companies heard from their HR depts at the 11th hour which left out on a limb.

    Cons

    Some of the worst management I have worked with in my 16 years; overall inefficient, inexperienced and unorganized. Their greatest skills are delegating to others and not communicating.

    Far too many layers of senior management and not enough support/specialist staff resulting in very unnecessary and long work hours for other managers.

    Too many "lifers" whom have become absurdly complacent with no desire to hone their career skills.

    Office politics and competition between employees are unhealthy and laden with drama

    Promotions are based more on popularity than performance

    This is an excellent place for anyone ast the junior/intern level, beyond that level you will spin your wheels trying to advance your career at this company.

    Advice to Management

    Executive Management needs to "trim the fat" from this organization and require employees who have held postions longer than six years to go through a re-interview process or skills assessment.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "The culture was very strange - never felt like I was a welcome or appreciated employee, despite my efforts to contribute"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Financial success of the company could translate to a nice portfolio and retirement package for employees.

    Cons

    My VP couldn't articulate his expectations which led to never ending frustrations in never being able to satisfy him. Annual goals and objectives were never established which resulted in ongoing discussions on ever changing priorities. In addition, raging politics created the "in" and "out" crowd campaigns.... what a bizarre organization.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the politics and create a more formal goals/objectives program to ensure understanding of roles/responsibilities and expectations.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "My experience was OK"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Waukegan, IL
    Former Employee - Manager in Waukegan, IL

    Pros

    The CEO Brian Gamache is probably the most employee oriented CEO in thge business. Great guy!

    Cons

    Unfortunately, The CEO's vision and leadeship style does not permeate through the ranks

    Advice to Management

    Please share the CEO's vision and his ten commandments


  6. Helpful (2)

    "It is a good company to work for."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waukegan, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waukegan, IL
    Recommends

    Pros

    1. Company is growing, which means some sorts of stability.
    2. Good benefits

    Cons

    Few career advance opportunities. Heavy workload and sometimes work is very stressful.

    Advice to Management

    Support better work and life balance, and provide more advance and growth opportunities.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Good environment, good benifits, lack of direction."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good people, benefits, environment and employee appreciation.

    Cons

    Lack of organization and direction.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Challenging"

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    Current Employee - Director in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Director in Chicago, IL
    Recommends

    Pros

    The people are passionate about the work.

    Cons

    Extensively use of email to conduct business.

    Advice to Management

    Secure more software development expertise at senior executive rank.


  9. "Disappointing"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    4 years ago, this section would have been filled with pros but the company has drastically changed it's culture and work environment in that short of a time.

    Cons

    - outside of CEO (B.Gamache), upper management cannot be trusted
    - nepotism runs rampant
    - the company lost its identity with the hire of a number of senior level mgrs from big corporations
    - HR is ineffective
    - the company has worked lean since my start there (I don't know how anyone is getting anything done now that they've had 2 rounds of layoffs in Summer 2011)
    - no work/life balance which has gotten progressively worse over last 2 years
    - company has started to strip away the small things from employees (ie sport leagues, employee events, etc) which will eventually, as it always does, become more significant things
    - department heads no longer work together but spend time finger pointing other groups for mistakes to upper mgmt
    - Even though mid level and upper mgmt say they do this... they absolutely do not listen to the voice of the employee

    Advice to Management

    In your efforts to take WMS to the next level, primarily through the hiring of senior level mgmt with big corporate backgrounds over the past 5 years, you have lost your identity. The core workforce cannot function efficiently with the number of cooks that are in the company kitchen. By the fault of mgmt, the values of teamwork and respect have fallen to the wayside. Without those, the passion of the workforce has deteroriated and the quality of the product has suffered. The incentive to work for the employee has shifted from a sense of genuine fulfillment and job well done to a threatened mindset with the outlook of "this better get done or else".


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Autonomy in coding in my group, very bad cross group communications"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Able to use the right tool for the job, and build a platform with the highest coding standards without too much business process overhead.

    Cons

    All of the groups have little kingdoms that communicate very poorly. There are NO coding standards implemented anywhere, across the board. No overall architecture, so when groups need to collaborate, it's always a hack job. All the code base was created outside of the company, and all they do is hack on it and push it out the door.

    Advice to Management

    You need serious coding standards to fix your quality issues. You need to hire a software architect, that really knows how to write code and can do a deep dive into the code base and start implementing testing and continuous integration.


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