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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. Helpful (4)

    "Was a fantastic place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    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


  2. "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

  3. Helpful (9)

    "Director"

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

    Pros

    The were across the street from Hot Dougs

    Cons

    Terrible management; every quarter was a scramble; senior management was very impressed with themselves; marketing especially a 'cult'; vicious culture; leadership disconnected from employees

    Advice to Management

    Retire.


  4. "In Management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at WMS Gaming (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great Culture in regional and corporate locations. Plenty of learning opportunities. Advancement possibilities.

    Cons

    Too much Senior Management turnover.


  5. 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


  6. "Principal Test Engineer II"

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    Former Employee - Principal Test Engineer II in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Principal Test Engineer II in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at WMS Gaming full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great opportunities for advancement and if you work hard it usually does not go unnoticed. Also nice gym, great new building. Nice parking. Good training.

    Cons

    The weather in Chicago can be a hassle during the winter. Heard that many people left when Scientific Games but many people do not deal with change that well so I can see how this could happen.

    Advice to Management

    Keep what made WMS a innovative fun company, but do not loose sight of that at the cost of employees. Happy employees make the best employees.


  7. "Good place"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    nice place to work for, been here for a couple years

    Cons

    Just like any job, there are bound to be some cons to it.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Sinking Slowly to the Bottom"

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

    I worked at WMS Gaming full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    No more Pros at this time only Cons. The company is a sinking ship about to go to the bottom of the ocean and collapse into millions of pieces like the Titanic.

    Cons

    The company got rid of almost all the top executives of the company except for a few after the first two merge/acquisitions, which I don't understand why?? What's so special about these executives that the company kept and got rid of all the others who are more educated and better fit for the company? These executives are useless and have absolutely no knowledge about casino games and lottery what so ever!!!! When something goes wrong, a good hard working employee will get all the heat and get fired, while all executives will be saved. These executives patent new inventions that were someone else's idea. That is an easy no brainer job. These types of executives need to go out the companies main door sooner than later and never come back, especially when dealing with them. These executives are: mean, selfish, useless, simple minded, bullies that are also greedy and well over paid!!!!!

    Advice to Management

    Wake up and get rid of these top executives that you don't need!!!!!!! Why waste money on them when you already have someone else doing the same work under them anyways!!!


  9. Helpful (3)

    "The Emperor has no clothes."

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

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

    Pros

    Nice Chicago campus, plenty of off street parking. Hot Dougs used to be across the street. The river doesn't smell too bad.

    Cons

    Managment egos bigger than brains. Creepy left wing socialist vibe (they think it's hip). Wants you to be loyal to Managment, but no reciprocity. Unless you kiss butt, no recognition. If your a golden boy (Or girl)you have it made, if not you get to work 60 hr. Weeks and get a kick in the pants.

    Advice to Management

    Hard to think of 20 non swearwords about WMS managment.
     Love to play the blame game. Anybodys fault but mine. Always looking for a scapegoat.


  10. "Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good Environment and people, Working was worth it

    Cons

    Low salary, I don't really find cons


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