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WMS Gaming Reviews

Updated March 25, 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. Helpful (4)

    "WMS GAMING"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Customer Service Manager in Waukegan, IL
    Former Employee - Customer Service Manager in Waukegan, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good People, nice location good food, large parking lot, good benefits,, nice location, close to highways and resturants

    Cons

    Poor management, no life work balance, no chance to take vacation time you have, Top management will not listen to mid management poor communications lack of desire to move forward.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your managers,,,,,Listen to your managers,,,,,,,,,,,,Listen to your managers


  2. Helpful (3)

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

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • 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.


  3. Helpful (11)

    "Interactive"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Some great people who care about the company and want things to get better but Sadly they aren't - no one seems happy to be at work anymore

    Cons

    So much ego in management, poorly run, don't listen to others. "Culture" isn't what you think it is, your employees are functioning adults, treat them that way.
    Management has their favorites and will protect them, despite multiple employee complaints and obvious issues (obvious to everyone outside of management). If you can "manage up" you're safe, even if you make everyone else's life hell and you're not good at what you do. If you somehow convince management you should be a favorite, you apparently become untouchable.

    Advice to Management

    Get to know your employees and listen to them. You're not always right, if you were people wouldn't be so eager to leave and find somewhere they're actually valued
    I wouldn't recommend WMS or the SG Interactive division to anyone. They have managed to change the company to a culture that makes it a very difficult place to work. My well-being depended on my finding a new job which was too bad because I did like my job and the work that I did. There was just no way I could continue to work in that situation and be a happy person. People have tried to tell you there are problems. Put your egos aside and realize you need to change if the company is every going to succeed. You need good people to run a successful company, you're driving the good people away and will soon be left with only the people who think they're good but would throw anyone and everyone under the bus for their own gain.


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Rocky Road"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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


  5. "I have all the experience you need to be a material handler"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Material Control in Waukegan, IL
    Current Employee - Material Control in Waukegan, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    one of the best working environment that people can ever work. pay an bonus are great too!

    Cons

    company is moving to Las Vegas

    Advice to Management

    I know i be the perfect candidate for your material handler. All the experience you need.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Used to be a fun place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • 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.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "It has its ups and downs"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Addison, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Addison, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at WMS Gaming (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Talented creatives doing interesting projects

    Cons

    Management acts like spoiled children

    Advice to Management

    None - you'll do what the stock dictates anyway.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "QA manual testing"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    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


  10. Helpful (9)

    "Director"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Waukegan, IL
    Former Employee - Manager in Waukegan, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    None because they sold out their own company to Ballys and left about 5000 people suddenly unemployed.

    Cons

    Aside from the above, they treat their employees as disposable commodities. Their financials have been a loss position in the last 3 year years, due to their sales people selling vapor wear, i.e., software and games that were not ready to be rolled out. The accounting dept had no policies or procedures, leaving the external auditors scratching their heads. This company should have be put to bed long ago, since they struggled with even the basic fundamentals of a corporation - much less a public one.

    Some of these people spent 10+ waiting to lead them and not have to scramble at every quarter. This is the worst group of management I've ever seen.

    Advice to Management

    You sold out to the highest bidder, took your millions and left. You have no morals or ethics and you certainly don't care about the people that worked around the clock to help you make every quarter, Now, you've sold everyone out took your millions and ran like the cowards you are. You've treated everyone of your employees, especially the ones that manufacture your games and left them with nothing. I hope you can sleep at night with your millions because karma is b.


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