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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 (11)

    "Interactive"

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    • 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.


  2. 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

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

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    • Culture & Values
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    • 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.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Used to be a fun place to work"

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    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.


  5. Helpful (5)

    "It has its ups and downs"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • 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.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Engineer"

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    • 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.


  7. 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

  8. "Currently work in Game Development."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Nice work environment and co workers. Nice benefits and flexible. Scope to improve skills for career advancement. Nice work culture.

    Cons

    Lots of management and org changes as a result of changes to the company. Things seem very fluid in terms of company direction.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Was a good company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at WMS Gaming full-time

    Pros

    Great people to work with

    Cons

    Old boys club. Not great for women.


  10. "Was a great place to work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexibility
    Competitive pay
    Good work family balance

    Cons

    Multiple large layoffs due to acquisitions and mergers in last 2-3 years
    Unstable environment
    Morale in a slump

    Advice to Management

    Management is doing all that they can during these uncertain times.
    Keep the communication open and take care of your talent


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