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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 (5)

    "Once a great company until corporate greed set foot in the door!!!!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

    I worked at WMS Gaming full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Nice new building. Some employees are good to work with.

    Cons

    Ever since the two mergers so far, the company is nothing more but a downfall. The company is turning into a corporate greed company. Now it's all about money money money $$$. Almost all my friends were laid off so far and more is it's way so the company saves money. Upper and Top Management don't know anything about games. Most have high school degrees!!!! and make millions of dollars a year watching the real hard workers such as, Programmers, designers, artist do all the hard labor. The Upper managements gets all the money while the middle workers get nothing more but peanut shell scraps. We all know why they got their positions. Just look at their last names (ethnic religious). They don't care they will let you go at anytime as long as these greedy upper management make their millions. You work for them as servants and they make all the money doing basically nothing , and you end up working the hardest.

    Advice to Management

    Most are highly uneducated with high school degrees and make millions of dollars a year watching others do all the dirty work for them. They know nothing about games or the history of games. The only reasons why they were hired in the first place is because of their last names (ethnic religious) connection. As for the greedy Ron Perelman who owns about 40% of the company. The reason why he helped buy the company is because he wasn't making enough billions of dollars a year. Greedy, greedy, greedy rich snob. I think all the Top Management should be fired!!! They are wasting money and they don't know anything about games. They hire hard workers to do all the work for them while they sit in their luxuriant offices and get paid millions of dollars with their high school degrees.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Once a great place to work at"

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

    I have been working at WMS Gaming full-time

    Pros

    This company had a great culture but it is being sucked away slowly by Scientific Games, the company that bought them out.

    Cons

    Management is totally disconnected. Lack of communication. Most of the people on the SG side are uninspiring. They love having meetings but there's really no improvement.

    Advice to Management

    Let the professionals make decisions instead of stagnating everything by having a meeting about it. Stop taking away benefits, it's why WMS was successful and profitable.


  3. Helpful (5)

    "Pretty company with terrible management and qualification issues!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Gaming Designer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Gaming Designer in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Beautiful facility! WMS went all high tech and efficient cosmetic to build the newest 'green' building, featuring windows with solar system installation. Indoors, great screens with video games and derivatives available; playing area with pool-tables and a cybernetic basketball space, gym and free soda. Awesome parking lot amenities, and a beautiful terrace on the fifth floor overlooking the city. Fun and dedicated middle-men looking to make history whenever their managers die.

    Cons

    Well, it may really be the nice facility the only thing that have employees satisfied nowadays, since free soda is considered unhealthy for a green company and people can get in trouble for smoking. Since the merge with Scientific Games, WMS' benefits went down the drain. The company's culture that was once smart and effective decayed to the point of amateurs in control, products of micro-management. Schmucks without even a college degree (minimum) hold high hierarchy in Game Development and Engineering and lead without any other experience in the industry other than being artists at WMS for 20 years. Once in a while they even put their flip-flops to rest and wear suits to work.

    Advice to Management

    Hire highly competent, decision-maker, solid people with academic and professional experience to take over management! Make a change that send over-paid underachievers out of the door. The reputation that certain people in charge are only there because of "WHOM" they know, runs opened inside the company, and it is not a rumor. These guys not only give the company a bad name, but also show the environment as inefficient because they impact the grow and flow of the company, corrupt their team with lies and take credibility for the hard work, so they can look average among their peers. Although, this is no longer Brian Gamache's legacy, the WMS still has lots of potential in pretty graphics and story telling. Jokers are destroying operations because they don't know how to manage distribution and think that only their tail is important: instead of understanding logistics and relationship management which are important assets for a company's strategy, WMS is losing talented personnel and quality services along with time and money. Departments are fighting among each other because leaders lack common-sense! My boss already told me not to take on any work from another manager if it does not come from him personally (he does not even know what I do.) The dude is so lost, it is not even funny! Company will be in the whole if this keep happening, numbers are already down.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Some pluses, some minuses"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Network Gaming Engineer in Reno, NV
    Current Employee - Network Gaming Engineer in Reno, NV
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits. Good people to work with. Do a really good job of training and providing work life balance.

    Cons

    Departments that should work together often don't. Large scale projects often don't take in consideration from all necessary parties

    Advice to Management

    none


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Some jobs are great others are terrible. Depends on your manager."

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

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

    Pros

    If you enjoy the industry, you will be happy to see products making impact on the market. Most of your peers are great people. Overall game development is full of a lot of dedication and talent.

    Cons

    Some managers openly mock employees on a personal level. Complaints about gender and age discrimination not taken seriously, expect retaliation for complaining. Math teams are in a lot of trouble, are a perpetual blockage, and havent stabilized since merger. With new merger, unlikely to see any progress. Industry is cyclical and platforms are on a down swing.

    Advice to Management

    If departments are hemmoraging personnel, maybe it is middle management that is to blame.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "I had a very good experience initially with this company but felt over time it became a more stressful place to work."

    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

    I worked at WMS Gaming full-time

    Pros

    Great working conditions in the Chicago office. Kind of reminds me of what a Google office would be like. Pool, Ping Pong, Gym, Rooftop deck etc. Some great people to work with.

    Cons

    Overtime I felt they were putting a lot of pressure on employees to work more hours. Basically doing more with less. My feeling was employees were being asked too much and not being rewarded for this effort.


  8. "Good working environment."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at WMS Gaming full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The workload is reasonable. Rarely need to work weekends. Most colleagues are friendly and enthusiastic.

    Cons

    The work isn't always very interesting. One slot game is the same as the next. Find myself doing the same thing over and over.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Unless you're in the Chicago office you're treated like crap"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Artist in Las Vegas, NV
    Current Employee - Artist in Las Vegas, NV

    I have been working at WMS Gaming full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Paid the bills and the office building was great. I enjoyed most of my coworkers but like me most of them left for better opportunities.

    Cons

    No matter how hard you worked, efforts were not rewarded. Also the art production there is slow and bad. There are too many cooks in the approval kitchen an no one is ever satisfied.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great Place to work 5 years ago. Gone Done Hill badly!!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Las Vegas, NV
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Las Vegas, NV
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits, Pay is comparable to industry standards.Workplace is safe and secure. Nice Facilities and located in the center of Las Vegas.

    Cons

    Working 1800 miles away from our Corporate office is logistically a nightmare. We were just informed that 24 people will be laid off affective March 28th. No Loyalty.

    Advice to Management

    Management Change. The current Management will bring WMS/Sci-Games down. A change needs to be done at the top, and award the workers, not the directors.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Playing politics trump job performance"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Las Vegas, NV
    Former Employee - Manager in Las Vegas, NV
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at WMS Gaming full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Fair salary · Excellent facilities · Amazingly good benefits · Decent access to tools needed to get your daily tasks done

    Cons

    Playing political games is the only path to career advancement · Your opinions are best kept to yourself

    Advice to Management

    Treat employees like people, not disposable resources.


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