WMS Gaming Reviews

Updated 25 August 2014
Updated 25 August 2014
80 Reviews
3.0
80 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great Benefits, Pay is comparable to industry standards (in 6 reviews)

  • Had great benefits, very, very laid back work environment (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • senior management is doing its best to turn a fun place to work into a world of drudgery and uninteresting business-style development (in 4 reviews)

  • Resources in game development are stretched very thin (in 3 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great people, good experience, uncertain future.

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    Former Employee - Associate Software Engineer  in  Chicago, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Associate Software Engineer in Chicago, IL (US)

    I worked at WMS Gaming as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Didn't get treated like an intern; I was working as a contributing member of the team. Got some great refactoring experience and brushed up on my Linux toolset knowledge. Team members were very helpful, and there's a thriving wiki for code documentation and inter-team communication.

    Cons

    Lots of inertia on the technology front, particularly with respect to version control. Long-term demographic trends don't really favor slot machine makers. Pending acquisition of Bally may or may not help, but that's something that will take a few years to really play out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Push newer technologies more aggressively.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Some pluses, some minuses

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    Current Employee - Network Gaming Engineer  in  Reno, NV (US)
    Current Employee - Network Gaming Engineer in Reno, NV (US)

    I have been working at WMS Gaming full-time for 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 ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Good Work culture

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Software Engineer  in  Pune (India)
    Current Employee - Associate Software Engineer in Pune (India)

    I have been working at WMS Gaming full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Office culture is like no comparison so good.
    For freshers good place to work

    Cons

    I did not found anything.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    WMS Gaming

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager
    Former Employee - Senior Manager

    I worked at WMS Gaming part-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Used to be a good company

    Cons

    Too much politics, no support

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop the politics take care of the hard workers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Good work environment and Salaries are Ok

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer  in  Pune (India)
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Pune (India)

    I have been working at WMS Gaming full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Very Good work environment.
    Good supportive management

    Cons

    Salaries are not up to the mark

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL (US)

    I have been working at WMS Gaming full-time for 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    WMS Gaming is the same Company as Scientific Games In Alpharetta, GA

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Network Engineer  in  Alpharetta, GA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Network Engineer in Alpharetta, GA (US)

    I have been working at WMS Gaming as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    The work and responsibilities at this company can be very challenging due to Gaming and lottery Business. WMS a company located in Chicago was taken over by Scientific Games in late 2013

    Cons

    Now the Scientific Games is advertising Network Engineer positions using a different name WMS Gaming inc. This WMS and Scientific Games are the same company. Many regulations due to state rules and underground undesirable business competition. Be careful here

    The Network Design & Implementation has a very high turn over. No opportunity for Education or advancement. Some minority guys working in here still have the same title of Junior Engineers since they were hired many years ago. All original Management staff left and now Network Design & Implementation is being managed by other company staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Appreciate people working under a lot of stress and visiting dangerous locations local and international to set up lottery machines.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Best of times yet worse of times

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at WMS Gaming

    Pros

    Personal relationships in a carefree environment regarding company and shareholder success - people recruited into company more on safety of hire than on ability to replace management team

    Cons

    Political culture that does not understand how to learn from mistakes - meetings to discuss and plan next meeting - too many cooks making the broth

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus more on shareholder needs than management rewards - communicate with a purpose in mind - recognize internal customers - realize that you're a software company and not a manufacturer

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Employee Beware

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at WMS Gaming full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Had great benefits, very, very laid back work environment.

    Cons

    Bad leadership and no real team. A lot of game playing, lying & back stabbing. Unless your willing to play the game you will go nowhere fast. Phony and fake.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wake Up

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Sr. Test Gaming G2S Engineer

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    Current Employee - Senior Test Engineer  in  Las Vegas, NV (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Test Engineer in Las Vegas, NV (US)

    I have been working at WMS Gaming as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    testing the DGM/EGM via G2S is awesome test engineering dutires. The QC test cases on hand are an exceptional QA tool and processes

    Cons

    some personnel are to protective and are reluctant on providing you further detail knowledge for full integration of test coverages for the DGM/EGM

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    voice concerns for senior personnel to work with others no matter what level of IT knowledge they bring to the teams

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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