Gaming Laboratories International Employee Reviews about "great benefits"

Updated 21 Sep 2020

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Gaming Laboratories International President & CEO James R. Maida
James R. Maida
54 Ratings
Pros
  • "Good benefits, casual dress code, ok hours(in 11 reviews)

  • "Great benefits and culture, big strides made in the last couple years to add side benefits like snacks(in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • "Management knows, but they will play dumb just to keep projects within budget and upper management and customers happy(in 7 reviews)

  • "The software groups are constantly changing because of the relatively low pay(in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Gaming Labs International (GLI)"

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Test Engineer 
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Gaming Laboratories International full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits and culture, big strides made in the last couple years to add side benefits like snacks

    Cons

    Employee favoritism and social cliques

  2. "Gaming Labs"

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Auditor in Las Vegas, NV
    Recommends

    I have been working at Gaming Laboratories International full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great benefits, good pay, positive job growth

    Cons

    Corporate has opted to operate without a full time Human Resource representative, but with a person that splits their time between 3 offices. I believe that this deters staff from being engaged and does not encourage trust between employees and the management.

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  3. "Nice company for starters"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Test Technician in Lakewood, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Gaming Laboratories International full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Laid back environment. Great Benefits. Awesome work environment. Everyone is friendly and willing to help. Great starting salary (based on what needs to be accomplished). it is a good company to start and gain experience. If the gaming industry is your passion, then by all means, this company is a perfect match.

    Cons

    advancement seems limited and competitive since everyone wants to get to the next level. The type of work is not actual engineering.

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  4. "Test Engineer"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Test Engineer in Lakewood, NJ
    Recommends

    I worked at Gaming Laboratories International full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I did work at GLI for more than a year. Great benefits (Free Medical) and vacation to start with. Flexible work hours. & opportunity to learn different things.

    Cons

    Tight timelines. Lower pay

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  5. "Great NJ Company"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lakewood, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    In central NJ it is difficult to find a company with career advancement opportunities and great benefits, unless you commute to the city. GLI is a great company and close to home. There is also opportunity for bonuses if you work hard, and 4 weeks paid time off when you first start.

    Cons

    Sometimes other offices have different procedures. However, managers have been having more meetings to try and get everyone on the same page.

  6. Helpful (14)

    "Do not stay at this job for over a year."

    1.0
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    Test Engineer in Las Vegas, NV
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Gaming Laboratories International for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great benefits package. Fully covered medical, dental, and vision for yourself, really great price for family. No separate sick time off but 20 days of paid time off that 40 hours can carry over to the next calendar year. Two bonuses a year, but do not expect much. Some coworkers are really smart and you can learn a great deal from, others are really fun to befriend and hang out with outside of work. No layoffs, really hard to get fired unless you are trying. Easy but tedious and repetitive work. Some chances to travel to other countries if the opportunity arrives.

    Cons

    Do not accept a test engineer job offer from this company if you are looking for a place to stay at for the long haul. After a year of working there your number one priority should be to find a different job as you will gain no new knowledge or experiences, all you will gain is added stress from the unrealistic expectations put upon you by the leadership and development. If you are unfortunate to stay never try to become a manager or higher as they are without a doubt setup to fail or be used as a scapegoat. You will be bullied and belittled by the VP and director if they do not agree with you views, or if they see you are not meeting their metrics. There is very little training in the engineering department. You are given a task to do and shown how to setup and compete the task once, from then on you are expected to be an expert at that task. If you are unlucky enough to get something that no one has ever seen before good luck trying to figure it out how to test something and train yourself on what you need, while trying to meet the unrealistic deadlines that are set by the management and development team since all they see if dollar signs. Some managers and senior are great to work with and will listen and value your input, and most of the time agree and fight for you, but when they say no the client and the client goes their back to the Director/VPs, they will away get their way not matter what as the higher ups will always bend over backwards just to get that extra dollar. What kind of message does that send when you don’t follow the advice of the people that know the product and you are paying to be the expert in said product? So much for independent integrity. The compensation for being a test engineer is at the very low end of the scale for the industry, you can go to any other manufacture do the same exact testing, for over $10,000 more, for about 95% less stress. Greatly understaffed in all departments. Even though there is a hiring freeze all engineers are highly suggested to take overtime, most do as it will count against them if they don’t in their yearly reviews. The QA department is also understaffed to where they now need even more time to do their work which gives engineering less time to theirs. The compliance team is understaffed so having to reach out to them to get a determination will take days if not weeks which will hold up your project and you will be the one to blame. The math department is understaffed without their calculations the project is bottle necked and if the project does not meet the deadline again it is the test engineers fault. Advancement in the company is more all about whose rear end you kiss, and less on the quality of your work. If you are seen as the “golden boy” by one of the senior managers then you are fast tracked to senior. Other than that expect to be promoted to level 2 very late with very little pay increases in between, don’t even think of level 3 as you will never get it. Read all the other 1 star review they are all true, and for the ones that are 5 stars or 4 it’s either someone in the company trying to negate the bad review or someone who actually left before they had to deal with all the bad.

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  7. Helpful (2)

    "Great starting position"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Test Engineer II in Arvada, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Gaming Laboratories International for more than a year

    Pros

    Great benefits, 20 days vacation/sick time for new employees,pretty consistent bi-yearly bonus checks. Great employee comradery and great for family oriented employees.

    Cons

    Pay below industry standard. Management is young so senior/manager positions will not be available unless someone leaves.

  8. Helpful (5)

    "Senior Engineer"

    3.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Gaming Laboratories International full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great Benefits, free for employee health, dental and vision; 20 days paid vacation from the day you start; annual bonuses; flexible work schedules; great for balancing family and work life

    Cons

    some mandatory overtime in summer; low starting salary; little to no job recognition; company policy can appear inconsistent as discretion is left up to individual managers; poor communication between departments; no internal accountability; very little opportunity to obtain management positions; no internal job postings, employees must check external web site

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  9. Helpful (2)

    "Not so bad; it could be better."

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Test Engineer I in Lakewood, NJ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Gaming Laboratories International full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    • Work/Life balance • Great benefits • Bonuses twice a year • Some good talented people • Good management (depends on your department)

    Cons

    • Possible internal advancements, if available, may take a while. • Training may be periodic depending on the projects; eventually you will need to cover your own ass. • Not challenging, it gets repetitive and boring. • Salary is subpar, not competitive • Doesn't really reward hard work • May have some micro-management

  10. Helpful (2)

    "Stable Position"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Test Engineer in Las Vegas, NV
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Provides great benefits, pay is decent, bonuses twice a year, work isn't too difficult.

    Cons

    All hours must be billable, advancement takes a while, training is sporadic and not helpful. Pretty much have to hit the ground running.

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