Ameristar Casinos Reviews

Updated May 19, 2015
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Ameristar Casinos Vice Chairman and CEO Gordon R. Kanofsky
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Pros
  • Starting pay was good but only a 3% raise (you have to wait a year for one) (in 7 reviews)

  • Nurtures positive atmosphere from Team Members (in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • At all levels of the casino both backstabbing and preferential treatment run rampant at the Kansas City location (in 6 reviews)

  • Managers treat employees like children and although say there is an open door policy there really is not one (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Environmental Services/Housekeeping

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Environmental Services/Housekeeping in East Chicago, IN
    Current Employee - Environmental Services/Housekeeping in East Chicago, IN

    I have been working at Ameristar Casinos full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    They sometimes give their employee's incentives to just for working very hard. It's really good when a worker gets recognized from a customer.

    Cons

    The company is always spending the revenues foolishly like on the carpet. They are constantly changing the rug every 3 months. Instead of show appreciation to all employee's who working very hard to keep them in business.

    Advice to Management

    Show appreciation to your employee's who working very hard. Ameristar should do something very special for their employee's.


  2. manager

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    Former Employee - Manager
    Former Employee - Manager

    I worked at Ameristar Casinos (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    good company to work for

    Cons

    hard to move around in the company


  3. It was pretty cool was only there for a short time but gained a lot of knowledge of the casino business

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Slot Service Specialist in Saint Charles, MO
    Current Employee - Slot Service Specialist in Saint Charles, MO

    I have been working at Ameristar Casinos full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    this job was pretty good because it had Good pay, management and staff. The offered paid training, very friendly staff and also the company took good care of their employees.

    Cons

    bad environment filled with cigarette smoke and elderly people gambling away the remainder of their life's earnings


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  5. Amazing company to work for

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director, Financial Planning and Analysis in Las Vegas, NV
    Former Employee - Director, Financial Planning and Analysis in Las Vegas, NV

    I worked at Ameristar Casinos full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Corporate culture was highly collaborative Senior management valued the work of those at all levels Co-workers were highly skilled and motivated

    Cons

    Significant travel for those who worked in corporate offices with properties in remote locations. For example, there were no direct flights to Vicksburg, MS or Jackpot, NV.

    Advice to Management

    Buy another casino company because you were all amazing operators! I will always value my time at Ameristar


  6. Casino shift Manager

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ameristar Casinos

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work environment and team players

    Cons

    Had to pay for food on breaks

    Advice to Management

    None


  7. Excellent Company to work for.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Las Vegas, NV
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Las Vegas, NV

    I worked at Ameristar Casinos

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Corporate culture and potential for advancement.

    Cons

    Company did not do anything wrong.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.


  8. Fun environment

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Charles, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Charles, MO

    I have been working at Ameristar Casinos part-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    You get the opportunity to work with great teams that really enjoy what they are doing.

    Cons

    The hours can be challenging if you have a family since they are open 24/7, including all holidays.

    Advice to Management

    I would like to see upper management and HR care more about promoting part time employees into full time positions.


  9. A highly rewarding experience with the Planning and Analysis Department at Headquarters

    Former Employee - Analyst in Las Vegas, NV
    Former Employee - Analyst in Las Vegas, NV

    I worked at Ameristar Casinos part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    -There is a lot of collaboration across departments. -Upper management is willing to listen to new ideas from all types of employees. -Good work and creativity are valued and rewarded, and there is advancement opportunity.

    Cons

    -You can get stuck spending many hours behind a computer if you are not at the director level.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing.


  10. Great experience working under great CEO for a company operating best-in-class regional casinos.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant to Chief Executive Officer in Encino, CA
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant to Chief Executive Officer in Encino, CA

    I worked at Ameristar Casinos full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Collaborative and friendly work environment. Good team morale while company was in existence. Interesting industry to work in. Good job security.

    Cons

    Limited advancement opportunities at my position.


  11. Great leadership, benefits and employee morale

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Encino, CA
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Encino, CA

    I worked at Ameristar Casinos full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I worked as the executive assistant under Ameristar's CEO, Gordon Kanofsky. In my 8+ years at Ameristar, I witnesses a leadership core that valued employee development and longevity. Ameristar presciently scaled down outside development in advance of the recession, and worked to keep as many employees as possible during the cutbacks that ensued. Great benefits and stability that fosters good morale. I was sorry to see the company merge into a competitor this past August.

    Cons

    My position had no upward career path, but I was given opportunities to advance.



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