Potawatomi Bingo and Casino
- Comp & Benefits
- Work/Life Balance
- Senior Management
- Culture & Values
- Career Opportunities
I have been working at Potawatomi Bingo and Casino full-time (less than a year)Pros
The biggest reason I like my job is that I enjoy getting paid decent money to play games all day! Haha. Not many people in my circle of friends do what I do, and family & friends are usually intrigued by what your worklife is like in a casino. Working in a casino always has stories and interesting things that happen. I've been at Potawatomi for almost a full year and I've had amazing days with the players and challenging days with the players too. Some days your players will be winning huge amounts of money and you'll feel overjoyed cheering them on! Other days they'll lose a lot and you see them sad or upset. It's the nature of the business: you see people at their highest of highs and lowest of lows. Be prepared.Cons
It's hard to use your Paid Time Off. If you work one of the night shifts, (which most new hires do) to get a Saturday or Sunday weekend off, you must literally request it 3 months advance to get it approved. The casino has very little leeway on this.RecommendsPositive OutlookNo opinion of CEO
Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
- Application Details
I applied online. The process took 6 weeks – interviewed at Potawatomi Bingo and Casino.Interview Details
The casino contacted me for a "group interview" which is really just a conference room of about 30 new-hire candidates going over what the basics of the job are. They'll include wages, hours, what shifts are available for hire & everything else in this presentation. Management will field questions from candidates afterward. The "interview" itself then takes place in a mock training room with several blackjack tables. Dealers from the casino will deal to the candidates a in fun exercise that really is just an opportunity for you to be engaging. You literally DON'T HAVE TO KNOW A THING ABOUT BLACKJACK for this. All you gotta do is be engaged, smile, make eye contact with the workers and you'll be fine.
After a bit the employers will ask you to take a short math test. THIS IS WHERE YOU MUST BE ACCURATE. You won't be allowed to chicken scratch or use calculators because you must demonstrate you're proficient doing math in your head. The test includes addition, subtraction, multiplication of numbers by 1.5, and division. IT'S IMPORTANT TO DOUBLE CHECK YOUR ANSWERS BEFORE YOU SUBMIT IT. Even one question wrong could disqualify you from consideration.
If you pass the math the test, your name will proceed forward into an extremely thorough background check before hiring you. Some weeks later their employee screeners will task you with documenting all of your police encounters, citations, speeding tickets, etc. I had a few underage drinking tickets from back in the day and they were okay with that. Stuff like theft charges might disqualify you. The important thing is to be as completely transparent and honest with them as possible. You won't want to mischaracterize anything you've done, because these guys are pretty much like FBI and they WILL find out anything and everything you've done.
Upon completion of the criminal background check, they'll contact you in about 6 weeks to let you know you've been hired.
The blackjack dealer training class is about 3 1/2 weeks long and it is very, very, very thorough and procedural. Monday-Friday for 8 hours a day. If you've played blackjack and you think got it locked down first day of class because you can add cards up to 21, you're wrong. There's about 40 other procedures you must memorize before you're ready to be on the gaming floor. All of these things are covered extensively by the training staff, however. They will work with you exhaustively if you struggle. Out of my class of 15 candidates, only one did not make it.Negotiation DetailsNon-negotiable base pay upon first hire. Vast majority of wages are made from tips.Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceEasy Interview
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