Prairie Meadows Racetrack & Casino

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Prairie Meadows Racetrack & Casino Reviews

Updated January 22, 2015
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  1. Good

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Prairie Meadows Racetrack & Casino

    Pros

    Benefits, pay, excitement, building, and location

    Cons

    Schedule, the employees, shifts, supervisors, cigarette smoke

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire people that are more competant to do their job

  2. Nice benefits

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Data Entry Coordinator
    Current Employee - Data Entry Coordinator

    I have been working at Prairie Meadows Racetrack & Casino (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    They have really nice benefits.

    Cons

    Upper management doesn't seem to respect the front line workers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Show that you are grateful for our hard work & commitment. Have an employee day.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. working at casino

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sous Chef in Altoona, IA
    Former Employee - Sous Chef in Altoona, IA

    I worked at Prairie Meadows Racetrack & Casino full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    benefits good, very open time off policies, lots of area for growth

    Cons

    hours being worked, long shifts and not off for any holidays

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    control hours more for salaried employees. Make it more family life compatable

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. Good old boys club

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Casino Host in Altoona, IA
    Former Employee - Casino Host in Altoona, IA

    I worked at Prairie Meadows Racetrack & Casino full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Exciting, nice facility, opportunity for advancement or transfer, interesting business, great way to break into the casino business and see what you like.

    Cons

    CEO is a pompous and arrogant ego maniac, unappreciative management, marketing department is not creative or effective, poor customer retention tactics, casino hosts are concierges not hosts

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get some management that isn't related to board members or upper mgmt, pay some of your staff what they deserve instead of your huge bonuses, appreciate staff, get more creative, reward customer loyalty, realize other casinos are better run, appreciate your staff and guests so they don't go elsewhere.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. Prairie Meadows has a great corporate culture and takes care of their employees

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Intern in Altoona, IA
    Former Intern - Intern in Altoona, IA

    I worked at Prairie Meadows Racetrack & Casino as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Non-profit organization that compensates its employees well. Decent benefits and likes to promote from within.

    Cons

    If casino side you deal with a lot of cigarette smoke and some nasty customers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. I want to pull my hair out with the bi-polar feelings this place gives me.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Altoona, IA
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Altoona, IA

    I have been working at Prairie Meadows Racetrack & Casino full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Has good pay for entry level work, as well as good benefits.

    Cons

    Lots of Drama, huge interdepartmental breakdowns, unethical management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Shift managers are unethical to their employees. As well as Asst. Shift and Leads actually have relations with employees that are very inappropriate.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. Great Company and Benefits

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Altoona, IA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Altoona, IA

    I have been working at Prairie Meadows Racetrack & Casino full-time

    Pros

    Prairie Meadows offers great benefits. Prairie Meadows offers a challenging environment and the people there support what you do.

    Cons

    Prairie Meadows is 24/7. It's not a 9 to 5.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The CEO when I worked there was Gary Palmer. He was a very inspirational leader. Keep up the good work, knowing that I worked for a company that had such a wonderful and direct impact to the community is awesome.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. Excellent Benefits

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - REVENUE AUDITOR in Altoona, IA
    Current Employee - REVENUE AUDITOR in Altoona, IA

    I have been working at Prairie Meadows Racetrack & Casino full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Excellent Benefits- really exceptional health care and 401K contribution matching.

    Cons

    Business is open 24hrs/day, 365 days/year. So I work week-ends and holidays.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. Great Pay, Benefits and Coworkers

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Server in Altoona, IA
    Former Employee - Server in Altoona, IA

    I worked at Prairie Meadows Racetrack & Casino full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The pay is great. A lot of employee incentive plans. Depending on what department you are in, good management.

    Cons

    Place is turning into a micromanaging nightmare. Working nights and weekends---although expected.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. Dont even bother. Money is good, but the pressure is suffocating.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Casino Supervisor in Altoona, IA
    Former Employee - Casino Supervisor in Altoona, IA

    I worked at Prairie Meadows Racetrack & Casino

    Pros

    Benefits are very good if you can dodge the landmines

    Cons

    Brutal Pressure from Human Resources to rule with an iron fist. No one has room to breathe, and firings are fast and furious. Attendance policy is brutally harsh. Not nearly worth the money and benefits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let people be human and make some mistakes once in awhile

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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