Prairie Meadows Racetrack & Casino

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Prairie Meadows Racetrack & Casino Reviews

Updated April 16, 2015
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  1. Good Pay, Great Insurance

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Table Games Dealer in Altoona, IA
    Current Employee - Table Games Dealer in Altoona, IA

    I have been working at Prairie Meadows Racetrack & Casino full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good pay, great benefits & health insurance, healthy 401k Match

    Cons

    24/7 establishment, shifts can be weird hours.

  2. It's a great place to work!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Casino Management in Des Moines, IA
    Former Employee - Casino Management in Des Moines, IA

    I worked at Prairie Meadows Racetrack & Casino full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great benefits, 401k, insurance, vacation and wages. Treated everyone fairly and in a dignified manner. Very clean and well kept workplace,

    Cons

    It is a 24/7, 365 days a year job, you may not like the hours and having to work holidays. Schedules are based on seniority and will get better as you spend time with the company.

    Advice to Management

    Be more open with company news, both good and bad. Treat everyon like an adult.

  3. Don't bother if you can't take stress.

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    Current Employee - Table Games in Altoona, IA
    Current Employee - Table Games in Altoona, IA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits, 401k mainly. Good pay for entry level work.

    Cons

    Officers are too busy parading to actually make a good decision you can also deduct there is some shady deals going on when we need to get a whole new time clock system that doesn't work, when the last one would do everything and more than the current one. Management promotes based on who sleeps and drinks with them not based on quality. Attendance policy is harsh and using your vacation on desired days that aren't holidays are nearly impossible. With that said if you don't want to see your family and want to possibly get fired for missing one meeting (that is considered a no call no show) like to smoke can handle players and supervisors calling you profane things on a daily basis this is the place for you.

    Advice to Management

    This place needs a remodel in management more than it needed one in the casino.

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  5. 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 Management

    Hire people that are more competant to do their job

  6. Nice benefits

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    Current Employee - Data Entry Coordinator
    Current Employee - Data Entry Coordinator

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    They have really nice benefits.

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

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

  7. working at casino

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    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)

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

    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 Management

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

  8. Good old boys club

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    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  9. Prairie Meadows has a great corporate culture and takes care of their employees

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    • 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)

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

    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.

  10. 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)

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Lots of Drama, huge interdepartmental breakdowns, unethical management.

    Advice to Management

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

  11. 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

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

    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 Management

    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.

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