Prairie Meadows Racetrack & Casino

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Prairie Meadows Racetrack & Casino Reviews

Updated November 28, 2014
Updated November 28, 2014
12 Reviews
3.3
12 Reviews
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  1.  

    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)

    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
  2.  

    Good old boys club

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

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    Former Employee - Intern in Altoona, IA
    Former Employee - Intern in Altoona, IA

    I worked at Prairie Meadows Racetrack & Casino as an intern (less than an 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
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    I want to pull my hair out with the bi-polar feelings this place gives me.

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    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
  6.  

    Great Company and Benefits

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    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
  7.  

    Excellent Benefits

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    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
  8.  

    Great Pay, Benefits and Coworkers

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    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
  9.  

    Dont even bother. Money is good, but the pressure is suffocating.

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    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
  10.  

    A pretty good place to work depending on what you are looking for in a job/career.

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    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

    Pros

    The pay is good for the job performed. Most people working there are very easy to get along with the immediate supervisors are great. You don't have to take your work home with you which is a huge plus--keep everything at the door. The compensation package is remarkable. Room for growth if given the time and effort.

    Cons

    Expect to work nights, weekends, in a very non-stable and non-healthy environment. Smokey atmosphere, negative attitudes, very dirty--handling of money, table games cheques (chips) exchange on a second-to-second basis. Perhaps by nature of working nights and weekends, upper management is almost never visible and hard to get a hold of. HR is only open days, so it requires coming in on time off to see them. Expect to work holidays. Table games dealing is only for the bold, strong stomached, and strong headed.

    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Work is Work!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Altoona, IA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Altoona, IA

    I worked at Prairie Meadows Racetrack & Casino

    Pros

    Great Benefits, great people not management to work with. Pretty easy jobs, no need to worry about work hours and environment.

    Cons

    Management sucks, everybody expects you to suck up to Management. No proper rewards or recognition other than having a 1 year, 5 year and 10 year $50 gift card.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to be more open since the employees just dont work for compensation and benefits though they are great. Open you eyes

    Disapproves of CEO

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