Prairie Meadows Racetrack & Casino

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Prairie Meadows Racetrack & Casino Reviews

10 Reviews
3.4
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  1.  

    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 for 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
  2.  

    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 for 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
  3.  

    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
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  5.  

    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 for 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
  6.  

    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 for 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
  7.  

    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
  8.  

    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
  9.  

    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
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    While Des Moines is a nice area, the casino's are not.

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    Former Employee - Floor Supervisor  in  Altoona, IA
    Former Employee - Floor Supervisor in Altoona, IA

    I worked at Prairie Meadows Racetrack & Casino

    Pros

    Ok, it was better than Terrible's Lakeside casino and the Meskwaki casino in the area.

    Cons

    Table Games Management is extremely frightened of the Dealers' Union and sides with them ALL the time, no matter what the issue. The Floor Supervisor's are not allowed to correct or counsel a Dealer no matter what the issue. The company is so politically correct and strictly controlled, it would make you think that you were taking part in George Orwell's '1984'. Management issues the evaluations to the Floor Supervisors for completion, but alters them afterwards to their specific liking making the evaluation biased. Hiring discrimination also occurs at this company and Human Resources fails to properly investigate matters of suspension/termination.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Terminated the Table Games Senior Management and hire/promote personnel that have experience in the real casino industry. Eliminate the Dealers Union as well.

    Doesn't Recommend
  11.  

    Good money

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    Current Employee - Table Games Dealer
    Current Employee - Table Games Dealer

    I have been working at Prairie Meadows Racetrack & Casino

    Pros

    The pay is good and the benefits are great!!!!

    Cons

    Smoking in the casino is still legal...ick!!

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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