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Churchill Downs Reviews

Updated April 14, 2017
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  1. "Coolest Internship"

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    Former Employee - Intern in Louisville, KY
    Former Employee - Intern in Louisville, KY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Churchill Downs part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Met some really cool people. Got to go to the Kentucky Derby and Oaks and get paid for it. They had an entire buffet set up in the office for both days. Leading up to Derby an Oaks they had fun internal events that I could be a part of.

    My boss was a bit stern, but he was amazing and gave me a truly memorable experience. This internship will be ingrained in my mind as one of the coolest moments in my college career. It gave me great experience and looks absolutely wonderful on my resume.

    The other office workers were kind and welcoming, they provided me with a positive and encouraging work environment.

    Cons

    You will be very busy. Derby day and Oaks are very hectic and fast-paced.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up!


  2. "Loved it"

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    Former Employee - Food and Beverage Supervisor in New Orleans, LA
    Former Employee - Food and Beverage Supervisor in New Orleans, LA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Churchill Downs part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Fun, fast work environment, great co workers.

    Cons

    Late hours, sometimes exhaustingly busy.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.


  3. Helpful (4)

    "Great for your resume and sales rolodex."

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    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Louisville, KY
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Louisville, KY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Churchill Downs full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Event and facility prestige make it relatively easy to secure sales leads. However, closing is still challenging because the product is significantly overpriced and customer service is not a priority to management.

    I met a lot of great people.

    I learned a lot and was able to sell a product I probably wasn't qualified to (at that point in my career).

    Cons

    Pay, it is bare bones and the bonus structure is unbelievably convoluted. The worst part is the top 5% of the company make extremely healthy wages, while an overwhelming majority of people are underpaid and viewed as disposable.

    Corporate management does not care about its employees, customers or public perception. The only concern is increasing the stock price and giving themselves raises.

    Since there is only one Kentucky Derby and it is a truly unique event, the company has a monopoly. This breeds a poisonous culture that is characterized by ineptitude, politics, underachievement, turnover, apathy, resentment and horrendous morale. The corporate culture is disgusting.

    Advice to Management

    It would fall on deaf hears, so I defer.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Good company"

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    Current Employee - Software Developer in Louisville, KY
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Louisville, KY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Churchill Downs full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The management team is good, honest, fair, and open-minded. There is a great work-life balance and the company does not mind people working from home when necessary. Ask, if you work there for many years, you get 5 weeks PTO.

    Cons

    Working at Churchill Downs means you never get to enjoy the KY Derby. In office perks are limited to coffee and soda. Benefit package is average.

    Advice to Management

    Come up with a strategy and stick with it. If it is good today after all the research it should be good two months from now. Otherwise due more due diligence.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Great benefits"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Churchill Downs full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, paid time off, holiday pay, pay bi-weekly, mid city location, jazz fest site, excellent resource staff, friendly environment, flexible shifts.

    Cons

    Mess, malicious gossip, negative employees, poor working atmosphere, poor coordination, easily hostile environment, place of contention, poor management and supervision across the board

    Advice to Management

    Become more efficient, work together as a team, step onto the front line when help is needed, manage understaffed/overstaffed employees


  7. "Lead Database Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Lead Database Engineer in Louisville, KY
    Current Employee - Lead Database Engineer in Louisville, KY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Churchill Downs full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits!
    Very generous stock purchasing plan
    Nice working environment
    Talented personnel

    Cons

    Churchill Downs gets a big chunk of their revenues out of the Kentucky Derby, that's a hectic, exhausting weekend for us.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work, great job in our recent acquisitions (Big Fish). I also commend you for taking calculated risks.


  8. "box Coordinator"

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    Former Employee - Customer Service in New Orleans, LA
    Former Employee - Customer Service in New Orleans, LA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Churchill Downs part-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great family friendly atmosphere; as well as good benefits for a permanant employee

    Cons

    seasonal work only last a short time without benefits

    Advice to Management

    ensure seasonal employees a permanent position


  9. "Mutual Teller"

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    Current Employee - Teller in Louisville, KY
    Current Employee - Teller in Louisville, KY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Churchill Downs part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Best work experience got met millionaires and great environment.

    Cons

    Extremely Drunk people walking around they can be rude.

    Advice to Management

    make sure your employees know what they're doing and can count money!


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Good team to work with."

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    Former Employee - Software Developer
    Former Employee - Software Developer
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I got to work on some very interesting and fun projects.
    They had a great development team.

    Cons

    I didn't agree with some of the new management's decisions.

    Advice to Management

    Put more faith in the local developers and not the outsourced developers.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "I have experience in doing money escort to the money machines I rove in the casino in the poker room"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami Gardens, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami Gardens, FL

    Pros

    The benefits and they have different programs for team member

    Cons

    That I feel lot like there is alot of favoritism

    Advice to Management

    None


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