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Prairie Meadows Racetrack & Casino Reviews

Updated May 1, 2017
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  1. "Waiter at Champion's restaurant upstairs"

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    Former Employee - Waiter in Pleasant Hill, IA
    Former Employee - Waiter in Pleasant Hill, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Prairie Meadows Racetrack & Casino part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The management is very good. There are camera's everywhere, so everyone stays in line. The pay is very good considering a degree isn't required.

    Cons

    Can be strict at times. People can be fired too easily. I was not, but I knew of people losing their job for dumb reasons.


  2. "Great place to work for"

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    Former Employee - Kitchen Supervisor in Copperas Cove, TX
    Former Employee - Kitchen Supervisor in Copperas Cove, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Prairie Meadows Racetrack & Casino (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity to grow. There is lots of different divisions within the company to move around. Benefits are outstanding. Leadership wants ita staff to be top notch.

    Cons

    Union. Union. Union. Staffing low

  3. "Revenue Auditor"

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    Former Employee - REVENUE AUDITOR in Waterloo, IA
    Former Employee - REVENUE AUDITOR in Waterloo, IA
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Prairie Meadows Racetrack & Casino part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Excellent Benefits, especially Health Insurance. Lots of time off from the beginning.

    Cons

    A lot of overworked floor staff and too much upper management. You have to work all holidays.


  4. "Good Pay, Great Insurance"

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    Current Employee - Table Games Dealer in Altoona, IA
    Current Employee - Table Games Dealer in Altoona, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    24/7 establishment, shifts can be weird hours.


  5. "It's a great place to work!"

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    Former Employee - Casino Management in Des Moines, IA
    Former Employee - Casino Management in Des Moines, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    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.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "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
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    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.


  7. "working at casino"

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    Former Employee - Sous Chef in Altoona, IA
    Former Employee - Sous Chef in Altoona, IA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Good old boys club"

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    Former Employee - Casino Host in Altoona, IA
    Former Employee - Casino Host in Altoona, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 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. Helpful (1)

    "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
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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


  10. "Great Company and Benefits"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Altoona, IA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Altoona, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 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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