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Rivers Casino Schenectady named Top Workplace by the Times Union

3 June 2021

(PRESS RELEASE) -- Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady is proud to announce that it has once again been named a Top Workplace by the Times Union. The Top Workplace recognition is based entirely on results from a survey provided to employees and their opinions related to their work environment. This is the fourth year in a row that Rivers has received this distinguished award and follows the casino’s celebration of its fourth year of operations in February.

“The Top Workplace award is a testament to our Team Members’ unmatched commitment to making Rivers a special place to work, providing outstanding service to our guests, and giving back to the community even during these challenging times,” said Jeff Cutri, acting General Manager, Rivers Casino. “Rivers Casino is a diverse and exciting place to work, and we are extremely proud to once again receive this distinctive recognition.”

Rivers Casino was recognized as a Top Workplace recipient in a special section in a recently published edition of the Times Union, the Capital Region’s paper of record. To celebrate this recognition Rivers Casino will also be holding a free barbeque for its Team Members on June 11.

“The Top Workplace award is really about the amazing Team Members who work hard each and every day to provide our guests the best experience possible,” said Linda Waters, Director of Human Resources at Rivers Casino. “Rivers is a place that celebrates diversity, encourages personal and professional growth and is focused on enriching all the lives of our team and their families so that it is always more than just a job.”

Rivers Casino currently employs more than 750 Team Members, and those numbers continue to grow towards pre-COVID-19 levels. The company provides a great benefits package; including tuition reimbursement, health insurance, paid time-off, and immediate vesting in a 401(k) retirement plan.

“Rivers has provided me an excellent and rewarding opportunity to enhance my personal and professional development,” said Itzel Johnson-Clark, Player's Club Manager at Rivers Casino. “After an extensive career in the hotel industry in my native Panama, I’m fortunate to be part of a team that is so dedicated to community involvement. It’s my first job in the United States and it has strengthened my passion for working in a people-oriented environment while providing an atmosphere of fun and comradery.”

Much of what Rivers Casino does to enhance the workplace is centered around the people who work at the casino and enhancing their lives as much as possible. Rivers Casino looks to its team members to help identify charitable organizations and causes to support throughout the Capital Region. Allowing team members to choose causes they are personally connected to elevates their passion and level of commitment.

For instance, even though they were out of work during a 6-month temporary closure due to COVID-19, Rivers Team Members continued to give back to the community. They prepared and delivered nearly 2,000 meals to numerous community partners including St. Peters, Ellis and NYOH hospitals, Mohawk Ambulance, SEAT Center, Bethesda House of Schenectady, Joseph’s House & Shelter in Troy, Homeless Action Committee, American Cancer Society Hope Club, and Veterans & Community Housing Coalition.

In the past year, Rivers Team Members also performed thousands of hours of volunteer service to charitable and community organizations, along with numerous fundraisers and other donations. In addition to those mentioned above, these partnerships include Schenectady Community Action Program, Schenectady County Human Rights Commission, Schenectady Firefighters Cancer Foundation, Hamilton Hill Arts Center, Habitat for Humanity, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Alzheimer’s Association, Center for Disability Services, American Red Cross, American Heart and Stroke Associations, Veterans Miracle Center, Pride Center of the Capital Region, and Animal Protective Foundation.

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