Great place to work, say employees

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E-GAMING giant PokerStars, one of the island’s biggest employers, has been named as one of the best places to work in Britain.

PokerStars, which employs approximately 1,200 people worldwide including more than 200 staff at its corporate headquarters at the Douglas Bay Complex at Onchan Head, been selected as one of the UK’s Best Workplaces by The Great Place to Work Institute.

The Institute annually surveys employees and performs a cultural audit of some 5,500 organisations around the world representing 10 million employees. Companies are grouped and ranked in their respective countries on workplace values of credibility, respect, fairness, pride and camaraderie.

Among the key attributes that PokerStars was praised for were its robust employee benefits and rewards, strong professional development opportunities and a diverse workforce.

Lynn Hunter, director of human resources at PokerStars, said: ‘As a fast-growing company, attracting and retaining talented people is critical to our business, so we are dedicated to ensuring our employees are well supported, nurtured and rewarded,

‘This is the first time we’ve participated in the Great Place to Work survey, so it’s especially gratifying to know that our efforts are contributing to the success of our business and that employees consider PokerStars to be a great place to work.’

A spokesman for PokerStars in the island said: ‘We’re happy to continue to invest in our people and our presence on the island, such as the recent purchase of our headquarters building in Onchan.’

Tom O’Byrne, chief executive of Great Place to Work, said: ‘This has been a particularly good year for the Best Workplaces list.

‘The standard of entry has been particularly high so getting a place on the list is a significant achievement. We assess and select the best work places by examining how management create trust in the workplace through various policies, practices and initiatives.

‘But the real measure of whether an organisation is a great place to work is whether employees say it is.’

PokerStars is the world’s largest poker site, with more than 49 million registered members worldwide and over 80 billion hands dealt since the site launched in 2001.

It is widely credited with creating the online poker boom after Chris Moneymaker won a satellite tournament on PokerStars and went on to win $2.5 million in the World Series of Poker in 2003.

Since then, PokerStars has gone on to lead the way, gaining a Guinness World Record for the world’s largest ever poker tournament and recently breaking the record for the largest-ever on-line poker tournament series when 500,000 players competed for $65,332,179 in prize pools in the 2012 spring championship.

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