Ameristar St. Charles Wins Top Workplace Award

The people have spoken. Ameristar Casino Resort Spa St. Charles in Missouri won the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s “Top Workplaces in St. Louis” award for 2019.

Officially joining the Boyd Gaming family in 2018, the AAA Four-Diamond resort and spa was once again picked as one of the city’s top workplaces in a survey of more than 44,000 people.

Of all the awards Ameristar St. Charles has garnered throughout the last 25 years, the destination’s Senior Vice President and General Manager Ward Shaw couldn’t be prouder that the property is a multi-year winner of this award.

“This award is important to us because it is reflective of the work that all of us – our front-line team members, supervisors and other leaders – do to make Ameristar St. Charles successful,” said Shaw. “We wouldn’t be able to be number one in our market if we didn’t attract the best people, and this award signals that we do a great job creating the best culture to attract those best people!” 

Picked for sharing effective leadership, strong values, clear direction and motivated workers, Ameristar St. Charles also puts great emphasis on team building. From fun activities like dress-up-days and theme weeks at work to quarterly team member focus groups and field trips to amusement parks and baseball games, the property is committed to creating a superb work environment.

The team environment translates into the local community. In 2018 alone, more than 350 team members volunteered in 16 different volunteer opportunities, resulting in more than 1,800 service hours.

“Ultimately, this is a people business, not a ‘bricks and mortar’ business,” said Shaw. “Most of our competitors have the same things around their facility that we do – we all have the same slot machines to play; all our blackjack games play to 21; we have restaurants to eat in and hotel rooms to sleep in. What makes us different is the people that work at Ameristar St. Charles. That’s the one thing that our competitors can’t copy, and it’s the biggest reason our players tell me they choose us.”

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