by Renee Israel
After a cultural audit on over 5,500 organisations around the world with over
10 million employees, the Great Place to Work Institute named Poker Stars online
poker room as one of the best places to work in the UK.
The popular online poker room, which employs over 1,200 people across the
globe, was judged by a number of criteria, including credibility, respect,
pride, camaraderie and fairness to rank top across the board.
More than half of Poker Stars' employees are based in London and the Isle of
What made Poker Stars stand out from other companies was its fantastic
benefits and rewards for its employees, as well as the opportunity for them to
develop themselves professionally and climb the corporate ladder. Diversity in
the workforce is also a strong factor in the online poker room's favour.
"As a fast growing company, attracting and retaining people is critical to
our business, so we are dedicated to ensuring our employees are well supported,
nurtured and rewarded," noted the Director of Human Resources for PokerStars,
"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," she said.
PokerStars has 49 Million Members
Considered one of the world's largest online poker sites, PokerStars boasts
49 million registered members from across the globe.
Since the online gambling site was launched in 2001, it has broken record
after record, and earned itself multiple awards in practically every area,
ranging from online customer support to software.
The site runs daily tournaments and since its launch has dealt a staggering
80 billion hands. In addition, over 500 million tournaments have been played by
players at this site.
Employees Vote for PokerStars
The Chief Executive of Great Place to Work, Tom O'Byrne, said about the best
UK workplace award to PokerStars: "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."
He said that his group assesses and selects the best workplaces by examining
how management creates trust in the workplace through various policies,
practices and initiatives.
"But the real measure is whether an organisation is a great place to work is
whether employees say it is," he concluded.