Wynn Envy?

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March 1, 2005 at 8:35 AM | by | ()

Looks like the strip might have a case of Wynn envy.

In November, Wynn set out to hire 9,000 workers for his $2.5 billion megaresort set to open April 28. Of course, many of these workers are likely to come from competing casinos, and that angers rival operators.

Casino City Times reported that we are in the midst of a full fledged jihad between Las Vegas casino operators, who are battling over the limited supply of highly skilled workers in the area.

Arte Nathan, chief hiring officer for Sir Wynn's new resort. Fired off some 72,000 letters to applicants denying that his company will rat on applicants who come from competing casino companies.

Read The Wynn Letter Post Jump...

"Dear Wynn Las Vegas Applicant: As the head of Human Resources for Wynn Las Vegas, I hear all of the stories and rumors about our recruiting efforts. One that is especially interesting is what our executives will be telling their counterparts who are applying or being hired from other casinos."

It sounds as if one or more competitors are taking some cheap shots, although no one has owned up. Big surprise.

It just doesn't make sense to rat out prospective employees when he needs so many. And why shouldn't workers explore their options, especially when so many have worked for Wynn in the past and profited from the experience? If other operators took care of their own as well as Wynn does, maybe, just maybe, workers wouldn't be so eager to jump ship.

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