Horseshoe seeking workers as MGM set to open in P.G. County
Horseshoe Casino Baltimore will conduct a hiring event on Tuesday, seeking to bolster its ranks as a new competitor — MGM National Harbor — prepares to open next month.
Horseshoe said in promotional materials that it was prepared to make “offers on the spot” for dealers, bartenders, supervisors, hosts and others during the event in the Harbor Room of the Russell Street casino. MGM was offering $500 signing bonuses for experienced dealers and some other positions.
The casino already faces competition for talent from the $1.4 billion MGM National Harbor. Scheduled to open Dec. 8 on the Potomac River in Prince George’s County, the casino, Maryland’s sixth, is hiring 3,600 people.
Horseshoe opened in 2014 with about 1,900 workers and said it now has about 1,500.
Horseshoe said it was holding the all-day hiring event largely because of “natural attrition.” It said some employees have left the business, while others have been promoted, leaving vacancies beneath them.
“People are going to try out the industry and sometimes it’s not a fit,” said Noah Hirsch, Horseshoe’s vice president of marketing. “We knew there would be natural attrition as some people decided it’s not the industry for them.”
The casino did not say how many people it expected to hire next week, or how many employees had been hired away by MGM National Harbor.
“Obviously, MGM is opening in a couple of weeks and that is a factor,” Hirsch said. “It isn’t unexpected to have some employees go down and kick the tires.”
Horseshoe has held a number of mostly smaller hiring promotions in the past year, including a handful devoted to table games workers and one in Atlantic City, N.J., for employees of the recently-closed Trump Taj Mahal.