Pechanga is adding 750 jobs

The Te­mec­ula re­sort and casino’s ex­pan­sion means a hir­ing boost on a grand scale

Los Angeles Times - - BUSINESS BEAT - By Michele Par­ente michele.par­ente @sdunion­tri­bune.com

With its $285-mil­lion ex­pan­sion about six months from com­ple­tion, Pechanga Re­sort & Casino is boost­ing its em­ploy­ment rolls on a grand scale.

Pechanga — lo­cated in the River­side County city of Te­mec­ula — will post 560 new jobs on its web­site Thurs­day and hold a job fair June 15 and 16 to fill po­si­tions in its new ho­tel tower, restau­rants and other fa­cil­i­ties. The jobs range from en­try level to man­age­rial posts, in­clud­ing ho­tel room at­ten­dants, cooks, servers and su­per­vi­sors.

A to­tal of 750 jobs will be added by the time Pechanga un­veils its new fa­cil­i­ties in De­cem­ber, said spokes­woman Ciara Green, with about two dozen po­si­tions al­ready filled, the 560 cur­rently be­ing sought and the re­main­ing 165 to be hired in Novem­ber.

“The bulk of the jobs will be for the re­sort, in food and bev­er­age and the ho­tel. But we have 11 di­vi­sions here and all of them are be­ing beefed up in some re­spect,” Green said, adding that ser­vice de­part­ments such as fi­nance, ac­counts payable, ware­house op­er­a­tions and IT will in­crease their ranks as well.

The job fair will be di­vided into ho­tel ap­pli­cants June 15 and food and bev­er­age po­si­tions June 16. It will be held from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. each day in the Pechanga Grand Ball­room. En­try-level pay starts at $10.50 an hour.

To get a taste — lit­er­ally — of what it’s like to work at the re­sort, food and bev­er­age ap­pli­cants can watch cook­ing demos and sam­ple dishes made by chefs at Pechanga’s 11 eater­ies. Ho­tel job hope­fuls can pass the wait time on a putting green and get chair mas­sages from spa em­ploy­ees.

“We’re mak­ing this job fair unique so we can en­tice the best ap­pli­cants,” Janet Bor­land, Pechanga’s hu­man re­sources tal­ent man­ager, said in a state­ment. She said Pechanga would start ex­tend­ing job of­fers as early as June 19.

Pechanga is al­ready one of the largest casino prop­er­ties in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia. The ex­pan­sion project will bring the re­sort’s to­tal num­ber of rooms to 1,090, mak­ing it the big­gest casino ho­tel in Cal­i­for­nia. Pechanga is also adding a fouracre pool com­plex and a two-story, stand-alone, 24,000-square-foot spa, two new restau­rants and an ad­di­tional 68,000 square feet of meet­ing and event space.

Job ap­pli­cants should go to pechanga.com/ca­reers.

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A REN­DER­ING shows Pechanga’s ex­pan­sion project, which will make the Te­mec­ula prop­erty the big­gest casino ho­tel in Cal­i­for­nia.

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