Mohegan Tribe's casino enterprise named one of best employers

The Mohegan Sun Casino. Photo from Facebook

The gaming enterprise of the Mohegan Tribe of Connecticut is one of the best places to work in America, according to Forbes.

The tribe ranked 12th in the Travel and Leisure category and 424th overall on a list that included heavyweights like Google, Southwest Airlines and Whole Foods. The appearance was the only Indian County representative chosen by Forbes.

“This is a huge honor for us and a testament to our dedicated team members who work tirelessly to make our resorts the best in the industry,” said Bobby Soper, a tribal member who serves as president of the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority, said in a press release. “We pride ourselves on providing an outstanding environment for our team members and this recognition is a compelling endorsement of that effort.”

With over 10,000 employees, MTGA oversees three properties -- the Mohegan Sun in Connecticut, Mohegan Sun Pocono in Pennsylvania and Resorts Casino Hotel in New Jersey, where the tribe serves only in a management role. Most of the workforce is based in Connecticut.

“Mohegan Sun has always been a good neighbor and a strong partner to state government. That they are counted among the nation’s top employers is further reason to celebrate. We congratulate Chairman Brown and the Mohegan Tribe on this honor," Gov. Dannel P. Malloy (D) and Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman (D) said in a joint statement.

Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation Chairman Rodney Butler, left, and Mohegan Tribe Chairman Kevin Brown appeared at a hearing on March 17 to support a bill to authorize more tribally-operated casinos. Photo from CT Jobs Matter

Despite the accolades, the tribe has warned of serious job losses once a rival non-Indian casino opens just across the border in Massachusetts. Incidentally, the MGM Resorts International, the company behind the $800 million casino in downtown Springfield, also made the list and ranked 10th in the Travel and Leisure category.

The Mohegans have banded with the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation on legislation that would authorize up to three more casinos.

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