Rational Group is a great place to work according to the aptly named Great Place to Work Institute; an honor that has been bestowed upon the Isle of Man-based firm for the third successive year.
Hands up if you like going to work?
I thought so.
You can put them back down now.
For the vast majority of people, the thought of going to work is akin to sliding down a razor blade using your balls as brakes; but there are places in far away lands that actually treat their employees with the respect that they deserve.
The Great Place to Work Institute was born out of a request for two business journalists – Robert Levering and Milton Moskowitz – to write a book called The 100 Best Companies to Work for in America.
A quarter of a decade later and the work continues with annual accolades handed out to the companies that characterize high levels of trust, pride and camaraderie, and amongst them is Rational Group.
The Isle of Man-based outfit that acts as the parent company for PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker, has been named in the UK awards for the third year running.
Rational Group appeared in 14th place in the ‘large’ category reserved for companies that had over 500 employees (635 to be exact). The top five in that category were 1. Capital One, 2. Softcat Ltd 3. Admiral Group, 4. Microsoft 5. EBay.
The awards are handed out after the Great Place to Work Institute had surveyed 6,000 organizations, and over 10m employees, on measurements of trust, engagement and HR and management practices.
“Once again, we are the only company in our industry to receive this accolade, which speaks volumes for our desire to lead from the front,” Michael Hazel, chief finance officer of the Rational Group told Gaming Intelligence. “We are working hard to embrace the principles of what makes a great workplace and will never stop listening to our people and acting on their feedback.”
The global leader continues to be Google who allow their employee’s to bring their children, and pets, into work; offer Lego as a way to chill out and provides them with as much free food and drink as they consume.
Sounds like my current job.
Alex Payne Steps Down as CMO
It may be a great place to work, but that hasn’t stopped the Chief Marketing Officer (CMO), Alex Payne, from bolting out of the gate.
A restructuring of the marketing department sees Payne sent out to pastures new, and the current Head of Customer Relationship Management, Morten Tonnesen, stepping into the role of Group Marketing Director.
Tonneson and Vadim Soloveitchik – PokerStars Director of Marketing – will report directly to Rational Group COO Rafi Ashkenazi. Full Tilt Director of Marketing, Sarne Lightman, and Full Tilt Managing Director, Dominic Mansour, also report to Ashkenazi.
Payne joined PokerStars back in August 2011.