Cook's Steve Ferguson wants better route to French Lick airport

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On my way out

Mitchell, IN

#61 Dec 14, 2012
Rene Hert wrote:
I was hired at the Casino in 2008 and then transferred to the hotel because I refused to work a double on CHRISTMAS. I was then put into a different area to work because my body size was to big for their pool area bar. I've been scooping ice cream and serving pizza's for 2 1/2 years now. I finally decided to better myself and go to college. I chose a career that doesn't deal with food & beverage. After working for Tom O'Connor for years I wanted something different. I was told that when I'm finished with my Auto Technology career I might get a transfer to a golf course, because they contract out their work (not a need for a mechanic). They own several cars/vans. So this past week I was taken off the schedule because I'm a full time student and working part-time. Joe Vesso, Tom O'Connor, & Tim Humprey have no idea how to run a hotel. Look at their past records. ALL the employees come to work everyday and wonder why they still have a job. They run that hotel like a factory and not like a hotel with 5 star status.
Tim H. came from HR in A kroger store and it is just a boys club and now they are pushing out full time workers and hiring teenagers so they don't have to pay out the benefits. Joe V is rarely there anymore Dean Blackburn pretty much runs it all and he is a complete idiot. there is nolonger any chance of improvement in job careers because they find any way possible to keep someone from transferring to other departments. they promise supervisor positions with more pay and when your sucked in there is all of sudden no job available for that you just get stuck with more work and responsibility but no extra pay.
On my way out

Mitchell, IN

#62 Dec 14, 2012
Former manager wrote:
The French Lick Resort will never be a 5 star property. It is run by idiots on both sides of the operation (hotel/casino). If it weren't for the Cook groups money and clout it wouldn't have even been awarded AAA 5 Diamond status. The property is beautiful, the golf courses fabulous. The senior management team... deplorable.
It is actually only a 4 diamond
Bourbon street rocks

Morgan City, LA

#63 Feb 16, 2013
You people in charge at the FLRC are among the biggest group of morons ever assembled in one place at the same time. You had a chance to build something that people all over the midwest would want to come and see... instead you used your positions to empire build and systematically run all of the good ones off. Now the place is decimated, the service is a joke, and Mr. Cook is no longer with us to see that his vision comes to fruition. Joe Bozo, Tom O'Connor, Dale, Brian, and Chris should all be ashamed of yourselves. The biggest buffoons however, are Rob and Steve who let it all happen right in front of them.
Dean Blackburn fan

United States

#64 Mar 28, 2013
I am a huge Dean Blackburn fan and I would come back to work for him in a heartbeat. The man just knows how to play the politics and survive in the cut throat place that is the FLRC. Don't ever incorporate him into the list of knuckleheads that run the place. I am sad that no one adds to this feed anymore. For awhile I thought it had some momentum and maybe even Mr. Cook or Steve would have seen it and used it as a prompt to do something for the good folks still at the site. There are still some good ones. Dave Harner, Denise Duke, Leigh Ann Lewis, and Misty Dickey come to mind. But I am sure there are others as well.
people person

United States

#65 Mar 29, 2013
I DO NOT KNOW MR. BLACKBURN, BUT AS YOU SAY THERE ARE A LOT OF GOOD PEOPLE AT FRENCH LICK, THE PROBLEMS IS THAT ALL THAT MOST OF UPPER MANAEMENT IS FROM THE COOK GROUP AN KNOW NOTHING ABOUT A RESORT OR A CASINO,NOR WORKING WITH THE PUBLIC BUT YET THEY KNOW EVERYTHNG, THEY CANT TAKE THER HEADS OUT OF THE CLOUDS TO LISTEN TO WHAT THEIR BUSINESS IS TELLING THEM, THEY HAVE RUN OFF A LOT OF GOOD PEOPLE EMPLOYEES AN GUEST BECAUSE OF THEIR LOOK WHO I AM ATTITUDE..... THEY ARE ONLY HURTING THEMSELVES, MOST PEOPLE THAT ARE STILL THERE ARE JUST THERE TO MAKE A PAYCHECK AN DONT REALLY CARE WHAT THE COMPANY DOES ANYMORE, THEY HAVE JUST GIVE UP CARING.......
GoForBroke

Bloomington, IN

#66 Mar 31, 2013
There are a lot of good people, add Rob Denbo, Angie Corraro, Jennifer and Doug Stephens, Tony the Pizza Guy, the guy that runs golf, and lots of others. French Lick will survive!
people person

United States

#67 Apr 1, 2013
As long as the casino is there an cooks pockets are deep, other than that I wouldn't bet on it
people person

United States

#68 Apr 1, 2013
As long as the casino is there an cooks pockets are deep other than that I would not bet my money on it having a very long future unless it is sold to someone who knows how to treat people an make money at the same time,,, very simple
On my way out

Mitchell, IN

#69 Apr 7, 2013
Dean Blackburn fan wrote:
I am a huge Dean Blackburn fan and I would come back to work for him in a heartbeat. The man just knows how to play the politics and survive in the cut throat place that is the FLRC. Don't ever incorporate him into the list of knuckleheads that run the place. I am sad that no one adds to this feed anymore. For awhile I thought it had some momentum and maybe even Mr. Cook or Steve would have seen it and used it as a prompt to do something for the good folks still at the site. There are still some good ones. Dave Harner, Denise Duke, Leigh Ann Lewis, and Misty Dickey come to mind. But I am sure there are others as well.
Blackburn can't even keep his own home out of forclosure he sure can't run a resort
people person

United States

#70 Apr 8, 2013
there are some GREAT people still at FLRC an many of them have been screwed over by upper management an especially Bryan Marsh, he needs to be in the parking lot sweeping all the rocks that have fell out of his head, who ever heard spending 80 thousand dollars on phones in French Lick do they think this is New York City how about giving a few raises to people that deserve it, but no Bryan needs new phone system..... he is so smart,
Indeed

United States

#71 Apr 16, 2013
Yes Bryan is a total buffoon and certainly only in his position as part of Chris Leininger's good ol' boy network. But... suggesting that he should be sweeping rocks in the parking lot would certainly be something else that he is probably not qualified to do. It's a slap in the face for all the good people who do sweep up cigarette butts in parking lots throughout the country.
people person

United States

#72 Apr 18, 2013
Sorry I couldn't agree with you more that job would be too hard for him, he would not understand how to do that I really don't know what he would be good at.
Amused

French Lick, IN

#73 Apr 25, 2013
@ Dean Blackburn fan ( one of the many screen names used) keep in mind "serendipity" always finds a way.
disgusted

United States

#74 Aug 23, 2013
Dont judge dean blackburn too harshly. Hes had a rough life with a lush for a wife. Check her out at the hotel bars or a new years eve event. And plus hes under joes desk all the time and tends to get grouchy.
disgusted

Duluth, GA

#75 Aug 23, 2013
Oh and tom oconnor needs to get better aim or the white spot on the back of deans head is never going to go away.
PC FLRC

Solsberry, IN

#76 Sep 19, 2013
Jenifer stevens is just as much of a man as the rest f the boys club . Look at her. She is an insolt to all women! Dean should stop moving us all around to other outlets because senoirity does matter and cook said so! Leave us alone!
Fed Up

Solsberry, IN

#77 Oct 4, 2013
Personally I don't give a crap how many or who's desk Dean B is under or how many drinks or men his wife has behind his back! There is no excuse for the way he treats staff. He needs to get his panties out of his bum and be more respectful towards others. He trips all over himself when ferguson is in house but the second he's gone dean is making jokes about steves wife connie. I happen to think she looks good for her age and I don't think she needs plastic surgeries.
tom

Solsberry, IN

#78 Nov 11, 2013
They run a terrible company. Joe v would be better without dean as an ass istant.
pcflrc

Solsberry, IN

#79 Dec 26, 2013
Big NYE PARTY AT FRENCH LICK RESORT everone make sure to go check out THE DRUNKEN DEAN AND HIS DRUNKEN WIFE
guest

Solsberry, IN

#80 Dec 31, 2013
Why is it that some employees can consume alcohol while working but not all? I am attending this evening and if i see this kind of behavior I will make sure to report it to the "proper" people!

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