Oneida Nation Enterprises to Increase Starting Pay for Cooks to an Industry-Leading $20 an Hour

Oneida Nation Enterprises to raise starting hourly salaries for cooks by more than 17%. 

Cooks working full-time will earn an annual salary of at least $40,000, plus receive a $1,000 sign-on bonus, generous healthcare and 401(k) benefits and are eligible for employee housing.

Oneida Indian Nation Homelands – Oneida Nation Enterprises announced it will be raising starting hourly pay for all entry-level cooks by $3 to an industry-leading $20 an hour. The 17% increase means full-time cooks will earn an annual salary of at least $40,000, in addition to receiving generous healthcare, 401(k) benefits and being eligible for employee housing. New culinary hires also receive a $1,000 sign-on bonus. With nearly 30 signature restaurants and dining venues across Oneida Nation Enterprises’ four casino properties that range from fast-casual to Forbes Four-Star rated fine-dining, culinary employees have many opportunities for career growth.

Oneida Nation Enterprises is also raising starting pay for dishwashers to $18.50 an hour.

“We are proud to announce this latest investment in starting pay increases for our culinary team, who play a critical role in the success of the more than three dozen restaurants across our enterprises and the guest experience we provide,” said Ray Halbritter, Oneida Indian Nation Representative and Oneida Nation Enterprises CEO. “In addition to industry-leading pay and generous benefits, our cooks are able to work and learn alongside a team of skilled culinary professionals as they build their careers. This is an exciting time to start a career with us as we begin the next chapter in the evolution of our enterprises.”

Oneida Nation Enterprises offers employees industry-leading pay, exceptional healthcare benefits, generous paid time-off and a 401(k) retirement savings plan. Culinary employees also receive on-the-job training with an award-winning culinary team, are eligible for college tuition reimbursement for relevant courses and also eligible for employee housing at The Villages at Stoney Creek. Due to many cooks and dealers being hired recently, apartments at The Villages are currently full, however, new employees in these positions are first in line when apartments become available.

Interested candidates can learn more about a culinary career and other jobs at Oneida Nation Enterprises’ upcoming “It’s Your Turn for a New Career Hiring Expo” on Tuesday, January 31 at Turning Stone. After candidates explore the Hiring Expo, hiring managers will be conducting on-site interviews, and qualified applicants will receive a job offer on-the-spot.

In addition to Cooks and Dishwashers, Oneida Nation Enterprises is also hiring for a variety of full- and part-time positions that include Cashiers, Table Games Dealers, Accountants, Concert Entertainment Technicians, Beverage Servers, Carpenters, HVAC Technicians, Plumbers, Golf & Grounds, Sports Book Writers, and many more.

Event registration is strongly recommended to help expedite candidates’ entry to the event, but walk-ins are welcome.

Pre-register for the event at

ONE’s Hiring Expo

Date: Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Time: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Location: Turning Stone Event Center
                     Closest parking available in the parking garage

About Oneida Nation Enterprises

Oneida Nation Enterprises, the parent company for all business enterprises of the Oneida Indian Nation, is a respected and trusted name that is synonymous with quality, world-class amenities, superior service and exceptional experiences. Employing more than 4,500 people, Oneida Nation Enterprises’ portfolio of hospitality, gaming and recreational properties include Turning Stone Resort Casino; YBR Casino & Sports Book; Point Place Casino; The Lake House at Sylvan Beach; The Cove at Sylvan Beach; Maple Leaf Markets; SāvOn Convenience stores; an RV Park; two marinas; a hunting preserve; and Salmon Acres, a salmon-fishing destination on the renowned Salmon River. Within these properties, Oneida Nation Enterprises features five award-winning hotels, nearly 30 signature restaurants and dining venues, two spas, five golf courses, Las Vegas-style casino gaming, The Lounge with Caesars Sports, a state-of-the-art sports betting lounge, two concert venues and several nightlife venues.

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