Employee Referrals Drive New Hires at ONE

The Beatles sang about getting by with a little help from their friends. Here at Oneida Nation Enterprises, we feel that in the recruiting department. 

As our organization has evolved, we have learned that our very best recruiters are our employees—especially when they refer friends and family members to join our team.

Over the years this has been a hugely successful part of our hiring strategy. We reward employees with $750 or $1,000 for each successful referral, and in 2022 alone, we hired more than 625 new employees based on employee referrals and paid more than $388,750 in employee referral bonuses.

In short, we wouldn’t have been able to grow without our people bringing their people into the mix.

This phenomenon was on full display at our most recent Hiring Expo on January 31. In just eight hours, we met with more than 200 candidates and hired over 130 new employees—nearly half of them referred by current employees. 

Perhaps no employee exemplifies this approach better than Sam H., a poker dealer at Turning Stone Resort Casino. Sam referred five friends to work at ONE, and all of them were hired at the recent job fair.

That means Sam earned $5,000 in employee referral bonuses in one afternoon.

We encourage everyone to follow Sam’s lead and refer their family and friends to ONE. It’s an easy way to earn extra cash and helps us identify new talent that shares our current team’s drive and dedication as we continue to grow!


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