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Forbes: Hard Rock garners top rankings in Florida, NJ

Hard Rock’s Atlantic City guitar. (File photo)

Forbes has named Hard Rock International (HRI) a “best” in-state employer in Florida and New Jersey.

HRI, which has 45,000 employees worldwide, was ranked No. 1 out of 90 companies in New Jersey and No. 2 among 100 companies in Florida. Costco was ranked first on the Florida list.

The annual list is compiled by surveying 80,000 employees across the country who work for businesses with at least 500 employees.

“It is a tremendous honor to receive this prestigious ranking from Forbes, especially as the results were driven by our valued team members,” David Carroll, senior vice president of human resources for HRI, said in a statement. “Hard Rock International is committed to fostering a work environment where people feel appreciated, and we strive to provide an energizing and supportive culture that in turn allows our team members to create memorable experiences for our guests.”

The Seminole Tribe, HRI’s parent entity, has its two flagship properties in Florida – the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood and the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa. HRI operates the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City in New Jersey.

Forbes also recently named HRI as one of the “best” employers for new graduates and was recognized as one of “America’s Best Large Employers,” earning the highest ranking among companies in the travel and leisure industry.

Damon Scott
Damon is a multimedia journalist for the Seminole Tribune. He has previously been an editor and reporter for digital and print media in Florida and his home state of New Mexico. Send him an email at