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Build-A-Bear Workshop

MOST FUN EVER!” says one employee at this “people-centered” teddy-bear retailer, where work feels like an “awesome adventure,” with “rewarding” roles and “open, welcoming” coworkers. Employees feel as if they “literally sell happiness,” which might be why there were more than 150 applicants per management job opening last year.

Learn more in the Great Place to Work review here.

Rank last year

45

Years on list

9

HQ location

St. Louis

Total employees

4,330

Job openings (as of February 2017)

39

Industry

Retail

Revenue (2016 or most recent year)

$377.7 million

Year founded

1997

Type of organization

Public

Number of work sites

269

Perks
offers
Job sharing
Compressed work weeks
Domestic partner benefits for same-sex couples
Non-discrimination policy includes sexual orientation
Health insurance for part-timers
PTO for volunteering
does not offer
100% health coverage
Unlimited sick days
Onsite fitness center
Discounted gym memberships
Telecommuting
Fully-paid sabbaticals
Onsite medical care facility
Medical facility at all locations
Onsite childcare
Sick days for part-timers
College tuition reimbursement
Diversity
% Women88%
% Minorities37%
% African-American/Black11%
% Asian2%
% Caucasian/White63%
% Hispanic/Latino17%
% Native American/Alaska Native< 1%
% Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander< 1%
% Two or more races6%
% Unknown ethnicity< 1%
Paid Time Off
General PTO22
Total PTO after 5 years27
# Sick days15
Max hours PTO for volunteering4
General PTO for part-timers2
# Sick days for part-timers-
Compensation
Most common job (for salaried employee)Chief Workshop Manager
Avg. base pay (salaried)$48,348
Avg. extra compensation (salaried)$3,193
Total pay for most common job (salaried)$51,541
Most common job (for hourly employee)Assistant Workshop Manager
Avg. base pay (hourly)$34,237
Avg. extra compensation (hourly)$1,464
Total pay for most common job (hourly)$35,701
Avg. monthly rate for onsite childcare-
Hiring/Staffing (Past 12 Months)
Full-time job growth %6%
# of job applicants109,257
Avg. # of applicants per opening159
FT voluntary turnover19%
Jobs filled internally320
% Jobs filled by referral16
# New graduates hired6
Avg. college tuition reimbursed-
Training
Avg. # hours training (salaried workers)53
Avg. # hours training (hourly workers)16

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