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    “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.

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    Company Info

    Rank last year45
    Years on list
    9
    HQ location
    St. Louis
    Total employees4,330
    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 sites269
    Websitehttp://www.buildabear.com

    Perks

    100% health coverage
    no
    Unlimited sick days
    no
    Onsite fitness center
    no
    Discounted gym memberships
    no
    Telecommuting
    no
    Job sharing
    yes
    Compressed work weeks
    yes
    Fully-paid sabbaticals
    no
    Onsite medical care facility
    no
    Medical facility at all locations
    no
    Onsite childcare
    no
    Domestic partner benefits for same-sex couples
    yes
    Non-discrimination policy includes sexual orientation
    yes
    Sick days for part-timers
    no
    Health insurance for part-timers
    yes
    PTO for volunteering
    yes
    College tuition reimbursement
    no

    Diversity

    % Women88%
    % Minorities37%
    % African-American/Black11%
    % Asian2%
    % Caucasian/White63%
    % Hispanic/Latino17%
    % Native American/Alaska Native
    <1%
    % Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander
    <1%
    % Two or more races
    6%
    % Unknown ethnicity
    <1%

    Paid Time Off

    General PTO22
    Total PTO after 5 years
    27
    # Sick days
    15
    Max hours PTO for volunteering
    4
    General PTO for part-timers
    2
    # 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