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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