Skip to Content

    It’s “hard not to smile when you come into work” at this teddy bear retailer. But don’t be fooled; the hiring process is intense. The company follows up with all candidates, fills most jobs internally, and is “exceptionally amazing” selecting great new employees, who get an offer letter delivered personally by a Messenger Bear.

    Read Great Place to Work review here.

    Fortune Data StoreLooking for leads, investment insights, or competitive intelligence?Get Premium Access

    Company Info

    Rank last year76
    Years on list
    10
    HQ location
    St. Louis
    Employees
    4,543*
    Job openings (as of February 2018)38
    Industry
    Retail
    Revenue, 2017 or most recent year ($M)$364.204
    Year founded
    1997
    Type of organization
    Public
    Number of work sites281
    Websitehttp://www.buildabear.com
    *Represents a global count of employees.

    Perks

    100% health coverage
    no
    Unlimited sick days
    no
    Telecommuting
    no
    Job sharing
    yes
    Subsidized childcare
    no
    Compressed work weeks
    yes
    Fully-paid sabbaticals
    no
    On-site fitness/subsidized gym
    no
    On-site medical care facility
    no
    Non-discrimination policy includes sexual orientation
    yes
    Health insurance for part-timers
    yes
    Sick days for part-timers
    yes
    College tuition reimbursement
    no
    Student loan debt repayment
    no
    Medical facility at all locations
    no

    Diversity

    % Minorities37%
    % African-American/Black10%
    % Asian2%
    % Caucasian/White63%
    % Hispanic/Latino18%
    % Native American/Alaska Native1%
    % Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander-
    % Two or more races6%
    % Unknown ethnicity-

    Paid Time Off

    General PTO22
    # Sick days
    15
    General PTO for part-timers-
    # Sick days for part-timers
    3

    Compensation

    Most common job (for salaried employee)
    Chief Workshop Manager
    Avg. base pay (salaried)$48,168
    Avg. extra compensation (salaried)$2,524
    Total pay for most common job (salaried)$50,692

    Hiring/Staffing (Past 12 Months)

    Full-time and part-time job growth-2%
    # of job applicants103,156
    Avg. # of applicants per opening125
    FT voluntary turnover18%
    Jobs filled internally59%
    Jobs filled by referral12%
    # New graduates hired-