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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.

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Company Info

*Represents a global count of employees.
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

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-