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    All employees at Build-a-Bear start training in the same spot: working at one of the company’s 244 stores across the U.S. Everyone “experiences serving our guests,” says Arvetta Powell, the company’s director of “dibearsity.” To help move careers forward, there’s a formal mentor program that enables junior employees to pick an area of the company where they want to work. A mentor provides formal guidance for one year. Read the Great Place to Work review.

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    Company Information

    HQ Location
    St. Louis, Mo.
    Industry
    Retail
    Type of Organization
    Public
    Year Founded1,997
    Web Addresshttp://www.buildabear.com
    Total # of Employees
    4,216
    Best Companies Rank59
    Best Companies URL/best-companies/build-a-bear-workshop-59/

    Diversity

    % of Women87%
    % of Women in Executive Positions57%
    % of Women in Manager Positions77%
    % of Minorities35%
    % of Minorities in Executive Positions-
    % of Minorities in Manager Positions16%

    Race and Ethnicity Groups

    % African-American/Black10%
    % Asian2%
    % Hispanic/Latino16%
    % Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander
    0.21%
    % Native American/Alaska Native
    0.37%
    % Two or More Races5%
    % Caucasian/White66%