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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.

Company Information

HQ Location
St. Louis, Mo.
Type of Organization
Year Founded1,997
Web Address
Total # of Employees
Best Companies Rank59
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% 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
% Native American/Alaska Native
% Two or More Races5%
% Caucasian/White66%