Build-A-Bear Workshop

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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

    Rank last year76
    Years on list10
    HQ locationSt. Louis
    Job openings (as of February 2018)38
    Revenue, 2017 or most recent year ($M)$364.2
    Year founded1997
    Type of organizationPublic
    Number of work sites281


    100% health coverageNo
    Unlimited sick daysNo
    Job sharingYes
    Subsidized childcareNo
    Compressed work weeksYes
    Fully-paid sabbaticalsNo
    On-site fitness/subsidized gymNo
    On-site medical care facilityNo
    Non-discrimination policy includes sexual orientationYes
    Health insurance for part-timersYes
    Sick days for part-timersYes
    College tuition reimbursementNo
    Student loan debt repaymentNo
    Medical facility at all locationsNo


    % 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 days15
    General PTO for part-timers-
    # Sick days for part-timers3


    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-