At Blick Art Materials, 77 percent of employees say their workplace is great.



This review is based on 1160 employee surveys, with a 90% confidence level and a margin of error of ± 1.46. It was published on Oct 11, 2017. 9364 Visitors

What Employees Say

I feel good about the ways we contribute to the community.
I am able to take time off from work when I think it's necessary.
I am given the resources and equipment to do my job.
Management is honest and ethical in its business practices.
I'm proud to tell others I work here.

What They Do

We asked Blick Art Materials to explain what they do. Here is what they had to say.

Blick Art Materials supports the Visual Art Community by providing the widest selection of art supplies at the lowest prices. With extraordinary service and integrity, we provide artists, educators, students, and our associates with the tools, assistance, and training they need to grow, innovate, and reach their creative potential.

About this Company

Website: Industry: Retail
US Headquarters: Highland Park, Illinois, 60035 Major Locations: Galesburg, Illinois; New York City, New York; Los Angeles, California; Highland Park, Illinois; San Francisco, California
US Employees: 1,833 US Revenues: $358 million
Worldwide Revenues: $358 million Corporate Structure: Private
Founded: 1911

Harlem Store Grand Opening

Perks and Programs

We asked Blick Art Materials to share a few programs they feel really capture what's unique about their workplace. Here is what they had to say.

  • Incentive Programs: Blick’s incentive programs are tailored to its unique workforce. The incentive program for hourly associates who work in our distribution centers is based on productivity and quality control and is paid out every eight weeks. In our retail stores, the incentive program is based on customer satisfaction, sales, and shrink (loss of inventory due to errors, waste, theft, etc.) and is paid out every four weeks. In our home office locations, individual incentive targets are customized by department and by individual to encourage creative thinking, which are paid on an annual basis and range from 5–15% of base pay.
  • Associate Wellness Program: Blick believes in supporting the health and wellness goals of its associates. This support includes health club or YMCA memberships, yoga classes, kick-boxing classes, nutrition and weight loss management programs, and smoking cessation programs. The company also provides free annual health screenings for all full-time associates. These voluntary screenings include biometric tests, blood pressure tests, and other information that can be shared with the associate's primary care physician if requested.
  • Product Discount Program: Blick offers every associate a discount of up to 40% off the ELP (Everyday Low Price) for its Blick and Utrecht brand products, and up to 30% off ELP on most other products.
  • Associate Luncheons: At Blick’s facilities in Galesburg, Illinois, and Monroe Township, New Jersey, associates on every shift are treated to several catered meals throughout the year, served during working hours.  
  • Associate Appreciation Program: Blick sponsors associate appreciation events during the year that include picnics and BBQs, outdoor concerts, shopping excursions, golf outings, casino and dinner theater outings, and others, depending on the associate’s work location. Some of these events also include significant others and children/grandchildren.
  • Profit-Sharing Program and 401(k) Plan Match: Blick associates share in the company’s success by receiving a yearly profit-sharing contribution. Associates are 100% vested in the plan once they meet the eligibility requirements. Participation in the company’s 401(k) plan is voluntary for associates who are at least 18 years old and have completed 60 days of employment. Blick matches 100% of the first 3% of an associate’s 401(k) contribution, and 50% of the next 2% contribution, for a maximum 4% company match. 
  • Transportation Benefit/Stipend: For associates at the Highland Park, Illinois, location, paid parking is provided, or an equivalent dollar amount for transportation to work via public transportation (Metra or CTA). Blick associates traveling on company business are allowed to earn and retain the miles, points, and nights they earn from frequent traveler programs.
  • Annual Holiday Celebrations and Other Recognition: Associates at Blick’s home offices and distribution centers are invited to an annual holiday party. Those who have achieved milestone service anniversaries are recognized at these events and receive a gift from the company. Depending on location, significant others and children/grandchildren are also invited to attend. Every retail associate receives a gift from the company at year-end.
  • Associate Recognition Program: Blick has implemented an online recognition program that offers associates the ability to recognize others and also be rewarded for above-and-beyond performance.


$25,100 Average salary and additional cash compensation for Retail Sales Associates $64,696 Average salary and additional cash compensation for Retail General Managers
100% Match of employee’s 401(k)/403b contribution up to 3% of salary80% Company-paid health coverage for employees (for Full Time)
74% Company-paid health coverage for dependents (for Full Time)
Blick Trade Show


20 days Paid time off after one year of full-time employment 10 days Paid time off after one year of part-time employment
Set days Paid sick days after one year of full-time employment


  • Flexible schedule (20% use it)
  • Telecommute option (10% use it)
  • Compressed work weeks (3% use it)
  • Subsidized On- or Off-site Fitness (50% have access)
  • Onsite Amenities (free snacks and beverages, free tickets for community events, weight watchers meetings, mother's rooms, free parking, subsidized public transportation, associate outings and department fun days, safety celebration days, company picnic, holiday parties, formal recognition program)


60 days Job-protected maternity leave (including FMLA/STD) 40 days Average length of maternity leave new mothers take
60 days Job-protected paternity leave (including FMLA)7 days Average length of paternity leave new fathers take
60 days Job-protected parental leave for adoptive parents (including FMLA)*


  • Lactation room(s)
  • Paid sick leave to care for a child or relative


  • Mental health care
  • Alternative treatments (such as acupuncture, homeopathy, or chiropractic)
  • Fertility treatments

Community and Environmental Impact

$683,000 Philanthropic donations in last year $25,000 Total company-matched employee donations in last year
Yes Recycling program


  • VP of HR is responsible for the success of formal recruiting and retention diversity goals
  • Written policy prohibits discrimination based on (at a minimum) age, disability, race/ethnicity, religious beliefs, gender and sexual orientation
  • Non-birth parents in same-sex relationships can take parental leave
  • Medical care covers gender confirmation surgery

Leadership Diversity


Workforce Diversity

Distribution Center


Education Outreach

How to Get Hired

We asked Blick Art Materials for some inside information on how to get hired at the organization. Here is what they had to say.

What key characteristics tell you a prospective employee will be a great fit for your company?

Individuals who are creative, smart, hard-working, organized, and have a desire to be part of a successful team will thrive at Blick. Our founding principles of offering an outstanding selection of high-quality products, great prices, and exceptional customer service have helped us achieve phenomenal growth, longevity (106 years), and industry leadership. We hope these principles motivate prospective associates to want to work at Blick. What’s more, we strive to nurture a climate that brings forth the best in every associate, we encourage diversity, and we embrace emerging technologies so we can continue to grow. At Blick, our associates learn about every area of the business through contact with both their immediate managers and senior management. They’re also given the appropriate tools, including the latest technology, to do their jobs, and they enjoy an outstanding benefits package, all while directly influencing company performance. That’s unusual, and that’s what we hope will inspire others to join us.  

What can prospective employees do to get your attention?

Blick Art Materials is always interested in interviewing talented people who want to work for a great company. Some of the things that capture our attention most are doing well in school and having a creative flair that can be demonstrated. If you're interested in joining our team, please send your resume and a cover letter that includes your career objectives and interests to Blick always keeps resumes on file, so even if we're not hiring at the current time, you should contact us — we may pull up your resume if we have a future opening in your area of expertise or interest. Your cover letter should include how and why you’ve made a positive difference in your community, college, university, and previous employment, and how you hope to draw on those positive experiences to make a difference at Blick.

Are there any positions or types of candidates you are particularly focused on hiring in this coming year?

Blick Art Materials is always interested in meeting new, interesting, talented people. Our dozens of retail stores across the country experience higher turnover when our part-time student associates graduate and move on, so we hire for those positions throughout the year. Our distribution center in Monroe Township, New Jersey, continues to expand, and we continue to hire new associates at that facility. Last but not least, we’re always adding to our Information Technology and Information Systems teams as the company continues to grow.

What should interested candidates do to find out more and get started?

Interested candidates should visit, click on the “careers” tab, and search the positions posted there. If there is a position that catches your interest or matches your skillset, complete the online application found there. Candidates can also contact us at

hiring Outlook

500 Forecasted positions to fill in coming year 1% Job Growth
12 Average applicants per opening 10,500 Total job applicants
5% New hires by employee referrals 15% Openings filled by current employees
105 Recent graduates hired 12% Voluntary turnover for full-time employees
39% Voluntary turnover for part-time employees
* All figures refer to 12-month period prior to reporting, unless otherwise noted.

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