At Blick Art Materials, 78 percent of employees say their workplace is great.



This review is based on 1230 employee surveys, with a 90% confidence level and a margin of error of ± 1.36. It was published on Sep 6, 2016. 4580 Visitors

What Employees Say

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

What They Do

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

 BLICK art materials, our dedicated staff support the Visual Art Community,  offering the widest selection of art supplies, lowest prices, extraordinary service and integrity. Providing artists, educators, students, and  employees the tools, assistance and training  needed to reach their creative potential.

About this Company

Website: Industry: Retail
US Headquarters: Highland Park, Illinois Major Locations: Galesburg, Illinois; New York City, New York; Los Angeles, California; Highland Park, Illinois; San Francisco, California
US Employees: 1,846 Corporate Structure: Private
Founded: 1911

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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.

  • Bonus Incentive Programs: Blick has bonus programs tailored to its many unique associate groups. The incentive program for hourly distribution center associates is based on productivity, safety, and quality control. In our retail stores the incentive program is based on customer satisfaction, sales, and shrinkage. In our offices the incentive programs are customized by department and by individual to encourage creative thinking and energy.  Bonuses can range from 5% to 15% above base pay.
  • Employee Wellness Program: Blick provides support for the associate's wellness. These programs include health club or YMCA memberships, yoga classes, kick boxing classes, nutritional and weight loss management programs and smoking cessation programs. The company also has an annual health screening program for all employees. Wellness screenings provide documented blood tests, blood pressure test, and other information that is shared directly with the associate's primary care physician.
  • Associate Merchandise Discount Program: Up to 40% off retail price on Blick and Utrecht branded products, up to 30% off retail price of other in stock items.
  • Associate's Thanksgiving Dinner: In our Galesburg and Monroe Twp. facilities for every shift in every building Thanksgiving dinner is served during the week of Thanksgiving. Dinner includes: turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, green bean casserole, rolls, and pies for dessert. This a catered meal served during working hours.
  • Employee Appreciation Program: Blick organizes employee outings and events during the year that include picnics and bar-b-ques; outdoor concert events; shopping excursions, golf outings, casino outings, dinner theatres, and other trips depending on the employee's work location. These team building experiences are paid by the company. Many include associate's significant other and kids.
  • Employee Profit-Sharing Program: 100% immediate vesting subject to a 60 day introductory period.
  • Transportation Stipend and Benefits: For Associates in the Highland Park office, there is paid covered parking in the building, or the equivalent amount of money on Ventra to be used for Metra commuter trains or CTA. Blick associates traveling on company business are permitted to earn and retain miles, points, nights in their personal account from the various frequent travel programs.
  • Annual Holiday Parties: Each Blick location holds a gala holiday party. At these events Employee Recognition Awards are presented for each 5 years of service with the company. The Blick Galesburg Holiday party has over 700 attendees. In Highland Park, depending on the location of the event, transportation and overnight accommodations are offered to insure a safe and festive occasion.
  • Annual Holiday Gift For All Retail Associates: Each retail associate receives a gift from the company at holiday time. Because of the geographic diversity of our store locations, and the diversity of our associates being artists, students, and creative beings, we have found that a recognition of their hard work during the past year is well received and well used.


$26,000 Average salary and additional cash compensation for Warehouse Associates $64,100 Average salary and additional cash compensation for Retail General Managers
100% 401(k) match of employee's contribution, up to 3% of an employee's salary80% Company-paid health coverage for employees
74% Company-paid health coverage for dependents


  • 401(k)
  • Pre-tax savings account


  • Free snacks during the day
  • Discount ticket sales
  • Subsidized public transportation
  • Free beverages during the day
  • Weight watchers meetings
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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)
  • Compressed work weeks (3% use it)
  • Telecommute option (10% use it)


60 days Job-protected maternity leave48 days Average length of maternity leave new mothers take
60 days Job-protected paternity leave10 days Average length of paternity leave new fathers take
60 days Job-protected parental leave for adoptive parents


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


  • Medical care
  • Prescription drug subsidy
  • Alternative treatments (such as acupuncture, homeopathy, or chiropractic)
  • Dental care
  • Mental health care
  • Fertility treatments


  • Cholesterol tests
  • Flu shots
  • Subsidized offsite gym memberships
  • Blood pressure screening
  • Complete biometric screening

Community Involvement & Philanthropy

$600,000 Philanthropic donations in last year $25,000 Total company-matched employee donations in last year


  • 'VP of HR' is accountable to formal diversity goals for employee recruitment and retention
  • Married employees in same-sex or heterosexual relationships receive the same benefits
  • Non-birth parents in same-sex relationships can take parental leave

Executive Diversity

Serving Customers with a Smile


Blick Artists Gallery Intro by Our CEO

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?

 An individual that is creative, smart, hardworking and organized fits extremely well into the Blick culture of service and the desire to be part of a  successful team. Blick Art Materials has achieved phenomenal growth, longevity, and industry leadership from the mid- 20th century to the present because we have stayed true to our founding principles, such as: Providing our customers with the best service, selection, product quality, and pricing; Creating a climate that calls forth the best in every employee; diversity, and capitalizing on emerging technologies and opportunities for growth.  At Blick, a unique opportunity for professional development includes: Learning about every area of the business; Having significant contact with senior management; Learning state-of-the-art technology; Experiencing proven stability; Directly influencing company performance; and Enjoying an outstanding benefits package.  

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. Things that capture our attention are doing well in school and having a creative flair which 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 . We always keep resumes on file, so even if we're not hiring at the time you can contact us. We may refer to your resume if we have a future opening in your area of expertise or interest. In your cover letter prospective employees should indicate how and why they have made a positive difference in their community, college or university, and previous employers, and how they hope to bring those positive experiences to Blick Art Materials. Blick Art Materials is an equal opportunity employer.    

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, and exciting people. Our retail stores have turnover due to the graduation of our part-time student employees, so we focus on those positions throughout the year. We have expanded our distribution center in Monroe Township, New Jersey, and will be hiring new employees in that facility. We continue to expand 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?

Candidates should go to  and click on the career section of our website. If there is a position that is of interest and fits their skillset, they should complete the online application that is available there. Candidates can contact us at .

hiring Outlook

500 Job openings forecast for coming year 2% Job Growth
15 Average applicants per opening 8,250 Applications received
553 Positions filled in past year 5% New hires by employee referrals
20 New positions created 50 Jobs filled by current employees
Yes Recruits on college campuses 15 New graduates hired
10% Voluntary turnover for full-time employees 43% Voluntary turnover for part-time employees
* All figures refer to 12-month period prior to reporting, unless otherwise noted.

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