At Build-A-Bear Workshop, 92 percent of employees say their workplace is great.



This review is based on 832 employee surveys, with a 95% confidence level and a margin of error of ± 2.94. It was published on Aug 21, 2015. 30225 Visitors

What Employees Say

I am given the resources and equipment to do my job.
People care about each other here.
This is a fun place to work.
Our facilities contribute to a good working environment.
When I look at what we accomplish, I feel a sense of pride.

What They Do

We asked Build-A-Bear Workshop to explain what they do. Here is what they had to say.

We are the leading and only global company that offers an interactive make-your-own stuffed animal retail-entertainment experience.  Guests who visit our stores enter a teddy bear-themed environment and engage in the making of their very own furry friend. 

About this Company

Website: US Headquarters: St. Louis, Missouri
US Sites: 244 Major Locations: St. Louis, MO; Groveport, OH; New York, NY; Anaheim, CA; Pittsburgh PA
Stock Symbol: BBW US Employees: 3334
US revenues: $308.94 million Worldwide revenues: $392.35 million
Employees worldwide: 4216 Founded: 1997
Industry: Retail

Product Development as the Choose Me Wall for Halloween

Perks and Programs

We asked Build-A-Bear Workshop to share a few programs they feel really capture what's unique about their workplace. Here is what they had to say.

  • Work-life Balance: Build-A-Bear offers flexible work scheduling and compressed work weeks
  • Celebrations: Paid day off on birthdays and exclusive collectible associate gifts to celebrate anniBEARsaries and holidays
  • Pups in the Office: Every day is 'Bring Your Dog to Work' day
  • Holiday Treats: Store associates enjoy special treats, lunches and prizes during the busy holiday season during our WOWIDAYS celebrations.
  • Concierge Services: Life is busy, so concierge services are offered at the company’s headquarters to allow time away from work to be with family. These include dry cleaning, oil changes and even dog grooming services.


$35,226 Average salary and additional cash compensation for Assistant Workshop Manager $51,927 Average salary and additional cash compensation for Chief Workshop Manager
35% 401(k) match of employee's contribution, up to 2.1% of an employee's salary 75% Company-paid health coverage for employees
43% Company-paid health coverage for dependents 30 hours Weekly hours at which part-timers receive health care coverage


  • 401(k) or 403b plan
  • Pre-tax savings account


  • Free beverages during the day
  • Massage therapy
  • Fitness classes
  • Vehicle maintenance
  • On-site package/mailing service
  • Discount ticket sales
  • Weight watchers meetings
  • Dry cleaning
Field Leadership Summit Fun!


22 days Holidays & vacation days after one year of employment $3,000 Adoption benefit
90 days Job protected maternity leave


  • Flexible schedule (95% use it)
  • Compressed work weeks (95% use it)
  • Elder care resources
  • Job sharing (1% use it)
  • Lactation room(s)


  • Dental care
  • Prescription drug subsidy
  • Alternative treatments, such as acupuncture, homeopathy, or chiropractic
  • Vision care
  • Mental health care


  • Breast cancer screening
  • Cholesterol tests
  • Flu shots
  • Subsidized offsite gym memberships
  • Skin cancer screening
  • Blood pressure screening
  • Complete biometric screening
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Store Associate Having Fun!

How to Get Hired

We asked Build-A-Bear Workshop 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?

We look for a variety of characteristics and skills in our associates but key to our business are traits that support our core values: An applicant must demonstrate a desire to strive for and achieve results that are bigger and better. We want associates who are curious, like to learn and who are open to new ideas and concepts.  We strive to hire diverse people that are respectful, value individuality and practice being inclusive.   Applicants must be able to work on a team and collaborate in a positive way with others.  We give back to our communities so we want associates that are willing to lend a helping hand to others when needed.   We look for people that celebrate our successes, individually and on a team.  Above and beyond our core values, we need associates that are high energy, outgoing, and play with a purpose.  

What can prospective employees do to get your attention?

If you are interested in employment with us, shop at a store and let our management team know.  Demonstrate your enthusiasm for our business and your knowledge of our products.  Show passion for work in a creative way – it’s all about play with a purpose.  Here are a few examples of enthusiastic applicants: An applicant made an animal that represented him with a custom recorded sound for an introduction and a cub condo colored and personalized with the applicant’s name! A resume was presented on a padded felt cushion and matched our brand in yellow and blue with red stitching. An applicant for a graphic design role submitted a can of SPAM with a custom label as a resume. SPAM stood for Seriously Professional Artist & Manager and the label contained a comprehensive ingredient grid that identified the daily allowance of various skills.  

Are there any unusual or especially rigorous steps of your hiring process that candidates should be aware of?

As a store applicant, be prepared to participate in a group interview and be ready to act out how you will play with our Guests when they shop. At our World Bearquarters, you’ll complete a thorough battery of pre-employment assessments to evaluate you as a match to the requirements of the position.  While some may consider it an intense process, we find it invaluable to ensure that the right person fills the right role in order to be successful and add value to our business.  When new associates complete the 90 day orientation period, and hear the summary feedback from the assessment process, they usually say, “All that from answering those questions on a computer?  Wow, I can’t believe how well that information matches me or what others have told me about how I work. It’s amazing!”

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

We are always looking for bright people who are high energy and customer-centric. We keep current postings on our careers website at   Whether it's in one of our stores, our distribution center in Columbus, Ohio or World Bearquarters in St. Louis, Missouri, being a bear is a rewarding experience. Our associates add a little more heart to life by bringing love, hugs and smiles to people around the world! Each day we make a difference by embodying friendship, trust and comfort in the way we run our business. It’s great to be a bear!

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

For a retail sales or store management position, applicants can visit any store in person and complete an application.  Alternatively, interested store candidates can also apply online.  Applicants for our World Bearquarters in St. Louis, MO or our Bearhouse in Groveport, OH should also apply online at  You can find detailed information about the many benefits and perks we offer in the section called 'Why You Should Become a Bear.'  You can also learn about us at Great Rated.

hiring Outlook

2% Job Growth 23 Average applicants per opening
16% Total voluntary turnover of full-time employees in the past year 109817 Applicants in past year
630 Openings in past year 11% New hires by employee referrals

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