At Build-A-Bear Workshop®, our mission is to bring the Teddy Bear to life. An American icon,
the Teddy Bear brings to mind warm thoughts about our childhood, about friendship, about trust
and comfort, and also about love. Build-A-Bear Workshop® embodies those thoughts in how we
run our business every day. Our core values — reach, learn, di-bear-sity, colla-bear-ate, give and
cele-bear-ate — can be seen in everything we do.
Whether you stand at the bottom or the top of the mountain, seek breakthrough results.
The paw-sibilities are endless when you put your mind to it — reach fur the stars.
To maximize professional and personal development, ask questions, listen actively,
consider different perspectives, take risks and learn from mistakes.
Doing our part to make the world bearish! Embrace and value the uniqueness, individuality,
background and experience of associates, Guests and vendors. The good stuff is the stuff inside.
Practice alignment: trust in your teammates, define common commitment,
make a proposal and get into action. It takes a village to raise a bear!
Always lend a helping paw to fellow bears and to our communities.
Take time to taste the honey by delighting in successes, recognizing
individual and team contributions, and having fun along the way.
We have been named to the FORTUNE 100 Best Companies To Work for six consecutive years. We own a very special, unique and fun culture!
It's a culture that begins with heart. What is a company with heart? It is how we live our values...
We are an organization that values teamwork. We listen and learn from each other, and we reward and recognize great accomplishments and extra efforts.
We look for possibilities, not obstacles, always setting challenging goals to help us strive for breakthrough results. We are not content with just being the best!
We are an energetic team that gives back to our communities by supporting children’s health and wellness, domestic pets, literacy and education causes.
We make a difference by working with organizations like Make-A-Wish, Toys for Tots, and the American Red Cross.
We also empower our young Guests to give back and recognize them for outstanding acts of community service through our Huggable Heroes program.
Build-A-Bear Workshop® is committed to being a fun place both to work and visit!
We care about the health and well-being and long-term financial security of our associates and
their families. With that in mind, we constantly strive to provide our associates with comprehensive
benefits that are competitive and meaningful in the specialty retail marketplace.
Our store, World Bearquarters and Bearhouse locations could not operate without dynamite dens of managers and associates! We recognize the importance of what our teams accomplish by offering:
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Build-A-Bear Workshop is beary proud to offer major medical, dental and vision benefits to full-time and part-time associates.
Medical / Prescription Drug
Our comprehensive medical plan provides associates with access to medical care from a broad network of providers through a major health carrier. Build-A-Bear Workshop shares in the cost of the plan with associates and prescription drug benefits are included.
24/7 Nurse Line
Build-A-Bear Workshop makes available to associates and their families a nurse line that offers confidential answers to health care questions 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at no charge.
Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
The Build-A-Bear Workshop EAP offers confidential services by licensed, professional counselors at no additional cost to associates.
Our dental plan provides associates with access to dentists from a network of providers through a major dental carrier. Build-A-Bear Workshop shares in the cost of the plan with associates.
The vision plan includes coverage for eye exams, lenses or contacts, and frames as well as a variety of discounts on other eye care products and services such as laser vision correction.
One of the best ways to get healthy, stay healthy, and avoid high health care costs is to take action to change behaviors and habits that may be putting your health at risk. By completing certain wellness activities (such as an online health risk assessment), you (and your covered spouse/domestic partner) will be able to earn valuable gift cards while improving your health.
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Build-A-Bear Workshop has created a unique concept in retailing for store managers, full-time World Bearquarters (Headquarters) and Bearhouse (Distribution Center) associates – Honey Days. We consistently strive to empower associates in every way possible. Honey Days allow you to use your best judgment in the use of available time off, whether it is for vacation, sick days, religious holidays or to attend to personal business.
Birthdays are a reason for cele-bear-ation at Build-A-Bear Workshop. All associates are given a day off with pay in the month they cele-bear-ate their birthday!
Full-time Build-A-Bear Workshop associates at our World Bearquarters (Headquarters) and Bearhouse (Distribution Center) are eligible to receive up to 6 paid holidays, including: New Years Day, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day.
Holiday hours will vary for store associates depending on days the store is open.
Bear Builder Associate Appreciation Month (BBAM!)
September is Bear Builder associate Appreciation Month, in which we cele-bear-ate together and recognize all associates for their contributions to our success. As part of this special month, non-management, part-time associates employed by BABW for a minimum of 90 days prior to September 1st receive an extra average day’s pay!
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Build-A-Bear Workshop is proud to offer a discretionary company match on the associate 401(k) Plan contributions.
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Store managers and full-time Bearquarters associates are eligible for bonus pay. Store manager bonuses are based on store performance and World Bearquarters (Headquarters) & Bearhouse (Distribution Center) associate bonuses are based on individual and company performance.
For safety reasons we cannot have our furry friends work alongside us at our Bearhouse (Distribution Center) every day, but we do reserve several days a year to give our friends the op-bear-tunity to visit.
For peace of mind, Build-A-Bear Workshop offers company-paid and “buy-up” options for benefits eligible associates and their families.
Associates are eligible for a 30% discount on all merchandise sold in our stores beginning on the date of hire. Spouses, children, mothers or fathers may also use this associate discount.
Each year, Build-A-Bear Workshop is proud to award up to 20 college scholar-bear-ships to eligible associates who are high school seniors or graduates enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate course of study at an accredited two- or four-year college or university (or equivalent outside of the U.S.).
All associates and their families are eligible to participate in the Build-A-Bear Workshop online corporate perks program beginning on their date of hire. Discounts are available on a variety of products and services (ex. apparel, cell phones, electronics, jewelry, flowers, tickets, magazines, travel, automotive, heath and wellness, financial services, and much more).
Welcome to Build-A-Bear Workshop®, Where Best Friends Are Made® — the leading and only global company that offers an interactive make-your-own furry friend retail-entertainment experience. Making a furry friend gift is a unique and fun experience. You can choose from over 30 teddy bears, bunnies, dogs and other furry friends to make. Then, give it a unique personality with hundreds of teddy bear sized outfits and teddy bear sized accessories, too. Plus, you can make THE perfect personalised gift by adding a sound or even a message you record. Or, want to Give A Great Gift Experience®? Shop our selection of Bear Buck$® gift cards. Want to get it there fast? You can make your own e-gift cards. Shop www.buildabear.com or over 400 stores worldwide! Have a pawsome day!
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