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    Current Employee - Bear Builder in Gilbert, AZ
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    Friendly, family oriented, flexible, kind, and loving work environment. A lot of respect is given by management and each other.


    The hours can be small but they are flexible with second jobs and school schedules. Not a ton of opportunity to move up simply because those who have moved up stay for a long time. .

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    Sales Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Bakersfield, CA
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    I applied in-person. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Build-A-Bear (Bakersfield, CA).


    The first interview was a group interview. We all stood in a circle and answered some fun questions and did some silly things. I made a minion talk and sing. They wanted to see your creativity. Almost everyone spoke of having children or working with children. I don't have any children. Nor did I want to work with children, but I need a job. Fun and almost too easy. I later got a call for a second interview which is one on one, I tried my best to answer the questions she asked. I lied a little. But in the end I wasn't chosen. But it's whatever.

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    • What is your greatest strength? What is your greatest weakness? Have you worked with children before? Have you ever needed to ask for any help? What's something children should learn or know that's really important? e.g. respect etc... Pick any stuffed animal name it, make up a story for it. How would you cheer up a new customer or upset child?   1 Answer

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100 Best Companies to Work For , Fortune, 2013
100 Best Companies to Work For , Fortune, 2015
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Headquarters Saint Louis, MO
Size 1000 to 5000 Employees
Founded 1997
Type Company - Public (BBW)
Industry Retail
Revenue $100 to $500 million (USD) per year
Competitors Unknown

The Build-A-Bear Workshop covers the "bear" necessities and much more. Located mainly in malls, the company's stores allow kids to design their own teddy bears and other stuffed animals complete with clothing (formal wear to western wear), shoes (including Skechers), and a barrage of accessories (eyewear, cell phones, and the like). Customers can build bears online, too. The chain offers an in-store Build-A-Party and an interactive online community, as well as online games and e-cards. Build-A-Bear, founded by CEO Maxine Clark in 1997, boasts about ... More

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