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  • No room for advancement and they get like 4-8 hours a week (in 11 reviews)

  • Unfair pay, have to do a lot for minimum wage (in 18 reviews)

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  1. "A fun retail job"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Bear Builder Associate in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Bear Builder Associate in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Build-A-Bear part-time

    Pros

    There's a true sense of teamwork among the Associates. Some of the locations are super busy on the weekends, so there is little chance of boredom.

    Cons

    The outdoor pod locations need some improvements. Be prepared to do repetative factory work with a child and their family supervising.

    Advice to Management

    Management is generally good. Please leave your drama at home.


  2. "Great culture, fun company, empowering women"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Analyst in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Build-A-Bear full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I love working at Build-A-Bear! The atmosphere is warm and friendly, the workplace culture is healthy (encourages collaboration, everybody fact-based and on the same team). The corporate office is 85% female, including most of the C-suite, so it is very empowering for women. Plus they have compressed work weeks that allow you to have every other Friday off!

    Cons

    Smaller corporate office (≈250 people) means fewer promotion opportunities. Workloads can be too big which often leads to long hours. Your manager can make a big difference, and since he or she is probably the only such manager at the company, you can't switch teams and do the same job.

    Advice to Management

    Stay focused on brand and culture, think longer-term, give your employees the slack necessary to do excellent work and thing creatively!


  3. "Fun Company, Not Enough Resources"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Build-A-Bear part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible hours and relaxed culture, challenging projects that give you a large cross-functional view of the company, depending on your department, you have the opportunity to interact with senior leadership

    Cons

    Not a lot of opportunities for growth, additional responsibility without additional pay, short on people resources, so you often have to work long hours and on weekends, consistent pattern of people leaving and not being replaced or not being replaced for a long time, low pay, a lot of the best people left because they were not being promoted at a rate that they should be

    Advice to Management

    Keep giving your employees the opportunity to grow and learn, but acknowledge that they are going above and beyond their work and give them promotions. I noticed that a lot of the best people left because they were not being recognized or continuously challenged.


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  5. "Customer Service Representative"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Build-A-Bear part-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Flexible with the schedule
    Friendly environment

    Cons

    Full-time hours with part-time benefits


  6. "Build a bear"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Bear Builder in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Bear Builder in Saint Louis, MO
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Build-A-Bear (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great company, fun environment, raises every years

    Cons

    Unless you like kids don't even bother applying


  7. "great place for a first job"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Build-A-Bear (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fun and friendly environment to work

    Cons

    none really fun place to work as a first job


  8. "World Bear Quarters"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Bear Service Representative in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Bear Service Representative in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Build-A-Bear part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Best company I have ever worked for. They are all about making the employee happy!

    Cons

    My personal job was PT and I needed FT work.

    Advice to Management

    Dress code is very relaxed, but in management you want to dress for the job you want.


  9. "Seasonal Job Review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Build-A-Bear (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Really fun to work at, customers are generally nice

    Cons

    Not a lot of available work hours, lots of down time, and can get boring


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    "Ruffled Feathers"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Bear Service Representative in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Bear Service Representative in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Build-A-Bear part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very flexible work schedule- work-life-family balance
    There is always yummy left overs from meetings
    Easy calls

    Cons

    Little pay- no opportunities for growth- you ARE FOREVER A PART TIME WORKER
    The other departments treat the Call Center employees like crap
    Its very unprofessional
    They will hire anybody
    The only way you can go to a different department is if you are blonde hair, size 2 and young
    There is no Career guidance
    management sucks- she is never available. Gives performance reviews out of thin air.
    no opportunities to growth
    The performance appraisals are a joke- Through out the whole year you never see any number or know how you are doing and then at beginning of the year you are emailed on things you never knew you were being graded for and have 1 day to respond.
    HR pretends to care and doesn't have a clue on all the negative things going on in department
    Lead are always gossiping

    Advice to Management

    Have some type of career development.


  11. "bear associate"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Build-A-Bear (Less than a year)

    Pros

    the best reason to work there is because I like working with children and building bears. Avery diiferent enviroment for me

    Cons

    there is no downsides from this job



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