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Build-A-Bear Saint Louis Reviews

Updated July 12, 2017
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  • No room for advancement and they get like 4-8 hours a week (in 12 reviews)

  • It doesn't pay the bills as it's minimum wage unless you have collected yearly raises or are in management (in 23 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Not all departments are created equal"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Build-A-Bear full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits
    Dogs allowed in office
    CEO seems to really care about the employees

    Cons

    Some benefits turn out to be at "manager's discretion"
    Little to no room to grow your career
    Low salaries for many non-management positions

    Advice to Management

    Pay closer attention to low to mid management as the values and culture of the company can get lost working its way down from the top


  2. "Merchandise Manager"

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    Current Employee - Merch Manager in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Merch Manager in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    compressed work week, dogs are allowed in the office

    Cons

    Lack of career path development

  3. "Fun but not worth my time"

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    Former Employee - Associate Sales Manager in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Associate Sales Manager in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    It can be a fun and magical job, get to sit while you stuff bears, good management training and team support

    Cons

    Low pay, bratty kids and parents, worried about conversion and hoe much money they can squeeze out of each customer

    Advice to Management

    Hire full time associates! Offer a percentage bonus rather than a $100 before taxes


  4. "A fun retail job"

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    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.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great culture, fun company, empowering women"

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    • 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!


  6. "Fun Company, Not Enough Resources"

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    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.


  7. "Customer Service Representative"

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    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

  8. "Build a bear"

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    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


  9. "great place for a first job"

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    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


  10. "World Bear Quarters"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • 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.


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