7.0

Build-A-Bear Workshop

What it’s like working at  Build‑A‑Bear Workshop

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  • Breaks aren’t paid

    Do workers at Build-A-Bear Workshop get paid breaks?

    No. People don’t get paid breaks

    How we know this

    80% of people say they don’t get paid breaks

    Based on information from 5 job reviews

    Why this matters

    A good job should have paid breaks.

    You should be paid for all your time at work, whether you’re on a break or not.

  • People are not paid enough to live on

    Does Build-A-Bear Workshop pay enough to live on?

    People are not paid enough to live on

    How we know this

    80% of people say they are paid below the Real Living Wage for where they live

    Based on information from 5 job reviews

    Why this matters

    Everyone should be paid enough to live on.

    The Real Living Wage is a voluntary rate employers can sign up to that is based on the real cost of living.

    The Real Living Wage is currently £9.50 per hour, and £10.85 per hour in London.

  • People are paid below market rates

    Does Build-A-Bear Workshop pay market rates?

    People are not paid market rates

    How we know this

    80% of people are paid below the typical pay for the type of work they do

    Based on information from 5 job reviews

    Why this matters

    Pay can vary a lot between types of job. Employers should be ensuring that the rates their staff are paid are in line with similar roles elsewhere.

  • Less than 4 weeks notice of shifts

    How much notice do people get of their shift pattern at Build-A-Bear Workshop?

    People don’t get 4 weeks notice of when they’re working

    How we know this

    • 20% report getting one week notice or less
    • 20% report getting two weeks notice
    • 60% report getting three weeks notice
    • 0% report getting four weeks notice or more
    • 0% report having a fixed rota

    Based on information from 5 job reviews

    Why this matters

    At a good job, you get plenty of notice about when you’re working.

    This makes it easy for you to plan the rest of life, as well as your finances, because you know how much you’ll be working and when.

Good
  • No short notice shift changes

    Do Build-A-Bear Workshop managers change shifts at short notice?

    Most managers don’t change people’s shifts at short notice

    How we know this

    60% of people say their manager doesn’t changes their shifts at the last minute

    Based on information from 5 job reviews

    Why this matters

    If your manager is often changing your shifts at short notice that’s a sign of poor planning. At a good job you won’t be messed around at the last minute.

Excellent
  • Enough training

    Do people get enough training when they start at Build-A-Bear Workshop?

    People get enough training when they start

    How we know this

    80% of people report they got enough training when they started working here

    Based on information from 5 job reviews

    Why this matters

    A good job should give you good training when you start, not just drop you in at the deep end.

    This means that you’ll be happier and more productive from day one and shows that your employer values you.

    It’s also very important if your job involves anything that could be dangerous. Good training from the outset keeps you and your team safe.

  • People aren’t stressed

    Is it stressful to work at Build-A-Bear Workshop?

    People don’t feel stressed here

    How we know this

    80% of people say they don’t feel stressed at work

    Based on information from 5 job reviews

    Why this matters

    Work isn’t always easy, but if you’re frequently feel stressed, that’s not good.

    Your employer should support you with enough people and resources to get your job done without feeling overwhelmed.

  • Opportunities to progress

    Are people given support to progress at Build-A-Bear Workshop?

    People are given support to progress here

    How we know this

    In the last year, 80% of people report being given an opportunity to get better at their job, learn a new skill, learn to manage a team or get more responsibility in their role

    Based on information from 5 job reviews

    Why this matters

    A good job should help you progress at work, if you want to. That might be supporting you to get better at the job you currently have, learn something new, manage a team or take on more responsibilities.

    This means you’ll be able to build on your skills and experience, and earn more money.

  • People recommend their team

    Do people at Build-A-Bear Workshop recommend working with their team?

    People recommend working with their team

    How we know this

    100% of people report that they would recommend working with their immediate team to a friend

    Based on information from 5 job reviews

    Why this matters

    A good job means enjoying the place where you work.

    The people you work with every day really matter. They can be the difference between a terrible day and a great one.

    If you’d recommend your team to a friend, this shows that something’s going right.

  • Managers are respectful

    Do people at Build-A-Bear Workshop feel treated by respect by their managers?

    People feel treated with respect by their managers

    How we know this

    80% of people say they’re treated with respect by their managers

    Based on information from 5 job reviews

    Why this matters

    Everyone should get treated with respect by their managers. You shouldn’t feel discriminated against or bullied, and if you have a problem you should be able to speak to someone about it.

  • Well informed about head office

    Do workers feel well informed about how Build-A-Bear Workshop is doing?

    People feel well informed about how the company is doing

    How we know this

    100% of people feel that they are kept well informed about how the company is doing as a whole

    Based on information from 5 job reviews

    Why this matters

    At a good job, there should be a supportive relationship between the people working on the frontline serving customers and the people who own the company or work in head office.

    You should be kept informed about how the company is doing as a whole, both in good times and when things get tough for the business.

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How Build-A-Bear Workshop ranks

Build-A-Bear Workshop ranks joint 10th to work for in retailers

  1. 10= Arcadia Group
    7.0
  2. 10= Build-A-Bear Workshop
    7.0
  3. 10= Ocado
    7.0

Build-A-Bear Workshop job reviews

  • Best thing

    The job is so much fun and is very rewarding

    Worst thing

    The pay isn’t great and I don’t have a full time contract

    6.3

    Supervisor, December 2019

  • Best thing

    The people I work with, the jobs itself and the interaction with guests.

    Worst thing

    Undervalued in my role, no consideration given to length of service or experience of individuals.

    3.7

    Assistant manager, August 2020

About

Build-A-Bear Workshop is a toy retailer. They sell customisable cuddly toys.

buildabear.co.uk

Handy to know

How much notice do people get of their shifts?

20% report getting one week notice or less
20% report getting two weeks notice
60% report getting three weeks notice

Based on 5 employees

How are people paid?

60%
by the hour
40%
an annual salary

Based on 5 employees

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