Build-A-Bear Workshop among the Best Workplaces for Diversity according to Great Place to Work and FORTUNE

ST. LOUIS, 2017-Dec-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — For the third consecutive year, Build-A-Bear Workshop Inc. (NYSE: BBW)—an interactive destination where Guests can make customized furry friends­—is one of the Best Workplaces for Diversity, according to global research and consulting firm Great Place to Work and FORTUNE.

Build-A-Bear Workshop ranked No. 37 on the 2017 list, which is based on more than 440,000 employee surveys from organizations in a wide range of industries across the U.S., taking into account more than 50 elements of team members’ experience on the job. These include professional development, behaviors linked to innovation, leadership confidence and consistent treatment among employees of different backgrounds. The ranking also accounts for the share of women, people of color, Baby Boomers and LGBT individuals in the workplace.

“We are incredibly grateful to have so many talented associates from different backgrounds contributing to our success and continuing to make Build-A-Bear Workshop a fun, fulfilling place to work,” said Sharon Price John, president and chief executive officer, Build-A-Bear Workshop. “We value the unique expertise and perspective each of our team members brings in helping us add a little more heart to life.”

The Best Workplaces for Diversity stand out for their consistent leadership and the meaningful ways that all employees contribute to their organizations. Tenure for women and people of color was higher at the leading employers than at their peers. In several business sectors, the winning organizations also reported turnover two to three times lower than industry averages.

“The Best Workplaces for Diversity have achieved something beyond basic fairness. They find ways to connect with each and every employee, listening to their challenges and building on their talents,” said Michael Bush, CEO of Great Place to Work.

The Best Workplaces for Diversity is one of a series of rankings by Great Place to Work and FORTUNE based on employee survey feedback from Great Place to Work®-CertifiedTM organizations. Build-A-Bear Workshop also ranked as a best workplace on the following lists by Great Place to Work® and FORTUNE: the 2017 100 Best Companies to Work For® list (for the ninth consecutive year);the 2017 Best Workplaces for Women list (for the third consecutive year); the 2017 Best Workplaces in Retail list (for the fourth consecutive year); and the 2017 Best Workplaces for Millennials list (for the third consecutive year).

About Build-A-Bear
Founded in St. Louis in 1997, Build-A-Bear, a global brand kids love and parents trust, seeks to add a little more heart to life. Build-A-Bear Workshop has approximately 400 stores worldwide where Guests can create customizable furry friends, including company-owned stores in the United States, Canada, Denmark, Ireland, Puerto Rico, the United Kingdom and China, and franchise stores in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, Mexico and the Middle East. The company was named to the FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For® list for the ninth year in a row in 2017. Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. (NYSE: BBW) posted a total revenue of $364.2 million in fiscal 2016. For more information, visit buildabear.com.

About the Best Workplaces for Diversity
Great Place to Work based its ranking on a data-driven methodology applied to anonymous Trust Index™ survey responses from 442,624 employees at Great Place to Work-Certified organizations. To learn more about Great Place to Work Certification and recognition on Best Workplaces lists published with FORTUNE, visit Greatplacetowork.com.

About Great Place to Work
Great Place to Work is the global authority on high-trust, high-performance workplace cultures. Through its certification programs, Great Place to Work recognizes outstanding workplace cultures and produces the annual Fortune “100 Best Companies to Work For®” and Great Place to Work Best Workplaces lists for Millennials, Women, Diversity, Small & Medium Companies, industries and, internationally, countries and regions. Through its culture consulting services, Great Place to Work helps clients create great workplaces that outpace peers on key business metrics like revenue growth, profitability, retention and stock performance.

Learn more at Greatplacetowork.com and on LinkedInTwitterFacebook and Instagram.

Source: Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc.

Great Place to Work and FORTUNE named Old Navy one of the 2017 Best Workplaces for Diversity

SAN FRANCISCO, 2017-Dec-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Great Place to Work and FORTUNE have named Old Navy one of the 2017 Best Workplaces for Diversity. The ranking considered more than 440,000 employee surveys from organizations in a wide range of industries across the U.S. Great Place to Work, a research and consulting firm, evaluated more than 50 elements of team members’ experience on the job. These included professional development, behaviors linked to innovation, leadership confidence and consistent treatment among employees of different backgrounds. The ranking also accounted for the share of women, people of color, Baby Boomers and LGBT individuals in the workplace. Old Navy was also named to the 2017 “Best Workplaces in Retail” list.

“Old Navy’s mission is to democratize style and make great fashion accessible to everyone, and we celebrate a workplace that’s just as diverse as our customers,” said Sheila Peters, Senior Vice President, Old Navy Human Resources and Communications. “Our employees are what make us unique, and it’s important that they feel respected and empowered at work, every day.”

“At Gap Inc., we strive to create a workplace culture that embraces diversity and inclusion and treats every individual with dignity and respect. By upholding these values, we are able to attract and retain talented people, deliver the best products and experiences to our customers and support positive change across business and society,” said Kisha Modica, Senior Director, Diversity and Inclusion, Gap, Inc.

The Best Workplaces for Diversity stand out for their consistent leadership and the meaningful ways that all employees contribute to their organizations. Tenure for women and people of color was higher at the leading employers than at their peers. In several business sectors, the winning organizations also reported turnover two to three times lower than industry averages.

“The Best Workplaces for Diversity have achieved something beyond basic fairness. They find ways to connect with each and every employee, listening to their challenges and building on their talents,” said Michael Bush, CEO of Great Place to Work.

The Best Workplaces for Diversity is one of a series of rankings by Great Place to Work and FORTUNE based on employee feedback from Great Place to Work-Certified™ organizations. Old Navy also was ranked as a Best Workplace for Retail by Great Place to Work and FORTUNE.

Learn more about careers at Old Navy on LinkedIn and the Old Navy Careers Blog.

About Old Navy

Old Navy is a global apparel and accessories brand that makes current American essentials accessible to every family. Originated in 1994, the brand celebrates the democracy of style through on-trend, playfully optimistic, affordable and high quality product. A division of San Francisco-based Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS), Old Navy brings a fun, energizing shopping environment to its customers in more than 1,000 stores around the world. For more information, please visit www.oldnavy.com.

About the Best Workplaces for Diversity

Great Place to Work based its ranking on a data-driven methodology applied to anonymous Trust Index™ survey responses from 442,624 employees at Great Place to Work-Certified organizations. To learn more about Great Place to Work Certification and recognition on Best Workplaces lists published with FORTUNE, visit Greatplacetowork.com.

About Great Place to Work

Great Place to Work is the global authority on high-trust, high-performance workplace cultures. Through its certification programs, Great Place to Work recognizes outstanding workplace cultures and produces the annual Fortune “100 Best Companies to Work For®” and Great Place to Work Best Workplaces lists for Millennials, Women, Diversity, Small & Medium Companies, industries and, internationally, countries and regions. Through its culture consulting services, Great Place to Work helps clients create great workplaces that outpace peers on key business metrics like revenue growth, profitability, retention and stock performance.

Learn more at Greatplacetowork.com and on LinkedInTwitterFacebook and Instagram.

MEDIA CONTACT:
press@gap.com

SOURCE: Gap Inc.

IKEA U.S. is one of the 2017 Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For

Conshohocken, PA, 2017-Mar-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — It was announced today that IKEA U.S. is one of the 2017 Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For, according to global research and consulting firm Great Place to Work® and Fortune.

IKEA U.S. is grateful to have been selected by Great Place to Work® and Fortune for the second year in a row for the FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For list. The companies on this list are based on employee ratings of their workplace culture; including the level of trust they feel towards their leaders, the pride they take in their jobs, and the camaraderie they experience with co-workers.

“I am very pleased to thank our 15,000 US co-workers for their outstanding contributions in making IKEA a great place to work, and earning a place on the FORTUNE 100 Best list this year,” said Lars Petersson, IKEA US President and CEO. “Our vision to create a better everyday life for the many people, especially our co-workers, has not wavered or changed. It is our backbone and provides a clear framework, guiding us in everything we do. When we remain true to our values – and make decisions and take actions that are consistent with them – we can build long term relationships with our customers and our co-workers.”

IKEA U.S. has recently been recognized among stakeholders, the media and customers for its new parental leave policy. As of January 1, 2017, IKEA has been offering an expanded parental leave benefit for all co-workers who are welcoming a child into their families providing up to 4 months paid time off.* Additionally in January 2015, IKEA implemented a new minimum wage structure based on the local living costs instead of the cost of labor. In January 2016, IKEA raised local minimum wages again. The average minimum hourly wage is $11.87 and all IKEA stores have a minimum wage above $10 per hour. The average hourly pay rate is $15.45/hour.

IKEA U.S. has also been recognized by Glassdoor (October 2016) for Best Companies for Vacation and Paid Time Off; FORTUNE (December 2016) for 50 Best Companies to Work for Diversity and Inclusion; the Human Rights Campaign for 100% index which measures an LGBTQ inclusive workplace, and others.

“The 100 best workplaces are at the vanguard of an emerging movement,” said Michael Bush, CEO of Great Place to Work®. “It’s a movement of great workplaces for all—for people of all backgrounds, geographies and job titles. The 100 best and those that join them are enjoying better business outcomes even as they build a better society.”

In his editor’s letter, Alan Murray, Editor-in-Chief of Fortune, writes: “With each passing year, this list has become more popular and, we think, more important… In a world where companies are no longer measured by the size of their factories or the reach of their storefronts, human capital has become an ever more important determinant of value. The companies that make our list are there, by and large, by choice. They know their business depends on their ability to attract great people.”

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For list, and 2017 winners continue to show that a high-trust culture fuels better business results. Great Place to Work research shows that list winners keep outperforming the stock market, beating industry rivals when it comes to talent retention and demonstrating higher levels of productivity than peers.

See the full list here: http://for.tn/2mJQvIB

*Co-workers who have been with IKEA for over one year can take a combined three months of parental leave, receiving 100% of their base wage for the first 6 weeks of parental leave and 50% for an additional 6 weeks. Three or more years, co-workers can take a combined four months of parental leave, receiving 100% of their base wage for the first 8 weeks and 50% for an additional 8 weeks.

Contact: IKEA U.S. Corporate PR Director, Mona Astra Liss, 610.834.0180, ext. 5852
Mona.Liss@IKEA.com

About Great Place to Work®
Great Place to Work® is the global authority on high-trust, high-performance workplace cultures. Through proprietary assessment tools, advisory services, and certification programs, including Best Workplaces lists and workplace reviews, Great Place to Work provides the benchmarks, framework, and expertise needed to create, sustain, and recognize outstanding workplace cultures. In the United States, Great Place to Work produces the annual Fortune “100 Best Companies to Work For®” and a series of Great Place to Work Best Workplaces lists, including lists for Millennials, Women, Diversity, Small and Medium Companies and over a half dozen different industries. Great Place to Work® provides executive advisory and culture consulting services to businesses, non-profits, and government agencies in over 50 countries across six continents.

ABOUT IKEA
Since its 1943 founding in Sweden, IKEA has offered home furnishings of good design and function at low prices so the majority of people can afford them. There are currently more than 392 IKEA stores in 48 countries, including 43 in the U.S. IKEA incorporates sustainability into day-to-day business and supports initiatives that benefit children and the environment. For more information see IKEA-USA.com, @IKEAUSANews, @IKEAUSA or IKEAUSA on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Pinterest.

SOURCE: IKEA Systems B.V.

CarMax recognized as one of the 20 Best Workplaces in Retail

RICHMOND, Virginia, 2015-11-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — CarMax, Inc. (NYSE: KMX), the nation’s largest retailer of used cars announces that it has been recognized by Great Place to Work® and Fortune as one of the 20 Best Workplaces in Retail. This honor is exceptionally notable because the recognition is based on CarMax employees’ own assessments of the quality and inclusiveness of the workplace.

“CarMax is a welcoming, energetic workplace where respect, wellness and development opportunities help associates turn jobs into careers,” said Kim Ross, assistant vice president, HR services and diversity.

CarMax and the 19 other winning companies were selected based on evaluations by more than 45,000 employees within the retail sector. Employees ranked their companies using Great Place to Work’s Trust Index© employee survey. Employees answered questions about how frequently they experience the behaviors that create a great workplace, considering everything from the quality of the company’s pay and benefits, their opportunities for advancement, support for employees’ personal lives, and management ethics.

“The companies on this list are leaders who offer retail employees well-rounded workplaces capable of attracting and developing top talent regardless of industry sector,” says Michael Bush, CEO of Great Place to Work® United States. “Ranking on this list is a great indicator that these companies’ efforts to create great workplaces are resonating throughout their teams.”

The 20 Best Workplaces in Retail ranking is one of a series of rankings by Great Place to Work® and Fortune based upon employee survey feedback from published Great Place to Work® Reviews. CarMax also has been named on Fortune magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work For® list eleven consecutive years and was recently recognized by Great Place to Work® and Fortune as one of the 50 Best Workplaces for Diversity as well as one of the 10 Best Workplaces for African Americans and Hispanics.

CarMax is currently recruiting for more than 2,000 positions in locations across the country. The company is growing and offers a variety of careers. CarMax offers a comprehensive benefits package including health coverage, paid time off, insurance and disability, and retirement options for full-time associates. The company also offers competitive pay and promotes a diverse work environment. Stores are equipped with climate controlled, state-of-the-art service bays with quality equipment. Employees receive discounts on car purchases and other services.

“Our associates experience a workplace full of opportunities for skill development, award-winning training, advancement, and recognition for performance,” said Tracey Shoemaker, director of talent acquisition for CarMax. “Candidates who have a passion for driving integrity throughout the retail environment, are team oriented, and wish to be part of a great work environment should check out the many career opportunities we have open across the country.”

How Can Job Seekers Apply?

  • Please apply online at jobs.carmax.com for consideration
  • To see a video with first-hand accounts from CarMax associates, visit the YouTube page on youtube.com/carmax
  • Technicians require previous automotive experience, however most positions do not.

 

About CarMax
CarMax, a member of the FORTUNE 500 and the S&P 500, and one of the FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For® for 11 consecutive years, is the nation’s largest retailer of used vehicles. Headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, CarMax currently operates 153 superstores in 77 markets. The CarMax consumer offer features low, no-haggle prices, a broad selection of CarMax Quality Certified used vehicles, and superior customer service. During the 12 months ending February 28, 2015, the company retailed 582,282 used cars and sold 376,186 wholesale vehicles at our in-store auctions. For more information, access the CarMax website at www.carmax.com

Media Contact
Jennifer Bartusiak, CarMax Public Relations, pr@carmax.com

Twitter: @CarMax, Facebook: facebook.com/CarMax

SOURCE: CarMax Business Services, LLC