Current CEO: Gerald L. Storch
The toy retail giant first started in 1948 as a baby furniture store. The founder, Charles Lazarus, initially added a cradle gym to the inventory. It was a strong seller, prompting him to add tricycles and books to the line-up. Lazarus discovered that while furniture was a one-time purchase, parents would become repeat buyers for toys because they break or the children lose interest in them.
The toy retailer has since grown to more than 875 stores operating in 35 countries and jurisdictions. Toys R Us careers are available around the globe and there is more to working for the company than manning the retail floor. The toy store also requires buyers, accountants, analysts and human resources personnel. Marketing specialists help keep the customers visiting the stores and transportation teams are necessary to keep the merchandise moving from warehouses to store shelves.
Management knows that the company cannot continue to grow without quality employees. In addition to providing a variety of employment opportunities, the company encourages people working at Toys R Us to continually learn and grow. Teamwork is highly valued and cultivated through an environment that includes trust and respect.
The Toys R Us culture values diversity, believing that excellence can only be obtained by embracing our differences. They believe that the unique qualities each employee brings to the team will promote creativity and drive innovation. The performance-based culture is intended to encourage employees to openly communicate with each other and work as part of a larger team.
A leading retailer, Toys R Us benefits are in line with other retailing giants. The company offers health insurance for individuals and their families. In addition to basic health insurance, they provide coverage for dental care, vision and prescription medications. They encourage a healthy work-life balance with vacation, sick time and personal days. A generous, one-hundred percent match on the first four percent that is invested in the 401k plan allows the team members save for retirement. A 529 College Savings Plan is available to help employees save for their children’s education expenses.
Committed to its employees, Toys R Us also offers assistance programs designed to make life a little easier for the team. They offer professional counseling and referral services for people struggling with legal problems, financial challenges or addictions. They also have some impressive services that are rare in the industry, such as financial support for employees trying to adopt a child and resources for childcare.
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