After a year marred by jobs cuts, salary reductions and frozen hourly wages, Bass Pro Shops/Cabela's is looking to hire again — and offering cash bonuses to new hires at two Minnesota locations.
New "outfitters" hired by July 1 at the Woodbury and Rogers Cabela's stores will be eligible for a $750 sign-on bonus, the company said in an announcement. These workers will get $250 after 30 days, and the remaining $500 after 120 days. During that time, a new employee has to remain in good standing and meet hours requirements in order to get the extra cash.
The Woodbury store will be hiring 37 new team members. In Rogers, the company is looking for 44 new hires. There are full- and part-time positions available.
The sign-on bonus is in addition to the normal perks, Cabela's said, including merchandise discounts, holiday and vacation pay, plus health, dental and insurance for eligible employees.
The Springfield News-Leader reported last year that hourly workers account for about 90% of the Bass Pro Shops/Cabela's workforce.
In the early months of the pandemic, many of the company's stores remained open thanks to gun shops in some states and cities being declared essential businesses. But to do so, managers and salaried workers saw a pay cut, hourly workers were told they wouldn't see raises anytime soon, and senior leadership took a 20% salary reduction, Forbes reported.
Still, Bass Pro Shops (which purchased Cabela's in 2017) was named the ninth best employer to work for in a recent Forbes survey. The private company also said it does $6.5 billion in sales annually.
As the economy continues to recover from COVID-19, it's becoming increasingly common for companies to offer enhanced incentives and pay to prospective workers.
ABC News reports that the pandemic has led to a "labor reckoning" with some workers not willing to go back to the jobs they had before, with some changing careers or returning to education, while others require better pay and conditions.