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Describe your career path at Caleres.I started as a customer service agent in Consumer Care. Soon after, I was offered the position of Receptionist at our St. Louis corporate office. I got to know not only my coworkers, but also their families. I loved being the face of our company.
The following year, my director approached me and asked me where I wanted to go with the company. Through shadowing opportunities, I learned not only that I loved the Order Management role, but also that I was qualified for the position. I wanted a challenge—and I got it!
What advice do you have for someone interested in working at Caleres?Be prepared to bring your whole self to work. We value not only your skillset, but who you are as a person. Focus on building relationships in- and outside of your department—It’s what got me this job!
Why Caleres?I wanted to work for a company with global headquarters here in St. Louis to grow my career. I knew Caleres would provide me opportunities to work not only in retail with Famous Footwear, but also with our wholesale brands.
What’s the best part of your job?The variety of cross-functional teams I get to work with—and the innovation and speed at which digital marketing moves. I’m inspired by the evolution of shopping and consumer behavior. In my eCommerce role, I get to be a part of converging digital and physical worlds and work on projects that help evolve and define how in-store shopping is changing.
Why Caleres?I started my career as a Buyer for a major department store where I bought many Caleres brands. During those years I saw that Caleres was made up of the best people in the footwear industry. Everyone at the company was driven, intelligent and collaborative. I wanted to be a part of such a great team!
What’s the best part of your job?Every day is different. But the one thing that is consistent is that an Account Director sells shoes every single day. There is no better feeling than receiving orders from your buyers after working so hard on selling strategies, and then seeing them come to life and growing the business together as partners.
How have you been involved in Caleres’ charitable efforts?I am very passionate about our United Way campaign. It allows all of us to be involved in an organization that helps 1 million people in the St. Louis area. I was proud to be an event co-chair last year. We, as a company, put so many resources and passion behind making a difference in our community.
What’s unique about our company?I found a “home” with Caleres. I started as a part-time Associate and never left. I’ve worked in multiple stores and lived in multiple cities. I’ve never felt like just a number, or just one Associate. From hourly Associate to Store Manager to DSM, I’ve always known I’m a part of something bigger.
We have many Associates who leave and come back to us—because they love the people and they love what they do. We don’t just hire people who are great with our customers and who drive results—we make sure they’re truly a great fit for our company.
What advice do you have for someone interested in working for us?Work hard—that’s how you succeed. If you want it, it’s there. Don’t only prove to us that you can do the job. Prove to us that you’re passionate about being a part of a diverse team that drives results by inspiring others around you.
What was the favorite part of your internship?The best part of coming to work every day is how excited everyone else is to come to work every day. This is a place where everyone feels genuinely passionate about what they’re doing. You can see it when they talk about the projects they’re working on. They’re constantly striving to do more, to push the envelope and challenge themselves to think outside the box and be truly innovative.
What advice would you give future interns?Don’t be afraid to engage with other departments and to go beyond your assigned duties. Everyone here is so passionate about what they do and excited to share their knowledge.
Following my internship, I was offered a full-time position and couldn’t be more excited to join the Famous Footwear team!
What’s the best part of your job?Working with my team on new ideas and direction. We have a brainstorming session at the start of each season. It’s our time to be creative—we don’t have to be in a box yet. And just as exciting, seeing the shoes you designed on someone! I always ask to take a picture and ask what she loves about the shoes. I’ve impacted her life.
How does your work directly contribute to the success of the company?I have a diversified thought process. With a bi-racial background, I look at designing with a different cultural and economic perspective. I’m thinking about all different ethnic cultures when I’m designing and developing a product—color palette, style, heel height, skin tone. Caleres values diversity of thought as critical to driving the business.
What is unique to the culture at Caleres?What I love about Caleres is that we value people before anything else. We celebrate diversity, inclusion and individual successes—a degree, promotion, anniversary or new baby—whether it’s personal or professional. It’s a feel of community.
You could work in Data Security anywhere. Why Caleres? My team is responsible for looking into new technologies so we can speed up and become more efficient, while making sure our data is secure and we’re meeting standards. At Caleres, everyone wants to work together to reach the common goal of success for the company, and we have a sense of pride and ownership of what we do. Be ready to be a part of a bigger team—even in your everyday work, you’re a part of a bigger cause.
Why did you choose to start your career with Caleres? Two things stood out to me about Caleres. First, the company is willing to invest in great talent. I joined directly out of college and since then, have held seven increasingly challenging roles, including two years in our office in China. Second, as a 130-year-old company, it showed me they were able to withstand economic ups and downs and monumental change.
Curiosity is one of our core values. How has it helped you in your career?I always ask, “How can I help you do it faster or smarter?” At Caleres, work ethic and inquisitiveness go a long way. Have courage to go upstairs and ask how things work.
Yes you read it right. We are one of the few companies that offer our Associates a 100% company-funded pension plan as well as a company-matched 401 (k) savings plan.
Competitive medical, vision and dental coverage is available on your first day—no waiting required. Choose from three United Healthcare plans to fit you and your family’s needs.
Our Associates enjoy 30% off our brands. We offer savings on gym memberships, hotels, mobile plans, and products from Apple and Microsoft.
We offer an on-site fitness center, various clubs supporting active lifestyles and a team devoted to keeping our company educated and fit.
In your first year, you are eligible for up to 26 days off including paid-time-off days, holidays and office closed days.
We are a fashion company. Our Associates dress for their day, and are on-trend, in work-appropriate styles.
We encourage you to continue developing your career through degree and certificate programs. Education Assistance is open to Associates twice a year.
Our café is open for breakfast and lunch. Refresh stations located throughout our campus include FREE soda, coffee and fruit infused water.
We applaud those who give back. We offer opportunities to volunteer throughout the year and a charitable match program that allows Associates to double their impact to causes they are passionate about.
We know your time is valuable. That’s why we provide several on-site amenities & services including dry cleaning pick-up, print center, mail center and ATM.
Note: Not all benefits are available to all Associates or locations.
Our company name represents our passion for fit and reflects the drive and creativity our people bring every day. We believe that passion will transform the world from what it is, to what it can be.
We’re a company founded on the insight that people are unique. We’re proud of our inclusive and collaborative environment where differences are celebrated.
We believe our company should be as diverse as the consumers we serve. We seek and engage talented individuals from all backgrounds, ethnicities, genders, lifestyles and belief systems.
We are Caleres, a diverse team working toward a shared mission of inspiring people to feel good, feet first.
Caleres, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Affirmative Action Employer of minorities, women, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans.
The first step is completing our online application. If you’ve already registered, sign in with your username and password. If it’s your first time applying with us, choose Register to create your account.
You can import your education and work history from your LinkedIn profile or resume. You’ll be asked to fill in your personal contact information, and if not pre-populated by your resume, details of your education and work history. (The government requires us to ask you a few additional questions, too.)
At any time you can save your application and come back to complete at another time.
Our assessment allows us to better understand how you prefer to work, and helps us find out where you’re a fit!
Plan to spend about 45 minutes. The timed section requires 10 minutes of uninterrupted time. For all other sections, you can stop and return to complete later.
You’ll receive a confirmation email when your application and assessment are both complete. Our Talent team will review and will be in touch within two weeks.
If you’re selected to move to the next round, we’ll email you a link to your video interview.*
Digital interviewing allows us to get to know you better than a chat on the phone. You can tell your story in a much more personalized, dynamic way. And you can interview anywhere, anytime that’s most convenient for you.
Check out these tips and resources to help guide you through the process: What's a digital interview?
*For some roles, we may conduct this round of interviews over the phone.
After we review your digital interview, if you’re selected as a top candidate, we’ll be in touch within a week to schedule in-person interviews.
We’re excited to get to know you and find out if you’re a fit for our team! You’ll typically meet with your potential manager and a member of our talent team. Bring your questions—this is your opportunity to learn more about the role and our chance to hear more about you.
We may invite you to come back a second time to meet with additional members of our team.
After accepting your offer, your manager and Talent team will stay in touch and make sure you know what to expect on your first day. We develop a customized onboarding experience for each of our Associates and can’t wait for you to get started!
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Thanks for joining us in our mission of inspiring people to feel good, feet first!