Ocean State Job Lot Reviews

Updated July 27, 2015
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Marc Perlman
26 Ratings

Pros
  • Health Insurance is the only pro (in 8 reviews)

  • The employee discount was pretty good (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • They don't tell you about the point system til after you've started working there (in 7 reviews)

  • Not worth your time as a full time job at all (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Supervisor

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ocean State Job Lot full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to work, great team members and management staff

    Cons

    Point situation needs to be re looked, as a person with elderly parents who have been quite ill my thinking has to be work or parents and its been very hard to concentrate on my job when elderly parents are not well and I'm having to be needed by them .

    Advice to Management

    Please Mr Perlman think of the employee's with elderly parents.


  2. Cashier

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ocean State Job Lot

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great place to work, great atmosphere and very friendly staff.

    Cons

    Often times scheduled to work very weird hours, and also had to be ready to work at the drop of a hat at time if others called out. That's the retail game, though.


  3. points

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate/Cashier in Manchester, CT
    Current Employee - Sales Associate/Cashier in Manchester, CT

    I have been working at Ocean State Job Lot (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Good hours and good employees

    Cons

    The points situation is not right. If u don't feel good or have a family emergency u gotta really think of calling out because u get points. So basically u have to go to work when u are sick or having a family situation because u will get points.

    Advice to Management

    Be understanding about there employees we all humans and get sick and have family situations


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  5. Poor

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ocean State Job Lot full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Discount is decent at 20 percent

    Cons

    Treat their managers poorly.


  6. Sales Associate

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Quincy, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Quincy, MA

    I have been working at Ocean State Job Lot part-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, employee discount and nice coworkers

    Cons

    Store management is not very professional

    Advice to Management

    Improve store management by using fixed store policy


  7. Stay away

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    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Sales Associate/Cashier in Oxford, ME
    Current Employee - Sales Associate/Cashier in Oxford, ME

    I have been working at Ocean State Job Lot part-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Some of the co-workers are good to work with. You do get paid vacations,sick time and bereavement pay. The bereavement pay is available immediately.

    Cons

    A lot of kiss ups that will tell on you every time you turn around, the point system is unfair it makes you feel like you can't call in when you're sick or emergencies. And you're not paid enough with all the different duties that you have to do. Most new employees quit within 1 week to a month after starting there. you have to wait 1-2 years before you receive vacation and sick pay. Part timers don't get insurance benefits. They make sure you stay under a certain amount of hours so you don't qualify for insurance. You have way too many duties you it's a very stressful place to work for.


  8. Avoid!

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ocean State Job Lot part-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    With the right team and management, working here is barable. Pretty flexible on hours and days worked.

    Cons

    Pay leaves something less than desireable. Corporate was horrible as is the company owner. Over and above regular retail expectations.

    Advice to Management

    Don't let corporate influence the way you run your store. It was fairly obvious most of them have never actually worked their way up anywhere.


  9. Horrible company

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ocean State Job Lot full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The part time associates that I met.

    Cons

    Horrible management and corporate gets paid to watch employees in the store through cameras all day. Point system gets associates fired quickly. If you are 30 seconds late from your lunch or break you get points on your record and it leads to them firing you.

    Advice to Management

    Worst ever.


  10. Don

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Front End Supervisor in Danvers, MA
    Current Employee - Front End Supervisor in Danvers, MA

    I have been working at Ocean State Job Lot (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, allows you to take time off if you give advance notice. Other than that, there really isn't anything good to say about it.

    Cons

    This company doesn't care about its employees and is constantly seeking to punish them or accuse them of wrongdoing. Even long-term and trusted employees are under constant scrutiny from corporate. They do not reward their employees for doing a good job and thus the place is a revolving door of new hires and those who walk out/are fired. Very little opportunity for advancement even for model employees. Points system is strict and unfair. Does not train... instead just throws employees into the mix and watches you lose your job as you struggle to learn the proper way.

    Advice to Management

    To corporate: have faith in your employees and focus more on improving customer experience rather than literally breathing down the necks of your employees. Treat your employees with respect. Insist on a better training program instead of throwing new hires into situations they are unprepared for.


  11. Almost 7 years, still no respect.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Supervisor, Dep Head
    Current Employee - Supervisor, Dep Head

    I have been working at Ocean State Job Lot full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Many coworkers are friendly, overall I enjoy the work itself. Great discount of 20% and decent benefits.

    Cons

    Management is disorganized with a mob mentality, if you're on the "family" you get away with everything including repeated no call no shows whilst other employees are automatically terminated for such behavior. Until you're in management expect to work your back end off with little to no recognition and even less money, if you somehow do move up to management expect to be frequently transferred between locations (even locations hours away) with less than a weeks notice (of course this won't happen if you're a favorite of your DM) The company is cheap, corporate management rude and work loads stressful. Expect to have permanent joint damage, constantly asked to do 2 to 4 man lifts on your own, more often than not you'll be asked to move 2ton pallets with a hand jack (rated at less than that weight) or carry out large awkward items by yourself (gazebos and grills for example) This place is an OSHA nightmare, sharp rusty shelves, outdated equipment, expired food that corporate insists is still safe to sell, no proper safety equipment, overloaded (and collapsing) aisles, unsafe heat levels in summer and cold in winter due to faulty hvac and no control over thermostats (corporate controls temperatures from RI to save money) If your store loses power expect to be forced to stock shelves in the dark by flashlight.

    Advice to Management

    Come on guys, grow up. This isn't high school and cliques are not okay in the work place. Don't pick favorites and don't push employees to the point of injury and complete emotional break down. Be professional.



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