Ocean State Job Lot Reviews

Updated July 5, 2015
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Marc Perlman
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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. Sales Associate

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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


  2. Avoid!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • 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.


  3. Don

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • 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.


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  5. 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.


  6. Sales Associate

    • 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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great work environment and wonderful customer service experience.

    Cons

    Management was not friendly and they do not abide by their open door policy.

    Advice to Management

    Every employee is a part of the big picture from Corporate down to the cashiers it is important to treat your workers with the same respect you deserve because we are all here for the same cause, to benefit the company.


  7. Love it there

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ocean State Job Lot

    Pros

    They will take care of you if you need something.

    Cons

    Every place has pros on cons- this has been a great place to work


  8. Helpful (1)

    What a mess

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

    I worked at Ocean State Job Lot part-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Nice people for the most part...

    Cons

    Where do I start? The paranoid way they 'monitor employees is just plain awful. Makes you always wonder what the management is going to think up next.


  9. Manager

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

    I worked at Ocean State Job Lot

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Loyal to long term employees. Benefits to pt employees including vacation,sick and pto. Have a point system that's cut and dry for employees who can be termed when they reach max points.

    Cons

    Years away from being on same playing field as most companies as far as fundamentals. Too much micro management


  10. Stop the Insanity

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in East Bridgewater, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in East Bridgewater, MA

    I worked at Ocean State Job Lot part-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Would give 5 stars for fellow employees and customers. May not be the same at all stores

    Cons

    Management is horrible! Poor training . Managers do not take responsibility for their mistakes.

    Advice to Management

    Training on treatment of store employees. They should know all company policies not make up ones that work for them.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Worst Company to work for

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Employee in Saugus, MA
    Current Employee - Employee in Saugus, MA

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

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

    Pros

    Their are no PROS for working for this company, pay sucks management is horrible, no good can come out of working for this company

    Cons

    To much micro-management, ideas are thrown aside like trash they do not value their employees, point system makes you feel like your in grade school 10 minute breaks instead of 15. If your desperate for a job then this is the place to go otherwise stay unemployed until you find something better. No chance of moving up, does not follow availability or your needs

    Advice to Management

    Get a grip on reality start treating employees with respect, without employees your TREAT program is nothing your business wouldn't exist



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