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Ocean State Job Lot Overview

North Kingstown, RI
1001 to 5000 employees
Company - Private
General Merchandise & Superstores
Unknown / Non-Applicable
Ocean State Job Lot is the Northeast's largest, privately held, closeout retail chain with 129 stores in New England, New York, and New Jersey, approximately 5,000 employees, and annual sales exceeding $650 million. Since our founding in ... Read more

Mission: To provide exceptional value to our customers through opportunistic buying and selling of quality brand name merchandise, and to share the resulting profits with stockholders, associates, and the communities in which we live and work.

Company Updates

  • On Nov. 17 & 18 - we're teaming up with iHeartRadio and the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority to collect non-perishable food items for the Rhode Island Community Food Bank. We need your help! Bring your non-perishable food items to any Job Lot store in RI and help us fill a bus with food. Your favorite radio DJs from B101, 94HJY and Coast 93.3 are broadcasting live from our Coventry, North Kingstown & Pawtucket stores!

    —11 hours ago
  • We'd like to thank FOX 61 News and the American Red Cross for partnering with us to help at-risk veterans in Connecticut this winter.

    —7 days ago
    Support Veterans in Need this Holiday Season

    The battle to say warm this winter is being made a little easier for veterans in need in Connecticut with the Hope for the Holidays program. The American Red Cross has teamed up with Fox 61 and Ocean State Job Lot Charitable Foundation to provide warmth and support to at-risk veterans in our community.

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Ocean State Job Lot – Why Work For Us?

Ocean State Job Lot is the "Home of Adventure Shopping." 
Millions of Job Lot customers enjoy hunting for quality brand name merchandise at closeout prices.


the early years

Ocean State Job Lot opened for business in 1977 as a single store operation in North Kingstown, RI. The idea was to sell brand name, first quality products at closeout prices. We understood that people work hard for their money. Our job was to deliver the best values possible. That was the idea then and that's still our goal today. Although we are known as a closeout company, we prefer to think of ourselves as opportunistic merchants.


ocean state Job lot store

Our merchandise selection not only consists of a variety of manufacturer's overruns, overstocks and packaging changes, but also includes many areas where our buyers have determined that "holes" exist in the marketplace. We are constantly on the hunt for special deals, which allow us to offer quality brand name merchandise at closeout prices.


 one of our cashiers

Value matters in every facet of the business; it is central to our corporate culture. Yet as we've grown, we've come to understand that our most important assets are our associates. Long-term success requires a mutual team approach. When associates take pride in what they do, and are proud to be part of our business family, our company is moving in the proper direction.


As a stable, profitable company, we've built a business of 129 stores while building careers at the same time. We will continue growing our business in the Northeast. With store growth, there's plenty of opportunity for professional growth at OSJL.




Ocean State Job Lot, its principals and its associates actively support the Rhode Island Community Food Bank, Trinity Repertory Company, the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Rhode Island, and the Rhode Island Donation Exchange Program. Outside Rhode Island, Job Lot provides ongoing support for food banks and hospitals throughout the Northeast, and provides assistance to victims of natural disasters, which have included Armenia, Central America, The Dominican Republic, Haiti, Louisiana and Central America. 

The Ocean State Job Lot Charitable Foundation annually raises money for food banks throughout the Northeast, cancer care at Boston Medical Center, and hosts the Annual Golf Charity Classic, which raises money for regional food banks.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in North Kingstown, RI
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    I have been working at Ocean State Job Lot full-time (More than 10 years)


    SO many changes occurring. I can't tell you how many times I came close to leaving this company in the over 10 years I've been here. It would have been the biggest mistake of my life. Every single week I see more changes happening. The benefits ALONE are worth working here. Just as this company exploded from 1 store to 127, it's exploding just as fast with innovative ideas of how to TRULY be an employer of choice. Forbes was right!!! If you're an AWESOME, UPBEAT, PRODUCTIVE type worker, PLEASE COME JOIN US!!! Job Lot's retail brick and mortar footprint will endure all challenges. We're going to need reliable team members to continue this momentum.


    I have no cons to list.

    Advice to Management

    I really appreciate all the changes you've made to make our work atmosphere fun to be in, our jobs incredibly challenging, our benefits FASTLY becoming second to NONE, and MOSTLY to making me look forward to coming to work every day. I know some people will have their negative comments, but I have seen nothing but HUGE changes - the likes of which I've never seen with any other company.

    My advice is to continue doing what you're doing. You're breeding loyalty through your generosity and commitment to make our lives better in every way. THANK YOU!!!

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Ocean State Job Lot Photos

Ocean State Job Lot photo of: Our Corporate Headquarters
Ocean State Job Lot photo of: Bowling to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ocean State
Ocean State Job Lot photo of: Team Job Lot at Flames of Hope 2017
Ocean State Job Lot photo of: Team Job Lot at Flames of Hope 2017
Ocean State Job Lot photo of: ESL Class Facilitated by Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island
Ocean State Job Lot photo of: 2017 Three Square Meals Food Donation Delivery
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Ocean State Job Lot Interviews



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    Anonymous Employee in Southwick, MA
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    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Ocean State Job Lot (Southwick, MA) in November 2016.


    Heard back from the company the same day I applied. Interview was less structured with rigid questions like the corporate ones I am used to. More laid back, get to know eachother in a relaxing but welcoming atmosphere. In total the interview lasted about an hour and I left with a good feeling about it and the company as a whole.

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Ocean State Job Lot Awards & Accolades

  • America's Best Midsize Employers, Forbes, 2017
  • Healthiest Employers, Providence Business News, 2017
  • Worksite Health Award - Superior, Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of RI, 2017
  • Corporate Philanthropist of the Year, Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), 2017
  • 2017 In-House Leaders, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, 2017
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