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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 131 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

  • Job Lot teams in CT, MA and RI showed their support and raised funds for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, HopeHealth Dementia & Alzheimer's Services, Amos House, and Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. We're looking forward to participating in more fundraisers this spring!

  • We're at the The Crowne Plaza Hotel-Providence/Warwick until 3 p.m. today for the WPRI & Fox Providence Job Fair! If you're seeking a new position, stop by our booth to learn about the career opportunities at Ocean State Job Lot!

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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 - Recruiting Coordinator in North Kingstown, RI
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    I have been working at Ocean State Job Lot full-time (More than a year)


    I was fortunate enough to get in last minute into their first ever organized internship program in the Summer of 2016. The experience was amazing! It was paid and full-time, so not only did I make good money over the summer, I received College credits and learned so much. I was a Recruiting intern working under the Director of Recruiting as well as the Corporate Recruiter (both were and are amazing mentors!). Once I got settled and understood their systems, I was able to make a BIG IMPACT. By the time the Summer was over, I had compiled data and analytics for our recruiting department as well as helped with organizing our centralized recruiting process. I would have never imagined being able to make such a big impact; especially at a company of this size. The interns were also able to learn about different departments outside of the one they interned in. Every week we would have an intern lunch where a member of a certain department would come in and talk to us about their role. We had the opportunity to ask questions and get valuable insight on the company's operation as a whole, as well as different career paths. I interned in the Summer, but was also able to come back during my Winter break. This was awesome because I was able to make some money for the following semester. The best part though is that whenever I voiced to my supervisors what I enjoyed doing, they would give me projects that catered to what I liked. I loved diving into the numbers and analytics, so they gave me a lot of cool projects where I got to explore my talents and interests.

    After I graduated college I did not plan on returning to the state of Rhode Island. After getting a job offer from OSJL though, I had to stay. It's been almost 6 months now and I love it! I've already received a promotion, more responsibilities and new challenges. I always feel like my input and ideas are not only valued, but implemented. It's refreshing to work with people who love their career, and want to put in the hard work to make the company better. If someone does an awesome job on a project or meeting, your hard work is recognized. An important aspect of a job right out of college for me, was to work at a place where I can learn and grow from the people around me. Working under a CHRO and Director of Recruiting that are so passionate about the work they do, the people they work with , and hire is such a pleasure.

    This is longer than I expected so I'll wrap it up. If you are not a part of our company and reading this , you may be thinking "well this person is in recruiting, so obviously this is just another tactic". Of course I hope this helps people make the decision to apply for a position with us, but more importantly this is the truth. Lets keep it up!


    No one would believe my "pros" if I didn't put any cons. I would say that the free lunch could be better, but as my parents said "beggars can't be choosers". Other than that, the room I work in is a little colder than I would like, but nothing an extra layer can't fix.

    Advice to Management

    Keep acknowledging hard work, and rewarding valuable employees. Lets all keep continually learning and getting better.

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Ocean State Job Lot Photos

Ocean State Job Lot photo of: Our Corporate Headquarters
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Ocean State Job Lot photo of: OSJL at the Hyannis Convention Job Fair
Ocean State Job Lot photo of: Diamond Hill Road, Woonsocket, RI Grand Opening
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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, 2018
  • 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
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