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Ocean State Job Lot Overview

North Kingstown, RI
1001 to 5000 employees
Company - Private
Unknown / Non-Applicable
Ocean State Job Lot is the Northeast's largest, privately held, closeout retail chain with over 120 stores in New England, New York, and New Jersey, approximately 4,800 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

  • We want this to be the best summer ever for our associates so we're securing amazing discounts to the region's most popular hot spots.

  • Congratulations to Tracy Baran, General Counsel for Ocean State Job Lot, who has been recognized as an In-House Leader for the 2017 Leaders in the Law by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly!

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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.




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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 122 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.



undefinedJob Lot, its principals, and its employees 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, the Company provides ongoing support for food banks and hospitals throughout the Northeast, and provides assistance to victims of natural disasters which in the past 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.

Although we would like to assist all the many worthwhile individuals, causes and organizations, please note that our contribution efforts focus on specific issues, with an emphasis on food banks. We hope you understand our position and wish you the best in your endeavors.

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Ocean State Job Lot CEO Marc Perlman
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    "My Employer of Choice"

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


    A company of strong values and a commitment to give back to our communities.
    Very good benefit package.
    An environment that promotes teamwork and inclusiveness.
    Rapidly growing and advancement opportunities at every level.
    Some great benefits you don't see in other companies (see below).


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    Advice to Management

    I want to share just one of the many reasons why OSJL has been my Employer of Choice for over 6 years. It was communicated to our job force that as an employee of OSJL all associates would receive discounts at 2 car dealerships for themselves and their families. I didn't think much of it until I needed a car for my daughter. As one of the dealerships is over an hour away I wasn't very hopeful that the discount would be enough to make it worth the drive. I asked about a Chevy Malibu, 2 years old and in excellent shape. The price I was given was just unbelievable!!! I could not resist and my daughter is driving the car today!! Not only did we get a great price but the folks at Cerrone's Chevy were terrific, treating us like family. I must have looked surprised because the gentleman I was dealing with said to me "Marc (OSJL CEO) insists this be a great deal for you". I have never worked for a company who's CEO was so passionate about people and this is just one example out of many. And, by the way, this discount is for all associates, not just management! I was hired by this great company 6 years ago as a Store Manager, promoted to a District Manager 4 years after that and I enjoy watching this company continue to grow. If you want to be part of a great team, this is the place for you. You will work hard but be rewarded in so many ways.

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Ocean State Job Lot Photos

Ocean State Job Lot photo of: Our Corporate Headquarters
Ocean State Job Lot photo of: Store Team Meeting at Corporate Headquarters
Ocean State Job Lot photo of: Store Team Spring Meeting 2017
Ocean State Job Lot photo of: A little holiday love from our Store Support Team! <3
Ocean State Job Lot photo of: D'you have management experience? Job Lot's East Haven & Hartford locations are looking for Store Managers! Visit our careers page & put in your application today >
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Ocean State Job Lot Interviews



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    Assistant Manager Interview

    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.

    Interview Questions

    • Can you think of a specific time you had to deal with a difficult team member?   Answer Question
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Ocean State Job Lot Awards & Accolades

  • Corporate Philanthropist of the Year, Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), 2017
  • 2017 In-House Leaders, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, 2017
  • Healthiest Employers, Providence Business News, 2016
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