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The Paper Store Overview

Acton, MA
1001 to 5000 employees
1964
Company - Private
Other Retail Stores
$100 to $500 million (USD) per year
Unknown
The Paper Store is the largest family owned and operated chain of specialty gift stores in the Northeast. Our goal is to be the premier destination for your gift-giving needs.

Our business began in 1964 when Bob and Peggy Anderson purchased the first store ... Read more

Mission: Our Mission
The Paper Store is committed to being the premier destination for all of our customers’ gift-giving needs.

Our mission is to share our passion for The Paper Store with each customer, during each visit, by going above and ... Read more

The Paper Store Reviews

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    Current Employee - Store Team Leader in Warwick, RI
    Current Employee - Store Team Leader in Warwick, RI
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    I have been working at The Paper Store full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Working for a retailer that understands the balance of change in an evolving climate is exceptionally rewarding. I have worked in some form of retail my entire career. From big box to specialty, hard lines to soft lines, consumable to non-consumable in all aspects, associate, sales professional, operations coordinator, buyer, mid-manager, store manager, area manager. I will be celebrating 25 years of being a retail guru, and have moved on from many, but have returned to only one, The PaperStore. I believe in working for the best, and when you've achieved your maximum potential, or an opportunity crosses your path to help you develop personally and professionally you make the decision in the best interest of the company you work for and yourself, you move on. Never looking back, knowing you did your best work. When I gave my notice, I was with the company for 1 year and 5 months; it was met with understanding and compassion. I was told to "keep in touch, you never know what the future holds"
    Approximately 5 months into my new adventure, The PaperStore reached out to me for an opportunity. Warm hugs and great conversation lead us to know I wasn't ready to leave the company I was currently with. I knew I had more to learn and for me to be the best I could be for the PaperStore it wasn't the right time and it was a GREAT opportunity. Respectfully, they did not discuss salary, as they were respectful of my decision. 2 months later I reached out to
    The PaperStore. It was time for me to come "home". The PaperStore stayed true to what they said, " keep in touch,you never know what the future holds", there was no position for me at the time, not surprising as they have a great level of retention. They were willing to "layer” me in, YES, they TOOK me back!! The rest is my professional happily ever after.
    The PaperStore is a family owned business; they lead thru a moral compass of understanding that at the core of their success are the individuals who support the ever growing, constantly evolving for the better, business.
    We are a young company, who understands mistakes can't be ignored; they need to be met with innovation and change. I am so proud to be involved with this origination, because I know there is so much more for us. When a company invests in their people, their people invest in them! Happy 55 years in the retail market, humbled to be your associate.

    Cons

    When I figure them out I will be sure to post.

    Advice to Management

    Remain approachable, keep listening to us in the field, we continue to make great changes to help support the work we do in stores.

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The Paper Store Photos

The Paper Store photo of: Hingham Store Front
The Paper Store photo of: One of over 70 store locations for The Paper Store
The Paper Store photo of: Tom Anderson, CEO, receiving an award on behalf of The Paper Store for the company's charitable efforts
The Paper Store photo of: A group of our corporate employees joined thousands of others in running the JP Morgan Chase Corporate Challenge in Boston.
The Paper Store photo of: Grand opening of a new Store.
The Paper Store photo of: A charity event with Joe Andruzzi to raise money for his (Up) Beat Cancer organization
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The Paper Store Interviews

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    Part Time Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Millbury, MA
    Accepted Offer
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    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. I interviewed at The Paper Store (Millbury, MA) in October 2011.

    Interview

    My first attempt didn't pan out because the store was closed due to renovation. Then it took me 2 or three tries before the manager was available. I also applied on line and never got a response. I sat down in person with the current manager and she went over my resume'. I was asked a few questions and was then given a brief overview of job description. She told me what the pay was and then gave me a time to come back with proper ID to fill out forms.

    Interview Questions

    • why I wanted to apply at The Paper Store   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    what I asked for and what I was offered for pay were two totally different figures. Even though I had lots of retail experience, was over qualified, there was no negotiating. But I needed a job so I accepted.

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The Paper Store Awards & Accolades

  • Kevin P. White Outstanding Service Award, Greg Hill Foundation, 2017

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