NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I., May 11, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- For the first time, Forbes Magazine named Ocean State Job Lot, a leading closeout retailer headquartered in Rhode Island, as one of America's Best Midsize Employers. Job Lot is ranked #112 out of 300 midsize companies (with 1,000 to 5,000 employees) on the 2017 list which was released today.
Founded in 1977, Ocean State Job Lot is a growing, privately held retail chain with 126 stores in New England, New York, and New Jersey, approximately 4,500 employees, and annual sales exceeding $700 million. Job Lot ranked #8 among retailers nationwide on the Forbes list.
"As we approach our 40th anniversary, we've learned over the years that you cannot be a great company without great people," states Marc Perlman, CEO of Ocean State Job Lot. "Being an employer of choice is not an easy thing to do and takes continuous improvement. We recognize our obligation to create opportunities for people to move up the ladder and grow while treating each other with respect. On behalf of our ownership team, we thank every associate for their hard work and commitment to making our company a fun, challenging and welcoming 'Best' place to work."
Forbes compiled its America's Best Employers list based on results of an independent online survey conducted by research firm Statistica. Over 30,000 American employees working for mid-size and large companies in various industries with at least 1,000 employees were asked if they would recommend their employer to friends or family.
Willingness to recommend one's own employer was used as the most important factor in the survey and given the most weight. Respondents were consulted anonymously which allowed them to express their opinions about various work factors such as pay, avenues to advancement and pride in service or products the company provides.
"Our customer service initiatives evolved into a program to improve all of our relationships within our company," notes Bob Selle SPHR-SCP, chief human resources officer for Ocean State Job Lot. "Having the best associates in retail helped us earn this national recognition. In addition, our Charitable Foundation efforts contribute to the feeling of shared purpose and teamwork within the company, and are a great source of pride. Together, we celebrate this distinctive accomplishment."
Ocean State Job Lot sells brand name, first quality merchandise at closeout prices. Shoppers find an ever-changing array of household goods, apparel, pet supplies, seasonal products (gardening, patio, pool and beach supply, holiday), and kitchen pantry staples at a fraction of their typical price. The Ocean State Job Lot Charitable Foundation has a long history of philanthropic leadership, placing emphasis on local food banks in communities where Job Lot operates stores. The Foundation also supports medical and educational institutions, disaster relief efforts, the performing arts, our military service men and women, and special needs and foster children. Ocean State Job Lot is headquartered at 375 Commerce Park Road in the Quonset Point Business Park, North Kingstown, RI 02852. Phone: (401) 295-2672; Web: http://www.oceanstatejoblot.com
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