51 - 100 employees
Series B
B2B
Consumer
eCommerce & Marketplaces

The Grommet Company Overview

The Grommet is the place to discover innovative products by Makers and small businesses and learn the stories behind each one. We launch intriguing new products that have been carefully selected by our team.
 
Our goal is to improve how the public learns about innovative consumer products and to help the best ones win. We’re changing the status quo, letting everyday people determine which products succeed rather than letting a few big retailers (e.g., Amazon, Target, Best Buy, Toys “R” Us, Walmart,) set the entire retail landscape.
 
We’re also changing the way people buy (both online and in brick and mortar stores) by helping them find products that align with their personal values so they can support principles with their purchases.
 
We discover unique products from around the world, vetting each one to ensure the business behind it is trustworthy. We get the story behind the business and provide our audience the full picture of each product, via a written story, video, and/or photography.

The Grommet’s headquarters are located in Somerville, Massachusetts outside of Davis Square. As part of making its new headquarters a home, The Grommet brought in multiple galleries of the products it has launched, workstations made of shipping pallets (like those used to ship the kinds of products we sell), antiques, and tools and technologies from various eras of manufacturing.

With a dynamic and lively work environment, The Grommet offers a culture of collaboration, mentorship, and learning, with exposure to the startup industry in Boston and an opportunity to learn through frequent information and expertise sharing, event-attendance, and presentations by our team members.

 

Jobs at The Grommet

 
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Somerville
ABOUT THE COMPANY A bit about us: while most companies only want you to buy what theyre selling, the Grommet is focused on helping people discover things worth buying. Through our e-commerce shop and wholesale business, we shine a light on great new products from small businesses and help them compete with the big guys, so the best ideas win.Over the past decade, we have discovered and launched thousands of unique and innovative products, including several household brands like FitBit, IdeaPaint, OtterBox, and SodaStream. ABOUT THE ROLE We are seeking a...
Software Engineering/QA
Somerville
ABOUT THE COMPANY A bit about us: while most companies only want you to buy what theyre selling, the Grommet is focused on helping people discover things worth buying. Through our e-commerce shop and wholesale business, we shine a light on great new products from small businesses and help them compete with the big guys, so the best ideas win.Over the past decade, we have discovered and launched thousands of unique and innovative products, including several household brands like FitBit, IdeaPaint, OtterBox, and SodaStream. ABOUT THE ROLE We are seeking an...
Software Engineering/QA
Somerville
The Grommet is looking for a passionate and collaborative Product Designer to join our product and design team. We seek someone who has a strong foundation in UX and UI, who can develop product experiences from concept to delivery. The ideal candidate will take a user-centered approach to design and possess a deep understanding of visual design, interaction, and usability best practices. You will be working directly with key stakeholders and customers to design the optimal experience for both our B2B and B2C customers. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to work directly with our...
Product Management
Somerville
ABOUT THE COMPANY A bit about us: while most companies only want you to buy what theyre selling, the Grommet is focused on helping people discover things worth buying. Through our e-commerce shop and wholesale business, we shine a light on great new products from small businesses and help them compete with the big guys, so the best ideas win.Over the past decade, we have discovered and launched thousands of unique and innovative products, including several household brands like FitBit, IdeaPaint, OtterBox, and SodaStream. ABOUT THE ROLE We are seeking an SRE...
Software Engineering/QA
Somerville
Seeking: Master of multitasking, tech-savvy sorcerer, and creative consultant. You were born to serve customers and can do it all. You love talking to people (on the phone and online), and the idea of helping someone gives you a warm fuzzy feeling. The Grommet is a premier gift giving destination and as a result, we need to staff up temporarily for Mother's Day and Father's Day gift giving. If you love it here, you may have the opportunity to stay on in a permanent position. You will be eligible for benefits after 90 days. Key Activities: Email and Telephone Customer Support...
Customer Success
Somerville
The Grommet Merchandising team is seeking a Merchandising Co-Op/Intern for the Spring 2019 semester to work with our team to support email, website merchandising and product sourcing initiatives. In this role, youll report to our Senior Merchandising Associate but will work cross functionally with other teams to support a variety of buying, site merchandising and email planning functions. The ideal candidate should have a keen eye for products and trends, an understanding of consumer behavior and a desire to learn about managing an ecommerce store and supporting a business with strong email...
Other
Somerville
A bit about us: While most retailers only want you to buy what theyre selling, The Grommet is focused on helping people discover things worth buying. Through our e-commerce shop and wholesale business, we shine a light on great new products from small businesses & entrepreneurs and help them compete with big businesses, so that the best ideas win. The Grommet is looking for a detail-oriented Website Operations Associate who is eager to contribute to a fast-paced company thats on a mission to bring innovative products to the biggest possible audience. The Website Operations Team (aka...
Marketing
Somerville
The Grommet is seeking an analytical self-starter to join our Acquisition Marketing Team as a Search Marketing Specialist. This role will help grow The Grommets customer base and revenue through day-to-day execution and optimization of paid search marketing and shopping feed campaigns. This person will work closely with other team members to deliver efficient new customer acquisition and return on ad spend goals. The Search Marketing Specialist may also support additional acquisition campaigns, including: Paid Social, Display, and Re-Targeting. This position will report to our Director of...
Marketing
87 Elmwood Street
Somerville, MA 02144

What is it like to work at your company in terms of your culture?

We are very close as a company. Teams work closely with one another and through that work develop deep bonds. With all of the products launched that require testing, you're bound to end up in the cross-fire of a dog toy that shoots out tennis balls or a miniature drone mid-flight. Managers, including Jules and Joanne, have a constant open door policy and employees at any level are encouraged to voice thoughts and ideas. The result of all this is a group of people coming into the office ready to work their hardest not just for the company but for the person next to them. 

The Grommet culture

What’s the best way to get your foot in the door at The Grommet?

We want team players that have a great attitude and want to work hard, in an environment that is constantly changing. The best way to get an interview with us is to send a cover letter that tells us about you and your passions. The best way to get a job with The Grommet is to come prepared to the interview – know what we do and why it is important, and let us know how your contributions are going to help us achieve our goals. If you’ve got a great idea for a future Grommet, tell us about that too! 

What can someone expect during the interview process?

First round interviews are over the phone, generally with the hiring manager. From there, we bring in our top applicants to meet with as many people as possible at The Grommet. No worries, this isn’t to waste your time – we want to see how you interact with different types of people, even people here at The Grommet that you might not work with on a regular basis. In doing this, you can get a feel for what the office culture and environment is like, and we can be sure that our team members think you would fit in. The final interview is with either Jules or Joanne, depending on what the position we are hiring for is. 

The Grommet office tour

What can people expect over the course of their career at The Grommet?

You can expect to work hard and learn as much as you want to learn. There is huge opportunity for someone who says, ‘I see a problem, can I fix it?,’ even if it’s not your problem in the first place. Jules and Joanne, and the rest of the team, constantly takes advantage of teaching moments, sharing stories from their past experiences, or explaining why something we tried either worked really well, or didn’t work at all.  

Are there any favorite activities that the employees do together outside of the office?

We try to do as many events as a company and as a group of friends as we can. Past holiday party locations include Downeast Cider, the Vanderbuilt, and Black Rose. We've brought a team of 15 to the Build Entrepreneur Games two consecutive years, we have volunteered to cook dinner at a homeless shelter, and we have participated in a spruce-up of the Somerville Community Growing Center. We also frequently go to events around the area, such as Beer Fests, 5k’s, the Somerville theater, and random bars just because we want to hang out. 

The Grommet Entrepreneur Games

Are there any fun facts or unique stories that you can share about The Grommet or individuals that work there?

We give out a bloody knee award every quarter. This award came about after Jules took a spill at an event while accepting an award. As embarrassing as it was (and she is happy to tell the story), she got up, and kept smiling. After Jules’ event, the bloody knee was born to celebrate someone who has gone above and beyond, overcame a huge obstacle, etc. At the end of every quarter, our operating team meets and secretly decides who should get the award, and then the announcement is made at the next team meeting. Some of the recipients did things such as keep our marketing streamlined with 400% YOY revenue growth, built our entire wholesale launch in just a few months, and had a huge deal blow up after we popped the champagne. It’s always a secret until the last minute, but almost never a surprise as to who the winner is, and it keeps us all on our toes, knowing there’s a chance we could be the next bloody knee recipient.

Do you have any unique benefits or perks?

The Grommet regularly holds after work socials (including “Wine Wednesdays”), in-house education “Lunch & Learn” sessions, a day-long summer outing, and seasonal parties for all team members. The Grommet also offers in-house yoga classes, a running club, and various team sporting events. In addition, all team members are able to test new products that The Grommet’s Discovery Team are considering and a 30% discount on all products that it sells, perfect for yourself or for gifting family and friends.

What’s on tap or in your fridge?

It depends on who went to the ‘packie’ last! We always have some sort of wine, and an assortment of beers. We don’t have a draft yet, but we’re working on it!

Mike Lovett
Marketing Specialist

If you hate the idea of a dynamic workplace, a vibrant company culture, and fun, you'll hate The Grommet, but I digress. I wanted to work at The Grommet because it seemed like an opportunity where I would enjoy the work I did and meet people I would thoroughly enjoy working with. I was right. It's been a personal and professional jackpot.  

Marie-Eve Tremblay
Jr. Web Designer

I really care about The Grommet’s mission to put an end to faceless business and highlight the people behind the products. I love what I do. Every day I get to be creative and work with things I like the most: colors, layouts, typography, and beautiful imagery taken by our in-house photography team.

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