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 they’re 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
The Grommet Wholesale is looking for a driven and detail-oriented team member who will build and maintain all listings on our wholesale site and all partner retailer systems. You will be part of the Wholesale Team, known as the “start-up within the start-up”, but work closely with the Website Operations Team (known as SiteOps) to maintain website standards. As a small team, everyone wears different hats and we expect you to be flexible as we continue to rapidly grow and change. You should be comfortable living on the edge of uncertainty, think both inside and outside the box, own the...
Sales & Business Development
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 the holidays. If you love it here, you may have the opportunity to stay on after the holidays. You will be eligible for benefits after 90 days. Key Activities: Email and Telephone Customer Support: You’ll handle incoming customer...
Client Services
Somerville
A bit about us: while most retailers only want you to buy what they’re 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 that the best ideas win. The Grommet is seeking an experienced Controller to oversee and direct all financial accounting activities. The successful candidate will be responsible for overseeing payroll, accounts payable, accounts receivable, internal and external financial reporting and...
Corporate Functions
Somerville
The Grommet is looking for a passionate and collaborative Product Manager to join our product experience team.  We seek someone who has a strong foundation in both the tactical and strategic practices of product management, who can define and manage products from concept to delivery. The ideal candidate is data-driven and leverages qualitative and quantitative methods to gather insight to make product decisions.  You will be the responsible for working directly with key stakeholders and customers to deliver the optimal product experience for our Makers, B2B and B2C customers. ...
Product Management
Somerville
A Maker is an inventor, designer and tinkerer. They are the people and companies who spawn new ideas that inspire and stir the imagination of consumers. In this role you will have direct contact with these Makers on a daily basis, allowing for a much deeper dive into an ever-growing array of businesses, as well as exposure to unique challenges. Each Associate is thoroughly trained to handle responsibilities and be prepared to contribute on cross-functional projects across the organization. Key Activities: Prepare Makers and Products for launch onsite Capturing pertinent...
Client Services
Somerville
About the Role The Grommet is looking for a passionate and collaborative designer to join our product and design team. We seek someone who has a strong foundation in design, across print and digital, and can execute projects from concept to delivery. You will be working directly with key stakeholders across the business to design integrated marketing campaigns for both our B2B and B2C initiatives.   Responsibilities Support the team in providing visual design to landing pages and marketing experiences Responsible for developing campaign concepts and layouts...
Product Management
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. Key Activities: Email and Telephone Customer Support: You’ll handle incoming customer inquiries. They reach out to us for a variety of reasons: to check order status, ask about our products, initiate a return, etc. To help them, you’ll often need to sleuth the situation (a la Nancy Drew) by using various computer systems. You’ll...
Client Services
Somerville
The Grommet is seeking an analytical self-starter to join our E-commerce Marketing Team as a Search Engine Optimization Strategist. This role will help grow The Grommet’s customer base and revenue through day-to-day execution and optimization of Search Engine Optimization. This person will work closely with other team members to deliver efficient new customer acquisition and return on ad spend goals. This role requires an experienced SEO Strategist who can help identify new areas of growth, increase organic rankings and traffic, acquire external links, work with our content team to execute...
Marketing
Somerville
The Grommet is seeking an analytical self-starter to join our Ecommerce Marketing Team as a Digital Marketing Strategist. This role will help grow The Grommet’s customer base and revenue through day-to-day execution and optimization of digital marketing campaigns. This person will work closely with other team members to deliver efficient new customer acquisition and return on ad spend goals. The Digital Marketing Strategist will support a wide range of Acquisition Marketing activities to varying degrees including: SEO, Paid Search, Facebook ads, Pinterest ads, Product Feeds, Affiliate...
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.

Blog

September 13, 2018
There's a good chance you've never heard of National Thank You Day, but at The Grommet, we consider it a national holiday. It provides us with a formal opportunity to thank you, our Grommet community, for helping us do what we do every day. So on behalf of Tea Drops, Emergency Stain Rescue, Flagpole Farm, Quickloader, Meater, IdeaPaint, and the rest of our Makers and Retailers  — thank you. ...
September 7, 2018
It's National Grandparents Day, a formal opportunity to reach out and engage with another generation. If you have a special grandparent in your life you may even want to give a gift with them in mind. Here are just a few of the grandparent gifts we've found. The New York Times - A printed walk down memory lane Journey through a lifetime’s worth of news with this New York Times book. Provide a date and you’ll receive a leather-bound, gold-trimmed set of yearly front pages from that day ever...
August 21, 2018
Have a wine lover on your gift list? Here are seven wine gifts to give that go beyond a bottle of wine. From practical to decorative–these wine gifts will pair perfectly with any bottle of vino. 1. Foldable Wine Bottle Life’s too short to leave the wine behind. Give this wine travel bag as a gift and let them bring their favorite drink anywhere. It's foldable, flexible, and can hold a full bottle of wine. Buy now: $12.99   2. Wine Saver Stopper Gift the gift of oxygen-fighting, fres...
August 15, 2018
This week we’re celebrating Makers with products Made in the USA. At The Grommet, we see American manufacturing through the lens of the final product. At a conference held by the Urban Manufacturing Alliance, we were able to see the progress being made in American manufacturing on the ground floor. Here are the issues we dug into. Access to Capital.  2.7% of female founders receive VC funding and it’s even less for minority business owners. The group advocated for alternative methods of ...
August 7, 2018
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