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
What’s this job all about? The Grommet is seeking a Director of Brand and Content Strategy to develop compelling, intriguing content in order to grow brand awareness, consumer engagement, conversion rates, and brand loyalty. The ideal person for this role: is equal parts creative and analytical. You have extensive experience leading cross-functional teams of content creators and marketers to tell intriguing stories and build strong, enduring brands. You know how to bring products to life with content (photo, video, and copy) that is both engaging and that delivers immediate product...
Marketing
Somerville
The Grommet is seeking an experienced, freelance photographer to create and edit product photography to support The Grommet’s platform for marketing and eCommerce. The right candidate will be an accomplished product photographer with experience creating silhouette, lifestyle and detail product photos for eCommerce. Photo editing, retouching and lighting experience is required.    We’re looking to contract for 5-24 hours per week. Scheduling is flexible and we prefer that you work in our studio, but can be flexible with occasional remote work.  This is a fast paced media studio, that offers...
Marketing
Somerville
The Grommet Wholesale is seeking a full-time Account Manager, responsible for supporting and growing our retailer base by establishing and maintaining strong relationships with our retailers large and small, particularly Ace Hardware stores. This is a role where the title may be straightforward, but your day to day will be anything but.   You’ll join a rapidly growing “start-up within a start-up”, becoming the eighth member of our team as we crisscross the country meeting small brick and mortar retailers, supporting their Grommet products and programs, and building relationships with new Ace...
Sales & Business Development
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 & 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 that’s on a mission to bring innovative products to the biggest possible audience. The Website Operations Team (aka...
Marketing
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 a Staff Accountant to be responsible for the daily accounts payable operations, as well as processing credits, preparing weekly check runs, month end close processes, and other projects as needed. This person will report to the Director of...
Corporate Functions
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 Our Engineering...
Software Engineering/QA
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

July 2, 2018
It’s wedding season and as soon as our Grommet team members started getting Save The Dates, we turned to Discovery Manager Ayana Blue to help us find gifts as special as the happy couple. Ayana is a woman in the know. As a Discovery Manager, she finds unique, unexpected products worthy of your attention AKA the perfect wedding gifts. Here’s what she’s loving now. 1. Fill a jar with gratitude These beautifully designed jars from Studio Penny Lane remind the couple of all they have to be ...
June 7, 2018
Seeking out solutions to everyday problems is at the heart of our discoveries. Sometimes though, problems aren't always visible—like back hair. But that’s where the BaKblade comes in. Shaped like a back scratcher, the BaKblade is a Grommet that helps folks remove their own hair without shaving cream or water needed. And like most of our Makers, inventor Matt Dryfhout came to the idea after experiencing this harried predicament firsthand. In a chat with us about his design, Dryfhout traced...
June 5, 2018
If your dad doesn’t want anything for himself, get him something he can enjoy with the whole family even though it will be for him. Because, after all, there is no greater gift than the gift of quality time. 1. Modern Campfire Solo Stove provides the same comradery as the age-old fire pit in a stainless steel design that burns easily and produces less smoke. It also comes with a lifetime warranty, which every dad will appreciate. Buy Now - Starting at $89.95 2. Cooks More S'mores There ar...
June 4, 2018
If your dad knows no bounds when it comes to grilling season and is always looking for the next tool to up his game, these Grommets are sure to excite and elevate your gift giving to well-done. 1. Deliciously fast pizza In the past, if you wanted to give dad the gift of making brick oven pizza in the backyard, it would’ve entailed a six-month construction project. Now you just need an Uuni. This pizza oven heats up to 900 degrees in 10 minutes and cooks a wood-fired pizza in two. Buy Now - St...
May 30, 2018
Dads. They always seem ready for every scenario. And with these Grommets, you can help dad elevate his preparedness game to Inspector Gadget level. 1. Every Tool in One It’s hard to be any more prepared than when you’re armed with 36 tools in one compact multi-tool. Packed with everything from a screwdriver and hammer to utility knife and corkscrew, Kelvin Tools can handle a fix around the house as easily as opening a bottle of wine. Buy Now - Starting at $29.95   2. Pocket Utilit...