Costco Wholesale Reviews

Updated October 7, 2014
Updated October 7, 2014
1,300 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • You are able to grow within the company the pay and benefits are wonderful (in 116 reviews)

  • Great benefits, takes care of their employees when persona; issues arise (in 186 reviews)


Cons
  • Offered me full time then fired me right before I was to receive benefits (in 62 reviews)

  • If you are part time, the amount of hours you get can vary a lot from week to week (in 52 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Window Licking Management Teams

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Pharmacy Technician in Burlington, WA
    Current Employee - Pharmacy Technician in Burlington, WA

    I have been working at Costco Wholesale part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Meet nice people that come in and shop.

    Cons

    Poorly ran by uneducated small bus riding window licking management teams that can't even make a piece of toast .

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get some people in your management team with a college degree instead of couch potato family members with a pea brain

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  2.  

    sales

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Sales in Kansas City, MO

    I have been working at Costco Wholesale full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Development and delivery of a variety of training, including the Microsoft Office suite of applications;
    Provide technical support and training to large user communities;

    Cons

    Proficiency in Microsoft SharePoint and InfoPath
    Excellent verbal and written communications skills

  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fired before I even really started. Come on now! Give people a break!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Cashier in Avon, MA
    Former Employee - Cashier in Avon, MA

    I worked at Costco Wholesale part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    I cannot think of a single good thing to say.

    Cons

    I was let go 3 days before my start date because I wasn't smiley enough! I have been in retail for 8 years with no complaints. I think I wasn't pretty enough for Costco

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have people who have been there 20+ years who look like they are miserable. So please!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 6 people found this helpful  

    Treated like scum, lied too and management treats employees very badly but rewards managers for unethical behavior

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Costco Wholesale full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    the pay was decent and the health coverage was great

    Cons

    Management treats employees poorly, the tell supervisors to haze employees. Management was extremely unethical. Core values are not followed. You cannot advance in the company if you are a independent thinker. Management was always having extra marital affairs with each other.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat people how you would like to be treated. Don't brow beat your employees to admit things they didn't do and by all means follow the core values. Last but not least have some morales in management. Corporate should be weeding out sloth of warehouse managers. Warehouse managers cover up things that should be going to corporate but instead cover for other managers and just transfer them

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Bakery Dept. Sucks.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Bakerry Wrapper in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Bakerry Wrapper in Portland, OR

    I worked at Costco Wholesale part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Starts at $11 an hr. Most employees outside of the bakery dept. are nice.

    Cons

    I wouldn't advise working in the bakery if you don't act like a machine. Worked there as a seasonal hire and the folks were drama queens and stuck-up. The guys were cool but most of the ladies took their jobs way too seriously. If you work at Costco, don't work in the bakery dept.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat newbies better and understand that the new hires wont be as quick and efficient as the employees who've been there for yrs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    This place has gone downhill

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Cashier Assistant (Front End Assistant) in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Cashier Assistant (Front End Assistant) in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Costco Wholesale part-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits. It used to be a better place to work, now I wouldn't recommend it to my friend.

    Cons

    Employees are treated like crap. Several instances of supervisors and managers screaming and cursing at employees. They are continually understaffed, and expect you to do twice the amount of work that you should be doing. Injuries are up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train your supervisors and managers. The union reps who are employed as costco workers turn a blind eye and refuse to get involved. Harassment and verbal abuse is rampant.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Night Merch

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Costco Night Stocker in Albuquerque, NM
    Former Employee - Costco Night Stocker in Albuquerque, NM

    I worked at Costco Wholesale full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great pay. Lots of great people work there.

    Cons

    Horrible hours, and other employes favorited

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be nicer

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    It sucked!

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Food Court Server
    Former Employee - Food Court Server

    I worked at Costco Wholesale part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    some of the employees were nice

    Cons

    crappy bosses, didnt make you feel like you were a part of a team

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be polite with your employees

    Doesn't Recommend
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Worst 2 years of my life

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Cashier Assistant (Front End Assistant) in Harrisonburg, VA
    Former Employee - Cashier Assistant (Front End Assistant) in Harrisonburg, VA

    I worked at Costco Wholesale part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Money is decent, they start you out around 11.50 or so.

    Cons

    Adults act like children in there. Most of the managers in there suck. They hire limited part time now- no benefits and they can fire you whenever because the General Manager is too cheap to pay benefits. Even though money is good, they treat you like the dirt underneath their shoes. Gossip is terrible there, everyone will know your business within one HOUR.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No one is ever on the same page. Get on the same page and REWARD your HARD WORKING employees.

  11.  

    Costco Review

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Costco Wholesale

    Pros

    Salary was good for someone in college

    Cons

    Employers will take advantage of you to make you work longer hours..

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