Costco Wholesale Reviews

Updated July 23, 2015
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Costco Wholesale President & CEO Craig Jelinek
Craig Jelinek
35 Ratings

Pros
  • Great pay and benefits sick pay vacation even for part timers (in 135 reviews)

  • Great benefits & room for advancement (in 195 reviews)

Cons
  • Getting full time is extremely difficult (in 68 reviews)

  • Not flexible always extending part time workers (in 56 reviews)

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  1. Great Company, Management is terrible

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Costco Wholesale

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits, opportunities, culture, no degree, laid back

    Cons

    Unprofessional, inconsistent, inefficient, outdated systems, limited resources

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to manage people correctly and ethically, rather than focusing on merchendise and members.


  2. Terrible Communication

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Service Deli Assistant in Oxnard, CA
    Former Employee - Service Deli Assistant in Oxnard, CA

    I worked at Costco Wholesale part-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Decent pay thats about it

    Cons

    Incompetent Managers who make a newbie train another newbie as well as union owned and Crappy hours.

    Advice to Management

    train the newcomers stop blaming hard workers and read the code of ethics once in a while you incompetent hypocrites.


  3. Fake reviews

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Cashier in Knoxville, TN
    Former Employee - Cashier in Knoxville, TN

    I worked at Costco Wholesale part-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay when youre a manager. Thats it. Very fake company

    Cons

    Start you out part time and 11.50 an hour. They dont call back people from interviews.

    Advice to Management

    Call people back


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Costco

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Front End Assistant in Southlake, TX
    Former Employee - Front End Assistant in Southlake, TX

    I worked at Costco Wholesale (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to start if you are limited to a high school education.

    Cons

    Everything is based off of the hours you work (but you of course don't get to create a schedule, if you're lucky, you can pick up more hours by working in multiple departments during the busy season). After a certain number of hours, you receive a minimal hourly raise. After a year, you may have vacation time. etc etc. It is mind numbingly easy work. However, your coworkers aren't your friends, they are your competitors. If you are looking for a real career, don't buy into the wonderfully constructed PR about how Costco is one of the best companies in the entire world.

    Advice to Management

    Be open and honest with your employees, promote employees based off of performance and ability. Stop using employees as expendable grunts.


  6. Seasonal produce worker

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Produce Stocker in Holbrook, NY
    Former Employee - Produce Stocker in Holbrook, NY

    I worked at Costco Wholesale part-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay and free membership keeps you busy and the break room was great

    Cons

    Almost everything was bad about working there they wanted the most out of me when it was my second day the management was horrible and very rude nothing was ever good enough the customers were very rude. I was hired for part time abd was given over 50 hours a week. I was yelled at for putting my coat in the break room because I clocked in before I did that. This Costco I worked at currently has a lawsuit for harressment again a worker who has Tourette syndrome.

    Advice to Management

    Treat workers better especially seasonal workers no one will ever want to come back I don't care how good the pay was I will not be treated like a piece of garbage


  7. Don't waste your time and talents.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Certified Pharmacy Technician in Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Certified Pharmacy Technician in Cincinnati, OH

    I worked at Costco Wholesale (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    I enjoyed the customers all was nice. the hours was great.

    Cons

    Management didn't stand up for employees, if something happens and your right you are on your own. Customers always right even when their wrong.


  8. Worked nearly to death with nothing to show but permanent injuries.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Stocker in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Stocker in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Costco Wholesale

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    None. It's a miserable hole.

    Cons

    They force you to pay into a union that won't help you and sends you away when you need them. They work part time employees 39 hours so they didn't have to provides benefits. I suffered permanent injuries from working there, while two friends had ligaments and leg muscles torn there on the job. You are literally forced to run with return shopping carts carrying hundreds of pounds of merchandise, and run with carts from the parking lot. They set unrealistic (I mean hours off) times for you to complete your shift in, then constantly hound you until it's done. If you have an 8-hour shift, they tell you that you must complete it in four hours or be fired. They give you no insurance, just send you to workers comp when -not if - when you get seriously injured- a doctor their company gets to hand pick, even if the office is hours away. Then they dog you with detectives to try to prove that you're not really injured, or that you got injured by yourself somehow. They have a perfectly rigged system. People have worked there for over 20 years, still kept officially at "part time," getting in big trouble if they don't clock out on the dot of 39 hours (even though they push you past your human limit to the last second). I can tell you first hand that this company is a machine that chews people up and spits them out, and you're not saving any money by shopping there. Even the employees know that only bananas and toilet paper save customers money. If you buy clothes, books, electronics, appliances, sundries, vitamins, you're not saving any money at all with Costco. The good things that get published about them are propaganda. If you believe it, tell that to everyone who has been hurt working for that company, the slave drivers, and left with no insurance to pay for their wounds. It took me four years to heal somewhat, and still not completely. I have had to live on my savings since 2011, and it's now gone. Costco hired Sedgewick Claims Management Systems - based out of Pennsylvania - to do all of their dirty work for them. This covers their legal tracks and allows them to get away with these actions. I sat for four hours in the union office - which I had been paying dues to the whole time - with my injuries begging the representatives to speak with me. No one would see me and I was turned away. I nearly died because I was living alone and needed help. I am not exaggerating when I say that working for this company literally almost killed me as I nearly starved to death and couldn't walk at all. I couldn't get to the toilet or shower, I was just dying on my bed in writhing agony for two months alone. It was Costco's management team who did it to me. There is no way to get the four years of my life back that Costco stole.

    Advice to Management

    You are seriously hurting people. Don't delegate work to employees than they can physically handle, and proceed to drive them like oxen just because you have the system rigged in legal favor of your company. People like me, who were permanently injured by your management team, will tell everyone what your managers do online. I will never stop telling people what happened to me and I want to see your evil company run into the ground and then some, where it belongs. You all deserve just what you have given - endless grief and suffering. May it all come right back to each of you somehow, and in the worst way.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Better stick with BJ

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Riverhead, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Riverhead, NY

    I worked at Costco Wholesale

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Off every major holiday and good benefits. Free membership.

    Cons

    Worst management I have ever experienced. Very rude and condescending authority figures. Never in my life have I encountered such a large amount of jerks under one roof. You couldn't even ask a simple question without feeling like garbage by their abusive managers and supervisors. Once someone actually rolled his eyes when I asked for help with an issue on my first day. If you want to work for this company, be ready to experience insensitive and degrading remarks and actions on a daily basis. They will chew you up and spit you out. I wish nothing but the worst possible outcome for the Riverhead location.

    Advice to Management

    Stop being a bunch of bullies and actually listen to your employees instead of making assumptions. Also, threatening and yelling at people throughout their first days on the job is not a good tactic. Learn how to be good people instead of evil beings from the pit of Hell.


  10. gave me the experience I needed to move forward in my life

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Front End Assistant in Tigard, OR
    Former Employee - Front End Assistant in Tigard, OR

    I worked at Costco Wholesale full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    fast paced great benefits but got fired just as I was too get them

    Cons

    Political issues and not very understanding when something happens...felt like I couldn't do right

    Advice to Management

    Treat supervisors even new supervisors as you would anyone else. They make mistakes also but don't get in trouble for it.


  11. Work was alright

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Cashier Assistant (Front End Assistant) in Cincinnati, MO
    Former Employee - Cashier Assistant (Front End Assistant) in Cincinnati, MO

    I worked at Costco Wholesale

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Pay was the best part

    Cons

    Work was the worst part

    Advice to Management

    GFYS



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