Costco Wholesale

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Costco Wholesale Reviews

Updated February 23, 2015
Updated February 23, 2015
285 Reviews
3.0
285 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • You are able to grow within the company the pay and benefits are wonderful (in 135 reviews)

  • Great benefits, takes care of their employees when persona; issues arise (in 195 reviews)


Cons
  • Offered me full time then fired me right before I was to receive benefits (in 68 reviews)

  • If you are part time, the amount of hours you get can vary a lot from week to week (in 56 reviews)

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  1.  

    Treated like a dog....

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Deli Clerk in Clearwater, FL
    Current Employee - Deli Clerk in Clearwater, FL

    I have been working at Costco Wholesale

    Pros

    The pay is ok but you never get enough hours to make it worth while

    Cons

    Very hard to get full time

    Doesn't Recommend
  2.  

    front end

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Costco Wholesale

    Pros

    good pay and benefits and hours

    Cons

    no job security no matter how long youve worked there

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    na

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    A safe, easy job

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Cashier Assistant (Front End Assistant)
    Current Employee - Cashier Assistant (Front End Assistant)

    I have been working at Costco Wholesale

    Pros

    The starting pay is good and raises are based on hours that you work.

    Cons

    The way Costco trains is terrible. They do not provide any instruction and often place you in a new department during their busiest days with no experience. The other workers in the department do not appreciate having to teach a new employee when they are so busy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fix the way you train

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good Work Envrionment

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Costco Wholesale

    Pros

    Compensation, benefits, wage, promotions, ability to rise in status

    Cons

    Hours, work load: stocking and walking

  6.  

    its good, but it feels more like odysseus at calypso's island

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Tire Technician in Mettawa, IL
    Current Employee - Tire Technician in Mettawa, IL

    I have been working at Costco Wholesale part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    great pay, guaranteed to get a .50 cent promotion every 1000 hours caps off at 20 dollars an hour. great advancements, benefits that cover everything from free dental to discounted gyms. staff is really nice, managers are friendly and understand mistakes. paid training and cross training. if you want to be in optical and you're in the tire center, all you have to do is request a transfer or training and they will let you whenever they can. good deeds are recognized by the head of the warehouse next to the employee of the month. when you make 20 an hour you get quarterly bonuses. flexible schedules that allows you to go to school or just have a hobby like playing in a band on fridays. paid vacation. paid martin luther king day. free turkey on thanksgiving. free membership, free executive membership that gives you a 2% discount on everything after 90 days. 2 fifteen minute breaks a day in addition to a 30 minute lunch. and matched fifty cents on the dollar for contributions to a 401k for the first one thousand dollars.

    Cons

    they dont like it when you work two jobs. my manager said he would work with me as much as he could when it comes to getting a second one. but he reminds me that normal ones dont. and he would not have offered me that if i didnt work so hard. at the end of the day, working here feels like odysseus at calypo's island. it feels great. but just good enough. you will never accomplish your dreams working here. at the end of the day, after i clean up the tire center, when i pull in the demo cars, i love and hate to see the reflection of them on the ground. i love to see it because it makes me think maybe one day i can be rich and own a four car garage with lifts. but then i remember that i cant accomplish that if i choose to work at costco. like Odysseus peering out to the open sea. mourning what could have been. but, all things considered. if you're 35, lived life, and just looking for a stable job to live comfortably, this is the job for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    there isnt anything you can change. eveything is perfect, just too perfect.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Neutral

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Costco Wholesale

    Pros

    Opportunity to move up within the store if you put in the years to get there. Cross-training allows employees to learn a variety of skills and inner workings of departments. Pay was good compared to other similar stores

    Cons

    The responsibilities often seemed to be assigned based on gender.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Should try to be more fair in the shifts assigned.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    stressful

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Front End Supervisor
    Current Employee - Front End Supervisor

    I have been working at Costco Wholesale

    Pros

    Good pay and a chance to meet some great people.

    Cons

    Constant empty promises from managers. Unfortunately you may be one of the hardest workers with extensive warehouse knowledge, but if you do not know the right people in upper management forget rising above a supervisor position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop believing you know everything that is going on in the trenches and trust your supervisors who work there every day.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9.  

    Decent Pay, Good Benefits, Weird Scheduling

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Service Deli Assistant in Memphis, TN
    Current Employee - Service Deli Assistant in Memphis, TN

    I have been working at Costco Wholesale part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Starting pay is $11.50/hr ($14/hr for full time, but we'll get to that). Top tier membership and full benefits available after 90 days.

    Cons

    Schedule consists of mostly 5-6 hour shifts, rarely a full 8 hours. Very few people are consider "full-time" employees and those who are full-time are probably salaried.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work with employees about better scheduling.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great company but not for IT

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Systems Analyst in Issaquah, WA
    Current Employee - IT Systems Analyst in Issaquah, WA

    I have been working at Costco Wholesale full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    work and life balance, good place for retire if you are approaching

    Cons

    no incentive for IT talent

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire an IT experienced CIO

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    Good company if you can get in

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Produce Stocker in Carlsbad, CA
    Former Employee - Produce Stocker in Carlsbad, CA

    I worked at Costco Wholesale

    Pros

    Lots of overtime during the holidays

    Cons

    I was hired as a seasonal part time employee over the holidays. I worked my tail off for them, got great reviews from management, was told I was going to stay around. Then on my one day off a week that I was taking, I get the call saying they don't have the payroll to keep seasonal people around. This is after doing over million dollars in sails every day for over three weeks...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Retain hard workers when you see them. Saw people that had been their literally sleeping on the office furniture we sell (with name tag on) and you keep these people around for what?

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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