Costco Wholesale
3.8 of 5 1,017 reviews
www.costco.com Issaquah, WA 5000+ Employees

Costco Wholesale Reviews

Updated Apr 16, 2014
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3.8 1,017 reviews

                             

92% Approve of the CEO

Costco Wholesale President & CEO Craig Jelinek

Craig Jelinek

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82% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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fair company, dirt cheap benefits, they respect my family & me. closed major holidays.

Front End Assistant (Current Employee)
Omaha, NE

I have been working at Costco Wholesale part-time for more than 3 years

ProsI am retired, This is a great part time job for me. I work 24 hours a week and get great benefits. After Christmas they have lay-off, but I can volunteer to take up to 4 weeks off, w/o goofing up my benefits.
My wife and I take the time to travel somewhere cool. I still get a regular vacation during the year.
They treat me well, respect my family and me in case of illness.

ConsWhen we get really busy, we just work harder. Some customers are very demanding and down right rude.
You just have to say: "i understand" and basically ignore them. (Good thing they can't read my thoughts)
I don't like giving up most weekends, but that is the price of working retail. Great job for students.

Advice to Senior ManagementI would like to give anonymous feedback on some of the management staff. Please offer this to employees.
Also, don't announce when you are going to walk thru a store. They spruce it up so much when senior mgt.
comes thru. They need to tell people that they are going to Dallas, and show up to a location in San Diego.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great Company, Great College Job

Membership Clerk (Current Employee)
Salt Lake City, UT

I have been working at Costco Wholesale part-time for more than 3 years

ProsGreat health and dental insurance plan, 401k, paid vacation, and paid holidays and paid sick time for both part time and full time employees. Guaranteed at least 24 hours as part time, and 40 for full time. It's a really great company, Costco really takes care of its employees. It's an especially great job to have in college. I go to school full time and working evenings and weekends works perfectly for my schedule, now that I am only scheduled 4 nights a week. The pay is also the best in the retail industry. I work at the membership desk and as a refund cashier, it is a really easy and laid-back job, probably the best department to work in at Costco. Also, it's a pretty laid-back environment, even when it's busy, just depending on the management.

ConsOn the job training only. This is bad because everyone who trains you will tell you something different, and it's hard to know the correct way to do things if you are never officially trained by management. This was especially hard at the membership desk, where there are so many rules you could be breaking, and so many processes that you have to know and could screw up really badly if you aren't trained right. Most departments schedule part-time employees 5 days a week, even if they are only working 24 hours. The food court is the worst job you will ever have at Costco. Seniority is everything at Costco. Don't expect to move up unless you've been there at least 5 years. Also, every job at Costco is really repetitive and mundane, but that just comes with the territory of the industry. They compensate you well, which makes it hard to leave, even if upward mobility is slow and even if the job is simple and unfulfilling.

Advice to Senior ManagementImplement a training program, stop training people on the job! Also, invest in better technology for your computer and register systems. Business would run a lot smoother if Costco wasn't still using the AS400 system. Also, don't schedule part-time employees 5 nights a week! We only work 24 hours, there is no reason for us to be in the store nearly every day. It would make the work-life balance much better.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Best Place to Work

Major Sales Associate (Current Employee)
Norwalk, CT

I have been working at Costco Wholesale full-time for more than 8 years

ProsNobody hates their job and it makes working their more enjoyable since the vibe there is so great.

ConsIf you work here you might as well work in every department in the warehouse because thats how it'll seem.

Advice to Senior ManagementNothing you guys are doing great

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great retail

Various (Former Employee)
Mesa, AZ

I worked at Costco Wholesale part-time for more than 5 years

ProsGreat pay and benefits even for part time, plenty of ways to move up in the company.

ConsBecause of so many long-term employees, management fails to see that this is only a part time job for some, not a career. Because of this, they can be very demanding and sometimes may not respect your other priorities in life.

Advice to Senior ManagementRemember that to some this is just a part time job.
Plus sometimes work ethic and personality is more important than seniority.They should plan schedules around availability and efficiency, not by seniority.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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I Just began and it's a really good environment

Carts (Current Employee)
Torrance, CA

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

ProsFriendly coworkers.pay is really good.

ConsVery fast paced, Can be overwhelming at first

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Pharmacy Technician Assistant (Former Employee)
Atlanta, GA

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

ProsGreat members, and staff. Management is willing to work with you. Training is alway there if you are willing to ask.

ConsCan't say I had any.

Advice to Senior ManagementManagement is great, They are willing to help at anytime.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Very positive experience.

Stocker (Former Employee)
Knoxville, TN

I worked at Costco Wholesale part-time for less than a year

ProsGreat philosophy
Great management
Competent coworkers
Big focus on promoting from within
Cross-training to improve skills

ConsSplit 24/40, full/part time
Other than that, I had no other unpleasant experiences working at Costco.

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the good work.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great place to work

Front End Supervisor (Current Employee)
Milwaukee, WI

I have been working at Costco Wholesale full-time for more than 5 years

ProsPay is great, benefits are included for all employees, managers and fellow employees genuinely care about your success. Company is a strong believer in treating members and employees with the utmost respect. Many career opportunities in the warehouses and buying offices for all employees, even those without degrees.

ConsJob training felt rushed. A classroom setting prior to implementation would have helped.

Advice to Senior ManagementNever lose sight of the company's mission.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Awesome

Membership Sales (Former Employee)
Austin, TX

I worked at Costco Wholesale part-time for less than a year

Pros-fun
-easy
-a lot of money for no college degree requirement.

ConsHours are decided from week to week so you can't plan much in advance.

– I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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What is the deal with Costco...?

Front End Cashier (Current Employee)
Oak Brook, IL

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

ProsThe best part is the pay, I have to admit. But, I think that the best "Pro" is the benefits package that comes with working at Costco.

ConsSometimes the members can be a little bit obnoxious. Having to stand on a concrete floor for 6-8 hours a day can be very tiring.

Advice to Senior ManagementThere is a saying that goes like this..."Managers do things right, and Leaders do the right things". I think that it would be great if more of the managers would follow that advise.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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