Costco Wholesale Reviews

Updated August 29, 2015
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Costco Wholesale President & CEO Craig Jelinek
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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. I have not had enough time to make an opinion yet.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Analyst in Issaquah, WA
    Current Employee - IT Analyst in Issaquah, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Costco Wholesale full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Solid company, ok pay, good medical, no layoffs, re-orgs, seem to have room for growth. Will have to update this after I work there longer I guess.

    Cons

    Seem old school need to increase maternity leave and working from home options. Having a holiday no travel blackout date for people in the corp office seems odd.

    Advice to Management

    Step up the maternity leave, let people work from home. Change quicker to stay current and on top of the best companies to work for in the PNW!


  2. The best in retail

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Front End Supervisor in Issaquah, WA
    Former Employee - Front End Supervisor in Issaquah, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Costco Wholesale (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great pay, great medical & dental benefits

    Cons

    customers think you owe them the world because they pay for a membership.

    Advice to Management

    Leet go of your ego


  3. Good working environment

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - QA Analyst in Issaquah, WA
    Former Employee - QA Analyst in Issaquah, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    great benefit, good working environment, friendly people

    Cons

    know that Costco's core is and if that aligns with your career


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Growing IS team with great company

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IS Analyst IV in Issaquah, WA
    Current Employee - IS Analyst IV in Issaquah, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Costco Wholesale full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Genuinely invests in infrastructure, non-prod and test environments, and properly-sized teams. Generally offers competitive pay and benefits. Work-life balance favors actual balance. Takes time to hire carefully and wisely. Good insurance coverage.

    Cons

    Behind the curve on service management, but working to close the gap as quickly as possible. "Butt-in-seat" shop, so no real telecommuting options. Upside is that when you're home you are expected to not be "at work". No benefits for transgender needs. Pharmacy benefits restrictions can make it hard to get meds when nearest warehouse is closed. Not impossible, just difficult, which at a moment in need can be a problem with expensive medications.


  6. Helpful (1)

    a great company to work for, for whse employees, contractor$ & game players

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Issaquah, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Issaquah, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Health/medical benefits are great

    Cons

    Overall long term middle management type employees aren't 'taken care of'. hourly employees get non performance based bonuses, and many salaried employees get bonuses based on the dept they work for. Salary increase % are all over the board. People like me are subject to the POWER/control of their superiors that have no business being in those positions.

    Advice to Management

    Take care of the regular salaried employees. They are your rocks. They are the ones that do the work. Do something about complaints about management from those long term employees. I had multiple significant issues happen with direct management that are illegal. HR and open door policy is a joke. I know at least 6 people with identical situations as mine that have left - by long term, I mean over 20 year, dedicated people. You know we are dedicated to the OLD company which is why Costco hasn't been taken to court yet. Take geographical values into consideration. I'm a newly single parent and can barely afford simple housing. Cultures and values are going downhill fast but executive level doesn't get to see that. Dr management is their behinds well - not necessarily a good thing. Career opportunities if you're with the right crowd


  7. Wishful Contractor

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Online Content Specialist/Photo Editor in Issaquah, WA
    Former Contractor - Online Content Specialist/Photo Editor in Issaquah, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Costco Wholesale as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I spent the Fall & Winter holidays with the Photo Editing Department and the E-Content Team a couple months later....it was fantastic. Strong, competent management, smart workflows, and exceptional valuing of employees.

    Cons

    Leaving. Leaving was a con.

    Advice to Management

    None, you're doing fantastic.


  8. Great company but......

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in Issaquah, WA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Issaquah, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits Flexible Job security Great retirement plan

    Cons

    Stagnant Hard to get promoted Raises are small


  9. Costco Summer Intern

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in Issaquah, WA
    Former Employee - Intern in Issaquah, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Costco Wholesale (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Costco was a friendly environment with great co-workers/interns. Also cheap lunches! Costco seemed to be a place that genuinely cared about its employees happiness, for the most part.

    Cons

    It seemed like Costco wasn't necessarily the leader of their IT world but more taking suggestions and hints from how other large corporations did things as they went along. Granted I was just an intern but some of their web development was seriously lacking.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to all of your employees and give them an opportunity to present new ideas and focus points to leadership/management. Also there seem to be a number of people that are just coasting along and relying on more talented people on the team (IS) to carry their workload. This was a problem all over the IS department.


  10. IS Intern

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IS Intern in Issaquah, WA
    Current Employee - IS Intern in Issaquah, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Respects your time. Low stress and great environment. Benefits and time off are fantastic.

    Cons

    I cannot think of any off the top of my head.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Kronos Programmer Analyst

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Kronos Programmer Analyst II in Issaquah, WA
    Current Employee - Kronos Programmer Analyst II in Issaquah, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Stable job, costco does not lay off

    Cons

    Compensation is lower than industry standards



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