Costco Wholesale
3.8 of 5 1,132 reviews
www.costco.com Issaquah, WA 5000+ Employees

Costco Wholesale Reviews in Issaquah, WA

Updated Jul 3, 2014
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3.5 79 reviews

                             

91% Approve of the CEO

Costco Wholesale President & CEO Craig Jelinek

Craig Jelinek

(32 ratings)

68% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Great company to work for

    Assistant Buyer (Current Employee)
    Issaquah, WA

    ProsJob Security
    Great Benefits
    Really understand the merchandising business and Costco mentality
    Low turn over rate

    ConsImpossible to get fired -- which is great, but that also means a lot of people stop pulling their weight.
    Slow to move up, because no one leaves
    Strict schedules
    Only a 3% pay increase cap in merchandising for salaried employees

    Advice to Senior ManagementMerchandising needs more staff. Executive management projects huge growth, but with the exact same number of staff.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    les than a year

    Business Analyst (Current Employee)
    Issaquah, WA

    Prosgood values, great people, loyalty to employees

    Conslack of leadership, lack of direction lack of accountability

    Advice to Senior Managementtraining, leadership, direction, career path

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Love my job

    Analyst II (Current Employee)
    Issaquah, WA

    ProsFlexible hours, it great to work with the management, willing to work with to help improve your skills. Would love to retired here.

    ConsNot whole lot a parking bit working on a new parking garage.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI don't have any

    – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    I'm a Costco lifer.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Issaquah, WA

    ProsFree Costco membership, fitness center at the home office and reasonably priced meals at the cafeteria. At the home office, you're lucky if you got hired in a department with good managers and team members.

    ConsThere are some departments that will work you to death especially if your manager is the reactive type. There are more bosses than leaders.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGive the employees the chance to evaluate their leaders anonymously and use the feedback as the tool for promotion or more training.

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

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    Dismal experience ... not for a experienced IT person.

    Senior IT Person (Former Employee)
    Issaquah, WA

    ProsFree club membership (a $100 value). Perhaps Costco has a good reputation as a great company to work for, but apparently this does not apply to the IT department.

    ConsMost IT managers do not have an IT background. I would highly suggest that any senior IT person considering a job demand to have one-on-one interviews with every member of the group for which they are interviewing.

    Advice to Senior ManagementToo many issues in various IT departments to mention - out source all IT before it's too late and the current new implementations cause a significant loss of revenue.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Hard work, ok benefits, retail job

    Service Assistant (Current Employee)
    Issaquah, WA

    Prosthey give you alot of hours if your only part time which can be nice if you need them and health and dental benefits are nice. Fast paced environment can be really fun if your teammates and manager are cool people. My manager in deli is great hardworking person but he seems to be one of the exception's.

    ConsI have worked in the deli and the front end there is alot of physical work which i dont mind but we are trained to work as fast as we can to get work done regardless of employees physical safety. there is plenty of favoritism and upper management is cold and unfriendly with little professional training or people skills, often times seems management cares more about there next promotion and not at all for employees that keep the company running. Getting full time is extremely difficult.

    Advice to Senior Managementlisten to employees concerns, treat them with respect they deserve, try to promote those that really work hard and not just those that brown nose the most. Upper management get off your high horse please and remember all employees are in this together.

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

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    An absolutely amazing place to work with great career opportunities.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Issaquah, WA

    ProsJob security is a definite plus. Where some companies laid off their employees during the recession, Costco did lay off one. The benefits are also great (health care, 401k, AMEX, compensation, work/life). The ability and opportunity to move up in the company is what I love the most. Costco allows you to create a career path and will help you achieve your goals through training and mentorship. Hiring up from within is one of Costco definite perks.

    ConsPay at the Warehouse locations is well above average in retail. Pay at the corporate office (compared to other equivalent jobs) is fair, but only average for the new generation of employees.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAt the office, the younger workforce cares less about benefits and tends to value $$$ more. Although this view is immature and will hurt in the long run, Costco should consider broadening their incentive/pay package to attract more qualified employees.

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

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    Takes care of their contractors

    Art Production (Former Employee)
    Issaquah, WA

    ProsFriendly environment, access to cafeteria & gym, parking pass, solid hours, provided work stations

    ConsUsually only hires from within, waits until the last minute to tell contractors whether they've been extended or not

    Advice to Senior ManagementFor someone who temps through an agency, it's nice to let them know in advance about the end date of a contract so another can be lined up and ready.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Wonderful Company

    Middleware Administrator (Current Employee)
    Issaquah, WA

    ProsReally relaxed environment, always generally positive corporate spirit, The warehouses are the focus but are always making money and there is always someone saying something nice about the company.

    ConsCorporate cafe is lacking, no continued educational help, parking at corp office is a nightmare

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the good work but maybe start to introduce a work from home policy for the IS department.

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

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    Not a technology company - IS only

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Issaquah, WA

    ProsLots of people means very specialized and a light load - unless you are in one of the common reorganizations - this can also be a con.
    Good culture and value in theory - often lacking in practice and highly up to manager discretion.

    ConsPeople often leave frustrated with roadblocks. Don't expect anything fast. Some angry people are harbored in the backwaters. Uneven application of standards. Low wages compared to the nearby market.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStart listening to people from outside the company and looking at autonomous business units. Treat people with respect and like adults.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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