Costco Wholesale Reviews in Issaquah, WA

Updated October 15, 2014
Updated October 15, 2014
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Pros
  • You are able to grow within the company the pay and benefits are wonderful (in 116 reviews)

  • Great benefits, takes care of their employees when persona; issues arise (in 186 reviews)


Cons
  • Offered me full time then fired me right before I was to receive benefits (in 62 reviews)

  • If you are part time, the amount of hours you get can vary a lot from week to week (in 52 reviews)

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  1.  

    I love this company, will retire here.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Accountant in Issaquah, WA
    Current Employee - Accountant in Issaquah, WA

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

    Pros

    Benefits, great co-workers and flexible schedule.

    Cons

    Nepotism prevalent in hiring practice.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote from within, train.. train... train.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    mixed bag

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Buyer in Issaquah, WA
    Former Employee - Buyer in Issaquah, WA

    I worked at Costco Wholesale full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    full of smart people in whom the company invests resources. As with other retailers, there is a constant push to improve performance.

    Cons

    saying one thing to vendors and another to buyers...ultimate conflict between stated values and behavior. As the company grows their is a point at which there are simply not enough big innovative suppliers to fill the pipeline. Company has to get back to backing innovative products and companies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    stick to your core values...

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 6 people found this helpful  

    Great company to work for, but you have to start at the bottom and work your way up

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Department Manager in Issaquah, WA
    Former Employee - Department Manager in Issaquah, WA

    I worked at Costco Wholesale full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good pay, GREAT benefits, have fun working and learning various positions

    Cons

    You have to start at the bottom and work your way up, it can be a very cutthroat environment, especially if you bring anything of value to the table (like previous experience or a degree). Growth is limited, if you become a manager, expect to hand your schedule over and be prepared to work whenever needed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Costco is horrible about promoting women, and when they do promote them, they nit pick and find reasons to get rid of them or demote them, or just flat out make it uncomfortable for them. This does not inspire women to want to move up or provide for a good working environment. Promote more women! Give us more warehouse managers like Vicki Hite in the LA region. There are too few women leading the company, and you have NO idea how much harassment is happening, because the fear of retaliation or being labeled by an almost exclusively male upper management is career destroying.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Business data analyst

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Issaquah, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Issaquah, WA

    I have been working at Costco Wholesale full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    GREAT people, ethics and culture.
    A great example for a company that cares about work life balance.
    Very casual environment.
    Brand name: when I tell ANYONE I work for Costco, I get to hear about how much everyone loves Costco and it's a very proud feeling.
    They pay pretty decent too.

    Cons

    Old school but they are trying to modernize.
    Undergoing a lot of transformation.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Costco culture and ethics are excellent, but at the cost of compensation

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Issaquah, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Issaquah, WA

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

    Pros

    Terrific culture, ethics and vision from leadership

    Cons

    Once established, compensation difficult to adjust to industry averages

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    An excellent company, with honest values and outstanding culture of doing the right thing.

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    Current Employee - Manager in Issaquah, WA
    Current Employee - Manager in Issaquah, WA

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

    Pros

    Open door policy to management. Costco truly values employees, customers, and suppliers. It's not a mission statement on a plaque, but rather a mission lived daily by every role in this organization.

    Cons

    Within IT there's a lot of changing direction and unclear vision. Management at all levels is commonly too widely spread, undercutting their effectiveness, ability to support their teams, and ability to give insight into what vision does exist.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Within IT, we need clarified, simplified vision. Consider adding more IT management, rather than adding more onto capable managers rendering them less effective because they're thinly spread.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Not the best company to work for in the Seattle Area

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    Current Employee - Lead in Issaquah, WA
    Current Employee - Lead in Issaquah, WA

    I have been working at Costco Wholesale full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Laid back environment to work and has a good time off schedule when you are on maternity

    Cons

    Costco doesnt hire people with good talents- they shun away from good resources as they crib to pay higher salary. Just heard from my colleague that they are averse to sponsoring foreign talents as they would have to sponsor them. As a result the company is flooded with a lot of old timers and it is very hard to get the job done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire good talents and make the company competitive

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Company to work for.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Analyst in Issaquah, WA
    Former Employee - IT Analyst in Issaquah, WA

    I worked at Costco Wholesale full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Friendly, professional and relaxed enviroment. Great benfits and good pay.

    Cons

    Many would feel taht living in Washington would be a con. It's not that bad if you enjoy the outdoors and a family lifestyle

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    NONE

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company - but it takes a long time to advance (because nobody leaves!)

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Representative in Issaquah, WA
    Former Employee - Marketing Representative in Issaquah, WA

    I worked at Costco Wholesale full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good work/life balance, decent salary, good benefits, flexible.

    Cons

    Lack of advancement opportunities, lack of training, benefits are touted as being great - but they are great for a RETAILER, which is what, bottom line, Costco is. Time off policies at corporate are silly around the holidays - in my opinion "black-outs" should be reserved for those departments working directly with the warehouses during the busy holiday season. No part-time opportunities available at the corporate office.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More training, cross-training and opportunity for growth, as well as part-time opportunities at the corporate level are needed!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Buyer in Issaquah, WA
    Current Employee - Assistant Buyer in Issaquah, WA

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Impossible 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 ManagementAdvice

    Merchandising needs more staff. Executive management projects huge growth, but with the exact same number of staff.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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