Costco Wholesale Reviews

Updated October 23, 2014
Updated October 23, 2014
1,300 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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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Employee Reviews

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    A great company to work for, they are fair and treat their employees well.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    Costco rewards those with a good sense of urgency and the willingness to learn. Its a stable company with great pay and bonus scales.

    Cons

    Training is more hands on, not a lot of book work. May be difficult who dont learn best on their feet.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    It was a seasonal job and the people were great to work with.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Bakery Wrapper in Waterbury, CT
    Former Employee - Bakery Wrapper in Waterbury, CT

    I worked at Costco Wholesale part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    It was a seasonal job and the pat was very good and the people were friendly and helpful.

    Cons

    The only con is it's only part time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I wish you had full time jobs.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great job if you're going to school

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Hearing Aid Assistant in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Hearing Aid Assistant in Sacramento, CA

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

    Pros

    Job Security, Benefits, wages, works around school schedule.

    Cons

    Some supervisors and mangers abuse their power

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    costco

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    Former Employee - Bakery Wrapper in Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Bakery Wrapper in Richmond, VA

    I worked at Costco Wholesale part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    good pay good benefits for working not much hours

    Cons

    people treat badly new employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be real.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good Company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Membership Assistant in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Membership Assistant in Houston, TX

    I worked at Costco Wholesale part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good pay and great benefits. Promotes from within, so managers went through the same process as you would.

    Cons

    Few managers are not competent in what they're doing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rather than simply manage, grow and develop your employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Stressful work environment at times, but superior pay and benefits.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Licensed Optician
    Current Employee - Licensed Optician

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

    Pros

    The pay is better than any other service job out there, and the benefits are hard to match. This company takes care of their employees.

    Cons

    Stressful dealing when the stores get busy, and when customers have memberships they tend to be more demanding. Costco doesn't operate like most stores so people get upset when things don't go their way. Normal of any customer service job I suppose, but exaggerated by strict buying policies and procedures. The lenient return policy also means people try to get away with returning very old or broken items.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Changing the upper management at individual locations so frequently prevents any employee from ever being comfortable. I've been through 3 warehouse managers in my time at my store and every new manager feels the need to change policies or make unnecessary changes just for the sake of making changes. Some changes are frustrating and inconsiderate to the longtime employees. You don't need to change the manager every 2 years!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Amazing!!!! Great place to work!!!!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Membership in Hoover, AL
    Current Employee - Membership in Hoover, AL

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

    Pros

    The benefits that we have access to is TOP OF THE LINE. Added with the hourly pay, I don't see myself leaving anytime soon.

    Cons

    There aren't any cons that I'm aware of. It is plenty of opportunity to move up if you apply yourself.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Costco is fun and team oriented. Amazing supportive management

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Membership Clerk in Independence, MO
    Current Employee - Membership Clerk in Independence, MO

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

    Pros

    Time & 1/2 on Sundays, paid holidays, full health, dental and optical benefits for part timers. Starting wage far above minimum wage. Wonderful corporate culture. Safe, professional, supportive environment. The bosses and supervisors are all pretty cool and hardworking. There are super opportunities to advance into management as well as tons of opportunities to cross train in different departments.

    Cons

    Retail, closing shifts. Time away from my kids. Schedule changes with very little notice. Dealing with demanding members. Also, very demanding physical labor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat "underlings" with respect. For the most part, all of my supervisors and managers have been very good.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    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
  11.  

    Bakery Clerk Job

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Bakery Clerk in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Bakery Clerk in Tucson, AZ

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

    Pros

    Great management and great place to work

    Cons

    Hours may not be what you need when have more responsibilities as an adult, however, as a student it works perfectly

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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