Costco Wholesale Reviews

Updated September 22, 2014
Updated September 22, 2014
1,242 Reviews
3.9
1,242 Reviews
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Costco Wholesale President & CEO Craig Jelinek
Craig Jelinek
540 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • You are able to grow within the company the pay and benefits are wonderful (in 106 reviews)

  • There are great benefits available for part-time and full-time employees (in 168 reviews)


Cons
  • Offered me full time then fired me right before I was to receive benefits (in 57 reviews)

  • Takes a few seasonal periods to get hired permanently and then it is only part time (in 46 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Good experience, nice people.

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    Former Employee - Front End
    Former Employee - Front End

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

    Pros

    Pay and benefits are good. Working with people from many different walks of life. Best place to work if you are in the retail business. Off on holidays and no crazy hours throughout the Christmas season.

    Cons

    Management keeping people on staff that are not dedicated, hard working employees. Hard for some people to handle the environment of there not being consistent discipline from employee to employee.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I know everyone likes to put their two cents worth in perhaps have a place that employees can leave feedback or insight on certain things anonymously.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    My wife (Bakery) and I (FE cashier/assistant) both work for Costco...

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    Current Employee - Cashier Assistant (Front End Assistant)  in  Kapolei, HI
    Current Employee - Cashier Assistant (Front End Assistant) in Kapolei, HI

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

    Pros

    Starting pay is good and benefits are great. I love that you work to make your own raises as long as you put in the time you'll get raises. Once topped off you make over $40k a year. Plus bonuses twice a year and time and a half every Sundays. Now who wouldn't want to work here. Awesome company

    Cons

    At times it can get stressful especially the beginning of each month due to EBT (food stamps). Members can be a little rude but you just put on that smile and swear at them in your head...but as for the company no cons

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management is very understanding and tries to help you out with work related and personal issues you may have. Fairness and respect should be a managers number one duty to the members, employees and the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good pay great company

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    Current Employee - Team Member  in  Minnetonka, MN
    Current Employee - Team Member in Minnetonka, MN

    I have been working at Costco Wholesale full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great place to work, they pay was really good, and the hours were really good as well

    Cons

    Not a lot of room for growth

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Pretty good

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Bakery Wrapper  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Bakery Wrapper in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Starting pay is relatively good

    Cons

    Supervisors are not very understanding of personal needs, fellow employees making a lot more than me have gotten lazy because they know it's hard to get fired

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be understanding of personal situations especially those of employees that you want to keep around

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Easy work but labor intensive

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Cashier Assistant (Front End Assistant)  in  Santa Ana, CA
    Current Employee - Cashier Assistant (Front End Assistant) in Santa Ana, CA

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

    Pros

    The minimum wage is above average and they also provide full coverage insurance. We get holiday and vacation days pay which is nice.

    Cons

    pushing carts for two times a day for 2.5 hours each in the summer sucks. Management terrible at their job, they don't care who you are, they only care what they can do for them.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Best Retail Co!

    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales
    Current Employee - Sales

    I have been working at Costco Wholesale full-time

    Pros

    Great Pay, Great Benifits. Respect from management.

    Cons

    Its retail, you will work weekends and late nights.

  8. 8 people found this helpful  

    I work for Costco for over 14 years

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    Current Employee - Vault Clerk, Back Up Payroll, Sales Audit & Just About Anything Else  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Vault Clerk, Back Up Payroll, Sales Audit & Just About Anything Else in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Pay, Benefits and a lifetime of friends. Oh yeah free Executive Membership!! Did I mention that the benefits are FREAKING AWESOME!!

    Cons

    Not that much communication from management. Too many people want to be chiefs but not enough indians.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a minute or so and listen to your employees. We see what you don't take the time to see and listen to.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 6 people found this helpful  

    Phenomenal Company

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    Current Employee - Costco  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Costco in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    I just embarked on my career at Costco and it is an excellent company to work for. I am prior military and I researched my next chapter in life and all arrows pointed to Costco. I heavily researched the business model, founders, code of ethics, history, performance, etc., and it was evident that Costco upheld and operated operations based on theses principles. You cannot beat the compensation package considering the retail industry. You get to interact with members and provide that exceptional member service that Costco prides itself on. My leadership team is phenomenal -- I am impressed with their dedication/leadership/expertise.

    Advice for potential team members: It is difficult to be apart of the Costco team but if you get an opportunity:

    Know the company, hit the ground running, work hard, and work harder because the room for growth is exponential. You will work hard but Costco will take care of you. Costco is heading in the right direction because the foundation is solid!

    Cons

    I have no Cons to input.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 8 people found this helpful  

    I have worked at Costco for over 10yrs and have had a great experience.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Clovis, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Clovis, CA

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

    Pros

    Great pay, benefits and 41k. Retail hours are good- If you work weekends your off by 8 at the latest and paid holidays off.

    Cons

    It's retail so you have to work weekends. Costco Need to reevaluate management and supervisors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't try to make others look bad to cover up your mistakes.

    Stop hiring family.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Discrimination against older workers

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The pay is what keeps employees for the long term. Good health benefits. Paid time off for holidays.

    Cons

    Management who have no clue how to manage employees
    Discrimination against older employees
    Unfair practices on promotions ( its who you know, not what you know)
    If you speak up for yourself or your rights, they will look for a reason to get rid of you
    inconsistent discipline, what one employee would be terminated for, another doesn't receive any adverse action

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Teach your managers the LAW! Your employment practices are what will ruin this company. You are getting too big for your britches Costco. The same employees who helped you build this company are the same ones who will destroy it. Long term employees do whatever they want, regardless if it is illegal.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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