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  1. Helpful (2)

    Mostly a good place

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Front End Assistant/Back Up Supervisor in Tigard, OR
    Current Employee - Front End Assistant/Back Up Supervisor in Tigard, OR
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good Benefits, Variety of cross training opportunities, good people, very decent pay for the job

    Cons

    A lot of politics, depending on your store and department. Extremely strict policies regarding write-ups (also depending on store)- tardies, absences, failing to sign timecards, being more than 3 minutes late coming back from lunch...

    Advice to Management

    Promotions based more on performance than internal politics.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "You will not be allowed a requested day off"

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Stocker, and Cashier in Marlboro, NJ
    Current Employee - Stocker, and Cashier in Marlboro, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The members for the most part are friendly.

    Cons

    Full availability for part time status means they can schedule an employee whenever they want. And revise the schedule 2 days prior to the start of the new work week. Managers expect you to be totally available for what they want you to work, but if you need a day off - forget it! If one request is granted, they "will not approve another request again."

    Advice to Management

    In this economy you are employing a higher skilled and higher educated indvidual. Start taking the time to conduct developmental conversations with employees in hopes of building bench strength for future management positions. Stop taking advantage of the individual. RESPECT YOUR EMPLOYEES! Some of them have more experience to do the job you are in! Jim S. should invest in training for his managers, they would all benefit from Situational Leadership training, to help them manage to an individuals skill level.


  3. Helpful (2)

    Excellent company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    cross training and positive employees

    Cons

    hard work, lots of schedule changes

    Advice to Management

    Better comminuation with staff


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  5. Helpful (1)

    good job that i enjoyed

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    good job and you make a good salary

    Cons

    working long hours some of the time

    Advice to Management

    try to give more feedback on how employees are doing


  6. Helpful (1)

    A great place to work, with great growth within the company.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Photo Lab Supervisor in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Photo Lab Supervisor in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Costco has some of the best benefits and competitive wages in retail to keep their most intelligent and hard working employees.

    Cons

    Costco is going in a direction where there are less employees, but more responsibilities for those employees. You'll see a lot of people wearing different hats working in different departments.

    Advice to Management

    Management will always be the first to hear about negative feedback, but the it takes effort to award those with positive feedback. Also, watching a manager do the little things like push carts or clean food court tables goes a long way and sends a big message.


  7. Helpful (5)

    Nice...but could be better with more full-time positions.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Deli Assistant in Naperville, IL
    Current Employee - Deli Assistant in Naperville, IL
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The benefits with Costco are amazing! I do not know of many places that offer full time benefits to part time employees. There are also stock options and 401k options. The hours are good and the management does work with you if you have 2 jobs or school. I wouls say that this job is great for students, or people that wish to make some extra cash and have fun. There is possibility for growth if you pu your time and effort into it.

    Cons

    There are not many full time postions available due to the job being so well no one wants to really move up. The store that I am in rarley has full time postings due to Costco wanting to work people harder and cutting hours. So the people that have full time are stable do not wish tho give that up or move up since with overtime they can make almost as much as management. The part timers make less and with that you can have more part time postions available. This makes it hard to move up with Costco. Some people are with the company 4-5 years before they can reach full time status.

    Advice to Management

    I believe that the management should lower the hours in between pay raises, if they want to part time people so much for little pay. 11.00 to start is great but when you only work 24 hours a week that the same as 30 hours on min wage. so for 8.74 at 40 hours a week is more that 24 hours for 11.00 an hour. I know there is room for growth but the full time positions are limited for each store. I love Costco and am trying to make it my career but I can't even pay my bills in the mean time. Is there a way to stop cutting hours when the company is actually profiting? I am a buisness major so I understand a lot more then most people ,I get it more bonuses more of this and that. I just believe you have to spend money to make money.


  8. Great company to work for

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    great place to be working at

    Cons

    no cons at this amazing place

    Advice to Management

    amazing company


  9. Helpful (2)

    Great benefits but management works you ragged

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Cashier in Arlington, TX
    Current Employee - Cashier in Arlington, TX
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The benefits and pay are far above other retail stores. Time off is usually easy to get. If you want a job that pays well but are not looking for advancement, then it is a great place to be.

    Cons

    Promoting was done heavily the last 5 - 10 year and has since slowed almost to a halt. The typical vertical retail management heirarchy has led to a lot of bottle necking. Even though this company is thriving in a recession fewer stores are opening. As management positions open they are frequently filled by Californians who have worked for the company for 15+ years, little room for advancement within the stores in the rest of the country.


  10. Helpful (1)

    its ok for now

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sacramento, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    easy job, get along with most, and i get good days off. benefits are good. i would consider management more i they got two days off in a row

    Cons

    customer service job so we have to work with the general public. the union we HAVE to work under is horrible and only keeps poor employees working.

    Advice to Management

    look for people how can do and are knowledgeable at their jobs for people to promote, instead of people who can play the game best and say yes to everything.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Depends on how you look at it.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Front End Supervisor in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Front End Supervisor in San Antonio, TX
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great pay versus other retailers and wholesalers. Benefits also really good versus competitors.

    Cons

    It all depends on your warehouse manager. Its hard to move up and if you do move up it is because of personal relationships not truly ability. Whether or not you put forth the effort to get a degree doesn't matter. If you don't want to go to college, its good. If you get a degree to try to improve your abilities, you will sadly find thatr it means absolutely nothing.

    Advice to Management

    While you do show that your employees are the greatest asset you have, look more at those who show promise and want to make the company better. I've seen too many people overlooked because someone else is more of a friend to management rather than the person being extremely able to competently perform their job.


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