Costco Wholesale

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Costco Wholesale Reviews

Updated December 22, 2014
Updated December 22, 2014
1,398 Reviews
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1,398 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • You are able to grow within the company the pay and benefits are wonderful (in 135 reviews)

  • Great benefits, takes care of their employees when persona; issues arise (in 195 reviews)


Cons
  • Offered me full time then fired me right before I was to receive benefits (in 68 reviews)

  • If you are part time, the amount of hours you get can vary a lot from week to week (in 56 reviews)

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  1.  

    Excellent company to work foe

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Costco Wholesale

    Pros

    Advancement, good salaries, great benefits

    Cons

    Only start off as part time. It takes an act of God to become full time.

  2.  

    Great company to work for.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Front End Cashier in Lewisville, TX
    Current Employee - Front End Cashier in Lewisville, TX

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

    Pros

    Great pay and healthcare benefits.

    Cons

    Wish they had more full time positions open.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more mindful of seasonal workers who are looking for full time work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    customer service

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    I worked for Costco in Seattle and they were very accommodating with my schedule

    Cons

    Not to many personal growth opportunities

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5. 5 people found this helpful  

    Great part-time job.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Front End/Cart Crew in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Front End/Cart Crew in Irvine, CA

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

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits. Lots of opportunities for overtime or extra hours. You work in many areas of the stores, never doing the same thing, which is good because sometimes work can be repetitive.
    I feel like i get paid to work out lol. i push carts outside which is my preference anyways.

    Cons

    Some managers and supervisors play favoritism.
    The front end can be very chaotic.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Licensed Pharmacy Tech Supervisor

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good Pay, Benefits, Vacation Time

    Cons

    Many well paid, uneducated people running the warehouses with no people skils.
    Costco definately does not encourage their "seasoned employees" as I was called.
    They weed out capped out hourly wage earners (usually employed there for 12 - 15 years) so they can...as they say "get 2 new hires for the price of one " hourly employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take courses on managing employees effectively. LISTEN, really listen to your employees. They really do know more than you on the feel of the public.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7.  

    Fired me just before I was to get benefits

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Front End Assistant in The Woodlands, TX
    Former Employee - Front End Assistant in The Woodlands, TX

    I worked at Costco Wholesale

    Pros

    The people are nice and friendly. The benefits are great. Everyone seems to care for one another until....

    Cons

    They no longer have a use for you. They fired me with out any real reason. They told me "I wasn't good enough" but wouldn't go into specifics. Management also has some communication issues, even down to the dress code. I only got one counseling notice and it was on the day I was fired, and the incident that it was referring to was a month old.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate more, and get everyone on the same page. Not everyone has time to read the "little red book" from cover to cover.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Union vs. Non-union?

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Costco Wholesale

    Pros

    Great co-workers; managers will schedule motivated employees more hours upon request

    Cons

    Union dues for seasonal employees, regardless of whether you will be kept on or let go in January. Seems that Union stores pay lower hourly wages, and a more productive employee may not be chosen for certain things based on seniority.

  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    You really work hard for your pay

    Current Employee - Food Service Assistant
    Current Employee - Food Service Assistant

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

    Pros

    Good starting pay and most employees are really cool and nice. I heard benefits are really good for those who get that far.

    Cons

    For all the work you do and the wear and tear you put your body through, $11.50 an hour is not enough to keep me there long-term. They literally work you to the bone. I'm working a seasonal position and there's no training until you actually start your first shift, so you have to learn as you go along. Most of the supervisors/managers are pretty nice, but there are some that talk to you like they want you to know who's in charge and they like to call you out on everything you do. They do play favoritism and if they don't like you, then expect to be treated lower than others.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote employees based on merit, not seniority or favoritism. Provide training to even just seasonal employees so that we don't get called out for our mistakes after we've made them because of the lack of training. Lastly, please lighten up even just a little bit. I can't even joke around with my co-workers because one of my supervisors would rather have me act like a robot instead of a human.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great pay but they get their money's worth

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Clerk in Cranberry, PA
    Current Employee - Clerk in Cranberry, PA

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

    Pros

    -One of the highest starting wages in the industry $11.50/hour
    -Time and a half on sundays ($17.25/hour)

    Cons

    -Costco get's their $11.50 and hour's worth from you. They work you hard.
    -Managers and coordinators ( at least on the front end ) will literally just stand there for hours on end not assisting at all.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Help out with your spare time instead of standing around with your hands in your pockets.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    Costco Offers great Benefits

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Member Service
    Current Employee - Member Service

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

    Pros

    -Benefits
    -Flexible schedules for those who are in school
    -potential to move up within the company

    Cons

    -Poor Management
    -Retail hours
    -there are different standards placed on different individuals meaning some are held to a higher standard are left doing more work than those held to a lower standard.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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