Costco Wholesale Reviews

Updated August 31, 2015
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  1. Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Costco Wholesale full-time

    Pros

    always busy and working with customers and a chance for promotions and to work in other departments within the store. also the benefits that come with this company`1

    Cons

    only work 4-5 hour shifts and the commute for workers that have to travel for those hours. the limited chances to get the full times hours and the chance to grow with the company.


  2. Cashier

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Front End Cashier in Kalamazoo, MI
    Former Employee - Front End Cashier in Kalamazoo, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    good people, reputable company, high energy

    Cons

    wanted you to work every weekend, schedules would randomly change sometimes even a day before your scheduled shift, expected you to wear all hats of the store..ie. I was a marketer then cashier then asked to clean the food service area as well as the restrooms, constant harassment to push membership signs up

    Advice to Management

    while the memberships are important so are the ppl


  3. It a great company to work for, long as you don't have no experience managing

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Meat Cutter in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Meat Cutter in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The insurance and 401k is good and u never work late on weekends and u don't have to deal with customers

    Cons

    It hard to get promoted and you have love with your heart to get promote, this company don't like to promote black people

    Advice to Management

    Need to work on there people skills with employee


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  5. Helpful (3)

    RTV Supervisor

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boonton, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boonton, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work-life balance. Great benefits and pay. M-F. Good people overall; some better than others with work ethic. Jim SInegal was an exceptional CEO and took care of his people.

    Cons

    Managers are not completely skilled. They promote from within and not always are those people management material. Crazy hours coming in like 12:00 a.m., 4:00 a.m. Heavy lifting is not cut out for all people and can affect you after time. As years with company progressed for me, the quality of people they hired seemed to lack. Wholesale environment, so weekends are required and different positions will have different schedules and split 2 days off.

    Advice to Management

    Managers should be required to go through a better training program. They should have a team dedicated to teaching managers their jobs, rotating and traveling the country like their auditors. Or consider hiring better talent from outside of the company.


  6. Good place to work while you are going to school.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Stocker/Driver in Foster City, CA
    Current Employee - Stocker/Driver in Foster City, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Costco Wholesale part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good benefits and flexible schedule

    Cons

    Bad magnament and not team group oriented.

    Advice to Management

    Stick to the open doors policy that is on the manual.


  7. Helpful (3)

    Cashier Assistant

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Cashier Assistant (Front End Assistant)
    Former Employee - Cashier Assistant (Front End Assistant)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Management at all levels and locations deal with employees professionally and with respect. The rate of pay increase is fare and feasible, with top pay at $20/hr + Bonus of $1500 - $3000 twice per year. Advancement opportunities are within reach of excellent employees. The work is easy to do.

    Cons

    Start status is part-time with low hours at least 25 / week


  8. Helpful (2)

    Costco Wholesale

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Cashier in Ann Arbor, MI
    Current Employee - Cashier in Ann Arbor, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    You form really good relationships with coworkers You get to know your higher up management Really take the time to make sure you're comfortable and try to work with you through your difficult times Management seems to care GREAT benefits

    Cons

    Sometimes you get nasty members and since Costco is big on member service they will mostly take the members side whether they're right or wrong. Scheduling goes by priority so sometimes people first starting will have issues with that.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees. Keep giving the great benefits, compensation, and quality care.


  9. Helpful (4)

    Great company with some buts...

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Costco Wholesale full-time

    Pros

    Amazing benefits, 401k, salary and bonuses (2x year just for being an employee)

    Cons

    The company is starting to only care about numbers. Departments are getting downsized to a point where things aren't getting done and employees (both hourly and managers) are getting burnt out. Your experience is really based on the building you are at (as I've heard it's not this bad at every warehouse). At many buildings, management is not the best. Lots of office politics. Job training is hardly there which is probably why management isn't great.


  10. Trainee

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Trainee in Federal Way, WA
    Current Employee - Trainee in Federal Way, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Costco Wholesale (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great environment, great people, love working here

    Cons

    a bit disorganized but overall there's nothing wrong about it


  11. Play the game

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Parker, CO
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Parker, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits, pay, etc. Everything you hear in the media about vacation and days off is more or less true. In a well-run store, I suppose it would be a good job.

    Cons

    It's all politics. Kiss butt or be friends with managers and you will be promoted quickly. Hard work isn't appreciated. The harder you work, the more management walks on you. Horrible harassment problems. Supervisors make only a dollar more an hour than cashiers, which is a joke. Open availability is required, making having a life outside work very difficult.

    Advice to Management

    Morale matters. Stop walking on your hard working employees, instead go after the slackers who don't work hard. The politics and favoritism need to stop.



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