Costco Wholesale Reviews in San Diego, CA

Updated August 14, 2014
Updated August 14, 2014
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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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  1.  

    Supervisor

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales/Supervisor in San Marcos, CA
    Former Employee - Sales/Supervisor in San Marcos, CA

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

    Pros

    Great company to work for.

    Cons

    Obtaining seniority amongst other employees for vacations and scheduling.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Set regular schedules.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Repetitive but the work went fast.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Front End Assistant in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Front End Assistant in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Great base pay rate for entry level
    Amazing health benefits for part time
    Time and a half on Sunday

    Cons

    You HAVE to work weekends if you're new, which is hard if you have a family or kids, etc.
    Some favoritism in regards to who gets promoted to front end supervisors
    Inconsistency across the stores as to what they value (some it's cashiering speed, cutting payroll, etc)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow a rotating schedule of weekends off awarded (at least one weekday) so people don't get burned out.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Good company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Merchandiser in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Merchandiser in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Good benefits,flexible hours,decent pay,you get free membership and the dress code is great

    Cons

    Takes too long to become full time,Raises are based on hours worked not how long you have been with with the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No comments

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great for Shopping not so much for employment

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    Former Employee - Seasonal Front End/Bakery in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Seasonal Front End/Bakery in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Costco Wholesale as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    The best part about working for this company is that you can do your shopping rite after work and not have to fight the parkin lot. Most employees are nice but do not expect to walk away with life long friends.

    Cons

    In working for this company I learned very quickly that the only employees who get full time positions or move into management are non-college educated people willing to sleep with supervsors. Rite in this companies hiring guidelines is a requirement for a high school deploma or eqivalent but I worked with many people who lied about this on their application and were hired anyway. Clearly the company does not verify the information people put down. The only employees that were kept after holiday season were those messing around wth supervisors or managers eventhough they could not do basic math.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The hiring managers need to verify the information palced on employment applications because employees are very open about what they lied about after hiring.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great People, Great Company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Cart Pusher, Cashier, Food Court, Stocking in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Cart Pusher, Cashier, Food Court, Stocking in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    From the Cart Pushers, to the Cashiers, to the Floor Supervisors to the GM every person part of the company were all around great people. I was treated very well and moved up quite fast for a first time Costco employee. although I worked for a much smaller Costco, it was 1 of the 7 Business Centers; now I 8, but i moved up quickly as it is a growing location. The starting pay is around 11.00 which is great when minimum wage is $8 something, and your duties are pushing carts, not to bad. I learned a lot about customer service as well as working at a fast pace when I was working the register.
    I ended up working in almost 5 departments in the 5 months that I worked for them; before having to relocate across the country. They did try and transfer me, but the new location was already at max employment, and was already letting season employees go. Rough times, but they have me a great reference letter for future employment.

    Cons

    I honestly couldn't tell you any Con's, as my time with Costco was very short lives, and I was friends with the majority of employees in the company after such a short period of time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great work San Diego Business center!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Front End Ass

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    Former Employee - Clerk Assistant in La Mesa, CA
    Former Employee - Clerk Assistant in La Mesa, CA

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

    Pros

    Awesome Co-workers, management was always on top of the situation. Great Warehouse as well. The store was Non-union and I found that the warehouse could handle any problems that could be encountered. The store, I felt could properly tend to an associate concerns and, or problems in a decisive and caring manner. Also worked around my school schedule, which they supported.

    Cons

    if you don't follow the specific rules in the employee hand book it is very easy to get fired. I was fired, but can honestly say nothing negative about my experience.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great pay and benefits, but lack of respect for employees.

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    Current Employee - Front End Cashier in San Marcos, CA
    Current Employee - Front End Cashier in San Marcos, CA

    I have been working at Costco Wholesale part-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Pay and benefits.
    Most employees are friendly and professional.

    Cons

    Very difficult to get time off or vacation time approved.
    Not willing to schedule according to employee availability.
    I personally know of one employee who was told to quit his/her other job due to scheduling conflicts.
    This was a new hire and was making more money at the other job, but was planning to leave after working at Costco for long enough to get a raise.
    Rude, gossipy Supervisors, and Management seems to promote their "pets".

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Costco Packaging

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Very good company great pay,good benefits and great working hours

    Cons

    Poor management. General Manager knows all issues but he wont change nothing. Lower Managers and Supervisors do what ever they want and they wont be replaced or written up, lack of Professionalism, no ethics, Favoritism. Even with training programs like "right side of the line" encouraged by corporate. This is violated all the time by managers and most of the time by Supervisors

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Managers and Supervisors need to be retrained, plus they need to know how to respect people

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Retail Company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Carlsbad, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Carlsbad, CA

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

    Pros

    As long as you are friendly and work hard you will be treated well.

    Good starting pay
    Excellent Benefits
    Friendly workplace and staff

    Cons

    Fast pace work
    Hard to be hired permanently
    Some positions in the company are highly sought after and it can be hard to change departments.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Get treated like scum by employees,and members for 11.50 pay

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    Former Employee - Seasonal Front End/Bakery in San Marcos, CA
    Former Employee - Seasonal Front End/Bakery in San Marcos, CA

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

    Pros

    . 11.50 an hour pay
    . BUSINESS membership when hired seasonal

    Cons

    .Unorganized management at all times!! these people think they are on a high pedastal newsflash you work in a warehouse which has been praised a little too much.
    .You're schedule will get changed with out notice BEWARE!!
    . employees that have been working there will look down on you .
    . Feels like being thrown back in highschool there will be gossip about you and other employees this job is an ant field for gossip and backstabbing.
    .Rude employees who keep to themselves they are not welcoming to new people at all.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hello managers how about actually spending time in your departments and how about actually getting to know your employees instead of being in your office all day.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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