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IT Analyst programmer

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Current Employee - IT Analyst  in  Issaquah, WA
Current Employee - IT Analyst in Issaquah, WA

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

Pros

working for Costco brand.
Located in issaquah.
Free 4 pounds of turkey meat during christmas time

Cons

senior IT people have no good knowledge on the areas they are working.
work area looks congested as 4 people need to share the same space with out minimum walls
No free food. There are 3 food eating cafterias, but a medium healthy lunch will cost 7$ on average and if you eat outside the same food will cost 9$. No free drinks, a soda will cost 75Cents on average. No enough car parking and you will get headache everyday to find a near place, or you need to park at a mile distance and come to your desk in walking in cold.

Ok forget about food. Even I do not see any increments in salary for good programming and technical skills in my 1.5 year term. Most part is wearhouse culture.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

need to do some work in recognizing talent

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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    Not My Dream!

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    Former Employee - Cashier  in  Tukwila, WA
    Former Employee - Cashier in Tukwila, WA

    I worked at Costco Wholesale full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Pay is OK to start-$11.00.hr and time and a half if scheduled to work Sundays (note: This is for WA State)
    Seem to be organized in their system of doing things in general
    Raise after 1020 hours or so (approx. 6 mo)
    Casual work environment

    Cons

    Pay is less than $2.00 over minimum (in WA State)
    Good luck on getting that raise. Your schedule will fluctuate wildly, and you may not get the same hours you got last week.
    Schedule changes EVERY week. Unless you're management, which is harder to get into than the DMZ between N. and S. Korea. Unless you know someone, then yay! Good luck working your way into mgmt. if you don't know anyone already working there.
    Your job will change from day to day until the day you get stuck somewhere. Then you're THERE.
    Really into the Costco Way, meaning they're better than anyone else and you better do it exactly their way (really?), you are NOT encouraged to think independently or outside of the box even if it's toward improvement.
    Penalties (you get written up) for clocking in more than a minute or two early or late. Yes, some people pad their time but most of us do not. Leads to employees hanging around the time clock...
    Really top heavy with managment. Little snippy people who wear red vests that, according to them, know more and are better than you.
    I injured myself while working there and asked to switch to lighter duty for a few days but was told no and asked repeatedly "Wasn't that a pre-existing injury you had before you got here??" Really insulting, and no it wasn't.
    No higher education available for employees, will not invest in you taking classes outside of work. Has Costco-sanctioned classes but they are not those that you can build toward a degree of any sort.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Yes, I know it's working, blah blah blah but really, that's for the shopper. In this economy people are happy to have a job, yes, but are they really happy with the job? Please stop focusing on the forest and acknowledge the trees-something you ought to do since you're based in the Pacific NW. You are not better than everyone either, and yes, I shop at Nordstrom's and fit the income demographic of the Costco shopper but remeber: It's nice to be smart but smart to be nice. Get over yourselves.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    It's a good place to work, for retail, but your job title is just a title...

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    Current Employee - Area Manager  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Area Manager in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    Higher retail wages & salaries, good insurance and benefits, strong financial rating, reputable company name, higher income status of shoppers, open door policy, simple business ideas and basic ways of doing things

    Cons

    Retail hours, somewhat of a dictatorship from the General Manager at the warehouse level, not very open minded to new ideas, archaic but somewhat reliable IT and technology systems

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Warehouse General Managers are somewhat dictators, close-minded, and follow only policies and rules that they choose to follow. Employee agreement handbook is there for a reason and policies should be followed consistently. If you want to move up within the Company, a salaried manager is nearly required to work 60+ hours a week during non-holidays and even more during them just to show "dedication" to your job and the Company. Upper management constantly wants you to put Costco above your family.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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