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Worst place I have ever worked

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Former Employee - QA Engineer in Issaquah, WA
Former Employee - QA Engineer in Issaquah, WA

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

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Approves of CEO
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Approves of CEO

Pros

Pay was fair and they had a great cafe and the people were nice.

Cons

Incompetent management, They would rather hire foreign workers than Americans. The foreign contractors joke that they are taking American jobs. The Management relies on contractors way too much it will bring the company down as it will put them at the mercy of the foreign contractors I have sold all of my stock in this company.

Advice to Management

Quit hiring so many non American workers. They only confuse the Managers that don't know what they are doing in the first place with techno babble that they know will confuse them. They trust the Indian workers over the Americans that have more solid work experience and have their best interests ha heart.

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  1. Pay among the best for retail. Not thought provoking or creative. Get ready for high school drama!

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    Current Employee - Done Many of Them in Lake Elsinore, CA
    Current Employee - Done Many of Them in Lake Elsinore, CA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits, sick, and vacation. Pay is good, especially compared to other retail jobs. As of 2014 a full time cashier topped out on the pay scale makes about $55-56k in US. This job is physically active for most employees. Everyone gets raises at the same time. (based on hours worked, this is also a con).

    Cons

    This job requires repetition and submission rather than intelligence or creativity. Hard work isn't always rewarded. This company likes an employee who simply does as they are told. Problem solving is not an admired trait as problems that occur daily are not solved, just tolerated. Thinking outside the box does not exist here. Creative types take note. The next day will be just like today. The corporate philosophy is hypocritical. Member service is supposedly a priority but long lines and lack of employees assistance is not uncommon. Expect drama, politics, nepotism, and many employees in relationships with other employees. Members often unethical behavior is actually rewarded by managers as long as the member threatens a complaint against said manager(s). The company all but refuses to fire or even punish the most despicable employees. These employees make as much as you if they were hired at the same time.

    Advice to Management

    Tell your employees you appreciate them more often. Rotate employees throughout warehouse positions more often. Fire the bad employees instead of tolerating them. If member service truly is a priority, hire a few more to ensure shorter lines. Have more corporate, regional, and upper management visits to warehouses un-announced. Ask more from your store managers.

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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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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

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