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Costco Wholesale Overview

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Website www.costco.com
Headquarters Issaquah, WA
Size 10000+ Employees
Founded 1983
Type Company - Public (COST)
Industry Retail
Revenue $10+ billion (USD) per year
Competitors Sam's Club, BJ's Wholesale Club
Costco Wholesale is the largest wholesale club operator in the US. The company operates more than 590 membership warehouse stores serving some 64 million cardholders in 40 US states and Australia, Canada, Japan, Mexico, Puerto Rico, South Korea, Taiwan, and the UK, primarily ... More

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Costco Wholesale President & CEO Craig Jelinek
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    Current Employee - Cashier Assistant (Front End Assistant) in San Luis Obispo, CA
    Current Employee - Cashier Assistant (Front End Assistant) in San Luis Obispo, CA
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    I have been working at Costco Wholesale part-time (More than a year)


    Very affordable high quality health insurance benefits even for PT employees. Great for working parents who split up child care and need coverage. The key to succeeding at Costco is to work hard, have a good attitude and be nice to people. It's hard work and fasted paced, you have to be down for that to succeed.


    At this warehouse you are required to work 5 days per week, even if you are PT at 24 or so hours. This means lots of 4-5 hour shifts rather than fewer 8 hour shifts which is tough for those who commute a long distance to work or have to cover day care.

    Advice to Management

    Allow the PT staff at 24/hours per week or so to work 4/6 hour shifts or 3/8 hour shifts rather than 4 and 5 hour shifts. it gets expensive for those who commute a long distance to work or have to cover day care.

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  1. Helpful (136)  

    Accepted Offer
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    The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Costco Wholesale.


    I submitted an application online, and they called me about a week later to schedule an interview. They were opening a new store, so they had scheduled several hundred people to come into a hotel lobby, come when called, and sit down at one of many tables for the interview itself. I dressed business casual and answered their questions honestly and brightly, so the first phase of my interview went very quickly. I sat down with two managers. They explained the interview process, and I answered about ten questions about my previous experiences before one of them said that he did not need to hear more and would be sending me up to the next step. I then met with a higher level manager, talked with him a bit about my expectations for retail and where I wanted to go with the company. He wrote a few notes about where I might fit in the store then sent me to a drug screening (saliva collection, not urine or anything too messy). I was called back a few days later with a job offer. I accepted, and then it was on to orientation and canvasing training.

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    There was no real negotiation, because it's an entry-level job and they have a set pay scale.

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  • Fortune 500, Fortune, 2015
  • Glassdoor’s Employees’ Choice Award - Top 50 Large Companies, Glassdoor, 2014
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