Costco Wholesale Reviews in Issaquah, WA | Glassdoor

Costco Wholesale Issaquah Reviews

Updated May 23, 2017
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Pros
  • Significantly above average pay and benefits for retail (in 294 reviews)

  • Overall a great company great benefits (in 568 reviews)

Cons
  • It's very hard to get a full time position even for employees that have been with the company for more than 5 years (in 189 reviews)

  • If part time max you get is 25hrs who can survive on that (in 169 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great company for work life balance"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Issaquah, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Issaquah, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very work/life balance and family oriented company

    Cons

    Raises and work accolades and promotions are not given on performance at all - we loose the best people to other companies because of this issue.

    Advice to Management

    Change the raises to be based on performance and you will keep the better people to keep the company going strong after the original founders retire.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "General Thoughts"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Network Analyst in Issaquah, WA
    Current Employee - Network Analyst in Issaquah, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Stability, Flexible work hours, Top tier benefits package, successful team environment, Subsidized vanpool, ability to grow in different areas of the business

    Cons

    Below industry IT wages, no telecommuting, Not as transparent as lead to believe


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Issaquah, WA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Issaquah, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity for growth, great benefits, family culture even at a big company.

    Cons

    IT department lacks maturity and is constantly reorg'ing trying to fund why works. Lots of long time employees makes adapting change more difficult.

    Advice to Management

    Don't be afraid to hold people accountable for laziness and offer incentives for those who work harder than others instead of everyone getting the same year end % raise.


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  5. "Accounting Clerk Freight Accounts Payable"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Accounting Clerk in Issaquah, WA
    Current Employee - Accounting Clerk in Issaquah, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Best place I have worked

    Cons

    Can't think of any downsides to working here


  6. "senior visual designer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Visual Designer in Issaquah, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Visual Designer in Issaquah, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    good benefits, good work life balance

    Cons

    Not as progressive, Hard to move roles, behind the times.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Student Retention-Front End"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Front End Assistant in Issaquah, WA
    Current Employee - Front End Assistant in Issaquah, WA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Good starting pay, great benefits, depending on what warehouse you are at the people are extremely nice.

    Cons

    I'm not one who loves retailer hours I hate not having a set schedule and you can get some pretty bad shifts here, but on the plus side you never have to stay too late especially weekends.


  8. "Reservations agent"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Issaquah, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Issaquah, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Costco Wholesale full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Costco really treats its employees great

    Cons

    I'm not much for talking on the phone which is what the job entails


  9. Helpful (1)

    "at some point, the cost REALLY out weighs the (employee) benefits"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Pharm Tech in Issaquah, WA
    Former Employee - Pharm Tech in Issaquah, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Costco Wholesale part-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    good health insurance at low cost
    closed on major holidays
    good pay and bonuses after topping out
    pharmacy dept closed on sundays

    Cons

    -Pharmacy techs make the same as cashiers but have more stress and responsibilities
    -Inventory every 6 months (mandatory)
    -Upper management will always side with the customer despite having no knowledge of healthcare laws or insurances
    -Difficult clientele
    -No opportunities to advance in pharmacy dept
    -Outdated system
    -Corporate policies and procedures constantly change and make it impossible to practice pharmacy
    -Management does NOT back their staff (all departments)
    -Unrealistic expectations

    Advice to Management

    Costco strongly believes that promoting within is the way to make it. Start your way from the bottom and work your way to the top. My advice to management: take courses in management, business, finance, and human resources! Or, higher a professional. Most management in the company are not management material.

    Also, stop allowing "members" to verbally assault, insult, degrade, or threaten staff. Giving them gift cards for their "inconvenience" is not a good solution. You make the problem worse.

    A lot of employees are unhappy.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "IT Specialist"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Issaquah, WA
    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Issaquah, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great job security. The benefits are good and the health insurance is inexpensive. The people are friendly and most share a common goal. The company is willing to invest in it's own people and promote from within.

    Cons

    As with many companies, promotions can be very political. It takes a long time and many years to work your way "up the food chain." Compensation for IT workers is lower than that of other companies in the Seattle area.

    Advice to Management

    I would love to see programs developed to train individuals for management available throughout the company, including the home office. I would like to see a tuition reimbursement program started to help educate those individuals looking to move into upper management.


  11. Helpful (6)

    "Great to Ride"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in Issaquah, WA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Issaquah, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you are looking for low stress and no advancement opportunities, this is where you want to be, please bring no experience

    Cons

    If you have experience, don't bring it here. This company has been running on green-screen and hot dogs since and refuses to move with the times.

    Advice to Management

    Seek people outside of your company to hire and pay them what the expect to be paid. And allow people to work from home. It ludicrous to think employees need to be at their desk to be productive when you look at the lack of work needing to be done.


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