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Costco Wholesale Reviews

Updated February 22, 2017
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Pros
  • Significantly above average pay and benefits for retail (in 280 reviews)

  • Overall a great company great benefits (in 522 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 178 reviews)

  • Only part time til something full time opens up (in 153 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (878)

    "Real Pros and Cons"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Cashier Assistant (Front End Assistant) in San Luis Obispo, CA
    Current Employee - Cashier Assistant (Front End Assistant) in San Luis Obispo, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    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.

    Cons

    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.


  2. "Food court part time"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Service Assistant
    Current Employee - Service Assistant
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay, fun coworkers, management is nice at this location

    Cons

    Hard to get full time food court has very limited room for advancement, if you are a harder worker you tend to get all the crapy shifts closing all the time.

    Advice to Management

    Give harder workers more hours or better shift


  3. "Great"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Costco Wholesale part-time

    Pros

    The potential to earn raises was proportional to the amount of hours you worked so it was fairly easy to get a raise if you came to work

    Cons

    Time off was not granted for Seasonal Employees so a lot of things I had to do outside of work had to be cancelled

    Advice to Management

    Be nicer to newer employees


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  5. "Amazing if you can get in"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Front End Assistant in Peoria, AZ
    Former Employee - Front End Assistant in Peoria, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Costco Wholesale part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great people, great pay, incremental and fair raises based on how long you've worked, nearly impossible to be fired

    Cons

    You won't be hired unless you know someone working there. It's the number one retail job in the world for a reason, and everyone wants to get their foot in the door. You'll have to sign on as a seasonal worker, most likely, and pray that they keep you at the end of the seasonal period.


  6. "Stocker"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Merchant in Matthews, NC
    Former Contractor - Merchant in Matthews, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits
    Great pay
    Time and a half on sundays
    Flexible hours
    Health insurance
    401k
    Free membership
    First look at the new merchandise

    Cons

    Early mornings I came in at either 4 or 5 am
    Lots of rearranging
    Hard to get in since no one that works there usually ever quits


  7. "Costco Stocker"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Night Stocker in Simi Valley, CA
    Current Employee - Night Stocker in Simi Valley, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Pay, Solid hours, and free membership

    Cons

    poor communication, hard to get full time.

    Advice to Management

    communicate


  8. "cashier"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    flexible work schedule, good environment

    Cons

    not as much upward movement


  9. "Great Place to work for many,"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Costco Wholesale part-time

    Pros

    Starting Pay Good , Benefits Great, Working environment great. Great people to work with.

    Cons

    First level supervisor s / managers are exploited, many are stepping down if they can.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Costco life"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Costco Wholesale full-time

    Pros

    -best package as far as benefits, medical, dental, vision, 401k, sick days + vacay.
    -time and a half paid every Sunday worked.
    - all major holidays off + paid

    Cons

    Management does not spend much time developing supervisors.
    More of a learn as you go and on your own + learn from your mistakes.
    No discounts for employees.

    Advice to Management

    Develop training events, such as seminars for supervisors/ managers etc...


  11. "Overall a good starting position"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Front End Assistant in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Front End Assistant in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    opportunities for advancement, personable coworkers, higher starting wage

    Cons

    lack of flexibility with scheduling



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