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Costco Wholesale Reviews

Updated February 27, 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. "Benefits excellent, but felt like I was in high school with employee drama."

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Front End Associate in Montclair, CA
    Former Employee - Front End Associate in Montclair, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The health benefits are worth the job, the pay is above average, you are allowed paid time off and sick time.

    Cons

    Management keeps you on your toes, if you work front-end you most likely will stay pass your scheduled work time off.


  2. "Sales Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Costco Wholesale part-time

    Pros

    - Very relaxed (no commission)
    - Easy to learn and rewarding when you make a sale

    Cons

    - Also required to answer questions regarding any major sales such as jewelry
    - Ugly vest uniform


  3. "Accounting Clerk Freight Accounts Payable"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • 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


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  5. "Great"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Costco Wholesale part-time

    Pros

    Great company great pay care about employees

    Cons

    None great company to work for


  6. "General Review... Because it's a "Team Environment""

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newark, DE
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newark, DE
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Starting pay, as of 2017, is 13.50/hr. That is great for a retail establishment. Being that Costco is worldwide, you have the ability to live wherever you would like and know that there is a possibility of continued employment..as long as that building has an opening. The benefits are decent and a perk is you get a free membership for working there.

    Cons

    As part-time be prepared to just be a filler. Your hours could range as drastically from 24 hrs a week to 40, depending on 'the needs of the business'. There may be times when you are placed into a sales role in the building, and you won't get paid commission..ever. You will be held accountable and MUST meet benchmarks, or you will get reprimanded. In the building where I am, The upper management, 2 out of 5, are spineless cowards that are quick to place you in the line of fire first without any kind of coaching. The GM is constantly belittling employees..In Front Of Members, to try to keep in place "Great Member Service, so we can Meet or Exceed their expectations". It is a corporate company, and it operates as such...making little room for individual building creativity for certain events/promotions, etc.

    Advice to Management

    Take time to listen to your employees to see what is trying to be said. Stop trying to be authoritative and try to be more managerial. You must remember that the best Generals are only as good as the troops they can lead... Respect is a two- way street.


  7. "Cultco"

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    Former Employee - Greeter in Markham, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Greeter in Markham, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay and benefits good but only if you want to sell your soul for it
    Don't expect any respect as they bought you and own you so job seekers beware

    Cons

    Unfair treatment
    Employee favouritism
    Nepotism
    Do as I say and not as I do ( mgmt. )
    Micro management
    Berating employees
    Unfair practices
    If you don't have a follower type personality you will not survive ( cult-like)
    Tasks they ask you to do on a daily basis may not be part of your job description but do it or there will be consequences
    Boring and monotonous job but if you stay in a robot like trance you will do extremely well

    Advice to Management

    Hire managers that have education not connections .
    Get anonymous reviews from employees regarding store management because they put on a real show when head honchos on site.
    Upper management needs to hire watchers on inside to find out what is really going on but then again maybe they do know and like to keep it that way ??


  8. "Cosco cashier or associate"

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    Current Employee - Cashier Assistant in Torrance, CA
    Current Employee - Cashier Assistant in Torrance, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Because give good employees benefit ,And very popular in the world its honor to My be part of the Cosco team.

    Cons

    None, becouse make evriting you do Good Actitud makes the Difference .its better have good comunication every area were I have to do my job , make Exelent job.makes happy Team and costumers likes buy were have nice costumer service.

    Advice to Management

    Lesen to the employee if nesesary or importan to relationed better work area or Team.


  9. "Department Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Department Manager in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Department Manager in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, Opportunity to move around if that's what your into.

    Cons

    Lack of synergy, too many unqualified individuals in positions of power

    Advice to Management

    go to school


  10. "good company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Costco Wholesale full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, great pay, bonus checks for hourly workers

    Cons

    the managers have there favorites


  11. "Over all it was fun."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - FE Assistant in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - FE Assistant in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Sunday's you get time and half. The work environment is fun. Very fast paced. There's a lot of people working there you'll see so many different types of walks. You'll make new friends.

    Cons

    Front end is not where you want to be! Because you will be sent out to collect carts and help cashiers fill up members carts and you need to make the flow of the members going by emptying and filling the same cart. Then cleaning that's where it gets you.

    Advice to Management

    New people come to work at Costco every year they have a good reputation however management team is not on point.



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