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Pros
  • Significantly above average pay and benefits for retail (in 291 reviews)

  • Overall a great company great benefits (in 563 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 168 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Simple, very demanding, labor intensive."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Merchandiser in Laguna Niguel, CA
    Former Employee - Merchandiser in Laguna Niguel, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent benefits for yourself and your family. Less than $100 for full coverage including yourself and a dependent.

    Cons

    Senior mgmt doesn't think things through before delegating, excellent end results but significant amounts of extra work prior to end result. A ton of employees with tenure who are lazy and are almost impossible to get rid of. Quarterly statements always showed Costco with higher earnings yet in store that resulted somehow in tighter payroll.

    Advice to Management

    Kick out the bad seeds and those that just don't care anymore. Reward those that work hard and want to advance.


  2. Helpful (5)

    "Eh."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Cashier Assistant (Front End Assistant) in Clackamas, OR
    Former Employee - Cashier Assistant (Front End Assistant) in Clackamas, OR
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great pay, fellow assistants for the most part are very friendly and helpful, all cashiers have done front end work and they completely know what you're going through so most of them will give you advice or help you more than they have to, free membership

    Cons

    Only four hours of training, a lot of learning on the job so you never know if you're doing things the right way until the employee review, extremely fast work environment and lifting those bulk items for four hours is not easy! Some managers and cashiers seemed to have forgotten how physically demanding the job is and will berate you or glare at you in front of customers.

    Advice to Management

    Remember what it was like working the least respected job in the warehouse. Everyone has been through it and management needs to respect assistants more. Give more training to new employees. Four hours is not enough to learn everything there needs to work efficiently. For example, teach new assistants how to repack a basket. It is overwhelming and teaching assistants how instead of expecting them to learn instantly will make things easier.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "intresting , diverse,"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Greensboro, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Greensboro, NC
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    variety is the spice of life

    Cons

    i have no opinion to give

    Advice to Management

    remember the associates


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Awesome"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fontana, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fontana, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay, good people, great benefits, good promotability

    Cons

    Takes a lot longer to top out with new employee agreements


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Entry-level job, great pay for those who go to school"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Food Service Assistant in Citrus Heights, CA
    Current Employee - Food Service Assistant in Citrus Heights, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Pays well
    -Interaction with many customers
    -Great Benefits
    -Flexible Hours
    -Coworkers are easy to work with
    -Work around your school schedule

    Cons

    -Always rushing
    -Lots of "janitor type work"
    -Food service can be more stressful than Front end

    Advice to Management

    I believe the management is doing an excellent job, however there have been some stragglers slowing down the whole process and they're cancerous to the whole store.


  7. "Great until recently"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Food Services Supervisor in San Dimas, CA
    Current Employee - Food Services Supervisor in San Dimas, CA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great pay and great benefits

    Cons

    Management is unprofessional, promotions given not based on skill or knowledge but who you know, and super hypocritical. What's okay for one employee is not okay for another. They said they would support me going back to school, but when I handed them my schedule for the semester, they said the days I chose to go to school put them in a bind and had a meeting with me that made me feel like my job was threatened. All this because I want to better my future for my family. I was happy until I transferred to this building. I definitely recommend working at Costco, but not this building!

    Advice to Management

    Be consistent and teach! Put personal differences aside and treat everyone equally. Support your employees and be more effective when it comes to communication. I've worked at Costco for 10 years and have never been as dissatisfied with the company as I have been recently.


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Great place to work if you are in college"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Front End Assistant in South San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Front End Assistant in South San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Really great pay compared to other retail outlets. Guaranteed 25 hours a week at the store I worked at. Very easy going vacation policy. They understand working students have exams to study for so it is easy to schedule a week off for finals.

    Cons

    Sometimes hours can be erratic. You might be scheduled a split shift one day or only scheduled 4 hours closing shift the next. When you start, you will end up getting closing shifts.

    Advice to Management

    Have more opportunities for advancement for students. Give hires that have been with the company 1 or so years the opportunity to lead a small team of seasonal employees to give them leadership experience. It would also cut down on training.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "High starting pay, great co-workers, boring job."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Cashier Assistant (Front End Assistant) in Auburn Hills, MI
    Current Employee - Cashier Assistant (Front End Assistant) in Auburn Hills, MI
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I worked 40 hours a week for three summers and made a lot of money. My starting pay was 11.00/hr with a raise toward the end of my job period when I went back to school.

    Cons

    Redundant, boring job loading carts all day. I would hope all day to go work the gas station to cover a lunch or go do go-backs to get away from the boring front end.

    Advice to Management

    Some managers are great communicators, many are not. Work as hard as your employees, if not harder to earn respect of the front end employees. If I am respected and know you're working as hard as me, I'll bend over backwards for you. Speak disrespectfully, and order me around? Good luck.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "I enjoy working at Costco and working as a team."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Front End in Everett, MA
    Current Employee - Front End in Everett, MA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It is a great company to work for. Even as a part-time employee you will receive some benefits. The day goes by fast when it is busy.

    Cons

    You never know your schedule may be different from week to week.

    Advice to Management

    I think the more you praise your employees for a job well done they will want to please you and work harder.


  11. Helpful (4)

    "Not rewarding at all"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Door Clicker in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Door Clicker in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Easy to get in and stay, but advancement is slow. Company seems to prefer people that are not that educated or smart. The jobs offered are repetitious and mindless. People that think and have some formal education seem to be frowned upon. This may be a good job with someone with a high school education, but if you have some kind of college degree you will find this company mind numbing.

    Cons

    Low salary. Caliber of supervisors and managers is poor to mediocre