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Costco Wholesale Reviews

Updated July 22, 2017
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Pros
  • Significantly above average pay and benefits for retail (in 305 reviews)

  • Overall a great company great benefits (in 579 reviews)

Cons
  • Very hard to full time position (in 198 reviews)

  • They say they don't work with other jobs schedules so if you're looking for part time like I was they will give you a hard time (in 173 reviews)

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  1. "Costco"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IS Analyst in Issaquah, WA
    Current Employee - IS Analyst in Issaquah, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people to work for!

    Cons

    Telecommuting is not on the roadmap. :(


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Costco"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Merchandiser in Hazlet, NJ
    Current Employee - Merchandiser in Hazlet, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great place to work for, start out with good pay and Sunday is time and a half. Benefits are great and they have an awesome college student retention program.

    Cons

    Sometimes you are under staffed

  3. "Fun job"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Cashier in Port Chester, NY
    Former Employee - Cashier in Port Chester, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They work with you, I was working and doing school at the same time and they worked with my schedule
    All my coworkers were great everyone was always positive and were very nice

    Cons

    Could be boring at sometimes , the store I worked at was not very busy all the time so there wasn't much to do at times

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work, it was very organized


  4. "Awesome company"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Auditor in Springdale, OH
    Former Employee - Sales Auditor in Springdale, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Costco Wholesale full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great pay, excellent benefits, 401k stock options

    Cons

    None that I can think of

    Advice to Management

    Keep it going...


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Great Company to work for! The benefits are great and there is a lot of room to advance!"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Vault Clerk in Simi Valley, CA
    Former Employee - Vault Clerk in Simi Valley, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The benefits are spectacular and you don't have to work full time to receive them! I would and have recommended Costco to people looking for jobs.

    Cons

    It's difficult to become a full time employee, which makes it hard to receive your raises since it's based on your hours.

    Advice to Management

    When you have an employee who does well in a department and wants a promotion give them a chance. I noticed employees would get stuck in certain departments because management didn't want to lose the value of that employee in that certain area.


  6. "Always busy"

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    Former Employee - Foodcourt in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Foodcourt in San Jose, CA
    Recommends

    I worked at Costco Wholesale full-time

    Pros

    Good pay good benefits 401K

    Cons

    Hot in food court, you have to be fast. Always busy. Never ending lines.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Costco HQ - You don't make that much"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - A LOT of opportunity to move around and explore different roles to see what you like. The company really does value promoting from within. The general rule of thumb is to work your position for around a year before you can move around.

    - Salary increases are predictable, which makes budgeting very easy.

    - It's hard to get fired. You would really have to screw up to lose your job.

    - Hours are flexible, great work life balance.

    - In the words of Jeff Bezos, it's "a 'country club' where people go to retire". Take that as you may.

    Cons

    - Company pays below market wages for jobs at corporate (usually around 15~20%).

    - A lot of people are jumping ship to other companies in the area because wages at corporate are below market and the cost of living in the Seattle area has been rising at a very rapid rate. People openly talk about leaving the company with each over lunch.

    On the flip side of this, you get a great work/life balance. So I believe that while the overall salary is low, you are paid fairly for the amount/level of work you do.

    - No tuition reimbursement or assistance with continued education.

    - Many roles are so narrow in scope that it is hard to develop transferable skills that are valued in the marketplace. Part of the reason why tenure is so high is because a lot of employees get "stuck". Some managers call it the "golden handcuffs".

    - I do NOT work in IS/IT, but I have heard from multiple sources that morale is low in that area of the company.

    Advice to Management

    - Pay your employees at corporate MARKET wages. A lot of people are dissatisfied with the level of compensation. This is especially true for IT workers.

    - Change your policy on sponsoring H1B workers. As a company you say that you don't sponsor H1-B visas, yet you hire contract agencies that use h1B visa workers. If you change your stance and just sponsor H1B workers, you can cut out the middleman.

  8. "Good place for work benefits"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Heineken in Pacoima, CA
    Former Employee - Heineken in Pacoima, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Costco is Union so protected , full benefits, and also a competitive pay and pleasant work environment for customers and employees

    Cons

    At times it feels as if I was Constantly being micromanaged , there is a lot of gossip but staff is still very helpful and manageable

    Advice to Management

    Focus on your own work


  9. "Retail Associate"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Retail Associate in Alhambra, CA
    Former Employee - Retail Associate in Alhambra, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    My coworkers were like family. I made lifelong friends there. I also liked that I was on my feet most of the time; I was active and walked around for most of my shift. I didn't have to visit the gym as often, that's for sure. The company is organized overall.

    Cons

    The favoritism was disgusting. Also, they change your position, whether or not you are interested in switching to another position.

    Advice to Management

    Do not use favoritism in your decision making process.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Mixed Feelings"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Membership in La Vista, NE
    Current Employee - Membership in La Vista, NE
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    -raises
    -Sunday is always time and a half
    -fast paced
    -benefits

    Cons

    -terrible hours
    -favoritism
    -limited full time positions available
    -no work life balance

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees like they are valuable.


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