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Costco Wholesale Reviews

Updated July 23, 2017
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Pros
  • Significantly above average pay and benefits for retail (in 306 reviews)

  • Overall a great company great benefits (in 581 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. "Retail Associate"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Mixed Feelings"

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    • 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.

  3. Helpful (4)

    "You feel like your working for the good guy."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - RTV Clerk in Anchorage, AK
    Current Employee - RTV Clerk in Anchorage, AK
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, friendly coworkers. Your bosses have all largely worked their way up through the company. Generally everyone is satisfied with their job.

    Cons

    It defiantly requires hard work. Expect a often hectic pace and routine physical labor. You will do a lot of walking and standing on concrete


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Functional Analyst"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Functiona in Issaquah, WA
    Current Employee - Functiona in Issaquah, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great flexibility, nice people, super safe (not going to be laid off ever), hire from within

    Cons

    Not much opportunity to move up (people never leave), harder to get competitive pay if you come from within company, promotions mostly about "time in seat" rather than talent.

    Advice to Management

    Promote based on talent and drive rather than years of experience.


  5. "Ehhhhh...."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Front End in Sand City, CA
    Former Employee - Front End in Sand City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Costco Wholesale part-time

    Pros

    The pay was great, when people didn't get injured we got free food.

    Cons

    Management sucked and some coerced people into working overtime without pay. Then again the costco I worked at is considered one of the worst Costcos. Also during the first 90 you are their slave and even if you're perfect they would still fire you for small tiny reasons, and even after finishing the 90 it took another 90 to get your benefits.

    Advice to Management

    Apparently they had a re-haul and got rid of some bad apples so hoped it helped.


  6. "Fine company if your not committed to post secondary education. That being said high employee turnover"

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    Former Employee - Night Merch in Mettawa, IL
    Former Employee - Night Merch in Mettawa, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Corporate culture. Paid holiday days. Decently flexible schedule unless your direct superior is incompetent or a jerk. Winter leave is an option.

    Cons

    Management and promotion positions were given on a who you know/who you blow basis and not on merit

    Advice to Management

    Stop promoting your friends, promote those who deserve the position


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Working There So Far"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Major Sales Associate in Rockwall, TX
    Current Employee - Major Sales Associate in Rockwall, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits will go a LONG way for you while working here. Regardless if you're full-time or not, you will always have top notch benefits that pretty much covers every aspect of your daily life.
    Another is the great pay. Starting wage is $13.00 and you're guaranteed raises after working a certain amount of hours. However, I only see this benefit those who expect themselves to work long-term here.
    You have vacation and sick pay too!

    Cons

    There are many times where management focuses too much on reducing payroll as much as possible especially on the busiest times of the year. This often creates unnecessary stress on overworked employees.

    Advice to Management

    Improve on meeting needs of employees.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Takes care of employee"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Pharmacy Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Pharmacy Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good hours and they are good to the employees do not cut hours and you have plenty of help . They basically take care of you if you have a good store manager

    Cons

    Stressful job standing long hours and have to multi task all the time to get the work done . If you don't have a good manager you are screwed

    Advice to Management

    None


  9. "Tire Technician/ Tire Sales"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Tire Technician in Elkridge, MD
    Current Employee - Tire Technician in Elkridge, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Best pay and benefits, even for part timers, perfect job for a person trying to get their foot in the door! You also get a free executive membership and 401k. A guaranteed raise every certain amount of hours and if you stay here for 5 or more years, you get 2 bonus checks every year!

    Cons

    like any other job, its gets repetitive, but not really much is bad. It's a great place to be starting out!

    Advice to Management

    Listen to more of your employees and their ideas!


  10. "Processing assistant"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Process Assistant in Issaquah, WA
    Former Employee - Process Assistant in Issaquah, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Costco Wholesale full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, bonuses, supportive management

    Cons

    none that I can think of

    Advice to Management

    keep up the good work


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