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Costco Wholesale San Diego Reviews

Updated May 22, 2017
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Pros
  • Significantly above average pay and benefits for retail (in 297 reviews)

  • Overall a great company great benefits (in 576 reviews)

Cons
  • Very hard to full time position (in 196 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. Helpful (1)

    "Meat Cutter"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Meat Cutter in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Meat Cutter in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Costco Wholesale full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good pay, benefits and atmosphere.

    Cons

    management decisions and hiring sometimes take longer than they should.

    Advice to Management

    Quicker decision making.


  2. "Costco Optical Lab"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in National City, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in National City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good company to work for, great benefits. I was in the Lab in National City (San Diego area) and it was a great experience.

    Cons

    Some of the supervisors weren't professional at all; favoritism.

    Advice to Management

    Have a coaching meeting with supervisors or a leadership/professionalism course.

  3. "Union Mentality"

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    Former Employee - Food Court Employee in Carlsbad, CA
    Former Employee - Food Court Employee in Carlsbad, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Once you get in, it's a solid career path if you don't have a degree. Also, the structure is pretty solid in terms of climbing the corporate ladder.

    Cons

    Being part of a union should mean you are "protected." While this may be true in extreme conditions, what it really means is that all you have to do is "get by" until you have enough time with the company to have "seniority." This whole idea is a bust because it hinders workplace performance. Why work hard when it doesn't matter since the guy ahead of you will get preferential treatment because he started 3 months ahead of you?

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees. Don't take them for granted. Be aware that team cohesion matters, not just a paycheck.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Misconceptions"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chula Vista, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chula Vista, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Costco Wholesale (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Some of the employees are good people and have actually befriended. The members at Costco are cool people. However and unfortunately not too many pros about Costco.

    Cons

    The longer I worked at Costco and the more I learned, well at least at the Costco I was employed because I understand that all Costco's are operated differently. I learned that they are the most incompetent, industrial aged, oppressive, and untrusting organization. The operations could be better and if it was not for the gas station and membership Costco wou7not be a leading corporation. The managers and supervisors, not all of them, but the majority of them are micromanagers, extremely incompetent, no reward for hard work, approximately 70% of the employees are on some type of drug, and before I quit learned that 100% of the employees hate there job and they feel like they are stuck. Unfortunately, this is true, the model that is used is to always change your schedule, so every week an employee will have a different day and time of work, this includes weekends. Therefore with no consistency in schedule difficult to pLan an escape. The illegal nepotism at Costco, aunts, mothers, sons, and cousins all working together. The illegal culture, consulted that using the bathroom is only during your break and when spoke in opposition it was noted in my review as negative whereas in the state of California it is illegal to inhibit any employee to use the restroom. It is not a career, it is a job and a job for those who live at home, for example, college students, in which if one ask would notice that is the majority of the employees. It was not a good experience and I should be thankful because it provided motivation to leave.

    Advice to Management

    Need training in the following areas:
    Leadership
    Management
    Communication
    Diversity
    They need frequent consulting, possibly hire professionals from a consulting firm, and the traiNing should be very close nit because they need a lot of help and training.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Social media manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

    Pros

    Food people,ceo it's a great place to work

    Cons

    Nothing it's all good at Costco.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Bakery assistant"

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    Former Employee - Seasonal in Santee, CA
    Former Employee - Seasonal in Santee, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    the pay was good for a starting wage...

    Cons

    work was very labor intensive, most days sweat running down my back, never missed a day, worked overtime as needed, and was never late, complimented by fellow workers and some even in management, but this company, from what I experienced worked on hiring minorities... and favoritism... it was so disheartening, to bust your tail, work so hard, with integrity, even having to put up with those who treat "Seasonal workers" with disdain... just to be over looked because I didn't fit a certain minority class, was a huge disappointment!! Don't get me wrong though, I made out alright, I'm hired on with a great company who values hard work and commitment, regardless of race or standing... I just think Costco needs to be called out for what they are, they claim to be fair and hire not based on race or gender... but it's just not the case! I'll never recommend this company for employment!


  7. "service assistant"

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    Current Employee - Service Assistant in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Service Assistant in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Costco Wholesale part-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    benefits, good pay, good vacation and personal time, great and fast work environment

    Cons

    promotions within, union, not able to pick schedule, work can be strenuous, seniority

  8. "Casheer"

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    Former Employee - Cash in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Cash in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Costco Wholesale full-time

    Pros

    I'm a very friendly person

    Cons

    I love working with people and very responsible

    Advice to Management

    Have very friendly people


  9. "Ex supervisor/manager"

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    Former Employee - Supervisor/Manager in Carlsbad, CA
    Former Employee - Supervisor/Manager in Carlsbad, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great work environment, great health and 401 benefits and chances for advancement

    Cons

    Hard to get or make much money. Crazy work hours

    Advice to Management

    Be more helpful and act more as an educator and not as a dictator.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Work for costco"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Front End Cashier in Santee, CA
    Current Employee - Front End Cashier in Santee, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Costco Wholesale (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits, opportunity to advance. They will work with you based on kids, school, or other jobs. Many different jobs within each building

    Cons

    The work ethic and quantity expected is higher than other stores. As the market gets more competitive Costco cuts back hours to keep prices low, results in less people to do the same amount of work.


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