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"Strong culture, don't foster creativity"

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Current Contractor - IT Support Analyst in Issaquah, WA
Current Contractor - IT Support Analyst in Issaquah, WA
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

I have been working at Costco Wholesale as a contractor (Less than a year)

Pros

Large multiple cafeterias, nice buildings, CEO's office is visible.

Cons

IT people with no programming skills. They have promoted people from parts buyer to IT analyst.

Advice to Management

Promote from within is good, but have to hire some from the outside. Don't just hire the outside as temps or for projects to do the hardwork.

Other Employee Reviews for Costco Wholesale

  1. Helpful (6)

    "Not My Dream!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Cashier in Tukwila, WA
    Former Employee - Cashier in Tukwila, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay is OK to start-$11.00.hr and time and a half if scheduled to work Sundays (note: This is for WA State)
    Seem to be organized in their system of doing things in general
    Raise after 1020 hours or so (approx. 6 mo)
    Casual work environment

    Cons

    Pay is less than $2.00 over minimum (in WA State)
    Good luck on getting that raise. Your schedule will fluctuate wildly, and you may not get the same hours you got last week.
    Schedule changes EVERY week. Unless you're management, which is harder to get into than the DMZ between N. and S. Korea. Unless you know someone, then yay! Good luck working your way into mgmt. if you don't know anyone already working there.
    Your job will change from day to day until the day you get stuck somewhere. Then you're THERE.
    Really into the Costco Way, meaning they're better than anyone else and you better do it exactly their way (really?), you are NOT encouraged to think independently or outside of the box even if it's toward improvement.
    Penalties (you get written up) for clocking in more than a minute or two early or late. Yes, some people pad their time but most of us do not. Leads to employees hanging around the time clock...
    Really top heavy with managment. Little snippy people who wear red vests that, according to them, know more and are better than you.
    I injured myself while working there and asked to switch to lighter duty for a few days but was told no and asked repeatedly "Wasn't that a pre-existing injury you had before you got here??" Really insulting, and no it wasn't.
    No higher education available for employees, will not invest in you taking classes outside of work. Has Costco-sanctioned classes but they are not those that you can build toward a degree of any sort.

    Advice to Management

    Yes, I know it's working, blah blah blah but really, that's for the shopper. In this economy people are happy to have a job, yes, but are they really happy with the job? Please stop focusing on the forest and acknowledge the trees-something you ought to do since you're based in the Pacific NW. You are not better than everyone either, and yes, I shop at Nordstrom's and fit the income demographic of the Costco shopper but remeber: It's nice to be smart but smart to be nice. Get over yourselves.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "It's a good place to work, for retail, but your job title is just a title..."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Area Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Area Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Higher retail wages & salaries, good insurance and benefits, strong financial rating, reputable company name, higher income status of shoppers, open door policy, simple business ideas and basic ways of doing things

    Cons

    Retail hours, somewhat of a dictatorship from the General Manager at the warehouse level, not very open minded to new ideas, archaic but somewhat reliable IT and technology systems

    Advice to Management

    Warehouse General Managers are somewhat dictators, close-minded, and follow only policies and rules that they choose to follow. Employee agreement handbook is there for a reason and policies should be followed consistently. If you want to move up within the Company, a salaried manager is nearly required to work 60+ hours a week during non-holidays and even more during them just to show "dedication" to your job and the Company. Upper management constantly wants you to put Costco above your family.


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