Costco Wholesale Reviews

Updated 28 August 2014
Updated 28 August 2014
1,266 Reviews

3.9
1,266 Reviews
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Costco Wholesale President & CEO Craig Jelinek
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • You are able to grow within the company the pay and benefits are wonderful (in 106 reviews)

  • There are great benefits available for part-time and full-time employees (in 168 reviews)


Cons
  • Offered me full time then fired me right before I was to receive benefits (in 57 reviews)

  • Takes a few seasonal periods to get hired permanently and then it is only part time (in 46 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Coworkers are great, pay is great, benefits are great... but hard to stay motivated.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Front End Assistant
    Current Employee - Front End Assistant

    I have been working at Costco Wholesale part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The Sunday Premium is great, you get paid time and half. The benefits are encouraging, though they take six months to kick in once you become a part time employee (not too convenient if you need to go to the dentist). My front end manager was very understanding when I said I had a vacation planned before I was called back after being a seasonal employee. Co-workers are very willing to assist you with any questions you have. Very flexible with school schedules.

    Cons

    The initial training is very broad and doesn't cover anything specific. It is obvious that the supervisors, in the front end at least, have favorites and do special favors for them (sending them home early and extra breaks). The location manager, at my location, makes false promises. For example, he said that the cart crew would be rotated ever two hours, especially during the summer months; we work eight hours without any rotations. I've received most of my job specific training from my coworkers, not my managers. Supervisors keep promising to train me on the register, but have yet to do so.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It would be nice if the supervisors stopped standing around on their cell phones and pitched in once and a while (while some do help, it really presents a hierarchy sensation when others just stand around playing on their phones). Provide more job specific training and try and make regular schedules.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    A wonderful company that promotes from within

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Warehouse Manager
    Former Employee - Warehouse Manager

    I worked at Costco Wholesale full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    dedication to member service, great benefits and pay, promote from within philosophy,

    Cons

    Company has grown very fast and has reached a level that the employee is no longer important and/or falls through the cracks

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    costco

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Costco Wholesale part-time

    Pros

    was a great place o workfor I would work there again i I eve went back to retail

    Cons

    was a great place o workfor I would work there again i I eve went back to retail and had to appl for oher jobs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    was a great place o workfor I would work there again i I eve went back to retail and had to appl for oher jobs

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company, they really do care about their employees.

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    Current Employee - Cashier  in  Leesburg, VA (US)
    Current Employee - Cashier in Leesburg, VA (US)

    I have been working at Costco Wholesale part-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Management will listen, college retention program, great pay, part time benefits, free executive membership.

    Cons

    Little to no upward movement, nepotism, management vs employee problems, can be inflexible with scheduling.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop hiring people you know and give the hard workers a chance to move up.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 8 people found this helpful  

    I work for Costco for over 14 years

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    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Vault Clerk, Back Up Payroll, Sales Audit & Just About Anything Else  in  New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Vault Clerk, Back Up Payroll, Sales Audit & Just About Anything Else in New York, NY (US)

    I have been working at Costco Wholesale full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Pay, Benefits and a lifetime of friends. Oh yeah free Executive Membership!! Did I mention that the benefits are FREAKING AWESOME!!

    Cons

    Not that much communication from management. Too many people want to be chiefs but not enough indians.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a minute or so and listen to your employees. We see what you don't take the time to see and listen to.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Fair pay with great benefits

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Tire Installer  in  Superior, CO (US)
    Former Employee - Tire Installer in Superior, CO (US)

    I worked at Costco Wholesale part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Benefits and reasonable compensation

    Cons

    Corporate atmosphere, hard to move up

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great company - but it takes a long time to advance (because nobody leaves!)

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Representative  in  Issaquah, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Marketing Representative in Issaquah, WA (US)

    I worked at Costco Wholesale full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good work/life balance, decent salary, good benefits, flexible.

    Cons

    Lack of advancement opportunities, lack of training, benefits are touted as being great - but they are great for a RETAILER, which is what, bottom line, Costco is. Time off policies at corporate are silly around the holidays - in my opinion "black-outs" should be reserved for those departments working directly with the warehouses during the busy holiday season. No part-time opportunities available at the corporate office.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More training, cross-training and opportunity for growth, as well as part-time opportunities at the corporate level are needed!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great family/ team environment!!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Costco Wholesale part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    There is always work available if your willing to put in the time and effort

    Cons

    Sometimes the training in a certain position leaves a lot to be desired

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Its a great company with great benefits.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Forklift Driver  in  Puyallup, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Forklift Driver in Puyallup, WA (US)

    I have been working at Costco Wholesale full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Its a good place to work they take care of there employees very well. There is lots of advancement opportunity and the managers all the way up to the CEO are really good people. Non salary employees get 2 bonuses a year.

    Cons

    You work weekends its retail after all. It used to take 4 years to top out now it takes closer to 10. I'm not sure if I would have stayed if it took me that long to top out.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Supervisor

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    Former Employee - Sales/Supervisor  in  San Marcos, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Sales/Supervisor in San Marcos, CA (US)

    I worked at Costco Wholesale full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great company to work for.

    Cons

    Obtaining seniority amongst other employees for vacations and scheduling.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Set regular schedules.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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