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Costco Wholesale Reviews

Updated 17 December 2014
Updated 17 December 2014
1,385 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 135 reviews)

  • Great benefits, takes care of their employees when persona; issues arise (in 195 reviews)


Cons
  • Offered me full time then fired me right before I was to receive benefits (in 68 reviews)

  • If you are part time, the amount of hours you get can vary a lot from week to week (in 56 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Cashier(clerk)

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    Former Employee - Cashier in Phoenix, AZ (US)
    Former Employee - Cashier in Phoenix, AZ (US)

    I worked at Costco Wholesale

    Pros

    Great pay/benefits! Generous vacation and optionals. The environment for teambuilding can't be beat. They foster collaboration and encourage you to succeed! Very structured and expectations are provided daily. Feels like family.... I resigned in 2010 to move to another state to take care of family obligations and unfortunately there were no whse locations in my new city....Costco is now coming to Tulsa and I will turning in my application as the 17 years I worked there were the greatest years of my life! Best job ever! How many people can say that or that they miss working there!!! Cant wait so excited!!!

    Cons

    Long term employees get better benefits than newer ones. Company changes handbook every couple of years to push hour based raises further and further back. Required inventory participation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think outside the box.....
    Not only do members deserve the pickle but so do employee's (long term Costco employee's know what that means)!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Satisfied, Long-Term Employee

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great job security with excellent benefits. If you work hard, the sky is the limit. In general, the company does a great job promoting employees from within.

    Cons

    Minimal control on how many hours salaried employees must work. At the management level, the employee expectation is that work comes first, family and other obligations are secondary.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Place for High School Graduate or College summer job.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Costco Wholesale

    Pros

    Great pay for amazing atmosphere for growth.

    Cons

    Little to no down time outside of he legally mandated breaks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work heavily with college students to get people higher up.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fast paced working environment

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    Former Employee - Front End Supervisor in San Jose, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Front End Supervisor in San Jose, CA (US)

    I worked at Costco Wholesale part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Working at costco comes with great pay and great benefits. It's also a good place to befriend coworkers because you have so many.

    Cons

    There are a lot of people who shop at costco and as such there are a lot of stupid people you will have to deal with. Be patient, and kind and know that for every 1 jerk there are probably 5 great people.

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    Neutral Outlook
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    You can get far if your willing to work for it

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Costco Wholesale full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Costco has decent pay and if your smart you can really go far. I was there a little under two years and became super vaulable because I learned almost every department. And for the most part my fellow employees were good people.

    Cons

    MICROMANAGED. My hours were all over the place as well. It is the managers way no matter what even if you have a better more efficient way. Also a lot of things are based on seniority. At my store I was able to kinda by pass that but I worked very hard to do so.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire people that deserved to be fired. Listen to your employee's they might have some great ideas that could give some managers a run for their money.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Best company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Front End Assistant Manager
    Current Employee - Front End Assistant Manager

    I have been working at Costco Wholesale

    Pros

    Love working for such a great company. Excellent benefits for me and my family and amazing pay

    Cons

    The only con I can think of are yhere a definitely some politics when it comes to positions in the warehouse. But if you work hard they do reward you.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great Place to work!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Front End Supervisor in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Front End Supervisor in San Francisco, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Costco is a good place to work. You gotta work hard to proof yourself but it's worth it in the end. The pay is good, especially if you work on Sundays. If you have not take any sick days during the year, they pay the sick hours at anniversary time. Members are very pleasant for the most part, and the employees are quite friendly and helpful. Company offers bonuses twice a year, but you have to complete a certain amount of hours to qualify.

    Cons

    The old timers seem to take their time doing what they need to do. It's retail, which means there are not many weekends off. It's hard to take time off during the holidays. Inventory time can be a little tough on the scheduling. Personal growth is there once you proof yourself; however it seems that a lot of people move up quickly and easily by becoming part of the management click. There could be back stabbing if you're not careful.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A little pushy and at time does not understand its employees. Remember, we're all human beings and have feelings. Remember, not everything at Costco requires a write-up or counseling notice.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 18 people found this helpful  

    A great company to work for, they are fair and treat their employees well.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Los Angeles, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Costco rewards those with a good sense of urgency and the willingness to learn. Its a stable company with great pay and bonus scales.

    Cons

    Training is more hands on, not a lot of book work. May be difficult who dont learn best on their feet.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great leadership

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Deli Clerk in Phoenix, AZ (US)
    Former Employee - Deli Clerk in Phoenix, AZ (US)

    I worked at Costco Wholesale

    Pros

    Employees, benefits, organization,Employees, benefits, organization

    Cons

    None, none, none, none, none

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Opportunities Abound

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Pharmacy Technician
    Current Employee - Pharmacy Technician

    I have been working at Costco Wholesale part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Management places faith in individual employees to execute their tasks to their fullest. Promotions are almost exclusively from within. Lots of opportunities and internal job bank is full of demand for various positions.

    Cons

    Inbred management that promotes internal ideals and rarely focuses on new/fresh objectives or ideas. Lots of management levels. Turnover is low and firing poor performers is a difficult task.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Margins are exceptionally tight and budgets are constrained around various factors. No advertising is fine, but consider utilizing strategically allowing news/media to pick up exceptional deals. For instance, have 1 warehouse's gas price be the lowest of any gas station in the country. News outlets will always pickup on the deal and report it nationally.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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