Costco Wholesale

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Costco Wholesale Reviews

Updated 26 November 2014
Updated 26 November 2014
1,350 Reviews
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1,350 Reviews
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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.  

    Great Place to work!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Food Court
    Current Employee - Food Court

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

    Pros

    Starting pay is high, great benefits, free turkey at thanksgiving, raises

    Cons

    They expect maximum effort at all times. Not a company for lazy people

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Food court needs more staffing! It's very easy to get behind. Just maybe one extra person for a mid shift so we can get caught up

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Sky is the limit

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Costco Wholesale

    Pros

    Salary, benefits, Heath ins, growth is beyond imagination

    Cons

    Won't have weekends off unless you've been there for a long time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    A great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    This place has great coworkers and I've made a lot of friends in a short time here. The work is fast and constant so you're never left bored out of you mind waiting for something to happen. The employees have a variety of backgrounds from music industry, cell phone sales, history museums, movie theater employees, paralegals, homeland security, just to name a few, yet all seem to meet together as equals and work well as a team. It's a great environment.

    Cons

    I've had trouble decoding the official dress code. The employee handbook is extremely vague about what is permitted, and I have learned that essentially, dress code is whatever the store management decides and can vary drastically from store to store. Professionalism is an opinion and not everyone shares the same opinion when it comes to what looks "professional" in a warehouse setting. Ask questions. Lots of questions.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Excellent company to work foe

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Costco Wholesale

    Pros

    Advancement, good salaries, great benefits

    Cons

    Only start off as part time. It takes an act of God to become full time.

  7.  

    Great Pay! Better Benefits

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Certified Pharmacy Technician in Shelby Township, MI (US)
    Former Employee - Certified Pharmacy Technician in Shelby Township, MI (US)

    I worked at Costco Wholesale full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Pay is above national average for retail certified pharmacy technicians. Health, dental and 401k are best in retail industry. Flexible schedule for part timers. Ability to top out and receive semiannual bonuses quicker when a fulltime employee.

    Cons

    Little control with schedule as a full time employee. No PTO allowed from November 1st until the end of the holidays.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promoting from can be a sound business practice but afford the opportunities to let employees demonstrate their potential as well. Too few promotions happen because of work ethic and are more based on what family member is already in a management position.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great company to work for.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Front End Cashier in Lewisville, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Front End Cashier in Lewisville, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    Great pay and healthcare benefits.

    Cons

    Wish they had more full time positions open.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more mindful of seasonal workers who are looking for full time work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great with college students!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Cashier Assistant (Front End Assistant) in Fargo, ND (US)
    Former Employee - Cashier Assistant (Front End Assistant) in Fargo, ND (US)

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

    Pros

    Great benefits. The ability to work limited part time if you are a college student, even take a leave of absence and come back and have your same job when it comes to school related things as a college student.

    Cons

    Management is a very close knit group. Sometimes they don't understand there needs to be a balance between work and personal life.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Best place to be on either end of a career.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Membership in Seattle, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Membership in Seattle, WA (US)

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

    Pros

    Benefits, work environment, sense of pride in everything employer does.

    Cons

    Schedules can be daunting on family and personal life but you learn to adjust as year's go by, you learn to adjust.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Maintain corporate culture at ALL costs and be consistent throughout entire network of locations, more contact between management (sr. & jr. level) and hourly personnel. Minimize perceived "favoritism" and decisions based on "perceptions" when it comes to employee's career path and lives.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Seasonal

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Seasonal in Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Seasonal in Los Angeles, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    great job great pay love to schedule it changes every now and then but I do like working different shifts the best thing about the whole job is the friendly staff

    Cons

    I have no cons yet it's to soon.

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