Costco Wholesale
3.8 of 5 1,016 reviews
www.costco.com Issaquah, WA 5000+ Employees

Costco Wholesale Reviews

Updated Apr 20, 2014
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3.8 1,016 reviews

                             

92% Approve of the CEO

Costco Wholesale President & CEO Craig Jelinek

Craig Jelinek

(411 ratings)

82% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "You are able to grow within the company the pay and benefits are wonderful"
    in 92 reviews
  • "There are great benefits available for part-time and full-time employees"
    in 145 reviews
Cons:
  • "Offered me full time then fired me right before I was to receive benefits"
    in 52 reviews
  • "Takes a few seasonal periods to get hired permanently and then it is only part time"
    in 41 reviews
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Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Costco Wholesale part-time

ProsGreat management.
Good benefits.
Safe workplace.
Easy work.

Conspay increase takes a long time.
Advancement based on seniority.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Amazing! There is a reason why Obama visited Costco Warehouses!

Food Service Assistant (Current Employee)
Ancaster, ON

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

ProsGreat management team
Motivational work environment
Start hourly wage is above minimum wage

ConsTo be honest, I can't think of anything.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Fun

Front End Assistant (Current Employee)
Halifax, NS

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

Prosgood hours, interactive people, reasonable to not being there

Consother employes can some times get on your nerves

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Hard worked and well paid

Service Deli Assistant (Former Employee)
Calgary, AB

I worked at Costco Wholesale part-time for more than 5 years

ProsBe a good employee and you'll be treated like a good employee

ConsSmall raises and they say they will raise you more for good work but they don't without being promoted

Advice to Senior ManagementManagement needs to watch slacking employees more

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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great for students

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Costco Wholesale

Prosflexibility
salary for students
fun atmosphere

Consno future
low skill work
c'mon nobody wants to work here for the rest of their life

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great place to work, but seniority rules.

Front End Assistant (Current Employee)

I have been working at Costco Wholesale part-time for more than 3 years

ProsFlexible hours, great benefits, excellent pay for a no education required job. Very good for students with the CSRP program. Raises based on hours which can be good or bad.

ConsPromotions mostly based on seniority. Some bad eggs in management but overall it's okay. Miscommunication between managers sometimes occurs and it can be somewhat confusing with so many people and different instructions.

Advice to Senior ManagementCommunicate better with each other!

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great student job

Cashier (Current Employee)
Quebec, QC

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

ProsSalary a little over minimum wage, great people to work with.
Fairly flexible hours.
Great student retention program.
Lot of feedback on performance.
Career opportunities - career growth available
In my opinion customers at Costco are nicer than at other retailers. Smiling people and not a lot of rude customers compared to my previous retail job experience.

ConsHard work, days are hectic and tiring. Lot of customers but day goes by very fast, which is good.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Good wages, but very demanding and fast-paced work environment.

Front End Assistant/Cashier (Former Employee)
Toronto, ON

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

ProsThe wages are probably one of the highest in the retail industry. Raises are given out according to number of hours worked. On paper, Costco has one of the best HR policies and programs I have seen. It knows how to keep turnover at a minimum, whereas other retailers are struggling with their turnover rates.

ConsCan be a challenging and demanding work environment. It is very fast-paced and expectations are high. Managers and supervisors are under a lot of stress, which in turn translates to their front-line employees. I felt that a lot of the hard-working but quieter employees were looked over for more talkative and social employees for promotions. There was definitely favouritism at the warehouse I worked at in terms of promotions and better shifts. Policies were also not consistently applied across all employees.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Seasonal employment

Stocker (Former Employee)
Kamloops, BC

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

ProsAwesome managers, great people to work with. Felt very comfortable from start. Fairly flexible with scheduling.

ConsStarting wage should be higher. Takes a few seasonal periods to get hired permanently and then it is only part time. Not sure, if ever you get full time anymore.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Stellar company, job itself is not all that great.

Membership Clerk (Current Employee)

I have been working at Costco Wholesale part-time

Pros-Very competitive salary for retail, pay increases are calculated by hours worked
-Majority of promotions are done from the inside - if a manager steps down, they will try to fill the position with an existing employee before recruiting outside of the company.
-Very fair with granting days off, generous with vacation time as your seniority increases
-Variety of experiences within one warehouse, from front end to security to the meat department, you can try a multitude of different things
-Very fast in dealing with workplace problems (harassment, etc.)

Cons-The job itself is not very exciting or fulfilling
-Management will occasionally treat its employees badly in favor of the member (customer), as the member is king

Advice to Senior ManagementSo far, so good.

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