Costco Wholesale Reviews

Updated 30 September, 2014
Updated 30 September, 2014
1,253 Reviews
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1,253 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 112 reviews)

  • Great benefits, takes care of their employees when persona; issues arise (in 185 reviews)


Cons
  • Offered me full time then fired me right before I was to receive benefits (in 62 reviews)

  • If you are part time, the amount of hours you get can vary a lot from week to week (in 51 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    great team environment

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

    I have been working at Costco Wholesale part-time

    Pros

    great team environment that allows for a strong career path, and great job opportunities (internally)

    Cons

    micromanagement, management doesn't consider part timers schedules, to much focus on front end then any other department

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    trust your employees

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Nothing special

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Merchandiser  in  Newmarket, ON
    Current Employee - Merchandiser in Newmarket, ON

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

    Pros

    Lots of hours that a guarantee based on whether you are full-time, part-time, etc.

    Cons

    At my specific location there was too much drama between employeed

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train your employees in their department before putting them on the floor

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Decent company.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Front End Assistant
    Former Employee - Front End Assistant

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

    Pros

    - people are generally nice
    - long hours
    - alright pay

    Cons

    - you have to suck up to some people
    - company let students work around their own schedule

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Decent work environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Membership  in  Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Membership in Toronto, ON

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

    Pros

    Extra pay on Sunday. Overall positive work environment with good colleagues. Decent flexibility

    Cons

    Seniority over competence and skill. Communication can be slow. Constant favouritism and politics. Occasionally there's lack of team effort and spirit. A bit limited with career growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better training and communication among departments. More value on competence and skill or else talented people will keep leaving.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Financially they take good care of their employee .

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Front End Cashier  in  Kitchener, ON
    Former Employee - Front End Cashier in Kitchener, ON

    I worked at Costco Wholesale full-time

    Pros

    The pay is good,. Good benefits , fun to serve the regular customers, great amount of holidays after certain amount of yrs served.

    Cons

    Everyday you have to work a different shift, & every week you get a different day off. Confusion with management , have to work at fast pace to process an order, while @ the same time sale ing other products. Eg- ( MasterCard , higher membership Card, & also packing for the customer ,.. But doing so with no errors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management should all be on the same page .

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good pay for long term employees, hard work is hardly recognized

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Cake Decorator  in  Prince George, BC
    Former Employee - Cake Decorator in Prince George, BC

    I worked at Costco Wholesale full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Pay is decent after 3 years
    Flexible hours
    Great benefits
    They post jobs and hire internally. This can keep your job interesting as a employee
    Lots of room to grow and excel

    Cons

    Union attitude and a values without an actual union backing you up

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees with more respect not as if they are your peons

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Pretty decent overall

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Representative  in  Ottawa, ON
    Former Employee - Marketing Representative in Ottawa, ON

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

    Pros

    They promote from with in, value hard work, and have good ethics - much better than they ever publicize. I learned a lot about their products (even after I left) which made me really have a lot of respect for what they do. Lots of great opportunities within the company as well.

    Cons

    Can value seniority over performance sometimes, which is frustrating. I was in a sales position which was tough, but they did a lot to try to alleviate the stress it was causing me until I finally left.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Coach your team leads and managers better, and show them how to properly coach their staff. The feedback was often useless or horrendous. Oh, and design a proper training for the cash people (membership) - ad-hoc training was not as useful as a proper introduction could be.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great Company Values

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant F/E Manager  in  Calgary, AB
    Current Employee - Assistant F/E Manager in Calgary, AB

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

    Pros

    The companies internal values are amazing, Great pay for what the job is. Above average benefits. 90% of the co workers love their job. Great job for college students as they work around schooling schedules the best they can.

    Cons

    High drive environment. Locational management can involve a lot of politics.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Depending on your location, some assistant whs managers and whs managers can be dismissive at best.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Stay away

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Costco Wholesale

    Pros

    Mediocre benefits. Some paid vacation.

    Good for students.

    Cons

    If you are part time they will regularly cut hours off your schedule and give them to seasonal workers who have a lower wage.

    If you hurt yourself at work they will either convince you not to report it or make it extremely difficult to get compensated for medical bills.

    They expect more from workers than they are willing to give out.

    Management is often uneducated and has no idea how to train, lead, or manage their departments.

    Seniority is more important than skill or competency.

    Harassment and favouritism is a regular occurance but since it's hard to prove nothing will be done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire competent staff and managers because either they are idiots or abusive

  11.  

    I work in a positive, safe, and lively environment filled with positive, informative, and kind people.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Front End Assistant  in  Ottawa, ON
    Current Employee - Front End Assistant in Ottawa, ON

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

    Pros

    Sunday premium: You get paid an extra $4/hour on Sundays.
    The people are amazing; they're kind and helpful.
    They are very flexible in terms of scheduling.
    The place is constantly busy, so there's always something for you to do.

    Cons

    None that I can think of.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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