Costco Wholesale

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Costco Wholesale Reviews

Updated 18 December, 2014
Updated 18 December, 2014
1,391 Reviews
3.9
1,391 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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Overrated company, good pay for retail but bad working environment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Front End Assistant in Burnaby, BC
    Former Employee - Front End Assistant in Burnaby, BC

    I worked at Costco Wholesale as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good starting pay for a retail job, Sunday $4.00 per hour bonus premium on top of normal wage per hour is a great benefit for workers. Costco is a good company if you are looking at a career in the wholesale retailing industry with decent pay but you must become a permanent worker to benefit.

    Cons

    Management and some senior staff are extremely tough on "Seasonal" newcomers and they aren't treated with any respect and as "outsiders" to the company. The management doesn't always promote the hardest working "Seasonal" workers into permanent workers. For example, the main criteria to becoming a permanent worker at Costco is if your a student whose going to college or university and how many American Express cards and membership upgrades you can get for the company. The management doesn't communicate with the workers and when you are a "Seasonal" worker, they never tell you about your progress or your job future as your "Seasonal" term comes to an end. Some "Seasonal" workers must work 2 or 3 Seasonal terms before they can become permanent workers for Costco making it hard to get into the company permanently. The management culture at Costco is very political and there are way too many managers and supervisors in the warehouse making employee and management communication difficult. Costco is a very fast paced environment and you have to work very fast and be able to perform many physically demanding duties. The company emphasizes hiring way too many young people instead of hardworking experienced workers. When you are a "Seasonal" newcomer expect to get the worst shifts and work very late hours. The "Seasonal" system is faulty and hardworking workers after they past their initial 3 or 4 month probation should automatically become permanent workers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The management should communicate better with the workers.
    The "Seasonal" system should be abolished and workers should automatically have a chance at becoming permanent workers when they automatically pass their probations.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great for the pay but it is a Man's Club

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Membership Sales in Medicine Hat, AB
    Former Employee - Membership Sales in Medicine Hat, AB

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

    Pros

    hourly rate is great
    benefits are fair
    free memberships
    good bonuses

    Cons

    tend to promote men unless women don't have a family
    not willing to work around family schedule
    managers play favorites
    employee evaluations are unfair

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take more time with the employee before reviewing them without even working with them for a moment.
    try to work around parents schedules

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    It's a job, not somewhere I want to work for the rest of my life

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Morning Stocker in Edmonton, AB
    Current Employee - Morning Stocker in Edmonton, AB

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

    Pros

    Pay is okay
    Works with school
    Sunday pay
    Some of the people are great compared to others
    -keeps you busy if you hate sitting around

    Cons

    Management needs work
    Always short staffed
    Coworkers are lifers and are too comfortable
    Lotsnof people hate their job

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more people instead of workong coworkers to death when understaffed

    - hire younger people
    Better communication with employees. Costco is based on "professionalism" but they lack at so many things

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Money

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

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

    Pros

    All raises are based on hours worked. They start off at a mere .50$ CAD but the last few before you top out at 23.85/hour are close to 2.00/hr. Base level managerial job starts at 63,000 CAD. Warehouse Assistants can earn up to 100,000 CAD with their salaries (don't forget stock bonuses). With over 600 locations worldwide Costco continues to prosper and treat their employees and the environment well. Warehouse Manager can bring in close to 400,000 CAD depending on their performance bonuses.

    Cons

    It is a long way to the top. The only limitation to your success at this corporation would be yourself. If you show desire they enjoy giving you a challenge. However, you can find yourself waiting a few years before a promotion.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    awesome

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Stocker in Calgary, AB
    Former Employee - Stocker in Calgary, AB

    I worked at Costco Wholesale part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Loved the people, treated me well

    Cons

    the hours are not family friendly

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Terrible turn over rate. Treat employees badly. Empty promises

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Hardsides Morning Stocker Associate in Lethbridge, AB
    Former Employee - Hardsides Morning Stocker Associate in Lethbridge, AB

    I worked at Costco Wholesale part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Get to see ins and outs of your favourite grocery store.
    Bonus for working on Sunday.
    Costco has very good reputation (Looks good on resume potentially)

    Cons

    Bad pay. Very slow raises
    Empty promises. Tell you you can get raises fast and full time work. But then screw you over last minute.
    Work you to death when busy then cut hours.
    No discount.
    Crappy hours for the most part.
    Hire too many people then start firing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop lying to potential employees and stop firing people for no reason.
    Give full time work so people can actually stay there
    Give faster raises

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    They care about their employees!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing in Mississauga, ON
    Current Employee - Marketing in Mississauga, ON

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

    Pros

    very good environment. Excellent wages and benefits, as long as you work hard, you can advance.

    Cons

    easy to get trapped. Many people have degrees and have been cashiers for 10 years because they got too comfortable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't choose favourites, it becomes vary apparent who will be "chosen" to move up, and who will be left back.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Merchandising

    • 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 part-time

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Recommends
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Food Service Assistant in Ancaster, ON
    Current Employee - Food Service Assistant in Ancaster, ON

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Fun

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Front End Assistant in Halifax, NS
    Current Employee - Front End Assistant in Halifax, NS

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

    Pros

    good hours, interactive people, reasonable to not being there

    Cons

    other employes can some times get on your nerves

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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