Costco Wholesale

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Costco Wholesale Reviews

Updated 28 January, 2015
Updated 28 January, 2015
1,474 Reviews
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1,474 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great Company Values

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 (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
  2. 3 people 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

  3.  

    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 (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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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Pleasant Environment, Unfulfilling Work

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

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

    Pros

    Great environment, pays slightly better than other big box stores, good benefits and chances for moving up if you're happy doing the same work

    Cons

    The work is very routine and hectic

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 a 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
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Overrated company, good pay for retail but bad working environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 a 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
  9. 4 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
  10.  

    Good experience

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

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

    Pros

    its a great company and lots of fun

    Cons

    Takes a long time to move up. But keep talking to the right people and have the right attitude and work ethic and you can stand out

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    awesome

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 a year)

    Pros

    Loved the people, treated me well

    Cons

    the hours are not family friendly

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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