Costco Wholesale Reviews

Updated 25 August 2014
Updated 25 August 2014
1,263 Reviews

3.9
1,263 Reviews
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Costco Wholesale President & CEO Craig Jelinek
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521 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • You are able to grow within the company the pay and benefits are wonderful (in 106 reviews)

  • There are great benefits available for part-time and full-time employees (in 168 reviews)


Cons
  • Offered me full time then fired me right before I was to receive benefits (in 57 reviews)

  • Takes a few seasonal periods to get hired permanently and then it is only part time (in 46 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Lack of compassion from mgmt.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Costco Wholesale for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Reasonably good pay I guess

    Cons

    I was injured at work whilst trying to help a member. Hurt my back and was in so much pain I couldnt walk properly. I was sent home on public transport despite telling them that I was in pain. One of the supervisors even made an unreasonable comment about getting me re-train on how to lift things when really I was doing it the right way! Didnt hurt to ask me, did it. Pain didnt go away and my doctor asked me to rest up for 2 weeks and when I rang my manager, I was told I need to go back to work, that they will give me light duties even though my doctor said I should be on medical leave. They basically insisted I should go so as to aviod LTI. I spent 3 hours commuting to work and with my back injury its going to be tough.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Imagine if you were the one who was injured at work. How would you like to be treated

  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Average

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager  in  North Sydney
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in North Sydney

    I have been working at Costco Wholesale

    Pros

    Great people to work with

    Cons

    Very old fashioned company to work for

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take feedback from your employees about what's working well and what's not

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    I have worked at Costco for over 10yrs and have had a great experience.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Clovis, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Clovis, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Great pay, benefits and 41k. Retail hours are good- If you work weekends your off by 8 at the latest and paid holidays off.

    Cons

    It's retail so you have to work weekends. Costco Need to reevaluate management and supervisors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't try to make others look bad to cover up your mistakes.

    Stop hiring family.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great company while in school

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Costco Wholesale

    Pros

    they are flexible with your school schedule and are very helpful in finding time to make it work. Great benefits and a decent wage to survive on.

    Cons

    the management can be tough at times and are difficult to work with. they want you to work extra hours but don't really help you with time off. They require a few months notice on time off which is pretty tough with urgent issues.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would listen to your employees and thank them once in a while. They will appreciate it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Phenomenal Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Costco  in  Houston, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Costco in Houston, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    I just embarked on my career at Costco and it is an excellent company to work for. I am prior military and I researched my next chapter in life and all arrows pointed to Costco. I heavily researched the business model, founders, code of ethics, history, performance, etc., and it was evident that Costco upheld and operated operations based on theses principles. You cannot beat the compensation package considering the retail industry. You get to interact with members and provide that exceptional member service that Costco prides itself on. My leadership team is phenomenal -- I am impressed with their dedication/leadership/expertise.

    Advice for potential team members: It is difficult to be apart of the Costco team but if you get an opportunity:

    Know the company, hit the ground running, work hard, and work harder because the room for growth is exponential. You will work hard but Costco will take care of you. Costco is heading in the right direction because the foundation is solid!

    Cons

    I have no Cons to input.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Best Retail Co!

    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales
    Current Employee - Sales

    I have been working at Costco Wholesale full-time

    Pros

    Great Pay, Great Benifits. Respect from management.

    Cons

    Its retail, you will work weekends and late nights.

  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Company to work for.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Analyst  in  Issaquah, WA (US)
    Former Employee - IT Analyst in Issaquah, WA (US)

    I worked at Costco Wholesale full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Friendly, professional and relaxed enviroment. Great benfits and good pay.

    Cons

    Many would feel taht living in Washington would be a con. It's not that bad if you enjoy the outdoors and a family lifestyle

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    NONE

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Easy work but labor intensive

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

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

    Pros

    The minimum wage is above average and they also provide full coverage insurance. We get holiday and vacation days pay which is nice.

    Cons

    pushing carts for two times a day for 2.5 hours each in the summer sucks. Management terrible at their job, they don't care who you are, they only care what they can do for them.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    Decent work environment

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Membership  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Membership in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    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
  11.  

    The company treats you well.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Stocker  in  Citrus Heights, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Stocker in Citrus Heights, CA (US)

    I have been working at Costco Wholesale part-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Full benefits even for part time employees. Competitive hourly wages

    Cons

    Sometimes management is stale and have worked in the same place too long.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    move around and don't be complacent.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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