Costco Wholesale Reviews

Updated 18 October 2014
Updated 18 October 2014
1,289 Reviews
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1,289 Reviews
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Costco Wholesale President & CEO Craig Jelinek
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Pros
  • You are able to grow within the company the pay and benefits are wonderful (in 116 reviews)

  • Great benefits, takes care of their employees when persona; issues arise (in 186 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.  

    Great company to work for! It was a great job for a college student

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Cashier Assistant (Front End Assistant) in Tustin, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Cashier Assistant (Front End Assistant) in Tustin, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    I truly love this company and their culture. I was a costco fan for a while prior to working here, and afterwards I have even more respect for the company. Costco truly knows how to take care of their employees and therefore it trickles down to the way their employees treat their members. They understand the idea that if the people who work for the company are happy, then the members are well taken care of. I also think this was the best choice I could have made for a part time college job. I had medical benefits and a 401k that they matched. At 19, I really didn't understand the importance of that, but looking back I really appreciate that. They also worked with my school schedule to make sure that it didn't conflict too much. Lastly, Costco hires really great people, and I have some of my closest friends that I met when I worked there during college.

    Cons

    The only con would be the crazy hours that I worked, however that was mainly due to the fact that I had class. For me it was hard to find a work-life balance because when I wasn't working I was in class and I always worked on the weekends. It was tough to get a weekend off.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good for a job, not a career

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Multiple Positions in Fort Worth, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Multiple Positions in Fort Worth, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    Broad range of knowledge attained through experience
    Good benefits, decent pay
    (for the most part) understanding management

    Cons

    Personal politics among employees
    Unpredictable schedules/schedule changes
    Seniority plays MAJOR role in decisions about moves to new/higher roles, (somewhat) regardless of the individuals themselves.
    Unrealistic goals for individuals.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Follow company guidelines regarding posting of schedules.
    Give more complete training on memberships and benefits, so that all employees can be on somewhat the same page.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    costco

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

    I worked at Costco Wholesale part-time

    Pros

    good starting pay, advance from within, flexible hours

    Cons

    in my opinion there are not many cons if any at all. biggest con to me was having to deal with members who are rude

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Front End Assistant

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Front End Assistant in Tallahassee, FL (US)
    Former Employee - Front End Assistant in Tallahassee, FL (US)

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

    Pros

    Great place to work consider competitive pay

    Cons

    It's hard to work 8 hrs. a day and constantly being on your feet.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to reward workers who really care about their job as well as making sure members get the best treatment

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Front End

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Front End (Cashier Assistant) in Colorado Springs, CO (US)
    Current Employee - Front End (Cashier Assistant) in Colorado Springs, CO (US)

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

    Pros

    Great pay, hire good people, get a free membership, fast paced, benefits for part time, time based pay raises.

    Cons

    Managers have to move after a certain amount of time, not flexible with schedules, can be demanding.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would say that they should be more clear with new employees, they tend to do the "I'lll tell when you do something wrong after you do it,"instead of before.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Membership Clerk in Atlanta, GA (US)
    Current Employee - Membership Clerk in Atlanta, GA (US)

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

    Pros

    Benefits and pay. And raises

    Cons

    Lots of drama and rumors

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Control the trouble makers who pass on rumoirs

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great job while in school

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Front End (Cashier Assistant) in Culver City, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Front End (Cashier Assistant) in Culver City, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    - good pay
    - relatively easy work

    Cons

    - hours are long
    - the customers that come in on this side of town can be spoild and entitled at times (read: not fun to interact or deal with)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great place to build a career.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Costco Wholesale

    Pros

    Very ethical company and they value their employees

    Cons

    Designed for someone that does not have a lot of work experience.

  10.  

    awesome company to work for

    • 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

    Pros

    everything is great at costco

    Cons

    you work long hours every day

    Recommends
  11.  

    Good company to work for

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

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

    Pros

    Compensation and benefits are well above industry averages. Very stable company with stable sustainable growth. Strong leadership at the top.

    Cons

    Workers are given raises and bonuses based on tenure and not accomplishments or work performance. Some employees work very hard while others just skate by.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The Rothman program needs to be reevaluated, When it comes to advancement many qualified individuals are often overlooked and qualifications because another candidate is a longer tenured employee,

    Recommends

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