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Review averages

  • 397 employees say

    Excellent (253)
    63.727959697733%
    Good (89)
    22.418136020151%
    Satisfactory (43)
    10.831234256927%
    Subpar (12)
    3.0226700251889%
    4.07
  • 4 applicants say

    Excellent (1)
    25%
    Good (0)
    0%
    Satisfactory (0)
    0%
    Subpar (3)
    75%
    1.80

Reviews for Costco Wholesale

Reviews - What employees say

4.07 Employees say
1.80 Applicants say
  • 15.Jun 2018
  • Employee

Support from management

They care about your wellbeing. Lots of support networks for employees in crisis.

Teamwork

Employees seem to work together as a collective, while management has their own cliques and favorites they roll with

Freedom to work independently

Few positions offer independent work. Most is directly supervised, either by an hourly sup or manager.

Internal Communication

Memos seem to be distributed and acknowledged sparingly. Changes in policies aren't effectively communicated to front line employees

Gender Equality

They recently implemented a plan on gender equality.

Attitude towards older colleagues

They usually require employees to be able to do all tasks in store (ie, I've seen elderly women asked to push carts in the rain)

Career Development

Rothman workplace allows for feedback about performance, but I've never seen it effective in gaining promotions.

Environmental Friendliness

No recycling program in effect at corporate level. Plastic wrap and cardboard bales are about all we do.

Work-Life Balance

Little to no scheduling flexibility. Open availability required to "meet the needs of the business"

Inclusive / Diverse

They attempt to have a diverse workforce, though scheduling inflexibility affects some people who may want to pursue a career here.

Suggestions for improvement

  • Treat employees better across the board - require more training for supervisors.
Company Culture
4.00
Support from management
4.00
Teamwork
4.00
Freedom to work independently
3.00
Internal Communication
3.00
Gender Equality
5.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
4.00
Career Development
3.00
Overall compensation for your work
5.00
Office / Work Environment
4.00
Environmental Friendliness
2.00
Work-Life Balance
2.00
Company Image
4.00
Job Security
4.00
Workplace Safety
5.00
Challenging Work
2.00
Inclusive / Diverse
4.00

The following benefits were offered to me

Parking is offered Stock or equity options is offered 401(k) is offered Paid Parental Leave is offered 401(k) Match is offered Flexible spending account is offered Paid time off is offered Healthcare (including vision and dental) is offered Life insurance is offered
  • Company
    Costco Wholesale
  • City
    Lone Tree
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Current employee
  • Position
    Employee
  • Department
    Distribution/sales

The following perks were offered to me

On site cafeteria is offered Health and wellness programs is offered Employee events is offered
  • 23.Apr 2018
  • Employee

Company Culture

The ideas around Costco are very well established. Their idea of "the best goods and products at the lowest price possible" is true, but the management at least in my experience doesn't care for customer or employee. Respect and confidentiality doesn't exist.

Support from management

Everyone puts you down and threatens your time at the company if you try to speak up.

Teamwork

each individual departments works as a team, but from department to department, no one helps each other.

Freedom to work independently

Depends on manager of the department.

Internal Communication

You can ask 8 managers the same question and not one will know the answer. if a manager says they will ask another manager you, you will find the other manager a week later and they will tell you they were asked nothing. The only answer you need to get a position at Costco is, I will communicate by... because no one communicates. They all have radios in their ears and no one knows a thing.

Gender Equality

seems to be fair

Career Development

Its all personal. You can be over qualified, and someone else who has never even done the job will get it just because they are slightly mrore liked.

Overall compensation for your work

Great pay and benefits.

Office / Work Environment

Everything works, but repairs take weeks to complete because upper management has to take care of it and they always forget.

Environmental Friendliness

we recycle cardboard and that's it.

Work-Life Balance

A decent amount of management understands life happens, but I have heard the GM deny vacation time for funerals, weddings, and other events.

Company Image

my company, sure. my current store is the most corrupt and biased place I have worked.

Job Security

job is very secure, but promotion is tough.

Workplace Safety

Most things are fine, but personal suggestions have been made to fix certain areas to maintain customer and employee safety, and was ignored.

Challenging Work

its easy. they just make it seem challenging to scare you.

Inclusive / Diverse

" we have our way of doing things, no reason to change." was actually said to my face.

Suggestions for improvement

  • Management needs to change. Everyone should be equally held accountable for mistake or poor work ethic, or unethical behavior. Fair and realistic training and promoting should be implemented.

What I like about the company

the pay and benefits

What I dislike about the company

The bias, the favoritism, the laziness of employees. The self entitlement. Threats of being fired for small mistakes.

Company Culture
4.00
Support from management
1.00
Teamwork
3.00
Freedom to work independently
3.00
Internal Communication
1.00
Gender Equality
5.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
4.00
Career Development
1.00
Overall compensation for your work
4.00
Office / Work Environment
4.00
Environmental Friendliness
1.00
Work-Life Balance
4.00
Company Image
5.00
Job Security
4.00
Handicapped Accessibility
5.00
Workplace Safety
2.00
Challenging Work
1.00
Inclusive / Diverse
1.00

The following benefits were offered to me

Flex. working hours is offered Parking is offered Stock or equity options is offered 401(k) is offered Ability to work remotely is offered 401(k) Match is offered Paid time off is offered Healthcare (including vision and dental) is offered Relocation allowance is offered
  • Company
    Costco Wholesale Corporation
  • City
    Littleton
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Current employee
  • Position
    Employee
  • Department
    Others

The following perks were offered to me

On site cafeteria is offered Health and wellness programs is offered Employee events is offered
  • 26.Feb 2018
  • Employee

Support from management

i.e. I watched a floor supervisor actually scream at someone "shut the f up or I'm gonna write you up" no one said anything.

Teamwork

it was every man for himself. enough said

Freedom to work independently

you are micromanaged to the "nth" degree. watched all the time.

Internal Communication

not much to say here it was lacking the only time I heard from management really was when I supposely wasn't moving fast enough.

Gender Equality

the men get all the labor intensive jobs including carts most women were stocking light items or folding clothes/books.

Attitude towards older colleagues

right...

Career Development

unless your willing to put in 10-15 years and move up the food chain I dont recommend it

Job Security

I was seasonal no job security..I wasnt even told I was let go they just didnt schedule me for the following weeks. thats how I found out.

Workplace Safety

enormous pressure from management pushes the forklift drivers to get as much product out as possible accidents are gonna happen.

Challenging Work

labor intensive yes working at 4-5am yes..challenging no.

Inclusive / Diverse

not much that I saw

Suggestions for improvement

  • Don't treat your employees like cattle.

What I like about the company

the starting pay was competitive.

What I dislike about the company

Management. they have a long way to go. you should management out of respect for your employees.

Company Culture
3.00
Support from management
1.00
Teamwork
1.00
Freedom to work independently
1.00
Internal Communication
2.00
Gender Equality
2.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
1.00
Career Development
1.00
Overall compensation for your work
3.00
Office / Work Environment
3.00
Environmental Friendliness
1.00
Work-Life Balance
2.00
Company Image
2.00
Job Security
1.00
Handicapped Accessibility
3.00
Workplace Safety
2.00
Challenging Work
3.00
Inclusive / Diverse
1.00
  • Company
    Costco
  • City
    Kennesaw
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Former employee
  • Position
    Temporary
  • Department
    Others

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Review averages

  • 397 employees say

    Excellent (253)
    63.727959697733%
    Good (89)
    22.418136020151%
    Satisfactory (43)
    10.831234256927%
    Subpar (12)
    3.0226700251889%
    4.07
  • 4 applicants say

    Excellent (1)
    25%
    Good (0)
    0%
    Satisfactory (0)
    0%
    Subpar (3)
    75%
    1.80

kununu score comparisons

Costco Wholesale
4.05
401 reviews

Industry average (Consumer Goods/Grocery/Retail)
3.22
155,327 reviews

kununu average
3.36
3,183,000 reviews