Front End Employee (Current Employee), Foster City, CA – February 18, 2013
Pros: wage increase after certain amount of hours worked there, friendly coworkers, accomodates part time, accomodates school
Cons: no free thinking, dependent on others, tedious
Costco Wholesale at Foster City is a great place to work if you enjoy fun coworkers, helping others, teamwork, job security, and the option of working in different departments. The coworkers at Costco are very enjoyable because they are very easy going people who are easy to talk to and they still work hard. At Costco, you help others everyday by asking – more... customers what their needs are and you, the worker, fulfilling them. Job security is very good after your first 90 days. For your first 90 days you must show that you will be a beneficial cog in the machine that is Costco. After those first 90 days, you just need to be a competent employee because turnover is very rare. Teamwork is necessary because you must always have communication with your coworkers and supervisors in order for a job to get done efficiently. Diversity of tasks can change if you want a change of scenery in Costco. There are many different departments inside Costco so if you want a change of scenery it is easy to do. The hardest part of the job is the long hours you will receive over the weekend and the fact that days can seem long because of the tasks being tedious. The other part of the job that can be disliked is the fact that when you are given tasks, there is no free thinking or problem solving. There is just one way to do it and you must do it that way. Overall Costco is a good place to work because everyone, from managers to coworkers, treat you well and Costco pays you well for your efforts. – less
Customer Service - Marketing Representative (Former Employee), Regina, SK – April 14, 2014
Cons: couldn't stay due to personal financial issues
a typical day * I would go around the store asking those who might not have initially signed up for an American Express card and asked if they would like to do it free of cost and telling them the benefits of doing so.
whatI learned * your first no doen't mean your not good at what you do, maybe they are just not interested
management * great person – more... to work with, truly understanding
co-workers * hard to adjust to, everyone has their own issue when dealing with a type of position and life can get in the way
hardest part * was consistently walking around and not giving up and no on in the store, talking to same person I talk to previous week
Meat Wrapper (Current Employee), Regina, SK – March 17, 2014
It is a relaxed place to work, although not enough that a person can be lazy. People are always friendly and willing to jump in and help from other departments. There is always room for advancement which is really nice, there is almost a constant opportunity to learn more and improve.
good hours and benefits. not so caring management.
Front end assistant (Current Employee), Okotoks, AB – March 11, 2014
Pros: good benefits, good wages
Cons: small vacation allowance, rude management
their trainging is good, starting wage is higher then most places and even on part time im getting a lot of hours.they promote from within mostly so getting higher up in the company is easy. they do not give out enough vacation time though and most of the management at the one i work at does not care about whats going on in your personal life. i actually – more... had an incident at work where i was unable to work for a while aand got written up while dealing with it. the manager was very insensitive and rude to me. – less
customer service and other tasks (Current Employee), Montreal-ouest, QC – March 2, 2014
Pros: flexibility, variation of tasks
Cons: they offer no references, seniority is not valued, location
The average day at work at Costco Wholesale demands patience and keen attention to detail. I have gotten the change to refine my communication skills as well as exercise my patience. The management team at Costco are strict yet understanding.My coworkers are mainly students. Costco's demands are not exigent, there is no circumstance presented within – more... the work criteria at Costco wholesale that I would argue to be hard or challenging. The most enjoyable part of the job is the determination the staff has to maintain and reach new goals. The flexibility at Costco is also very enjoyable. – less
Not a place to work if you need to make a bit of money
Food Demonstrator (Former Employee), Toronto, ON – February 26, 2014
Pros: nice co workers
Cons: one break, little money, no benefits, annoying customers
Ok being a food/product demonstrator sucked!!! Very borin, standing for long hours, we worked 8 hour day but only got one half hour break that's it. Most of the times customers were very rude and didn't understand we were just giving out samples and providing info on products but were not experts on the products. We were just given a product that day – more... we were working then we read what is one the box or wrapper pick 3 benefits than set up and give samples. Co workers were great, some had bad tempers but overall were nice people. There are mostly older ladies working there. Now this isn't a place to work if you need money to save because the new people only get 1 or 2, sometimes 3 days out of the week to work. Not many days so not much money. – less
Meat Wrapper (Former Employee), Calgary, AB – February 13, 2014
- arrive at 5am then set up station. Rewrap meat from the day before and refill counters before opening. Feed the machine until 1pm. -I learned there are jobs in this world that no one wants but need to be done -management was not good. I showed up the first day for training along with 2 others but no one knew there was a training session. I was told – more... I was being hired for a part time position by my manager but worked 40hr/week. - the hardest part was the repetitiveness of lifting trays of meat in and out of the machine. It was both monotonous and physically exhausting. - the most enjoyable bart of the job was rushing to fill the counters before opening then feeling a sense of accomplishment once it was done. – less
Food Service Assistant (Former Employee), Calgary, Alberta – February 13, 2014
Pros: free membership, automatic 25 cent raise after three months plus benefits
Cons: long hours, need to be flexible, be able to work early mornings and late nights
Duties- Prepare food items to sell to costco members such as pizza, hotdogs, poutine, chicken strips and fries etc. i learned how to work in a fast pace, high stress work enviroment. i also gained customer service experiance as well as thinking on my feet. This job is not for everyone. you must be 18yrs or older to work in any of the food departments – more... and have food safety certificate. – less
Cashier (Former Employee), Markham, ON – January 28, 2014
Pros: the pay is higher than minimum wages
Typical Day: They had me perform different duties everyday from cashier, re-stock and front/exit doors. They always made sure you were busy.
What I Learned: I learned how to handle multiple tasks as they were given to me. This allowed me to be able to prioritize duties in the order that I found most productive.
Management: Too many people in power – more... at Costco. This made the job harder than anticipated because there would be too many people telling me to do so many different things that overlapped each other. This would make me get into trouble because they never classified which manager was higher than the other which means, apparently, I had to do things for one person over another. This would lead to disagreements.
Co-Workers: They were nice for the most part. Very tolerable. I am not one to cause problems with co-workers because I try to make the workplace as tolerable as possible, without problems. After working at Costco I have remained friends with most of my co-workers.
Hardest Part: Listening to all the managers telling me to do very different things all at the same time, then getting in trouble for it.
Enjoyable Part: Going into work every day to see my co-workers/friends. – less
Warehouse Worker (Former Employee), Winnipeg, MB – January 20, 2014
Pros: management accommodating work hours for working parents
Cons: insufficient training and lack of managerial support/assistance regarding work related injuries.
I worked as a stocker in an area where I had no business being placed in as I was not big enough to lift or carry items that needed restocking. I found the training to be seriously lacking and management was not overly helpful when dealing with a work related injury. Co-workers were largely unfriendly and in some cases very rude during the 4:45am-9:45am – more... shift. That being said, the hours were plentiful and management was most helpful in accommodating working parents. Pay was slightly better than other companies with similar job positions. – less