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environnement de travail agreable
Montréal, QC (Current Employee) –  Montréal, QC18 May 2018
• Travailler avec le logiciel LabXpert et Ubik dans l’environnement pharmaceutique
• Compléter des prescriptions de patients à travers des tâches organisées
• Donner un service professionnel aux clients avec une connaissance avancée du domaine pharmaceutique
• Maximiser la productivité et la satisfaction des clients à travers un travail efficace autonome ou en équipe
• Gérer les bases de données du système pour garder les dossiers organisés et structurés
• Promouvoir les services de la pharmacie et ses promotions à tous ses clients
• Établir des relations amicales et de confiance avec les clients pour s’assurer de leur loyauté et de leur satisfaction
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Fast paced
Merch/Front End/Produce Assistant (Former Employee) –  Richmond Hill, ON18 May 2018
The hourly/workload ratio is absolute ludicrous at this company. Seemed to me like certain departments would clearly be doing less work and are getting paid the same (if not more than others). Very unprofessional people working there and most higher end managers seemed to be pretending to care about the work and did not take it as serious as they should have been.
Pros
Paid 15 min breaks
Cons
Zero shift flexibility, poor hours
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very friendly environment
Sales Associate (Current Employee) –  Kitchener, ON18 May 2018
loved working as a sales associates in costco. got a chance to interact with lot of people and friendly environment. but there is no proper management of allotting shifts.
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Great workplace
Front End Assistant (Former Employee) –  Mississauga16 May 2018
Fun and great staff, always got along well with everyone. Very easy to move up and the hire from within which is very good and the pay is really outstanding
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Seasonal
Associate (Former Employee) –  Alberta16 May 2018
As a seasonal employee you get to work off hours to restock inventory. In Alberta, they start you at $13/hour. Might have changed now but its not impressive until you get a perm. position and a few years with them under your belt. Then its certainly worth it.
Pros
Served great appreciation lunch over Christmas
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a good place to work, good salary, good benefit, good company
Customer Service Assistant (Current Employee) –  Edmonton, AB16 May 2018
Costco teach me to be punctual at work, help me to explore different kind of job teach me how to work as a team, to multi tasking , to show how to be a customer service,
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environement de travail productif mais stressant
Marchandiseur de soir (Former Employee) –  Boucherville, QC15 May 2018
on demande beaucoup aux employés pou le type de fonctions qu'ils occupent
Pros
personnel hors-pair
Cons
beaucoup de pression
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environnement de travail productif
boulangerie (Current Employee) –  Vaudreuil-Dorion, QC15 May 2018
l'aspect le plus agréable de mon post était les personnes avec qui j'étais en contact tous les jours. L'aspect négatif résidait dans le travail répétitifs et la fatigue musculaire/ douleurs aux endroits qui sont sollicités le plus.
Pros
bon salaire
Cons
fatigue musculaire, mouvements répétitifs
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Not what it used to be
Night Merchandising (Former Employee) –  Edmonton, AB15 May 2018
I have worked for Costco for 12 years as an hourly and manager. Lots of opportunity for someone willing to put the company ahead of their family. The job security is amazing, top benefits and wages as well. To advance you really have to tow the company line, they do not want innovators or free thinkers. The company has lost its family feel with the new CEO. A lot of the long term staff and managers are losing their dedication to the company. I can't say a ton of bad about the company it definitely has its good points just not right for someone that wants a strong family life.
Pros
Job Security and advancement
Cons
poor balance of work and home life
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stability
Analyste (Current Employee) –  Ottawa, ON15 May 2018
They have an open door policy
Great opportunities for the right person
Benefits are superior
Retirement program
Bonus for certain levels
Typical office politics
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Great benefits
VAULT CLERK & NIGHT MERCHANDISING (Former Employee) –  Okotoks, AB14 May 2018
A typical day at work included working on the front-end, stocking shelves, and working with cash in the vault. I enjoyed working with management, and the overall culture was good. They had an incredible benefits package which was very helpful for the staff.
Pros
Benefits
Cons
Physically demanding
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great place to work with amazing benefits
Forklift Operator (Former Employee) –  Ancaster, ON14 May 2018
Worked here for over 25 years. Love the people. Love the job. Ive learned so much as an employee at costco. The benifits and rewards are well worth the hours put in
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Enjoyable and benefitting for employee
Food Service Cashier (Current Employee) –  Burnaby, BC14 May 2018
Its a fun working and face paced working environment. Being multicultural gives everyone equal opportunities to develop in the company. The easiest part of the work is to not to work under some kind of stress or tension.
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Summer Student
Front End Assistant (Former Employee) –  Moncton, NB10 May 2018
Excellent company to work for. As a student it was nice to know I had a job every summer and break that would provide me with lifelong lessons after my time was done
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Excellent workplace all around
FRONT END ASSISTANT (Former Employee) –  Rocky View, AB10 May 2018
Costco Wholesale is a place that one can gain valuable experience from working. They may even choose to stay because of the competitive retail salary, and the fair chance of advancing their career through working full time.

As a front end assistant, the shifts given is usually variable. On a typical opening day, we get ready to operate the very front line of the warehouse through cleaning the areas and stuffing the tills with boxes for members/clients to use. The bulk of the shift is taken up by either operating as a cashier or packer. Often times, members change their mind on an item that they were about to purchase, and I can be tasked with putting the collective items back to their place. If I am placed on a later shift that extends through closing time, we go out to help cart-pushers put back carts in their respective places.

Going to Costco has immensely improved my communication skills and attention to detail regarding customer service. Not a single day goes by without speaking at least a couple thousand words to everybody, so an improvement in communication skills proves to be imminent working as a Front End Assistant. As one would expect, the hardest part of work is maintaining the enthusiasm and positive attitude in the face of the mind numbing work environment.

However, Costco Wholesale treats their employees with a great amount of respect, and their hard work is recognized. This fair work environment encourages positivity, and it simultaneously teaches one on what hard work is like. With the combined experience of talking to members and coworkers alike,
  more... socializing is a huge aspect of working Front End. That being said, being able to socialize and have the ability to be your own personality is the most enjoyable part of the job.

Overall, I firmly believe that working at Costco will give a leg up to any type of sales position that one may apply in the future, as we are also pushed to promote our programs, which is for the members' own benefit. The position is relentless with communication, and my personal relationship with management has been efficient and amicable.
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Pros
Good work environment, good management, good experience
Cons
Can be very draining and have no energy left by the end of the shift
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Great overall workplace
Front End Cashier (Current Employee) –  Nanaimo, BC9 May 2018
Overall solid job. Managers are usually fine. The aspect of teamwork does create a degree of solidarity among co-workers. For a student, the hours are very flexible to allow one to maintain their studies.
Pros
Food. Wage. Hours
Cons
Difficult to get time off
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Good for a first job
Warehouse Demonstrator (Former Employee) –  Winnipeg, MB9 May 2018
I worked for a company called PWD, not directly for Costco but worked inside Costco. The job was demeaning and customers were rude. Good for a first job, but not in long-term. Management was alright, although they had no say in most things (everything came from head office).
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A decently waged job with many drawbacks.
Sales Advisor (Former Employee) –  Richmond, BC9 May 2018
The usual workday consist of serving people who cause quite a bit of trouble throughout the day. Everyday there will usually be different food items you will serve/sample to the customers.

You will learn how to prepare food safely, as a result you will actually be certified with a certificate in food safety.

The management is not good, very rude and unreasonable. They nitpick every little thing and rarely does anything while at work, they also leave work earlier than any other employee.

The workplace culture is quite exciting, the employees here are extremely nice and work together at the end of the shift.

The hardest part of the job is the amount of stress that goes through you everyday. However a slightly redeeming factor is that the hours you work are usually 6-7 hours with a decent wage.

Working here can be a good career choice only if you are prepared to fully invest yourself in being a low skilled food sample giver.
Pros
Free samples as well as an survivable wage with flexible hours, They also have cheap food menu items.
Cons
Management and workplace conditions.
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Lots of Opportunity
Stocker/Forklift Driver (Former Employee) –  Brampton, ON8 May 2018
You start at a fair wage and as you accumulate hours your wage goes up. They also have a seniority system, if you have been there for a while, you can move up into management.
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Stable and fun
Assistant/Cashier (Former Employee) –  Winnipeg, MB8 May 2018
I love my coworkers, everyone is so nice! Lots of new faces constantly when they hire seasonals so you get to meet a lot of people. Once you get to know them and have fun, every shift is actually enjoyable. Otherwise the job is very repetitive and can become boring very fast. If you want stability and good benefits, definitely recommned working here. Very flexible for students they only give you 15 hours a week distributed on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. However sometimes they give little to no hours during the first 2 and sometimes 3 months of the year when business slows down. Lack of communication between managers and supervisors can be annoying and everyone has a diferent answer. When asking for time off, or if you have any questions make sure you ask more than one person to have a better idea. However it's nice that you don't have to respond to only one supervisor/manager, you can pretty much pick and choose once you get to know them. Most of them are really nice anyway. If you work in a department with lots of employees, like the front end, it's easy to switch shifts and get time off. Easy to move within deprtments too, just look for the postings in the lunch room and apply as soon as you see it. Both timeliness and seniority are taken into account.
When business is slow, sometimes they ask you if you want to go home early but if you need the hours, they let you stay too. When they're really short of people and business is busy they might even ask for overtime. Overtime doesn't happen very often though.
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