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Costco has a highly competitive salary, great benefits, and a friendly environment. However, the hours are long and busy. Waking up at 4:30 to go lift heavy items isn't ideal, but not all jobs there are that early or demanding
I am speaking the Regent Ave, in Winnipeg only, I hear the other location is quite different in its mgt. Of course actual job in practice totally goes against the safety training given in orientation. If a dept head or manager is asked whether someone should lift 50 pounds far above shoulder level, the will say not to. Dare you have another question or problem, you are identified as a problem, and are generally avoided or evaded to a degree....just keeping it real folks. No talking allowed for morning staff (4 am till opening). The management can't actually tell you not to talk at all, but they will tell you 'if you want hours, you need to be visibly putting in 150% which means, don't be seen talking.' I am not talking about standing around, talking and not working hard.... I mean, literally NO talking. If you caught talking by a supervisor, your yelled at from a distance to 'move it' or 'let's go.' I actually had no problem with this. What I did take issue with was the inequity of 'old-timey staff protecting their own self-interests (extra privileges). Despite the great, thorough orientation the Costco organization gives, the Regen the management ( 3 store managers, warehouse managers, two-tiered dept. manager, senior staff acting as unofficial supervising roles to new hires) all exist in a work culture as if they are working in a union setting despite Costco not being unionized. That is to say, as a new hire, you will be expected to work hard, lift heavy as fast as you can with no visible stopping or talking (if your a typical stockperson - excluding - more...
mostly nice coworkers
no talking allowed, even before store opens, dept management lets you know they have weight on you, you are rewarded by getting a hour or two extra of work, week to week basis
Typical day would include managing sales floor, creating floor plans, interacting with members, driving sales and communicating with buying. I've learnt several things about my self, how I work as a manager, what are my strengths and weaknesses. -how to motivate various types of staff, -facilitate personal and team growth by achieving goals -extremely personal and work well with others Culture is very family orientated, company takes care of employees.
Benefits, flexibility to move around departments
hours and working retails
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