What’s it like working at Costco?

August 13th, 2014 · 2 Comments

A couple of months ago, Glassdoor came out with their top CEO list for the US.  The list is compiled based on ratings that Glassdoor collects from US employees on their assessment of how the CEO is running the company.  This year Costco’s CEO, Craig Jelinek had a rating of 95% for a sixth place ranking.  That’s a really high score, which certainly seems in line with what you read about Costco being such a great place to work.

The really interesting thing though, is that you can read through all types of information about Costco, including salaries, feedback from employees, and how the job interview process is handled for various positions, at Glassdoor.  This is a great resource if you are considering a job at Costco because the information is based on real input form employees.  And a lot of this information is from Canada, Australia and the UK too, so not just the US.  I know there are a number of readers that are considering getting a job with Costco, so I thought this would be really helpful to those people, and just interesting for the rest of us.

Employees like working for Costco and CEO Craig Jelinek

Employees like working for Costco and CEO Craig Jelinek

Overall, at Glassdoor Craig Jelinek currently has a 92% rating and 81% of employees would recommend the company to a friend.  Employees have given Costco an average of 3.9 out of 5 rating across five categories: Culture & Values (3.8), Work/Life Balance (3.5), Senior Management (3.3), Comp & Benefits (4.3), and Career Opportunities (3.6).  Not all the scores are outstanding and not all of the employee reviews are glowing, either but they are based on more than 1,100 reviews and ratings, so that is a pretty fair amount of information.  And let’s face it, not everyone is going to love their job, no matter how great the place is to work at.

I think that the salary information would be a great resource for anyone interested in getting a job at Costco though.  You can view salary bands and averages for a lot of different positions based on input from 1,200 employees. Unfortunately, the information for Canada, Australia and the UK is a bit more sparse than that of the US with regards to salary information but you can still get some information.  You can also filter this information based on country and city, though in the UK and Australia you don’t have the option of filtering by city.

There’s also a good amount of information about the job interview process to be found at Glassdoor.  And that is definitely a must read if you are planning to apply for a job at Costco.  Currently, they only seem to have information for US and Canada in this section, which is a shame for those in Australia or the UK.  This is a great way to see the types of questions that they ask and how they conduct the interviews, as well as some information about timing (as in how long after you apply before they call and how long the interviews take, etc).  Some of these reviews are really detailed which should help a great deal when preparing, especially since they all list the job position (which you can also search on).

So, if you’ve been wondering what it would be like to work at Costco, this is one way to take a bit of a peek inside.  To get access to all of the information you’ll need to sign in with a Google or Facebook account.

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  1. 1 KAU // 2014.08.13 at 9:54 am

    We have the same familiar faces working at our location too. It’s always so nice to see the same employees…except they notice how often I’m there! 😉

  2. 2 puppy // 2014.08.13 at 7:19 am

    Judging by the length of time that most of the people working at my Costco it must be pretty good, as there seems to be little turnover.

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