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nike
04-14-2010, 07:49 AM
Costco is opening a new store near me . I know it is a warehouse setting but does anyone work there ?How is the pay? The pro and cons? Do you get a membership? How are the hours, do you have to stay after it closes and clean up ?

POOHDRMR
04-14-2010, 08:29 AM
I worked there untill I had my dd and I still have many friends that work there and my brother in law is in the process of being hired as a manager.It is a great place to work in my opinion.The pay is good-it was 11.00 to start a few years ago so I am sure it probably went up by now.There are so many different areas to work in so even if you start as a cashier and don't like it after a certain amount of time you can sign postings that go up for help in different departments.I worked as a cashier,in food service(hated that!)in membership/refunds(loved that) and then I moved to the photo lab which I absolutly loved and stayed untill I left.Depending on the department and if you are working closing you may need to stay to help clean at night but it really depends on your availability and department-for example membership and photo it was only a half hour after closing,but on the front end it could be up to 2 hours.You do get a free membership but no extra discount on merchandise.I really am not so much of a people person so I liked working more behind the scenes in departments that I didn't deal with members as much so that is why I liked doing photo.Entry level managers start by me at 55,000-60,000 depending on the department and there are senior managers and assistant store managers that have higher salary.My BIL was a store manager for rite aid and didn't make as much as entry level department manager.It was hard work-our store was very busy and the holidays are rough but overall I think it is a great job-we had alot of people that finished college and stayed because they were making decent money already and didn't want to take a pay cut to go elsewhere.I worked part time and the hours were good and healthcare was good.I think it is worth trying and see if they have what you are looking for.

holycow
04-14-2010, 08:37 AM
I was going to mention I overheard a conversation while waiting for my perscription.

The women were talking about finishing up their degrees. The one said that she finished her degree but liked working at Costco so much she never pursued her area of her degree. She just stayed on.

The other one was working at Costco while trying to finish her degree and didn't know what she wanted to do.

Sounded good to me! Good luck whatever you decide.

holycow
04-14-2010, 08:45 AM
I was going to mention I overheard a conversation while waiting for my perscription.

The women were talking about finishing up their degrees. The one said that she finished her degree but liked working at Costco so much she never pursued her area of her degree. She just stayed on.

The other one was working at Costco while trying to finish her degree and didn't know what she wanted to do.

Sounded good to me! Good luck whatever you decide.

JB2K
04-14-2010, 09:14 AM
Pros


Costco's starting pay is much higher than that of other retail (Walmart, Target, Sears/Kmart, Macy's) -- if you can land a full-time position at Costco, you could find youself making more than your neighbors.

They are closed on most U.S. holidays.

They are said to have a good benefits package, if that's something you're looking for...

Cons


If the store is located on the east or west coasts (former Price Club stores), you would have to pay union dues as those stores are still represented by the Teamsters.

It is a "working warehouse" meaning you may have to wear certain safety gear and quite possibly learn to operate forklifts and other heavy machinery.



If you're looking to do "food demos", those are handled by separate contractors (who are not Costco employees).

MickeyDisneyFan
04-14-2010, 10:59 AM
The majority of Costco locations are not unionized. The non-union locations have revisions to their Costco Employee Agreement every three years concurrent with union contract ratifications in locations with collective bargaining agreements. Similar to a union contract, the Employee Agreement sets forth such things as benefits, compensations, wages, disciplinary procedures, paid holidays, bonuses, and seniority. As of March 2008, non-supervisory hourly wages ranged from $11.00 to $20.50 in the United States, . In the US, eighty-five percent of Costco's workers have health insurance, compared with less than fifty percent at Walmart and Target.

RachaelA
04-14-2010, 06:03 PM
My brother made time and a half on Sundays at Costco. That might have just been his position though (he cooked the rotisserie chickens).

mommy2allyandaveri
04-14-2010, 06:27 PM
My brother made time and a half on Sundays at Costco. That might have just been his position though (he cooked the rotisserie chickens).

The 2 people that I know who worked at Costco also made time and a half on Sundays:thumbsup2

nike
04-15-2010, 07:23 PM
Thank you all for your help. I was surprised that so many people talk so highly. I see that Costco closes much earlier than BJ's. BJ's closes at 10pm you don't walk out the door till 11pm

DisneyFan32WI
04-15-2010, 08:35 PM
Thank you all for your help. I was surprised that so many people talk so highly. I see that Costco closes much earlier than BJ's. BJ's closes at 10pm you don't walk out the door till 11pm

I have a friend who worked at one and it paid $11 an hour.

I personally think the store hours are ridiculous. They are closed by 8:00 on weeknights and 6:00 and 5:00 on the weekend. They don't even open until 10:00 in the morning.

I guess it would be the perfect hours for an employee though! ;)

zscfan
04-16-2010, 12:05 AM
The starting pay at Costco is $11 per hour--everyone is started as PT. Pay raises are based on hours worked. There is a 90 day probationary period. I got FT after 4 months. The benefits are great, even for PT employees. My location is not unionized.

The downside is that almost everyone is required to work weekends and that in the front-end (which is where most people are initially hired) you will close for probably the first 2 or 3 years. (Closing is working until 10:30PM or 11PM.) People are not usually cashier trained until they have been there for 6 months. Also, in the front end, whether you cashier or "assist" i.e. packing the orders, you must work very quickly.

I like my job and feel very lucky to have it. I make good money, have good benefits and my job is relatively secure. Layoffs are done by senoirity, and there are so many people below me that I am probably safe.

nike
04-16-2010, 10:54 PM
If they close at 8 pm why do you have to stay until 11pm What do you do for 3 hours after the store closes ?

zscfan
04-16-2010, 11:50 PM
My store closes at 8:30PM-- but it takes until 11PM (or later) to condense (block down) the boxes on the pallets, fold all of the clothes and do all of the go-backs. It doesn't sound like much, but if we are busy and don't have people on the floor during the day, it is a lot!

nike
04-17-2010, 12:37 PM
Thanks for all the input. Sounds like a great place to work. I do have cashier experience so I hope that helps. The great thing about this it is a 20 min. bus ride. I just don't know when it is opening in Queens. I did fill out an application online so I am keeping my fingers crossed. I will keep you posted and more info would be great

rparmfamily
04-17-2010, 02:59 PM
Good luck! I've heard nothing but great things about working at Costco.

While I think their hours stink too (I wish they were open earlier) they are always packed and busy. I think they are one of those companies that still did great during the bad economy.

nike
04-21-2010, 01:40 PM
Can someone find out when Costco is opening this location. I applied online now just waiting for a phone call :flower3:but are they opening sooner or later

sticker231
04-21-2010, 08:39 PM
heard July 8th

Mathew1
04-24-2010, 12:19 AM
Hi,

I am considering the same thing for the same reasons and have been doing some research. I have been told that Home Depot does not give an employee discount while I know Lowe's and Sears both give a %10 discount on store merchandise.

ilovemonk
04-26-2010, 01:27 AM
The majority of Costco locations are not unionized. The non-union locations have revisions to their Costco Employee Agreement every three years concurrent with union contract ratifications in locations with collective bargaining agreements. Similar to a union contract, the Employee Agreement sets forth such things as benefits, compensations, wages, disciplinary procedures, paid holidays, bonuses, and seniority. As of March 2008, non-supervisory hourly wages ranged from $11.00 to $20.50 in the United States, . In the US, eighty-five percent of Costco's workers have health insurance, compared with less than fifty percent at Walmart and Target.

Ditto. I have 2 relatives that work in the corporate office. They both started as cashiers and now work in higher paid positions. It's a great place to work with great benefits. They both love their jobs.

nike
05-05-2010, 04:52 PM
wish me luck :hippie: I got a call and have an interview next week.:scared1:

SKWDW
05-05-2010, 06:30 PM
Good luck nike! Hope you get the job.

nike
05-07-2010, 10:28 AM
Thank you :flower3:

amacspad
05-07-2010, 01:20 PM
Good luck Nike, both me and my dh work at Costco, Manchester, UK. Dh is meat manager and I have just transferred to the membership department. Pay is good but takes a while to get to top rate especially if part time, you also get a good yearly bonus after you hit top rate for 12 months! :yay:

nike
05-07-2010, 09:31 PM
I'm sorry, what do you mean by top rate ? Does everyone everywhere get a bonus ? This sounds like a good company more and more everyday. I am still looking for a job in case Costco does not work out. I have worked at Bj's cashier, membership and frontline superviser so I am hoping that that helps but can not put in nights. So that could be a problem. We well see next week :goodvibes

amacspad
05-08-2010, 01:47 PM
Top rate is the highest level of pay, in the UK we get a pay rise every 1,040 hours, ranging from 6.40ph up to 10.00ph. Once you hit the 10.00ph, after 12 months we then would get a bonus, if working full time it works out approx 4,000 before tax (approx 3,000) and then you would get that every year. If you work part time you still get a bonus but pro rata! :banana:

Debs x

My2Cinderellas
05-08-2010, 03:09 PM
I don't work for Costco, if I lived a little closer I would consider applying. I figure they are doing something right since I've seen many of the same employees there since the store opened 4 years ago.

LIGrumpyGirl
05-08-2010, 06:51 PM
Where is the new location going to be? I worked in one of the biggest locations on LI years ago and still have many good friends there. It helped pay for my college education AND a wedding (to another Costco employee - pictures in wedding gown/tux at the store!). It is a place that you can definitely make a career out of...if you are willing to work HARD and A LOT! The store is closed holidays but you have to work A LOT before the holiday!

Raises go by the number of hours you work...but I can't talk about bonuses...don't remember, sorry.

I started in a Price Club location...and helped with the transition to Costco...so still union but I know some of the new locations are not union.

king44
05-09-2010, 04:05 PM
Later this year I will hit 20 years in the warehouse. Been mostly everywhere, and am one of the leaders of the free world, so to speak. But not a 'break room lawyer", so I won't spew out the exact details of the employee agreement. But here's the answers you are looking for from someone who knows.

Costco is opening a new store near me . I know it is a warehouse setting but does anyone work there ?

Um, no one really works at a location that isn't open(at least until construction starts). But people do work for the company. Approaching 150k I think, including me.

How is the pay?

For hourly people there two levels of pay. We simply refer to it as upper or lower pay scale. For the most part,, only in a new location (and not always there) will you get hired at the upper level. I am not positive, but I think you would start around $11/hr. Lower is roughly a dollar and a half lower as you move up the pay scale. It will take roughly 5 years at full time hours to get topped out these days. There are about a dozen raised to get there. Topped out at the upper scale is $21/hr in the US. After getting topped out, you will get a bonus, when the next one is scheduled(april and oct). These are twice a year ranging from around $2500 to $4000 depending on tenure. Total compensation will depend on position, hours worked, and tenure. So using myself as an example- I've made about $53,000 a year the last couple of years. About as much as an hourly can, unless you work extra days. Exceptions to this are meat cutters. They will make slightly more, depending on the local industry pay for meat cutters. Sunday is time and a half for all hourly employees- every Sunday. 'Supervisors'(anywhere from 5-20 per location) make one dollar an hour over the highest paid hourly below them. Salaried employee details. The company claims to take pride in promoting from within, so don't expect to get hired as a manager, regardless of what your resume says. No bonuses for salaried managers until you hit the asst whse manager level. The first level of salaried(roughly 10-12) postions start out in the low-mid 50's. This is negotiable. There are managers at my location that make less than me. 'Staff level'(4-5 per location) managers are the 2nd salary step. They will top out around 70k. Above that there are Asst whse managers(1-3 per location). They start around 70k. I know one staff level who actually makes the exact same as the asst above them. The whse mgrs make some real money but it is quite secretive. From what I have heard, the are in the 90-100k range, with some legit bonuses and or stock options. I do know one person on that level well, and they bring in about 120k/yr total. I would say it is safe to assume most are in the 110-140 range. Their pay can be influenced greatly on the specific locations profitability. That is the most you can make in a whse. Also, the number of managers at all levels depend greatly on how much the location does in sales. Not all locations have the same pay level for a given position, or all positions for that matter.

Regarding time off, I get 42 paid days off a year- 25 vacation, 9 personal/sick, and 8 paid holidays, of which 7 the building is closed. Remember this is for long term employees, you will have to work some time to get that much. You will have nothing(maybe the paid holidays? but for sure no sick or vacation) the first year. And you will almost surely work weekends.

The pro and cons?

WAY to many to list. Be more specific. But I will say we make a solid working wage. That in turn makes it is hard to leave. Both a pro and a con.

Do you get a membership?

Yes, one free for you and your spouse. Absolutely no discounts.

How are the hours, do you have to stay after it closes and clean up ?

Veru much depends on the location. For mostly all, whse hours are 10am -8:30pm weekday 930 am -6pm sat 10am -6pm sunday with a few exeptions(open till 7 pm christmas season) First workers start 3-4 am. Last generally stay till 10 or 11 pm. You could be anywhere in this range depending on the dept you are in. This depends on the location. Each location can do what they want within reason. My location starts at 4 am and stays till 1030 pm. We have a night stocking crew(4 or 5 people per day usually) and the front end(cashiers and assts) sends out 6-8 to stock after closing. Some locations don't do as much, some do more. You wont know until you are there. In the past the clean up was mostly done the next morning for the most part. The last few years the company has leaned more toward doing more at night and having the AM crew start later(We used to start at 2 am). This has been a topic of hot discussion for many people and locations. It is very likely you could end up working in multiple areas regardless of what dept you work in.

Possibly the biggest statement I can make in the company's defense is that the president of the company makes about 350k in base salary. Compare that to the average 5 year hourly employee making in the high 40's to 50k. Not bad. Especially when the average ceo of the 200 biggest companies was paid 9.5 million last year. Where the average hourly in these companies make less than I do.