BTW - Costco never had layffs, never, never. The company keeps expanding and will continue to do so for a while. People are let go all the time, in corporate or in the field - this is performance driven and is not a layoff based staff reduction. I still stand by my post below - managers are horrible and you'd be much better off working for any Costco competitor.
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Your right about the poor health plan (in Canada that is) it is very basic with little or no options to make voluntary contributions, but I have never known Costco to lay staff off. Also as you move up the ladder pay gets better although that may not be much consolation to new hires who I agree do get a very raw deal.
Agreed. Costco had huge layoffs at our store in Calgary this month and we have also been warned that more may come in February due to falling sales. At least our managers have had the decency to warn us in advance so we can start looking for new jobs. They also said they will try to protect longer serving employees which I think is fair even though I've only been at Costco six months myself.
People who claim that Costco don't have layoffs are wrong. In Calgary, Costco have recently fired hundreds of staff. They are also paying minimum wage (less than $15 CAD) not much more than Walmart. I worked for them as a forklift driver for just over a year untill I finished school. BTW Costco forklift drivers are the lowest paid in the industry reciving only .50 cents more! That's the facts people. As for medical benifits they are almost nonexistent.
Costco in Alberta, Canada just had major layoffs at all locations and have told the staff that there is more to come in Feb.
This is technically not true