Costco Wholesale Corporation


The Vault Review

Uppers

  • The largest wholesale club--ahead of Walmart’s Sam’s Club
  • The company has continued growing throughout the recession
  • Excellent pay and benefits for workers has led to lower ratios of employee turnover and employee theft.

Downers

  • Intense competition from Sam’s Club, BJ’s Wholesale Club and other retailers
  • Lower than ideal profit margins that makes some shareholders nervous

The Bottom Line

  • Costco Wholesale is the industry leader and is well-positioned to continue in that position, even during a period of economic malaise. Its customers generally are financially stable, and company leaders usually make the right moves. Morgan Stanley calls it a "solid defensive stock," a claim that not many other retailers can make these days.

Quality Of Life

Costco workers gave their company the highest ratings for salary, benefits and work-life balance, according to online job sites. In the 2010 survey, Costco rated number one in financial compensation, growth opportunity, job security and opinion of senior management.

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