Fastenal

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Fastenal Reviews

Updated 20 November 2014
Updated 20 November 2014
655 Reviews
2.9
655 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Part time work is great for a high school student of a full time college student (in 48 reviews)

  • It was a good place to learn and get promoted (in 14 reviews)


Cons
  • Starting at part time for minimum wage with a four year degree is ridiculous (in 48 reviews)

  • Upper management wants a lot from you and doesn't give much to any in return (in 39 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great opportunity if you don't get burned out working 50hrs/week

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - OUTSIDE SALES
    Current Employee - OUTSIDE SALES

    I have been working at Fastenal full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    -Flexibility
    -Great training
    -lots of opportunity to promote
    Great opportunity for people with high scool education
    -anyone willing to learn, take direction and work hard will be successful under their model
    -great co-workers

    Cons

    -Low pay
    -50+ hour weeks are expected
    -Skeleton staff will burn you out
    -college education has no bearing on your pay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more competitive in salary and commission.
    Improve employee retention the rapid turnover burns out GM's.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great experience for industrial sales, constantly learning.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Outside Sales Representative
    Current Employee - Outside Sales Representative

    I have been working at Fastenal full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Fast paced work environment, they promote from within, they are located all over the US and world so pretty easy to transfer to a new area should you desire. 3 weeks vacation your first full year

    Cons

    Sometimes the stress of sales can get to you. Work hours can seem sorta long sometimes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in advertising. For instance google Adwords so our name gets out there to anyone who does a search for any product that we might carry.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great opportunity for advancement

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Fastenal full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    good work environment, great employees, decent benefits, no weekends

    Cons

    salary not great, lifting required

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Overral solid internship experience

    Former Employee - Sales Support
    Former Employee - Sales Support

    I worked at Fastenal as an intern

    Pros

    - Provide you with the necessary training tools to understand the products they offer
    - Pathway for Sales or Management rolls

    Cons

    - Hours can be strenuous if you're a fulltime student
    - Can be very "by the book"

  6.  

    Good first job for students who are working during college.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Trainee in Akron, OH (US)
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Trainee in Akron, OH (US)

    I have been working at Fastenal part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, ability to make decisions on your own, laid-back culture, company trucks.

    Cons

    Fastenal does NOT offer full-time to anyone, and they cut the part-time hours from 24 to only 17 hours a week due to "company saving during the holidays."

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Everyone starts out as part-time, then you get promoted to full-time inside sales, then you become a full-time outside sales person which is commission based.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Tenured Previous Employee

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Support
    Former Employee - Sales Support

    I worked at Fastenal full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    I loved what I did, who I worked with, and the customers we serviced! Previous Management was like family who encouraged, supported, and worked with employees rather than sitting on a pedistal. $10.00 starting p/t hourly wage is customary, once tasks are learned; it can be a fun and easy environment. Benefits for full time employees are very good, especially considering the current Health Care situation!

    Cons

    Management needed organization, consistancy, management, and human relation skills. Position, Wages, Salary, and Commission are all based on numbers corporately established and may be embellished by the DM; although advancement is encouraged, sometimes the mental, physical, and emotional toll isnt worth it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Unfortunately, my comments would fall upon deaf ears.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    A good company to work with.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Developer in Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Developer in Bangalore (India)

    I have been working at Fastenal full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Work is very much dependent on your team, for some it is good (like mine) and for some it is not that great.
    The company started a new center in India and initially it was not very stable, the roles were not defined properly, the vision was not clear and in short their were some problems and i guess that explains the couple of negative feedback on this page.
    1. Good opportunity to learn new technologies.
    2. Culture is good, well i guess they hired few good people in the beginning.
    3. A good place to do something new, you will be noticed if you come up with some innovative idea to improve business. ( I am not sure if you will be compensated well for that innovation, because i haven't done anything awesome yet :P )
    4. Good work life balance and a lot of flexibility about your work timings.
    5. A small but good pantry with cookies, fruits, bread and other refreshments.
    6. Recreation items like TT, dart and all available in playing area.

    Cons

    1. There are some policies which are not very clear ( i understand that this can be a very big problem for many)
    2. No cafeteria, you will have to arrange for your own lunch.
    3. Office building is pretty small, i think they should (and are planning) to move to a bigger building soon.
    4. A little lobbying in hiring and other processes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. Be clear and open with policies.
    2. Compensate well, it is very difficult for people to live in Bangalore and not try for switch :)
    3. It is just one year, so i think we should give some more time to the leadership to evolve.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Unrealistic expectations

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Fastenal

    Pros

    freedom of environment, superior vending program, sales training is better than average, Large chain of information and resources

    Cons

    Poor work-home balance, failure to move forward with current business trends (i.e. pricing, freight), unable to take a chance to better market share, too much corporate overhead

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    don't be so conservative, take chances and advance with competition

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good Company as a whole, not organized on the local level

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Philadelphia, PA (US)
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Philadelphia, PA (US)

    I have been working at Fastenal full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Decent benefits, good training program, promoted very quickly, opportunity to make good commission

    Cons

    Does not invest in employees, does not help employees in higher-level education pursuits, poor compensation packages, does not staff branched well

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Wear 10 different hats at the same tip as General Manager

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Fastenal

    Pros

    Work 60+ hours and devote your every minute to be BLUE for Fastenal, you will get paid!

    Cons

    It's very political. Stressful, short handed with having a knowledgable staff that are professional, lots of baby sitting, a turn and burn atmosphere that customers get tired of.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to pay for talent, hire real sales professionals, reward the people that take the job serious as a career, and acknowledge the ones that make the company!

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