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Fastenal Reviews

Updated 26 February 2015
Updated 26 February 2015
753 Reviews
3.0
753 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 50 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. 4 people found this helpful  

    "Hazardous to career"

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    Current Employee - Developer in Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Developer in Bangalore (India)

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

    Pros

    I did not find any thing good in Fastenal. They just used their intial paycheck as a trap to catch the simply and gentle people. Only reason i rated 5 star - please try to understand

    Cons

    It is a proprietorship firm with no corporate culture. Following are some points which reflect the true colour of its filthy business model:

    1. Power of the management is in the hand of people who are unemployable to other firms and therefore, live on flattery to the management in usa and practice filthy politics to stay in the position.

    2. Highest attrition rate due to false promises during recruitment, be at research or business development level. Currently, might be the top company in Bangalore where sizeable number of employees abscond within a short span of time. Currently the brand name is zero in the market that they are not getting good people

    3. No training, unrealistic pressure, no reward but all blame game job environment. Junior level employees are treated as slaves and are pushed to work hard.

    4. The objective of the company in india is simple, create some fake results and earn money as much as they can

    5. Managers and HR are the worst in the company

    6. The funniest and last but not the least part is that, all the positive feedbacks written against the company in web reviews are instructed by the management to mislead people.

    7. This is not a company but a shop. Don't destroy your career by joining this shop. Many careers have already been destroyed by them. Many people have absconded from this company. Some employees are pressured to leave. If you dont lick the top management they boot you. WARNING: Do NOT join.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. Nothing... they are all rotten.
    2. Why all the lies and deceit? Grow up. Employees are not your slaves. Mistreating employees has led to a very bad name for your SHOP. Management team must be replaced. Senior management is terrible. This SHOP is a trap to destroy your career
    3. No growth, excessive politics, no leaves are given if you stress more that could be your last working day Recent college graduates should realize that the company is no longer a start-up; you're joining a medium sized firm that's still struggling to find its way in a sea of competitors. If you're talented enough, you'd be better off trying for Google or another quality big firm to shore up your skills, and THEN move to a start-up

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not very employee friendly

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales in Louisville, KY (US)
    Former Employee - Sales in Louisville, KY (US)

    I worked at Fastenal full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Schedule is great. You can leave work at work. Really relaxed atmosphere. Co workers are great. Build a lot of connections

    Cons

    Pay is awful for what we did. You get the feeling that you are disposable/ replaceable. Upper Management is always complaining about what we did wrong. The store employees are blamed for 90% of the companies problems, even problems that only upper management seem to have access to fix or change. Had to push programs that seemed to be very ineffective and unresponsible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cherish your employees. Listen to their concerns. Definitely raise pay to create harder working, motivated sales people. Try to communicate to your employees by other means than a negative video on our intranet site.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good Job experience, HORRIBLE compensation

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    Current Employee - Outside Sales Representative in Jeffersonville, IN (US)
    Current Employee - Outside Sales Representative in Jeffersonville, IN (US)

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

    Pros

    This is a great job to have if you are in college and needing a part time job. They will give you the experience you need to go on to better outside sales jobs.

    Cons

    The pay structure is terrible. Your base salary is very low, and you only get 2% commission on your sales unless you grow, and even then it is not very much at all. If they "value" their employees like they say they do they would pay us more, instead of filling their pockets with our hard earned money. They also have very high expectations for us Sales guys, which I would not mind working very hard to hit, if I knew that I was going to be compensated well for.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    PAY US MORE. This is a great company to work for and I really enjoy working here, but I am forced to look elsewhere due to not being able to provide for my family. If you value your hard working sales people like me you would listen to us and compensate us more.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Pay structure is an embarrassment

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    Current Employee - General Manager in Tampa, FL (US)
    Current Employee - General Manager in Tampa, FL (US)

    I have been working at Fastenal

    Pros

    Great people work here. Learned an enormous amount here and have become a jack of all trades.

    Cons

    Extremely demanding environment. Cannot stress enough how over worked and underpaid as well as under appreciated the sales force of this company is.

    New compensation plan takes the inventory at the branch you work for and deducts a 1/2 percent from the sales people's commission checks each month.... Does not seem like much until you realize a half percent of 100k is 500 dollars of your hard earned and more than deserved money over slow moving inventory that often had been there well before you got there. This compensation plan was rolled out and originally was set to 1% until corporate realized they would lose every good person at the branch level while filling their pockets. Unbearably angry at how over worked and underpaid I am. Used to love working here but with not being able to keep a sales person to save my life due to compensation as well as streaking goal for the past year by myself with terrible pay to boot and very long hours (often 6-730 at night because I am a hard working and loyal person).

    Poor pay and failure to care/listen by corporate has caused me to seek a better working environment. In fastenals defense I am very glad I worked here because it has prepared me for everything I will ever face in a work environment (we do all the sales billing collections receiving inventory management cutting po's to vendors etc etc at the branch level. We even sell trucks!!) this however also has a major downside when it goes under appreciated as a number getting all this done and undercutting that "number" with horrible pay that gets increasingly worse every time the structure changes is just embarrassing. This inventory pay cut should involve a class action lawsuit I don't know how it is even legal. Shame on corporate as I bleed blue and will always hold fond memories of Fastenal but due to pay I can not allow myself to stay here. I am much more valuable than this company is willing to pay. Come here to learn but DO NOT come here to stay until this company wants to actually value it's employees and prove this by rewarding them with good compensation. (Not a random xmas box with peanuts and sausages) although I admittedly enjoy this box other companies are giving much better bonuses to its employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to every review on here. Your respect to the employees is a joke (not as far as personal treatment but as far as pay). If you respected the sales force which is what grows the company, then you would respect them by paying them fairly. I read reviews from other companies and very little will I see compensation as a major issue, yet here that is in just about every single review. Take a hint no one is asking for a million dollars people are just asking to be valued for what they are actually worth. If your built on integrity and respect you would show your employees the same appreciation you try to show your shareholders. Another one bites the dust. Time to take advantage of the next college kid out the chutes until he wises up. This hard work and long hours will go more appreciated in many other work spaces.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    A good position for someone interested in developing a sales and/or management career.

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    Former Employee - Sales Trainee
    Former Employee - Sales Trainee

    I worked at Fastenal part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible work hours for college students and pretty decent pay for college students. Also, the company is very committed to growth of their employees.

    Cons

    Nothing really negative to say about the company. However, I did discover that sales positions are not for me.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Great place for temp work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Fastenal

    Pros

    usually get to work around good people, management is nice

    Cons

    pay is low especially in high cost of living areas

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    pay better

  8.  

    Good pay for hourly employee and flexible hours around classes

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    good pay for part-time
    good training

    Cons

    A lot of work and not enough pay

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spread the wealth, OS and managerial positions should be payed more

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    Innovative company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Developer in Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Developer in Bangalore (India)

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

    Pros

    Lets go by the facts, great work without a doubt!. Check it out yourself Google the "Forbes Innovative Companies List"

    You will see Fastenal listed as the 19th Most innovative Company

    Obviously an innovative company needs innovative people. We are a bunch of fun loving people, play, work and have fun.

    Flexible timing, great work, fruit basket ! This is the company where I can see that my code written is actually churning revenue for the company.

    I don't know about the past, but I LOVE the work and fun at work.

    Cons

    The company is new in India and the management is still in the process of setting up the policies. I am sure it will be great in a few months

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I feel that the induction of new employees should be more formal and the new employee should be given an over view of the products that we are working on.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Its a Job

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Fastenal

    Pros

    Flexible time, opportunity to grow

    Cons

    Low pay, high expectations, irregular hours

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