Fastenal Reviews

Updated 30 September 2014
Updated 30 September 2014
618 Reviews
2.9
618 Reviews
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Fastenal President, CEO, and Director Will Oberton
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387 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Part time work is great for a high school student of a full time college student (in 43 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 46 reviews)

  • Upper management wants a lot from you and doesn't give much to any in return (in 38 reviews)

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    Sales Support

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    Current Employee - Sales Support
    Current Employee - Sales Support

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

    Pros

    Highly enjoy the level of activity that occurs. A lot of physical labor is involved. Having the ability to communicate and establish relationships with customers and other vendors is also a plus. The pay and hours are also great for a part time job.

    Cons

    This is a "lean: company so when there is a technical or installment issue, you are forced to wear many hats to fix the problem. The hours can also be fairly long. 7:30am to 5 pm mon-fri.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer more leadership advancement opportunities for part-time workers rather than just a part-time employee to full-time.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    I and co-workers are very happy here and enjoy the work!

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    Current Employee - Sales Representative  in  Rock Hill, SC (US)
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Rock Hill, SC (US)

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

    Pros

    Like the product and quality.

    Cons

    Pay is good but not great.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Absolutely great experience being a sales intern

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    Former Employee - Part Time Sales Associate
    Former Employee - Part Time Sales Associate

    I worked at Fastenal as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Great starting wage, flexible hours. I learned a lot by going to each client (typically a factory). In depth knowledge of the industry and learned about how to manage customer expectations.

    Cons

    Hours capped at 25, even over summer. The regional manager was sometimes a little harsh on my boss, but that didn't effect me personally. Also they love margin more than anything, so be ready to hear about it.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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    Part-time

    Current Employee - Part Time Sales Associate
    Current Employee - Part Time Sales Associate

    I have been working at Fastenal part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good pay, great people. Fun place to work part-time while in college because of the hours. No nights or weekends.

    Cons

    Not very lenient with asking for time off. Also not very good pay for people moving to full time positions as managers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Organization as a whole for the company could be improved. a lot of unused inventory that sits around in stores that gets forgotten about.

  6.  

    Decent pay for the work you do

    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at Fastenal

    Pros

    Easy job and good work environment

    Cons

    Lots to learn on your own

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    General Manager

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    Current Employee - General Manager  in  Woodinville, WA (US)
    Current Employee - General Manager in Woodinville, WA (US)

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

    Pros

    Ability to move up quickly
    Good tools
    Autonomy to be creative

    Cons

    Lack of manager support
    Too many stores in close proximity - small territories
    Low earning potential

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Broaden territories and provide more in person support from District Managers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great learning experience

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    Former Employee - Sales Support
    Former Employee - Sales Support

    I worked at Fastenal part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Fastenal taught me to be an excellent worker however your experience will be determined by your GM. If they find it worth their time to invest into you, you will learn and operate way above your pay grade. If you seem like a bad investment, you will not learn much and get by without learning. Learn all you can, immerse yourself and if you see it fitting, you can create a career with Fastenal. If you do not see it fitting you will still walk away with a great experience.

    Cons

    Poor incentives for part time employees. You can give it your 130% while other part timers work to rule and barely scrape by. This causes hard workers to lose motivation

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    This is a great Company with tons of opportunity, although it is a entry level position. When you stay with the Company

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    Current Employee - General Manager
    Current Employee - General Manager

    I have been working at Fastenal full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great Entry Level Position in Sales
    Great exposure to B2B sales and essentially like you are running your own business with a Billion Dollar backbone

    Cons

    Large Corporation
    Company had become too large and going through growing pains
    Not a ton of work life balance if you want to grow within the Company

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Sales Trainee

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Fastenal

    Pros

    Great culture
    Decent Management
    Off on Weekends

    Cons

    Little room to grow .
    Pay can be way better .

  11.  

    Great people to work with.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Once full time their benefits are very good.

    Cons

    High turnover rate not enough paid holidays, considering the fast paced work environment.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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