Fastenal

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Fastenal Reviews

Updated 17 December 2014
Updated 17 December 2014
670 Reviews
2.9
670 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Good company, bad pay

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Warehouse Manager in Ashland, KY (US)
    Current Employee - Warehouse Manager in Ashland, KY (US)

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

    Pros

    Training is amazing. I knew nothing about this industry and am now the 2nd most knowledgeable in my store. Good health insurance, pay is OK. Lowest pay in the industry, from what I've been told. Overall, completely satisfied with the company.

    Cons

    Little to no room to grow. My Outside Sales Person (OSP) has been with the company 3 years and has not seen a raise or promotion. Top performer in the district. Pay needs to be higher. No degree needed (can be good or bad).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Require a college degree, even an associates. Stop lowering commission ratings.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Interesting Place to gain Experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Youngstown, OH (US)
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Youngstown, OH (US)

    I worked at Fastenal

    Pros

    The will allow you to deal with customers at a very early stage in your training. Management in the company is easy to work with.

    Cons

    The good people leave quickly. Managers are close to the same age as the college students working for them. They do not have a lot of experience and knowledge to educate the younger employees. They won't blink an eye letting you go if sales drop for a month. During my time there we saw an extremely rapid growth in sales which required more manpower to handle. We hired 2 more people. We changed managers and within 1 month they let one person go due to a drop off in sales. They didn't even give the new manager time to recover from the transition and boost the sales back up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think your decisions through and keep calm when things begin to slow down. The answer ins't always to eliminate labor. Also, only make promises that you know you can keep. I was suppose to have opportunities in the FED division which never came to fruition.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Solid Company, directions is not trending up

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - General Manager in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - General Manager in New York, NY (US)

    I have been working at Fastenal

    Pros

    No degree needed. Good base starting salary. Amazing training with good product knowledge focus.

    Cons

    Competitive. Becoming more centralize in decision making. No cost of living change.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay people who live in NY a LITTLE bit more than someone living in po-dunk Iowa

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great opportunity to drive your own pay!

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

    I have been working at Fastenal full-time

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity to grow. Pays well if you work hard. Great learning experience of how to run your own business

    Cons

    Can have long days, have to work hard to drive sales.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need more staffing in the storea

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    A very easy going company that allows students to work around their schedule to gain experience in retail and in sales.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Cloud, MN (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Cloud, MN (US)

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule for students working while attending college.
    Good pay for what you have to do.
    Decent GM's

    Cons

    No vertical integration.
    Degrees do not get you higher pay.
    Long time before you can be moved up if you dont want to be shipped to another store

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More opportunities for individuals with bachelors degrees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Loads of opportunity if you're willing to put in the effort

    • 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 8 years)

    Pros

    - great opportunity to grow within the organization
    - excellent benefits (insurance, vacation, etc)
    - competitive pay (a lot of which is determined by the work you do)
    - growing organization with great financial stability
    - opportunity to move domestically or internationally
    - ability to travel and experience things most don't get to

    Cons

    - expectations to/from 'the street' seem unattainable in the long-term
    - sometimes difficult for local representatives to see the big picture
    - international presence needs focus
    - pay structure for some departments seems to change too often
    - from time to time it feels like we forget we're a multi-billion dollar organization

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Seek more feedback from different levels within the organization. Build a plan that includes everyone from the bottom up.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Get out of it as much as you put in

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Fastenal

    Pros

    Maximize your personal style and knowing your success is all yours.

    Cons

    Physically demanding. Take care of your body!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Minimize the commission structure changes. It breeds resentment in the team.

  9.  

    Good.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - General Warehouse in Veracruz, Veracruz (Mexico)
    Former Employee - General Warehouse in Veracruz, Veracruz (Mexico)

    I worked at Fastenal part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Nice, you travel, you are free to work the way you like it.

    Cons

    Sell more each month. Improve the sales.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Open new stores in new markets.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    It is a great company to start at after or during college.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Temecula, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Temecula, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Easy work that keeps you busy.

    Cons

    Pay and room for advancement are not great.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Could pay better

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Outside Sales Representative in Nashville, TN (US)
    Current Employee - Outside Sales Representative in Nashville, TN (US)

    I have been working at Fastenal full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Plenty of opportunity to move up and out of the store. Leadership is typically very helpful in seeing you progress. Office is typically a very relaxed environment.

    Cons

    Sometimes other branches play against you. The pay scale sucks and we are amongst the lowest paid in all of OSP positions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase your pay to the OSP's. After all, we are the boots on the ground making you the money.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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