Fastenal Reviews

Updated March 24, 2015
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  1. Sales associate-part time

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    Current Employee - Part-Time Sales Support in Columbia, SC
    Current Employee - Part-Time Sales Support in Columbia, SC

    I have been working at Fastenal

    Pros

    There is a lot to learn, and a very flexible atmosphere. Everyone is very young, and there is not a lot of micromanaging. My general manager is very good about answering questions, and teaching when he needs to, but letting employees have freedom to make decisions.

    Cons

    The compensation structure is complicated. I am part time, and get paid well by the hour for my position, but full time sales, have complicated commission structure that in my opinion does not let the sales person succeed financially. There is also a lot of turn over, because there is not a lot of room for growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great company to start, need to offer more incentives to stay. It takes a lot of time for new employees to learn the products and then to pay the minimum is unfair.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Good company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Fastenal

    Pros

    Good company with great potential. Help you work around your schedule

    Cons

    Pay is not that great until you start making commission. High turnover rate

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow everyone to put accounts into there name

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3. Challenging with reward

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    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager

    I have been working at Fastenal

    Pros

    New and different challenges everyday. Lots of good benefits.

    Cons

    Put in some difficult situations where you might not have a lot of guidance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep things simple. Don't always keep changing things on a whim.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. Fastenal

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Fastenal

    Pros

    Competitive. Good money. Non physical labor.

    Cons

    Some management. Vendors. Boring. Starting low salary

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Help your employees

  6. Great work environment, not compensated well at all

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    Current Employee - Outside Sales Representative in Cleveland, OH
    Current Employee - Outside Sales Representative in Cleveland, OH

    I have been working at Fastenal

    Pros

    Great coworkers and laid back feel. Flexible schedule if you get your work done. Awesome sales experience. Great resume builder.

    Cons

    Responsible for absolutely every aspect of sales. Being deliveries, orders, accounting, account collecting, and so on... commission pay structure is always changing in favor of the company. The over all pay is way below what it should be for as much as we do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Compensate the sales force much better. This will lead to less turnover.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. Nothing very exciting but offers a steady job.

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    Current Employee - Sales Support
    Current Employee - Sales Support

    I have been working at Fastenal

    Pros

    The people are very friendly.

    Cons

    They do not offer great pay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more attention to employees.

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

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    Current Employee - Sales Trainee
    Current Employee - Sales Trainee

    I have been working at Fastenal

    Pros

    Cool management and benifits package

    Cons

    There training hands on sucks the first week your there your on the on line classes big headache the second week they expect you to know how to work there pos system and it haves no structure of program totally confusing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train properly and offer more then 6% on new accts is bs

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. Love the work and my fellow employees.

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    Current Employee - Part-Time Fastenal Sales Trainee in Birmingham, AL
    Current Employee - Part-Time Fastenal Sales Trainee in Birmingham, AL

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

    Pros

    You learn a lot about industrial sales. My fellow employees are wonderful. The pay is good for a part time job.

    Cons

    Wish they would move up faster, it's hard having a family on part time pay. Reward the employees who work hard better. Fix the pay/commission scale for osp's.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Use a system that offers more consistent pay to Gm's, Osp's. When you say your going to do something honor your word.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. Why work here?

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    Current Employee - Warehouse in Modesto, CA
    Current Employee - Warehouse in Modesto, CA

    I have been working at Fastenal

    Pros

    flexible schedule, weekends off, allow to play music.

    Cons

    not enough pay, lots of favoritism. Managers think they know it all. They don't.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to offer your employees advancement options, possibly a review every six months vs. every 2-3 years. Increase your wage a bit more.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. Positive work environment, Sales driven, and god support.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - OUTSIDE SALES in Corvallis, OR
    Current Employee - OUTSIDE SALES in Corvallis, OR

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

    Pros

    Focus on training, but not until you've failed a few times.
    Many opportunities to be trained, on the clock, travel paid, throughout the year
    Minimal Supervision over sales, but I had a great manager.

    Cons

    100% numerically driven
    Will toss you out if not putting out over a short period of time
    VERY expensive insurance
    Long hours, but weekends off

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in a better insurance options - preventative measures (gym memberships, etc.)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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