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Fastenal Reviews

Updated February 26, 2015
Updated February 26, 2015
193 Reviews
2.0
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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.  

    Good starter job but use them before they use you up!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    If you have no experience or background, you can get a solid job to get things moving. No weekends, no evenings required.

    Cons

    Fastenal only cares about profits. They do not care about people. They will use you and spit you out whenever they are ready. If you have no experience, start at Fastenal since they will hire anyone and then look elsewhere, outside of their industry. Fastenal has no loyalty to anyone.
    The pay is paltry. You could do better anywhere else once you get this experience on your CV.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The shame is yours. You treat people like materials. May karma come around to get you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    General Manager

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    Current Employee - General Manager
    Current Employee - General Manager

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

    Pros

    No where can you get as much training and real world experience as you can at Fastenal. The job itself is enjoyable and the people you work with are great. The relationships you build with customers make you say that much more enjoyable. it would be an outstanding company to work for, but...

    Cons

    The pay is a joke 50hrs a week is a min you will in all reality work 11-12hr days if you want to grow your area enough to make any money. I make less as a general Manager than I did as an Outside salesman I took the role to make more money, not work tons of hours and maybe take home 40-45k a year. I am constantly loosing good people under me to competitors and manufacturers who pay double what I get paid. This makes it hard to have continuity with customers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please be competative in your pay. The turn over cost at my branch in just lost sales is in the thousands. It is costing you massive amounts of money. I am on looking to leave once in the near future. many top caliber people are in the process leaving to better pay jobs that require less of their people. You are loosing Top employees to competitors!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not worth your time

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    Former Employee - OSP in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - OSP in Saint Louis, MO

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

    Pros

    Some career advancement
    Holiday and weekends off

    Cons

    10 hour days 5 days a week-- no overtime.
    Changing pay scale-- usually in favor of the company not the sales person.
    Corp is always changing the sales focus. Eg: vending one month, margin the following.
    Lack of communication between corporate and stores.
    Lack of yearly reviews/hard to acquire a raise.
    Horrible technology: POS System, Vending management software, website.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have a solid and consistent sales focus. Stop changing the pay scale it just aggravates all of your sales team. Make the website better and be proactive not reactive to the changing technology.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Company culture

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Fastenal

    Pros

    Get experience in outside sales

    Cons

    Hire young kids fresh out of college, don't pay them very well, and they end up leaving after 2 years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay better and treat employees with more respect

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    Outside Sales

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    Current Employee - OUTSIDE SALES
    Current Employee - OUTSIDE SALES

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

    Pros

    Excellent benefits and work lift balance. 2 Weeks of paid vacation from the first day you start full time and 1 week of sick time.

    Cons

    Corporate treats sales people horrible. Lack of communication between branches and corporate is non-existent. If you are not a "BLUE BLOOD" you will not do good with this company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You would keep your good sales people if you compensated them for the job that they are actual worth. It would save you money in the long run instead of the turn and turn them attitude.

  7.  

    Middle Ground

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Fastenal

    Pros

    Great hours, no weekends no late nights

    Cons

    Management not interested with new employee growth, too focused on ''numbers''

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your part ime Employees Moreand give them the help they need to succeed

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

    QC Manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Fastenal

    Pros

    Moved up quickly, good culture,

    Cons

    Bad management, promoted only people they liked.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    GM

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    Current Employee - General Manager in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - General Manager in Denver, CO

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

    Pros

    You make all of the day to day decisions. You don't have people micromanaging you constantly.

    Cons

    The pay is low. The position is stressful. There's not enough support.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Company is going downhill

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good Benefits, Retirement and vacation. Lots of freedom to work without supervision.

    Cons

    The upper management changes over the last few years have been horrible. The management is too concerned with numbers. They give you unrealistic expectations and find new ways to hit your commissions. It seems like they don't want certain positions to make more than they think they should. If you make too much they change your pay. To cheap to keep quality, experienced people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit relying on part-time labor. If you would pay your people what your competitors are making, then you could probably keep good salespeople. Think about this....if you pay a little more and keep your salespeople longer, then you would see the growth you expect. You can grow when you are constantly turning people over.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Depends on who you work for.

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    Current Employee - Inside Sales in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Inside Sales in Dallas, TX

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

    Pros

    Decent hours and Good Training

    Cons

    Turnover in upper management. 4 district managers in 3 years and the way you get treated is whether or not you are one of those managers "guys" . Working in Slacks in a industrial setting is completely ridiculous.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less turnover. Give jobs on qualifications, not the Buddy system. Supervise E-mails, some of them are completely degrading and unacceptable for a work place.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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