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Fastenal Reviews

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


    At the retail front, Fastenal allows new employees to establish work experience in industrial sales while interacting with various clientele, that include but not limited to OEM and tier one suppliers. Advancements are promoted from within. This is an ideal fit for individuals looking for experience in the related field. There are basically three positions at the store level. Inside Sales, Outside Sales, and General Manager. If income is what motivates you then the General Manager role would be the appealing position; or ultimately District Manager. Personal opinion, out of the three positions General Manager is the only career position. General Managers make a salary range between 30-35,000 plus commission. Annual compensation Avg is 50,000. with the ability to make much more.


    As a career you want to make it to a General Manager. Once in this position you will be faced with the challenge of high employee turn over. Another issue to mention is pricing and ultimately margin on product. National Accounts play a vital role in companies success. On a store level, a well balanced client portfolio will help establish a well rounded book of business; in turn will help your commission based compensation.

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    Change pay structure for non management personnel to reduce high employee turn over. Increase inside sale employees. Floating management to uniform districts, and overall success.

Fastenal Interviews

Updated Oct 15, 2014
Updated Oct 15, 2014

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Interview Difficulty




    Sales Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral – interviewed at Fastenal.

    Interview Details

    Pretty straight forward, seemed like the main point of the interview was to gauge whether I was decently intelligent, had enough social skills to interact with customers, and was genuinely interested in the position.

    Interview Questions
    • What do you hope to get out of working with us?
      Are you comfortable interesting with customers on a regular basis?
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    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

Fastenal Awards & Accolades

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America's Top Companies, Forbes, 2009
Top Entry Level Employers, CollegeGrad, 2009
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Headquarters Winona, MN
Size 5000+ Employees
Founded 1967
Type Company - Public (FAST)
Industry Retail
Revenue $2 to $5 billion (USD) per year

Some might say it has a screw loose, but things are really pretty snug at Fastenal. The company operates about 2,500 stores in all 50 US states as well as in Canada, Mexico, Central America, Asia, and Europe. Its stores stock about 690,000 products in about a dozen categories, including threaded fasteners (such as screws, nuts, and bolts). Other sales come from fluid-transfer parts for hydraulic and pneumatic power; janitorial, electrical, and welding supplies; material handling items; metal-cutting tool blades; and power tools. Its customers are typically construction... More

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