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An eye-opening experience, into the world of industrial sales.

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  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Sales Trainee in Knoxville, TN
Current Employee - Sales Trainee in Knoxville, TN

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

Pros

Flexible Hours with college classes

Cons

Tough market to sell in.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Lower Prices

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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    Great starting spot for someone looking for sales experience

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    Current Employee - Branch Manager in Chattanooga, TN
    Current Employee - Branch Manager in Chattanooga, TN

    I have been working at Fastenal full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Sales Experience
    Relationship building
    Team building
    Goal driven

    Cons

    Structure of how Fastenal goes to market
    Compensation

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Lured in with false promises and hopes

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    Current Employee - OUTSIDE SALES in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - OUTSIDE SALES in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    -Initial 3 month period there is overtime
    -Driving a Dodge Ram!
    -Great sales experience; territory management, B2B, cold calling, account managing... all sales experiences here will equate to greater success in the future
    -Meeting with blue collar customers (more laid back, friendly, outgoing)
    -Traveling occasionally to locations such as Wynona, MN (loved it there, met many great people that work for the company), Indianapolis, Orlando, etc
    -Great week long training in Wynona... very informative, will learn many sales techniques

    Cons

    Where to start...
    -Poor pay and commission/bonus structure
    -I was told I would be an outside sales associate, yet I'm stuck working in the store 90% of the time
    -Horrible upper management that makes false promises
    -Never able to handle any account that performs over $500 month
    -I was told branch I'd be going into is successful (it was bottom performing branch)
    -Managers are often egomaniacal and do not care about their employees
    -You WILL meet some absolutely rude customers (not Fastenal's fault)
    -INSULTING christmas bonus (a box of candy? Wow, thanks Fastenal)
    -Insane amount of competition out there

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Revise pay structure, get more part timers in stores so outside sales associates can do their job properly, make sure that help is available for associates. Bottom line: let outside sales associates do their job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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