Fastenal

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The managers are good at helping you out from the start and working with you. People are willing to show you the ropes.

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Former Employee - Sales Support in Roanoke, VA
Former Employee - Sales Support in Roanoke, VA

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

Pros

Half of the day you are in the store working on inventory and making calls, the other half is making deliveries outside the branch.

Cons

Sometimes it seems you are thrown into a situation with no training.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Explain the job duties better during interview

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Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to start and build a background

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Fastenal

    Pros

    Entry level opportunities, learning sales. Good stores can be a great place to learn the ropes. If you can get in with the right people you can get a job that can be a career.

    Cons

    No recognition for the abilities of employees. Everyone is looked at based on how long they have been with fastenal or who they know. If you don't get hired for the exact position you want or have experience in you better start making friends with the right people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make district managers accountable for bad decisions. Ex: bad hires, stores without help, poor accountability for all areas within the company.

  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Unsustainable growth - taking from employees to prop up stocks

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    Former Employee - Sales Representative
    Former Employee - Sales Representative

    I worked at Fastenal full-time

    Pros

    Good first job to put something on your resume. Good part time job for high school or college students. It's not a career type company, but it's a good starter company while you look for something else.

    Cons

    -Unsustainable growth through outrageous sales goals YTD and MTD. It's a growth bubble similar to the housing market crisis.

    -Extremely high turnover due to increasingly fast moving trend towards over micro-managing, employee intimidation, and regular decreases in commission rates with the expectation of more sales output. Constantly training/ promoting new incompetent employees because of unsatisfied turnover.

    -Completely focused on stock price rather than employee satisfaction.

    -Bad business model of taking from employees (the sales force core of business growth) to keep the stock prices elevated to show positive growth to investors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on your employees first, and your stock prices second. Without a happy workforce, your stock prices will suffer eventually. Don't have unrealistic sales expectations. There's no way that a company can sustain a 30% growth rate year after year without eventually plateauing out. Taking more and more out of employee commissions just to keep the company afloat will pop the bubble you are creating.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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