Fastenal Reviews in Indianapolis, IN

Updated August 10, 2014
Updated August 10, 2014
609 Reviews
2.9
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Part time work is great for a high school student of a full time college student (in 39 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 43 reviews)

  • Upper management wants a lot from you and doesn't give much to any in return (in 34 reviews)

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  1.  

    Could be better.

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    Former Employee - Unit Load Picker  in  Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Unit Load Picker in Indianapolis, IN

    I worked at Fastenal part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The managers are really nice people, they will listen to you and help you. The company also has flexible schedule, so if you are in school, the managers would be empathetic. Also there is some great people working there. The pay is ok.

    Cons

    There is no opportunity to grow, you will be doing the same thing every day, so the job is very repetitive. You will be a part-time employee for a long time. I only saw ONE full time position available, and who knows who gets it, also no benefits.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Rewards hard work, dedication, and brains--Indianapolis distribution is a difficult.

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    Current Employee - Distribution  in  Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Distribution in Indianapolis, IN

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

    Pros

    Fastenal is a great place to work for those dedicated to their careers--you will not make it far without considerable personal sacrifice. If you like to work hard, though, it can be fun. (Distribution, I have no experience in sales)

    Cons

    Starting management positions (in Indianapolis distribution) pay horribly, almost insultingly low. Promotions can be attained if you have some leadership skill and are willing to work hard.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Practice what you preach, and think hard about that.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Shipping/Receiving associate

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    Current Employee - Shipping  in  Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Shipping in Indianapolis, IN

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

    Pros

    Good work community, relax work environment

    Cons

    Low work ethic, low pay

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more opportunities for more greater responsibility

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Fastenal is a solid company to start with.

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    Current Employee - National Accounts  in  Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - National Accounts in Indianapolis, IN

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

    Pros

    It has a good work environment in most departments.

    Cons

    There is not a lot of upward mobility depending on where you start.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be honest about potential opportunitites with new hires.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Lack of communication

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    Former Employee - Unit Load Picker  in  Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Unit Load Picker in Indianapolis, IN

    I worked at Fastenal part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Fastenal has great opportunities and potential for employees.

    Cons

    Several different managers that do not communicate well with each other

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have managers be on the same page with one another.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    if you like hard work/low wage,give us a shout!

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    Current Employee - Gen Whse  in  Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Gen Whse in Indianapolis, IN

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

    Pros

    set your own hours to meet your schedule.

    Cons

    everybody part time makes the same per hour.from pickers to forklift drivers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    you get what you pay for.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to start, horrible place to stay

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    Former Employee - Manager  in  Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Manager in Indianapolis, IN

    I worked at Fastenal full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Easy to move up if you're a punctual hard worker. Promotions happen fast because nobody stays very long.

    Cons

    Infested with "corporate culture". No top-down management, which they excuse by claiming that it is "decentralized". If you're salaried, expect to make mid-$30's while working as many hours as they want you to, sometimes weekends, sometimes getting called back in after your shift ended. Very few pleasant people to work with in the DC. They continue to waste money on expensive automated equipment that never works correctly. They will hire any thug off the streets, so if you're a lead or above, don't expect quality employees. Can't blame them though for the part-time, no benefits, and $10/hour with no raises EVER.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just give up.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    A good job for someone with other commitments, like a second job or school.

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    Former Employee - General Warehouse  in  Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - General Warehouse in Indianapolis, IN

    I worked at Fastenal part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    - decent pay
    - most managers are nice
    - not strict on attendance, depending upon which department you work for
    - easy job
    - 6 hour shifts

    Cons

    - physical job, not for weaklings
    - must start part-time, no full-time positions until you've been there forever
    - strict on "dress code"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management are a bunch of jerks who never do anything, and when they have to, they b*tch about it. Full-timers (the people that ACTUALLY do work, and TRAIN new hires) are just awesome people.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Terrible!

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    Current Employee - Warehouse Associate  in  Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Warehouse Associate in Indianapolis, IN

    I have been working at Fastenal part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    None there is no benefit working for this company

    Cons

    Low pay and no benefits

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire new management and offer realistic pay

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    delivery driver underpaid and overworked

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    Former Employee - Route Delivery Driver  in  Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Route Delivery Driver in Indianapolis, IN

    I worked at Fastenal

    Pros

    predictable schedule, routes stay the same. Nice trucks, not a 10 year old truck with a million miles on it, in the fleet. They take care of their equipment. They deliver their own product to their own stores, no third party contract here (yet) . Vacations can be split up, we didn't have to take an entire week off when we only needed a couple days off.

    Cons

    PAY, a monthly salary for a truck driver is rediculous, most salaries are based on a 40 hour a week job, and we all know drivers work in excess of 50-70 hours a week.
    Management won't hear out complaints, it's the old see no evil hear no evil at this place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start listening to the employees, actually have an "open door policy" , don't just claim you do.
    You have a driver retention problem, there is no reason for you to have a driver turn over rate, at one time you didn't have a turn over rate, why do you now ?

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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