Fastenal Reviews

Updated August 29, 2015
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Pros
  • Good part time job for high school or college students (in 48 reviews)

  • It was a good place to learn and get promoted (in 14 reviews)

Cons
  • For part time employees their are ZERO benefits (in 50 reviews)

  • Good luck advancing if you aren't friends with upper management (in 39 reviews)

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  1. Not bad for what it is

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Freedom to make your own decisions, plan your own day, be on your own, decent pay, decent commission depending on margin and growth.

    Cons

    Not much recognition by upper management, a LOT of turnover, no raises


  2. Helpful (1)

    outside sales

    Current Employee - Account Representative/Customer Service Lead in College Park, GA
    Current Employee - Account Representative/Customer Service Lead in College Park, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    flexible hours, small employee: store ratio

    Cons

    low commission, health benefits


  3. Sales

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Outside Sales Representative in Selinsgrove, PA
    Current Employee - Outside Sales Representative in Selinsgrove, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good company to work for if you're starting a career in sales. A lot of training provided to help you succeed.

    Cons

    Relocating and not an opportunity where I moved to. Not a good company to advance in. Most sales professionals relocate to other companies after about two years.

    Advice to Management

    Care more about keeping your reps.


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  5. outside sales

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good starting job, learn the ins and outs of sales. Good training program for new sales employees.

    Cons

    Bad insurance, long hours, low pay

    Advice to Management

    Pay more


  6. Solid Opportunity

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - OUTSIDE SALES
    Current Employee - OUTSIDE SALES
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great support system, resources, 2000+ branches, communication skills will grow, hire within the company

    Cons

    Poor shipping often, technology outdated, difficult to be consistent

    Advice to Management

    Fix the hub/shipping


  7. Sales Trainee

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The are flexible with hours

    Cons

    There is lack of training


  8. Awesome Company to work for.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Fastenal part-time

    Pros

    Weekends off, that is a big thing.

    Cons

    None really, I have none.

    Advice to Management

    None.


  9. Structure problems

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Fastenal part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    NO WORKING WEEKENDS, laid back not really stressful at all. Pretty good starting pay for a part time job.

    Cons

    Customers are always confused. Never know what they want or what size. GM's think they rule the world

    Advice to Management

    Structure.


  10. Ups and downs of corporate life

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Fastenal part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of openings all over the u.s. And with hard work and dedication can gain a lot of very valuable sales experience or even further advancement opportunities within the company.

    Cons

    Pay is pretty bad for the work a lot of employees accomplish day to day. Especially OSP, makes it hard to desire the positions.

    Advice to Management

    Find better store and district managers willing to motivate the team.


  11. Good job lots of hours

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - General Manager
    Current Employee - General Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible, and ability to make any decision for your store... Great experience

    Cons

    Turnover... Once u get a good person they move on and eventually leave... Docked pay... Lean/shorthanded business model.. Minimum 50 hour work week

    Advice to Management

    Look at the big picture when it comes to staffing needs



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