Fastenal

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Fastenal Reviews

Updated January 29, 2015
Updated January 29, 2015
718 Reviews
2.9
718 Reviews
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Fastenal President, CEO, and Director Will Oberton
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Part time work is great for a high school student of a full time college student (in 48 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 50 reviews)

  • Upper management wants a lot from you and doesn't give much to any in return (in 39 reviews)

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  1.  

    You actually get noticed for hard work!

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    Current Employee - QC Auditor in Denton, TX
    Current Employee - QC Auditor in Denton, TX

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

    Pros

    Good pay considering they work with your school schedule and treat you really well! Leadership really knows a lot about what happens!

    Cons

    No negatives. Great company with great atmosphere! There is a huge ability to grow in the company! I love it.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Company wants to be larger than it is

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    Former Employee - General Manager in Hauppauge, NY
    Former Employee - General Manager in Hauppauge, NY

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

    Pros

    Ability to have a dislocation from direct management, to set sales your way.
    Company 4x4 pick up trucks.
    Average competitive pricing.
    Although slow-- internal manufacturing offered hard to get items

    Cons

    Company is overexerted in terms of brick and mortar and otherwise.
    Overworked underpaid employees.
    Understaffed branches.
    Different divisions taking directive off direct sales.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    At least in my market NY: Long Island, the availability of a product is frequently an issue. The branch model does not work with cost cutting inventory reductions at the HUBS. This prevents sales. Branches should be staffed by more employees-- perhaps less branches.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3.  

    Intern

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Fastenal as an intern (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good people that want you to succeed and go to the next level. Area to grow within the company and places to let uou grow.

    Cons

    Pay is low for industry but pay is based on how hard you want to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take advice from employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good place to start

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Fastenal

    Pros

    Good entry level positions to learn how large corporations operate

    Cons

    Limited opportunities for advancement

    Little engagement between various level of sales

  6.  

    OSP

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    Current Employee - OSP
    Current Employee - OSP

    I have been working at Fastenal

    Pros

    Flexible schedule and no weekends. Plenty of room to move up in the company of you're willing to relocate.

    Cons

    Low Starting pay for outside sales

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    N/A

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Fastenal

    Pros

    People and work environment are a plus

    Cons

    Hours can be long but nothing new if you have work experience

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    n/a

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    Learned a substantial amount

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - OSP in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - OSP in Baltimore, MD

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

    Pros

    - Great Entry sales job
    - Selling on the road makes you learn on your feet.
    - Great at increasing product knowledge with trainings
    - Lots of responsibilities
    - Positive Co-Workers

    Cons

    - Skeleton crews at branches, most have only 2 full time employees.
    - Responsibilities include operating a store front which can be counter productive to operations.
    - Commission has two many calculations which limits personal growth
    - high turnover
    - Company put restrictions on price guidance which affects matching competitors

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    combine smaller branches to have more employees at one location.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    General Manager

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    Former Employee - General Manager in Bullhead City, AZ
    Former Employee - General Manager in Bullhead City, AZ

    I worked at Fastenal

    Pros

    You are given free range to manage as you see fit.

    Cons

    The demographics of the company are constantly changing. This company has a very high turn over rate

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your workers not as a commidity. You take care of your employees in turn they will take care of you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Inside Sales

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Fastenal

    Pros

    You learn a lot about the company an how to run a company.

    Cons

    Not much room for growth depending.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure you hire good managers that know how to work with employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    Fast Paced, Rewarding

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - General Manager
    Current Employee - General Manager

    I have been working at Fastenal full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Rewarding company with huge opportunity for growth within. Provides numerous training's to aide in educating employees in sales and product knowledge.

    Cons

    Frequent changes in different areas of the business.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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