Fastenal Reviews

Updated July 1, 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. Solid place to start

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Support in Fort Worth, TX
    Current Employee - Sales Support in Fort Worth, TX

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Depending on your district manager, you can be in a great environment for personal growth
    Opportunities to advance if you're interested in managing a branch and later a district, etc.
    Great job during college

    Cons

    Limited career paths - store management primarily
    If you want to be in another area of the business (ex: Marketing) you have to be in Winona
    The "scorecard" and commission structure have a lot of gaps

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your people better when it comes to base pay and commission


  2. Great company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Stable company. Great benefits and bonuses.

    Cons

    Low starting pay. Must perform for bonus.

    Advice to Management

    Hire in at a little higher rate to get better applicants.


  3. Helpful (1)

    General manager

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - General Manager in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - General Manager in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Fastenal full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Learn a lot. Plenty of experience in various aspects of running a business.Able to give yourself a raise if you perform .

    Cons

    No longer cares about employees. It's all about the numbers. Upper management has zero management experience just good salesmen.

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on retaining people and existing business. Don't use the relationships employees have to take advantage of long term customers


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  5. Outside Sales

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    A lot of freedom to make your own decisions. Can get pretty much anything you need within two days.

    Cons

    It's a corporation. The pay is not great. Overall a good company to work for though


  6. Great Company

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Fastenal

    Pros

    Great People, the entire office pretty much got along.
    Relaxed Work Atmosphere, nobody seems to be in too big of a rush.
    Managers work well with part-time employees.

    Cons

    Disorganized, the store and storage area could both use an overhaul in organizational aspects.
    Part-timers can only work 30 hours.
    Overall a great place to work, not too many cons.

    Advice to Management

    More organization


  7. Fun Work environment and Good People

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Support in Ferndale, WA
    Current Employee - Sales Support in Ferndale, WA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The people I've worked with have been always a pleasure and we always seemed to get along and have fun during our shift. The work itself consists of alot of heavy lifting as its a warehouse job. Be prepared to drive a forklift and pickup truck regularly. I do alot of order processing and delivery to customer locations. I'm sort of working my way from a warehouse role into an office based role. My new duties include converting quotes into orders, vendor purchasing, pricing, delivery to customers, vending machine management, and more.

    Cons

    Hard to get any increase in compensation of any kind. No matter how hard you work or how much you make for the company they always have a reason to keep the budget tight and never seem to have any money left over for the employees. Even as my duties become more advanced and mentally tasking I am still left to my warehouse pay rates which isn't fair to me.
    The pay structure is largely to blame because any increase in a employees rate comes directly out of the store manager and district managers commission which leads to very little incentive to share the wealth with those below management roles.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your employees a fair wage. We work hard to support you and grow your stores, we should be treated and paid fairly for what we do.


  8. General Manager

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - General Manager in Hayesville, NC
    Current Employee - General Manager in Hayesville, NC

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Fastenal does not micromanage. Allows you to truly feel like you own part of the company, which drives performance and sales goals. Great benefits for full-time employees. If you are pat of a quality team the sky is the limit.

    Cons

    Some team members may be difficult to work with, but this can be expected with any job. Commission calculator could be more fair to employees rather than forcing high margin on every sale in order to receive full commission.

    Advice to Management

    Work on commission pay calculator to establish a better scale and more fair way to measure margin depending on the specific market area a store is in.


  9. Account Specialist

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Outside B2B Sales Representative in Independence, MO
    Current Employee - Outside B2B Sales Representative in Independence, MO

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    supportive management, good training, close to home/ no travel

    Cons

    expensive and not that great benefits


  10. General manager

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - General Manager in Birmingham, AL
    Former Employee - General Manager in Birmingham, AL

    I worked at Fastenal (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good starter job for getting into industrial applications

    Cons

    What have you done for me lately attitudes


  11. good starter job

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Trainee in Georgetown, SC
    Current Employee - Sales Trainee in Georgetown, SC

    I have been working at Fastenal

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    fun job and good opportunities

    Cons

    replaced a full time employee with multiple part timers

    Advice to Management

    hire full time employees so someone will want to stay



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