Fastenal Reviews

Updated April 18, 2015
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Leland Hein
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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. Simple job, distribution is depressing.

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    Current Employee - Part-Time Sales Support in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Part-Time Sales Support in Columbus, OH

    I have been working at Fastenal

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

    Pros

    Simple job, not incredibly fast paced. Managers seem good, pay is good for part time. Good job to have while in college. Flexible hours.

    Cons

    Distribution is a mess, product is frequently damaged or wrong. Product disappears in route or doesn't arrive on time. Corporate changes their mind all the time on what should be in the store, tries to sell things the company has no business selling (i.e. office supplies).

    Advice to Management

    Straighten out distribution! Keep to industrial items!

  2. Product Handling

    Current Employee - Product Handler in Jessup, PA
    Current Employee - Product Handler in Jessup, PA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Friendly and helpful people working with you.

    Cons

    tight spaces in the warehouse at times.

  3. Manager

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Fastenal full-time

    Pros

    advancement potential is pretty high because of shifting markets which bring new stores & high turnover opens spots
    pay can be really good if you advance to a good sized store or equivalent position

    Cons

    trying hard to be with the times technologically but are not living up to expectations
    kills programs it doesn't fully understand even if they're working
    cares more about their stock price than they do about their employees

    Advice to Management

    higher salary will keep your best employees around longer
    learn some new industries outside of construction and the usual you deal with, don't be afraid of things you don't understand

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  5. picker

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Fastenal

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    great company to work for.
    flexible hours

    Cons

    pay
    do not do as they promised

  6. Account Specialist

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    Current Employee - Account Specialist in McKinney, TX
    Current Employee - Account Specialist in McKinney, TX

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

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

    Pros

    Its a big company, that's financially stable.

    Cons

    They are more focused on making money for the company than taking care of customers and employees

  7. General manager

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    Former Employee - General Manager in Tulsa, OK
    Former Employee - General Manager in Tulsa, OK

    I worked at Fastenal full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good place to start

    Cons

    Bad place to build a career. There are plenty of places that pay plenty more and value their employees much more

  8. Good

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Fastenal

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

    Pros

    Good company to work for hire from within

    Cons

    not to much to be sad about

  9. There is worst out there....

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    Current Employee - Outside Sales Representative in Arden, NC
    Current Employee - Outside Sales Representative in Arden, NC

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Definitely get to wear all kinds of different hats - one must sale, close, ship, transfer, package, receive, label, stock, organize, and deliver among other things. Good experience for a starting sales job.

    Cons

    50 hours a week minimum for sales representatives. Normally that's fine, but not when you make more working 35 hrs. other places.

    Way too much busy work. Literally hundreds of emails daily to sift through - call logs that probably never get looked at - constantly changing pay scale which creates untrust. Get out of the branch as fast as possible - otherwise you'll need to look for something different if you want to make money.

    Advice to Management

    Pyramid scheme. The top filters down the busy work and your local district manager reminds you about it. Often. Management at branch stores is good.

  10. Ripe with opportunity

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    Pros

    Impressive platform to utilize, grow, and hone your skills as a person

    Cons

    Turnover high due to poor pay.

    Advice to Management

    There is nothing I could say, no insight I could give, that would be considered. Don't have that big of an ego to believe I know their world anyways.

  11. Pretty positive

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Outside Sales Representative in Uniontown, PA
    Current Employee - Outside Sales Representative in Uniontown, PA

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

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

    Pros

    Some good people to work with

    Cons

    Low salary starting out as outside sales

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