Fastenal Reviews

Updated September 17, 2014
Updated September 17, 2014
608 Reviews
2.9
608 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 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.  

    Sales Tranie

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Fastenal

    Pros

    Good Hours, Good work environment

    Cons

    Advancement leaves you will more stress for not very much more pay

  2.  

    A love hate relationship

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Support  in  Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Sales Support in Phoenix, AZ

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

    Pros

    Pretty decent benefits and a great 401k package. Lots of little perks (sporting event's, vendor demos) that will keep you happy for a little while. Meet lots of people. The Fastenal School of Business is a great resource to improve your skills.

    Cons

    Long hours, lack of leadership, very high turnover. very confusing pay structure. Accepting certain positions will basically put a ceiling on your career even though it is presented as an equal position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better Communication

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great Training Program & Advancement Opportunity

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Part-Time Fastenal Sales Trainee  in  Jacksonville, NC
    Former Employee - Part-Time Fastenal Sales Trainee in Jacksonville, NC

    I worked at Fastenal for less than a year

    Pros

    The materials in their training program are really informative and I think the interactive training modules are really helpful. Opportunity to advance in the company. Work in Sales and drive the company truck to meet with clients. Working part-time gives a flexible schedule. Decentralized company so it is like you own your own branch, but all branches have access to a wide network of corporate assistance.

    Cons

    Advancement opportunity can mean moving to another store or city. Sometimes boring and unfulfilling..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Positivity

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good place to work while in school

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Part-Time Sales Support  in  Akron, OH
    Current Employee - Part-Time Sales Support in Akron, OH

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours made juggling life as a full-time student and a part-time employee very easy. Each store environment is greatly influenced by it's GM. I had an amazing GM who worked with my schedule and was a great leader/manager. Then I was transferred to a store where the GM was a jerk with an ego and a military-style work ethic. All of the sudden, my job became hell. Overall, Fastenal is fun, laid back, and was a great part-time job - if you are lucky enough to be placed at a store with a good GM.

    Cons

    Upper management (the district managers - I worked under two different one during my three-year employment) are the cliche "how did they get that high in the company with how emotionally unintelligent and lack of knowledge?" types. But you do not have to deal with them too often, especially as a part-timer.

    Work environment is highly dependent on each individual store GM.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Part-time

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sasles Associate  in  Lexington-Fayette, KY
    Current Employee - Sasles Associate in Lexington-Fayette, KY

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

    Pros

    Works well with college scheduel.

    Cons

    Repetitive work on a daily basis.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good people.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Could be better.

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  8.  

    Promises...promised!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - OUTSIDE SALES  in  Hagerstown, MD
    Current Employee - OUTSIDE SALES in Hagerstown, MD

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

    Pros

    Looks good from the outside....but too many unfulfilled promised of additional staff and growth potential

    Cons

    Chasing down paychecks for bonuses and commissions! Come on...is this a way to run a multi million dollar organization. New management needed on a district level...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the workers at ground level..

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not bad could be better

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Manager in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Laid back, learning oppertunity, bonus if EVERYONE does good. Advancment even if they are not quailifed. Plenty of hours

    Cons

    Worked there roughly 3 yrs was only allowed to take one week off. People are put in managment position who are not qualified and are very young. Mangers that work their butt off bonuses hurt because of the others smoking or sleeping.employees break machines and let them set and dont say anything to anyone. It was the"not me guy" need to take more responsibility

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have a 3 strike policy. If machinist or managers are in position and slackin take their bonus if it still continues suspend then let them go. manager had told me wont fire anyone managers are managing friends , room mates and freinds. Bad combos. I think this it were loss 50% of our bonus. Manager that slack hurt my bonus. I am on thr floor with my crew and work as hard as they do. I loss my bonus be cause other manager just want to hit the numbers not off profitabiliy

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    General Manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Fastenal

    Pros

    Great growth potential, excellent support programs and good company ethics

    Cons

    Pay system is a little awkward but if you understand it you can gain income.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more training on actual sales techniques.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Part time.....for now,

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Trainee/Outside Sales  in  Stockton, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Trainee/Outside Sales in Stockton, CA

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

    Pros

    A lot to offer if you just wait. Seems like a high turnover rate for those who just wasn't sure what outside sales really means.

    Cons

    Don't know what the competition pays. May be a reason for high turnover.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay for uniforms.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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