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"Lured in with false promises and hopes"

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  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - OUTSIDE SALES in Boston, MA
Current Employee - OUTSIDE SALES in Boston, MA
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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

Pros

-Initial 3 month period there is overtime
-Driving a Dodge Ram!
-Great sales experience; territory management, B2B, cold calling, account managing... all sales experiences here will equate to greater success in the future
-Meeting with blue collar customers (more laid back, friendly, outgoing)
-Traveling occasionally to locations such as Wynona, MN (loved it there, met many great people that work for the company), Indianapolis, Orlando, etc
-Great week long training in Wynona... very informative, will learn many sales techniques

Cons

Where to start...
-Poor pay and commission/bonus structure
-I was told I would be an outside sales associate, yet I'm stuck working in the store 90% of the time
-Horrible upper management that makes false promises
-Never able to handle any account that performs over $500 month
-I was told branch I'd be going into is successful (it was bottom performing branch)
-Managers are often egomaniacal and do not care about their employees
-You WILL meet some absolutely rude customers (not Fastenal's fault)
-INSULTING christmas bonus (a box of candy? Wow, thanks Fastenal)
-Insane amount of competition out there

Advice to Management

Revise pay structure, get more part timers in stores so outside sales associates can do their job properly, make sure that help is available for associates. Bottom line: let outside sales associates do their job.

Other Employee Reviews for Fastenal

  1. "An eye-opening experience, into the world of industrial sales."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Trainee in Knoxville, TN
    Current Employee - Sales Trainee in Knoxville, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible Hours with college classes

    Cons

    Tough market to sell in.

    Advice to Management

    Lower Prices


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Starts off decent, then they suck you dry!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - OUTSIDE SALES in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - OUTSIDE SALES in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Sales trainee started off decent. Fair pay, plus you got paid overtime. Very extensive sales training and product knowledge. Mostly good people you work with. It is a good job to dip your hands in a wide variety of indusrties to figure out where you would like to pursue a REAL career.

    Cons

    Becoming more and more corporate ran. As you advance, you work harder and longer and get paid less. In the three years I was there the pay structure changed numorus times and the salesmen got paid less and less. Turnover rate is very bad, but that is typical for a sales position. Once sales trainee is complete you make salery and work 50 hours a week and do not get paid overtime. All the company cares about is growth and their stock holders. The company needs to go back to its roots and realize that it is the salesmen that drive the business. If you don't pay them well, they won't sell well. Stop trying to grow so much, so fast, and invest in your employees!! Oh, and stop giving us a stupid box of candy for a Christmas bonus. REALLY!!

    Advice to Management

    Get out!! you work hard and grow your business and then they split it in half and give it to a new guy and you loose half your pay!

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