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"Most frugal company in America and it is reflected in all aspects of the job"

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Former Employee - General Manager in Los Angeles, CA
Former Employee - General Manager in Los Angeles, CA
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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

Pros

You will be paid a paycheck
You will learn how to sell in a territory
You are on your own most of the time

Cons

Pay is extremely low
If you sell a giant bin stock of fasteners, guess who's putting it all together and delivering it? You, the sales guy!
Guess who's making the collection calls? You! The sales guy!
Guess who's cleaning the stores bathrooms? You! The sales guy!
Guess who will be doing 1000 other things besides actually selling, and then asked why your numbers are so low? You of course! The sales guy!
Guess who will be counting the stores inventory every month for cycle counts? You! The sales guy!
It's not really a sales job. It's more like they throw a business at you and say "here, run it" You're supposed to feel honored that you work for a company with "decentralized" decision making when in reality all of the decisions are made up already and you simply are supposed to follow them.

Advice to Management

Ya know, you guys are making a ton of money so you must be doing something right. All I can say is, most of your employees hate working for the company. It feels more like a cult than a business organization. You have to drink the "blue cool aid" in order to keep your job. Just tell them what they want to hear and your job is safe. Always agree with everything they say. In a way, you can sucker them as much as they sucker you. Just nod your head yes to everything.

Other Employee Reviews for Fastenal

  1. "Starter job."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - OUTSIDE SALES
    Former Employee - OUTSIDE SALES

    I worked at Fastenal full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits are decent but nothing to brag about.

    Cons

    A lot of micro-managing
    Employees don't have a voice with the company unless you work near hubs
    Compensation with commission is fishy


  2. Helpful (1)

    "It was fun!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Support in Cranbury, NJ
    Former Employee - Sales Support in Cranbury, NJ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Fastenal part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    My boss was the best person to work with! Holding a job while attending school is difficult but life is easier when the people you work with can relate. An added bonus is holding a part time job that directly relates to the major course of study. This opportunity was given to me by FASTENAL and I would recommend using this part time job as a way to help pay for school tuition and experience on a resume.

    Cons

    When work was slow, finding things to do would be difficult. Making sales and keeping customers happy is good but when the time comes to expand the customer base it is difficult. Different areas are served by different branches and encroachment onto another branch's territory would be akin to taking sales away from them and vice versa. Meeting deadlines and tasks were easy but if not managed properly, work would pile up and the backlog of orders would grow at a very fast rate. When software problems came up, the only way to fix the issues were to stay on the phone for about 20 minutes before actually talking to a real person. These things didn't happen often and so in conclusion, the overall experience was great.

    Advice to Management

    Make it more intellectually stimulating


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