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Updated February 22, 2018
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Daniel Florness
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Pros
  • Great work experience for a part time job while attending college (in 126 reviews)

  • You learn a lot about the construction and Industry world (in 35 reviews)

Cons
  • The pay, no benefits for part time like not even a vacation day (in 127 reviews)

  • Old school" way of doing everything, can be very long hours (in 93 reviews)

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  1. "Great company with great opportunities."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - General Manager
    Current Employee - General Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Fastenal full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits package. Salary plus commission in full time sales positions. Paid vacation and PTO. Flexible with employees needs. Fast paced.

    Cons

    Pay structure changes often. Hard to find quality employees due to corporate screenings. We lose a lot of recruits to this process.

    Advice to Management

    Change the employee screening process. This should be done by managers. We need to choose the candidates.


  2. "Sales Support"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Everett, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Everett, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Fastenal part-time

    Pros

    Great for students or someone looking for a transition.
    Fun and relaxed work environment.
    If you put in the work you will get noticed

    Cons

    Bottlenecks at the first wave promotion of full time workers, harder to advance

  3. "Fastenal"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Support in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Sales Support in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Beautiful company there are alot of opportunities you can take advantage of if want to move up based on your work ethic.

    Cons

    none i can think of

    Advice to Management

    always set an example and encourage your employees to achieve more.


  4. "Picking"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Modesto, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Modesto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work by yourself. Do your work and finish it and go home.

    Cons

    They push numbers and want you to work at fast rate.

    Advice to Management

    Provide the right tools for the job


  5. "Sales Associate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Fastenal part-time

    Pros

    The job never gets boring

    Cons

    Low on staff always it seems


  6. "Very stable company and opportunity to grow"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Outside Sales Representative in Greensboro, NC
    Current Employee - Outside Sales Representative in Greensboro, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fastenal is a very stable company and isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. There is so much room for growth due to there being so many stores in your surrounding area. When you develop a sales strategy by adjusting your margin accordingly, that’s when you really start seeing your growth. You are responsible for your own results which is a good feeling to not have to rely on others for your success.

    Cons

    The base pay is low considering the required 50 hours you work. Also the base pay is usually 30k and your book of business is usually not established at all so you pretty much have to start from ground zero with minimal commission. The biggest con in my opinion is the margin adjustment rule. If you fall under a certain margin Fastenal will TAKE MONEY OUT OF YOUR COMMISSION. So if you have a national account in your book of business be prepared to lose money every single commission check you receive.


  7. "Its a decent company to work for but not great."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Fastenal full-time

    Pros

    Fun coworkers and an enjoyable job.

    Cons

    Low pay, not very many opportunities to move up in an office environment. Lots of unnecessary office politics.

  8. "good company to work for"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Fastenal full-time

    Pros

    good benefits and a good company

    Cons

    bad benefits and a good company


  9. "Outside Sales Representative"

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    Former Employee - Outside Sales Representative in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Outside Sales Representative in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great resume builder. They give you the tools to become an outstanding sales Rep. Good work/life balance.

    Cons

    The Base is fair if you just do sales. Staffing is always a problem though so you are frequently stuck inside as an outside sales rep. The commission structure is not competitive even compared to similar companies (i.e. Grainger, MSC etc.) I have been laughed at by other sales reps when explaining Fastenal's Comp plan. No Cell phone or company car. Cant access anything you need remotely. Tech is way behind the times. Archaic company policies to cut corners and keep insurance costs low.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your people better. All of the best Reps and employees leave for shorter hours and higher pay. At least be competitive based on the market.


  10. "Sales manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - General Manager in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - General Manager in Columbus, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fast pace fun and exciting place to work

    Cons

    There are no cons to this company


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