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Fastenal Reviews

Updated February 22, 2017
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Pros
  • Flexible schedule for part-time employees (assuming the branch is adequately staffed) (in 106 reviews)

  • Opportunity to learn a lot about the industry (in 30 reviews)

Cons
  • No PTO as part time zero sick time zero benefits of any kind no vacation (in 112 reviews)

  • Was not given the resources to succeed from those outside this branch (upper management) (in 85 reviews)

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  1. "Good company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations Manager
    Current Employee - Operations Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Quick advancement, can easily move up in the company with hard work

    Cons

    High turnover rate among salespeople

    Advice to Management

    Invest more in holding onto experienced employees rather than constantly replacing with new sales reps


  2. "Very good 401k"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - General Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - General Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Fastenal full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    I don't think many of the responses on here understand the Fastenal 401k. First, they match dollar for dollar on the first $2500 you put in. Second, depending on profitability of they company you can get up to $2500 more if you put $5000 in. I've seen about 80 cents on the dollar some years. It's handled through Merrill Lynch with a variety of mutual funds as well as Fastenal stock.

    Cons

    No cons on the 401k benefits.


  3. "Its a good job. It'll provide you with lots of experience if you are willing to learn."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Export General in Denton, TX
    Current Employee - Export General in Denton, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Provides the best customer service. Also gives the employees plenty of room to learn and grow in the company regardless of situations.

    Cons

    Since it's near a school the turn around rate, in some cases, are high. The choice of communication is poor.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to what your employees say. They are the ones who deal with most of the management decisions.


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  5. "Good entry level/ while in college"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Support in East Rutherford, NJ
    Former Employee - Sales Support in East Rutherford, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    As a part time college student super flexible with your hours
    Decent hourly pay
    Weekends off
    Set schedule with your manager no random schedules and yor won't by 5
    Great resume builder in B2B relations
    A lot of time driving around making deliveries in the truck.

    Cons

    No PTO as part time zero sick time zero benefits of any kind no vacation . Everything is kind of a mess and minimal accountability. My branch no one liked each other but I guess that's not Fastenal's fault
    Lastly they don't recycle !
    Cheap company . Penny pinches

    Advice to Management

    Recycle please . Like why don't we recycle


  6. "Supply Chain Analyst"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Winona, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Winona, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -As a full time college student a huge pro for me is the company's flexibility with my class schedule.
    -You are able to work at your own pace, in that no is "looking over your shoulder"

    Cons

    I personally hate sitting in a half cubicle, it is better than being in a full cubicle, but I would prefer if the office was set up differently

    Advice to Management

    Ask employees how we do things, you would be surprised at the efficiencies each employee comes up with.


  7. "Good company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Upward career mobility
    Good experience
    Freedom to make decisions

    Cons

    Sometimes unrealistic goals
    Using mostly negative feedback to employees

    Advice to Management

    Stop changing the pay program every 6-12 months. It's just a distraction and it's usually the same amount of money.


  8. "Good company, meager salary"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Outside Sales Representative
    Current Employee - Outside Sales Representative
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Fastenal full-time

    Pros

    Working in the Fastenal branch gives you a lot of freedom to pursue business and get to know your customer base on a personal level. The company has a unique business model and you work pretty standard business hours

    Cons

    Compensation is below average, sales territory is loosely defined, experience depends on your branch manager

    Advice to Management

    Spend more money on your online ordering process, trim the fat on the specialist positions, add more sales contests to keep employees engaged.


  9. "Run Your Own Business"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Manager
    Former Employee - Sales Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Fastenal full-time

    Pros

    Fastenal provides a great opportunity for motivated up and coming individuals to learn what it means to run a business and succeed in sales. There are decent tools available to continue to learn and progress so long as you are self motivated.

    Cons

    Super lean business model can put you to the test in the beginning

    Advice to Management

    Build a stronger pipeline for new resources and staff.


  10. "Nice environment to work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Winona, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Winona, MN

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

    Pros

    They have a flexible work culture and people are really knowledgeable and provide a nice environment to work. If I put it in my words, I feel good working even on Mondays because of the work culture and the people.

    Cons

    The headquarters of Fastenal Company is in Winona, MN which is small place. On the positive note, I do not have to face traffic 5 days a week plus bigger cities like La Crosse and Rochester are less than an hour's drive and Twin Cities is within 2 hrs driving distance!


  11. "Assisting the full time sales team."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    A lot of practical insight and work (sales) experience. Learn a lot about what drives sales and growth.

    Very understanding and willing to work with students who are in school.

    Cons

    Since it's dealing with industrial supplies, it requires a lot of heavy leg work. Moving inventory from the store to the clients. Putting away product in loud and dirty manufacturing plants.



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