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Updated Sep 16, 2021

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3.6
66%
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87%
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Fastenal President and CEO Daniel Florness (no image)
Daniel Florness
941 Ratings
Pros
  • "Good work for college part time(in 157 reviews)

  • "great culture and flexible hours at my branch(in 115 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "The starting pay for a part time employee is low(in 154 reviews)

  • "Long hours, Upper management demands unreal expectations(in 119 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Good Experience so far

      Sep 16, 2021 - Supply Chain Specialist in Houston, TX
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Good work environment & schedule

      Cons

      No bad experience so far.

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    2. 3.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Definitely a good way to start your career, but could be better as a company

      Aug 25, 2021 - IT Analyst in Indianapolis, IN
      Recommend
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      Pros

      - Depending on your boss, flexible with time - Work isn't too difficult, definitely a learning curve but my team has been reasonable - Travel is there if you like that - Good job for people just starting their professional career - Fastenal has recently been recognized as a Fortune 500, so this can look good on one's resume - If you like what you do, the day isn't too long

      Cons

      - Pay is way below market and benefits are very minimal. Extremely limited educational benefits - Outdated practices lead by outdated leaders - Remote work isn't an option even though especially post-covid, it proved that some positions can work remotely without issue - It good for a someone early in their career...someone late in their career, this company may be a step down - Outdated leaders. Alot of the people here this was their first and only job and been here for 20+ years. Even though loyalty to one's company looks good, there's nothing wrong with questioning some questionable things. - High turnover rate especially in lower positions and it can be felt around the company with added responsibilities because it can be hard to find a replacement or even removing the position all together and can cause overwork for departments - Definitely need to increase the size of certain IT teams ASAP - Depending on department, On-call is a thing

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    3. 2.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Okay for beginners

      Sep 14, 2021 - Account Specialist 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      You get lots of knowledge having to do all different tasks everyday and everyday is different. Job security as long as you do your job.

      Cons

      Very outdated company. Very low pay compared to industry average. There are changes with what seems like monthly and that stress primarily falls on the branches and causes unrealistic expectations. Run very lean so as an account specialist be prepared to do everything from inventory, quoting, purchasing, receiving and delivering, leaving little time to do “actual sales” Benefits are not the greatest, not a great fit for mothers. No paid maternity leave and have to use most of your time while on maternity leave. This can cause issues if you come back at the beginning of the year and only have 1 week of sick time with a new baby. Unfit people in management roles but this will all depend on your location.

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    4. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      Motivation Needed to Succeed

      Sep 16, 2021 - Branch Operations Manager in Jacksonville, FL
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Ability to work independently. Schedule is flexible to fit different lifestyles. Family-like atmosphere at many locations. Pay is sufficient for college students and those who do not have higher education. Only scheduled to work Monday-Friday.

      Cons

      Favoritism runs rampant at some locations. You have to request raises, as management will not offer regardless of seniority. You'll end up doing the jobs of other departments within the company. Technology is antiquated compared to other industrial supply companies. You can lose commission for reasons outside of your control.

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    5. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Good Company

      Sep 10, 2021 - Account Specialist 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Exceptional talent will stick out in a good way. The people that stay really like their jobs. Lots of autonomy. Depending on your manager it can be very chill and depending on your other coworkers. If you are a good worker you can move up fast. I was promoted a number of times in just 2 years (I'm higher than account specialist unlike my description says)

      Cons

      It can be stressful at times but what job isn't. For me, it just wasn't what I wanted to do long term. Also, if you live in metro area anywhere that isn't the midwest, you might get underpaid. They pay you on Minnesota Salary- enough to buy a house over there but just enough to afford rent here. I guess that's what commission is for.

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    6. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Good for the experience, not long term

      Sep 15, 2021 - Sales in Los Angeles, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Monday-Friday, 7am to 5pm, paid holidays, one week vacations, enjoyable job if your team works well together

      Cons

      Salaried means working more than 40+ hours a week, closer to 50/60 depending on your customers. Corporate keeps raising your monthly goals without compensation being worth all the extra stress.

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    7. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Department review

      Sep 15, 2021 - Contract Compliance and Finance Support 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      The teams are amazing. Everyone is kind and helpful.

      Cons

      Hard to move up because it is such a large company. Horrible pay.

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