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Fastenal Reviews

Updated September 26, 2017
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Pros
  • Great for a college part time job or summer job (in 120 reviews)

  • You learn a lot about the construction and Industry world (in 33 reviews)

Cons
  • No PTO as part time zero sick time zero benefits of any kind no vacation (in 117 reviews)

  • Rapidly changing direction from upper management - priorities kept changing (in 91 reviews)

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  1. "Sales Support"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Support in Conway, AR
    Current Employee - Sales Support in Conway, AR
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very flexible with my school schedule.

    Cons

    As sales support, you have to do all the jobs they nobody wants to do.


  2. "Operations"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Fastenal full-time

    Pros

    Good people to work with
    Good training

    Cons

    Salary and Commission doesn't equal very much

    Advice to Management

    Good Management

  3. "Sales Support"

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    Current Employee - Sales Support Associate in Iowa City, IA
    Current Employee - Sales Support Associate in Iowa City, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Overall a good quality work environment

    Cons

    Compensation for the work load is on the low side


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Great over-all learning experience as a General Manager."

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    Current Employee - General Manager in Monroe, LA
    Current Employee - General Manager in Monroe, LA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Grow your own business with little to no oversight from upper management. Fast advancement. Strong company values with a heavy emphasis on teamwork.

    Cons

    Overworked and underpaid. Every company directive is funneled down to the GM. The work-load is so heavy that it's difficult to make time to sell product and run a retail branch. They pay structure changes yearly and always has a negative effect on the General Manager's pay.

    Advice to Management

    Invest more in employees and less in worthless IT improvements, company seminars, and videos.


  5. "Sales Support"

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    Former Employee - Sales Support in Montgomery, AL
    Former Employee - Sales Support in Montgomery, AL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with who are passionate about sales. It was nice to not be in the office all the time as I made a lot of deliveries and vending refills. Decent pay for a college student.

    Cons

    Disorganized and stressful inventory management. Lots of small parts that may or may not actually be there. Upper management was very demanding of all employees to know the industry like a pro.

    Advice to Management

    Find a better inventory system to improve day to day operations for people in the store and improve in store training opportunities.


  6. "Great company"

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    Current Employee - Sales Manager
    Current Employee - Sales Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Online trainings, ability to move up

    Cons

    Constantly have to grow year over year if you want to get paid. Sales will always have peaks and valleys. Mostly peaks if your good at what you do !!

    Advice to Management

    Retain Talent !!


  7. "Okay"

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    Current Employee - Part-Time Sales Support
    Current Employee - Part-Time Sales Support
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Fastenal part-time

    Pros

    If you stayed with the company and knew what you were doing, you would be promoted every 6 months. The managers are usually cool. You are your own boss

    Cons

    Weak pay. If you get a low volume store, then there is no job satisfaction. I find myself sitting there looking at the clock waiting for my shift to end.

    Advice to Management

    To the higher ups. You got to do a better job at retaining employees. Over the course of 6 months, I saw too many people come and go

  8. "Good Company"

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    Former Employee - Outside Sales Representative in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Outside Sales Representative in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Fastenal full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Very Laid back
    Good upper management

    Cons

    Sometimes they have unrealistic sales goals but aren't too strict about it

    Advice to Management

    Really provide better training tools. New guys get thrown in and have no clue what's going on. Fastenal has tons of resources to make your job easier, but no one knows they are there.


  9. "Sales Rep"

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    Current Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Pensacola, FL
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Pensacola, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Provided fair pay
    Freedom to perform different activities and operations
    Flexible work hours during the day
    Had a friendly work environment

    Cons

    Did not provide much much room for upward movement
    Inventory was very difficult track and was often unaccounted for because of the multitude of small parts and SKU's

    Advice to Management

    Hire college graduates with some sort of business degree.


  10. "Outside sales"

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    Former Employee - Outside Sales Representative in Baton Rouge, LA
    Former Employee - Outside Sales Representative in Baton Rouge, LA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Fastenal full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Freedom to work on your own. easily achievable sales goals. Easy to clock out and forget about work.

    Cons

    The best person for the job isn't always promoted to that position.

    Advice to Management

    Don't be afraid to get rid of branch managers that aren't performing. I've seen too many branch managers run a store into the ground because they didn't know how to manage.


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