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Fastenal Reviews

Updated September 22, 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 90 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Just another poor sales JOB"

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    Former Employee - Outside Sales Representative in Fort Worth, TX
    Former Employee - Outside Sales Representative in Fort Worth, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Fastenal (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Nights and weekends off.

    Cons

    The downside to working at Fastenal is the sales process they go through. I know location matters, so the location I worked at in Fort Worth was awful. It was a smaller store and had no government accounts at all. They will guarantee you a great salary but then you get commission taken away if the customers do not pay there account..even if the account was previously with another sales rep before you started. The branch I worked at was in question of ethics, they had very shady sales techniques and did not keep customers in good prospective except for a few. If you want a sales job where you are out in the "field" from 8am to 4pm, then this is your job..You also need to be an expert at a million different industrial products..there are much better sales jobs out there.

    Advice to Management

    Provide much better sales training at the BRANCH OFFICE, not just the HUB in Denton.


  2. "Sales"

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    Former Employee - Outside Sales Representative in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Outside Sales Representative in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Fastenal (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great people, great hours. no weekends

    Cons

    low commission - hard to overcome growth when you have to fill vending machines

    Advice to Management

    pay your salesman more and they won't leave.

  3. "Review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at Fastenal full-time

    Pros

    Good entry level career
    Working monday through friday.

    Cons

    Commission structure isn't very good.

    Advice to Management

    Pay more and keep good employees


  4. "Inside Sales"

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    Current Employee - Inside Sales in Odessa, TX
    Current Employee - Inside Sales in Odessa, TX

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, positions across the country, can move up

    Cons

    A lot of driving, depends on strength of local economy, can burn out.


  5. "Great opportunities"

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    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 full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Fastenal is a great place to work for those with an entrepreneurial spirit. There are plenty of advancement opportunities. The compensation is fantastic and the company is loaded with competent teammates.

    Cons

    The benefits are so-so. The culture is unique and may not mesh with everyone. The negatives are hard to think of so I am just typing to hit the minimum.


  6. "Great Start to my sales career"

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    Current Employee - Sales Support in Terre Haute, IN
    Current Employee - Sales Support in Terre Haute, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fastenal has provided me with great opportunity in order to succeed in a future career in sales

    Cons

    The sales reps need much better compensation for the work that they put in


  7. "Great job for just getting out of college"

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    Former Employee - Solutions Sales Specialist in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Solutions Sales Specialist in Columbus, OH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You make your own schedule. A lot of responsibility. A lot of freedom. Great team members. Management was willing to help at any moment

    Cons

    Doesn't pay well for amount of hours and work put in. Job can be very stressful when having to deal with some members of the team

  8. "District Operations Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    There was no Pros for this position

    Cons

    No direction from managers, overwhelming as I was given too many tasks and was not able to work overtime. Manager did not explain how to go about tasks and was hard to get a hold of when needed.


  9. "Good Company"

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Linden, NJ
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Linden, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours
    Good work environment

    Cons

    Work to pay ratio is a little off

    Advice to Management

    No advice


  10. "Great employer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Fastenal part-time

    Pros

    Promote from within.
    Great training on the job.

    Cons

    Not very competitive with pay until you have been with the company for a few years.


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