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Fastenal Reviews

Updated October 21, 2017
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  • 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 92 reviews)

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  1. "Great people. Okay company"

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    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Fort Worth, TX
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Fort Worth, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Most of the managers are great, and very motivational.

    Cons

    Training was mediocre, and the pay was not great.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in more thorough hands on training. You have great employees. Pay them more.


  2. "No thanks...."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Fastenal full-time

    Pros

    Very independent- you practically run your own business

    Cons

    Subpar pay compare to other companies in the same industry

    Turnover makes keeping teams together impossible

  3. "Good"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Fastenal full-time

    Pros

    Insurance cool great chill easy

    Cons

    Competative boring long whatever yep


  4. 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.


  5. "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.


  6. "Horrible"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Elizabeth City, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Elizabeth City, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nothing is worth working here

    Cons

    Horrible pay. Screw you out of any commission possible. make any suggestion to management they don't like. Fire you.

    Advice to Management

    Get bent


  7. "Skip this company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Fastenal full-time

    Pros

    Do not have to work weekends. They usually have new trucks (less than 3 yrs old) for employees to deliver supplies with.

    Cons

    Poor management, do not care about anything but themselves. Commission is usually 2% at best, they will tell you it is better, but after you are penalized for made up BS you are lucky to get 2%
    It is hard to sell anything when prices are too high and you have to wait 3 days for a district manager to approve a lower price, by then the customer has already bought it elsewhere.

  8. "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


  9. "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.


  10. "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.


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