Fastenal Reviews

Updated 24 April, 2015
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Leland Hein
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Pros
  • Part time work is great for a high school student of a full time college student (in 48 reviews)

  • It was a good place to learn and get promoted (in 14 reviews)

Cons
  • Starting at part time for minimum wage with a four year degree is ridiculous (in 50 reviews)

  • Upper management wants a lot from you and doesn't give much to any in return (in 39 reviews)

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  1. Decent for student

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    Current Employee - Material Handler
    Current Employee - Material Handler

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible hours, good part time work for high school and college students

    Cons

    $11/he start, $0.25 raise every 6 month, general labour top pay $15/hr

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees and reduce time to make changes, employees are afraid to speak up because they fear loss of job and when they do ask or suggest they get over looked

  2. Good opportunities for advancement for hard working individuals

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - General Manager
    Current Employee - General Manager

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good pay and opportunities, not micromanaged. Fast paced, days fly by. No weekends or evenings. Small teams in branches allow for comfortable team environments. Freedom to manage your own time, take breaks at your pace, not on a schedule.

    Cons

    Can take a long time to move up. Starting salaries are too low and most external applicants have to start out part-time with no guarantee to move into a full time role at all or within a reasonable time frame.

    Advice to Management

    Offer more full time starting positions to attract better talent. Better starting pay for full timers

  3. Great Co-oworkers

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Specialist in Halifax, NS
    Former Employee - Account Specialist in Halifax, NS

    I worked at Fastenal

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good starter job for business student or sales person

    Cons

    Corporate Changes are constant, corporate controls everything

    Advice to Management

    None

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  5. Helpful (2)

    No loyalty, other than to share holders!

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Former Employee - General Manager/Outside Sales Representative
    Former Employee - General Manager/Outside Sales Representative

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Industrial Sales Experience
    - Provide vehicle during business hours
    - Job opportunities
    - Experience working with a large High Performance Organisation

    Cons

    - Low base pay, and comissions are a joke. (unless you have big accounts assigned to you)
    - There are many job opportunities, not 'career' opportunities. (They create more part-time jobs, than full-time jobs)
    - Incompetence in upper and middle management.
    - Life/work balance suffers, especially if you're part of an underperforming store (where they don't pay for overtime)
    - Too many hats to wear (as an OSP, and/or GM), I was doing everything from sweeping the showroom floor to handling collections; and I was out on the road getting sales on a daily basis.
    - Stores are grossly understaffed and il-equipped for the work that needs to be done.
    - Unrealistic expectations
    - Comraderie will get you ahead in this company, hard work doesn't matter.
    - High turn-over, they constantly change employees (because they usually hire PT's, and not professionals)
    - Poor customer service retention.

    Fastenal is an industrial sales company that is also a high performance organisation. This means, they want to do more with less. They don't mind not paying salaries that are close to the national average because they can find someone else to do the work for a better price. They are only loyal to their shareholders.

    Advice to Management

    Care a little more about the "boots on the ground". Your shareholders wouldn't have anything to buy/trade, if it wasn't for your workforce, and your client base.

  6. very good

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - OUTSIDE SALES in Montreal, QC
    Current Employee - OUTSIDE SALES in Montreal, QC

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good team, great experience, flexible schedule, decentralized management, I have a very good time working there, and there are great possibilities of advancing in company

    Cons

    I have to develop new customer and try to make them appreciate fastenal, I hae to find ways to increase customer service

  7. Depends on where you are.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - General Manager in Stoney Creek, ON
    Former Employee - General Manager in Stoney Creek, ON

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good training and opportunity to progress from within.

    Cons

    low base pay for sales and middle management.

    Advice to Management

    Increase base pay to attract better talent and retain current talent.

  8. Great people to work with.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Once full time their benefits are very good.

    Cons

    High turnover rate not enough paid holidays, considering the fast paced work environment.

  9. This a was a co-op position.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Fastenal full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice people to work with

    Cons

    very old school
    very cheap

  10. Very rewarding, great place to get experience during school

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Support in Vancouver, BC
    Current Employee - Sales Support in Vancouver, BC

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    People are very friendly, and eager to help when you are stuck. It is always about teamwork for Fastenal.

    Cons

    Sometimes, when a branch is understaffed, it can be very overwhelming

  11. Good place to start

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Specialist in Montreal, QC
    Former Employee - Account Specialist in Montreal, QC

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You can growth and learn fast

    Cons

    no sell training, your are by yourself, huge turnover

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