Fastenal

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Fastenal Reviews

Updated 20 November, 2014
Updated 20 November, 2014
655 Reviews
2.9
655 Reviews
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Fastenal President, CEO, and Director Will Oberton
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Review Highlights

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 48 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.  

    very good

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    • Senior Management
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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)

    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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    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)

    Pros

    Good training and opportunity to progress from within.

    Cons

    low base pay for sales and middle management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great people to work with.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Fastenal full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Once full time their benefits are very good.

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    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

    Pros

    Nice people to work with

    Cons

    very old school
    very cheap

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Very rewarding, great place to get experience during school

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 an year)

    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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good place to start

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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)

    Pros

    You can growth and learn fast

    Cons

    no sell training, your are by yourself, huge turnover

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Disappointing Interview Process

    Current Employee - Customer Service/Sales in Elmira, ON
    Current Employee - Customer Service/Sales in Elmira, ON

    I have been working at Fastenal full-time

    Pros

    Hmmmm. Good smoke and mirrors job in getting me to come for an interview; followed up by a second interview. Then after being promised that I would hear back, never did.

    Cons

    Very inconsiderate in their hiring practices, and unethical. Should never promise they would contact me, either way regardless of the outcome, and never follow through. Curious if this is how they treat their customers. Hmmm

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have more professional HR/hiring practices. Managers should understand that if they promise to keep their word, to keep it. Do not be stringing potential new employees along.

    Doesn't Recommend
  9.  

    Not a good place

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Trainee in Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Sales Trainee in Toronto, ON

    I have been working at Fastenal full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Learn how to do business

    Cons

    everything WHICH HAPPENS THERE. NO MORE WORDS TO DESCRIBE

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    staff are humanbeing

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Ultimately frustrating and unrewarding shambles

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - General Warehouse in Edmonton, AB
    Current Employee - General Warehouse in Edmonton, AB

    I have been working at Fastenal part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Within a shambles lots of flexibility for p/t workers with corresponding easy-going attitude amongst co workers. Lots of opportunity to learn if you are keen, along with opportunity to step up into greater responsibility. Warehouse conditions fair.

    Cons

    Absolutely NO structured trainings. You learn as you go and your mistakes are covered over by Fastenal's exorbitant prices. Even as you step up into greater responsibility you will have to fight every inch to get even a tiny increase in your close-to-the-bottom pay. Warehouse work is heavy and cleanliness is most noticeable at ISO time. Reliance on poorly paid part time workers means an ever shifting work force which works against any attempts to create continuity and improve standards.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The bleak contrast between workers' pay and the continuous boasting in corporate literature about growing profits says it all. The Fastenal machine works as it does.......for the few at the top. Creating a company which attracted commitment through treating employees as people who'd like to grow within and contribute to the company, rather than here today, gone tomorrow drones, would be a lovely thing for you to do.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Good people, bad turn over

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Hamilton, ON
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Hamilton, ON

    I worked at Fastenal full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Room for advancement because everyone quits or gets fired so fast

    Cons

    turn over, the company has a 1 and done policy it seems, 1 year and done

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit firing people

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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