Fastenal Reviews

Updated 24 October 2014
Updated 24 October 2014
641 Reviews
2.9
641 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 46 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Don't get deceived

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Developer in Bangalore
    Current Employee - Developer in Bangalore

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

    Pros

    Anyone who had worked here for a few weeks wouldn't have Pro to mention here

    Cons

    It would be a never ending list. But few to mention so that fellow engineer may escape from hell
    1) Quick Hire and Quick Fire - they don't think before hiring and they give no reasons for firing
    2) No basic courtesy - management behavior is very volatile after hiring and you can sense the difference once you on-boarding is complete
    3) No goals - entire IT team works in an adhoc manner due to absence of leadership qualities
    4) No corporate culture - You are expected to take orders without any questions. If so you will be framed and screwed for lifetime
    5) No ethics - Dummy HR and no one to support employees in case of any grievances

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please think twice before you hire engineers and don't kill someones carrier & future due to lack of planning

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Developer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Developer in Bangalore
    Current Employee - Developer in Bangalore

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

    Pros

    There is no positives to be found at that wretched place.

    Cons

    Very problematic to work at that place. No peace of mind. No body has any sense off things going on. On source vs off source issue. Little mad VP and managers.

    They hire and fire without any reason.

    No minimum decency. Your are expected to take orders and you will not even know, why you are fired.

    Neither you will learn anything from this company.

    Somehow it feels good to be get fire by this company.

    Make a informed decision before joining this place, if you have to join. Talk to more than couple of people who have worked or working before you join, if you must need to join.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Don't join if you value your career and expect people to treat you with self respect

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Developer in Bangalore
    Former Employee - Developer in Bangalore

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

    Pros

    No Pros for genuine professionals. People are not treated with even a basic courtesy and are considered as mere order takers with no questions or reasoning.

    Cons

    Surprised to see that I'm the first person to write a review. A bunch more got separated from this company before me.

    Fastenal IT India is a new company in Bangalore which is operating for last 6+ months and fired more people than the number of months of its existence.

    Its my fault to join this company as I was invited to the company with lot of expectations. But disappointed to see the real picture on joining the company. Its a very small office with handful of people and tend to get monitored including personal phone calls on mobile. People are treated as dummies and no respect. This is the first MNC that I have come through which has hire and fire policy for no reason. I'm one of the victims and the reason I was asked to leave is that I commute long distance between home and work. If you want to get yourself assessed within a week by managers, you can join this company.

    I had travelled to Australia, US & UK while employed with my previous employers but have not seen a work place like this. I learn't that I was a backfill for a position which was left by one other employee within short span (less than two months) and he is happily enjoying the work now at Oracle. If I had this knowledge before joining I would have done more ground work before making this fateful decision of joining Fastenal IT India.

    Even after reading this review you have thoughts of joining this company, please take time to visit the office and check with the existing employees there. My prayers are there for you!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I honestly wouldn't recommend this company even for my enemy. Learn to treat people in the right way. Just because you employ it doesn't mean you can take employees for ride and demoralize them. Be reasonable and realistic.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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    Sales Support/Sales Trainee

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Support/Sales Trainee
    Former Employee - Sales Support/Sales Trainee

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, Competitive Pay, Team oriented atmosphere. Communication flowed freely from part time employees up through district managers.

    Cons

    There seemed to be constant reshuffling of employees within the district. All employees outside of branch managers were subject to being moved to a different branch to accommodate for changing needs. It was not mandatory, but made to feel "necessary" for you development within the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Pretty good company

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

    I have been working at Fastenal

    Pros

    Good experience for a first job

    Cons

    Not much room for advancement

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Decent company to work for.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - OUTSIDE SALES in Dallas, GA (US)
    Current Employee - OUTSIDE SALES in Dallas, GA (US)

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

    Pros

    Advancement availability due to high turnover
    Good part-time pay
    Low to medium stress work environment
    Good training

    Cons

    Pay not adequate
    50 hour standard workweek
    Very few holidays give days off
    Advancement difficulties spending on management
    Never show appreciation or gratitude, always asking why more wasn't done
    Education not valued

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value workers that have education and potential to lead in the company
    Pay better!
    ROI keeps DM's from paying adequately in some districts

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    This company is good to work for if you're going into an engineering field later on.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Part-Time Sales Support in Louisville, KY (US)
    Current Employee - Part-Time Sales Support in Louisville, KY (US)

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

    Pros

    Most engineering companies buy from Fastenal and know that you will have more knowledge on fasteners and other things than other candidates. It also can help you build relationships with engineers if you're working while in school.

    Cons

    Management is usually people with little or no college education. The penny pushing culture of the company can be very annoying, especially when it results in no pay raises for part-time employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You must spend money to make money

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Sales associate

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Part-Time Sales Support in Indianapolis, IN (US)
    Current Employee - Part-Time Sales Support in Indianapolis, IN (US)

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

    Pros

    Flexibility for school, opportunity for advancement, sales training

    Cons

    Over expectations for tasks of work, Low income, lack of resources

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more quality personel

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    General Manager

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    At the retail front, Fastenal allows new employees to establish work experience in industrial sales while interacting with various clientele, that include but not limited to OEM and tier one suppliers. Advancements are promoted from within. This is an ideal fit for individuals looking for experience in the related field. There are basically three positions at the store level. Inside Sales, Outside Sales, and General Manager. If income is what motivates you then the General Manager role would be the appealing position; or ultimately District Manager. Personal opinion, out of the three positions General Manager is the only career position. General Managers make a salary range between 30-35,000 plus commission. Annual compensation Avg is 50,000. with the ability to make much more.

    Cons

    As a career you want to make it to a General Manager. Once in this position you will be faced with the challenge of high employee turn over. Another issue to mention is pricing and ultimately margin on product. National Accounts play a vital role in companies success. On a store level, a well balanced client portfolio will help establish a well rounded book of business; in turn will help your commission based compensation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change pay structure for non management personnel to reduce high employee turn over. Increase inside sale employees. Floating management to uniform districts, and overall success.

  11.  

    It was actually great. Shot up the ladder fast!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Government Sales Specialist in Austin, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Government Sales Specialist in Austin, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to advance. Opportunity to travel. Opportunity to work anywhere in the US. OK pay initially for a single person

    Cons

    Corporate structure is so far removed from us that we are just an employee number. Break a corporate rule and you will be fired. Pay is great for us in specialist roles and upper management roles but below that the pay is marginal for single men and women. Part time pay is...well..part time pay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get to know us in your specialist roles. We are just as valuable as your low level VA personnel. I really loved my job. Did a good job and if you knew me I would still be there. Violation of a company policy is not a good reason to be fired in every case. I sacrificed a great deal of time from my family in order to move the sales needle for you. Being fired with a piece of paper from the fax machine made me feel less than human. Although I'm clearly unhappy about my firing. I only wish continued success to my old Government team. AL, KF, JS & SD Gulf Coast District.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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