Fastenal Reviews

Updated 24 April 2015
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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. Helpful (10)

    " Hire and Fire comapany ”

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    This is totally garbage company to work with totally time waste . If someone reason your stupid enough to say yes and recruit yourself(like me) biggest mistake you ever done and they will not hesitate to kill by disgusting msg if you don't obey their words I should say more like a BULLY so at least think a million times before joining as employee

    Cons

    Management- Absolutely Pathetic .Dictator style of Management that has no idea about his job and keeps bullying and harassing all techincal guys to cover up for the self- incompetency and zero knowledge about how to run the Organization. Few people are given important roles in the office because of their apparent closeness to Management

    1) No evaluation methods, they fire people if they don't like your face
    2) You may be fired at any time without prior notice beware of this
    3) HR professionals are horrible arrogant no respect to employees
    4) JOB security is very very low
    5) Unproessional people at top level
    6) Many more to say but beware of this company,never ever join this hell
    7) The technology sector of this company is run by a unprofessional people
    8) Like BPO, they do hiring & firing in Technology as well.I have seen more than 9 fired in last 6 months.
    9) Leadership does not have correct strategy to make it better, infact its going worse
    10) Candidtae having good profile does not even come for the interviews

    Advice to Management

    Don't think that money can buy everything, start treating people well and this way you can retain talents in your company. Please get rid of unprofessional managers as soon as possible otherwise this will kill the brand name in India

  2. Helpful (12)

    "Hazardous to career"

    • 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 a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    I did not find any thing good in Fastenal. They just used their intial paycheck as a trap to catch the simply and gentle people. Only reason i rated 5 star - please try to understand

    Cons

    It is a proprietorship firm with no corporate culture. Following are some points which reflect the true colour of its filthy business model:

    1. Power of the management is in the hand of people who are unemployable to other firms and therefore, live on flattery to the management in usa and practice filthy politics to stay in the position.

    2. Highest attrition rate due to false promises during recruitment, be at research or business development level. Currently, might be the top company in Bangalore where sizeable number of employees abscond within a short span of time. Currently the brand name is zero in the market that they are not getting good people

    3. No training, unrealistic pressure, no reward but all blame game job environment. Junior level employees are treated as slaves and are pushed to work hard.

    4. The objective of the company in india is simple, create some fake results and earn money as much as they can

    5. Managers and HR are the worst in the company

    6. The funniest and last but not the least part is that, all the positive feedbacks written against the company in web reviews are instructed by the management to mislead people.

    7. This is not a company but a shop. Don't destroy your career by joining this shop. Many careers have already been destroyed by them. Many people have absconded from this company. Some employees are pressured to leave. If you dont lick the top management they boot you. WARNING: Do NOT join.

    Advice to Management

    1. Nothing... they are all rotten.
    2. Why all the lies and deceit? Grow up. Employees are not your slaves. Mistreating employees has led to a very bad name for your SHOP. Management team must be replaced. Senior management is terrible. This SHOP is a trap to destroy your career
    3. No growth, excessive politics, no leaves are given if you stress more that could be your last working day Recent college graduates should realize that the company is no longer a start-up; you're joining a medium sized firm that's still struggling to find its way in a sea of competitors. If you're talented enough, you'd be better off trying for Google or another quality big firm to shore up your skills, and THEN move to a start-up

  3. Helpful (2)

    Are you good in politics as well as a joker? well join Fastenal!

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Pay was good, however no consistency

    Cons

    I joined the company this year in February and got fired in month of March. At the time of joining company made big promises to me and after some time they betrayed. Current old managers are playing bad politics and creating a very very bad environment for a new comer to survive in the company. I was frustrated in just a month over there. I have never seen such a worst company in my career.No growth of knowledge they just don't have work and they try to create work so starts new project and after sometime closes the project and fires the developers and again hires new developers. that is the cycle!

    Advice to Management

    Grow up, become real "leaders", train yourselves on how a real business runs and implement that in your daily tasks.Learn how to lead and manage. Managers and HR needs to control his temper and stoop creating an atmosphere where employees are afraid. Send the people to management training and hire more leaders and less warm bodies.

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  5. Helpful (3)

    Most Unprofessional company leaded by a moron with illogical management

    • 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 a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    I don't see any positives other than salary(that too if u managed to get it)

    Cons

    Zero Ethical Values among employees :- All the employees have become completely blind by the amount of money they are getting. Everyone have lost their Values. For a new joinee it is very unlikely to find anyone who will help him in understanding the work. In fact anyone joining new gets to be the victim of the Poor Politics that is at work here. As a exception , there are very few employees who are good -:)

    Zero Adherence to any organisation Structure:- There is no Organisation Structure or the hierarchy. There is only one hierarchy that is at work here and it resembles that of Jungle Raaj. Just as the Lion is the King of the Jungle and may kill anyone anytime and the Fox is the animal with quick wit and intelligence which keeps on showing False Loyalty to the king, Similar is the story of this organisation, Only one person leads the organisation and other persons who show loyalty to him are the ones who are safe.Others may be fired anytime for any reason.

    There are innumerable Value Issues which gets created/destroyed just on the words of the top Management

    No Job Security within the organisation:- As told previously that Jungle Raaj Prevails and thus the person loyal to the Head will be safe and those who holds the purpose of getting the earning by working can be told that he/she is a bottom performer and is thus terminated. Strange enough, The systems of performance evaluation,etc (due to which a persons salary gets hold if he/she fails to fill the achievements) are not considered while making the decision.No time for relieving, Last day you will be told for termination without any information and even without any reason.

    Very Less Job Satisfaction:- Even if you spend all your day in the company at times you will not find satisfaction with your job and you will not get the feeling of contributing to the organisations growth, etc

    Last but not least :- They dont give relieving letter and it create serious problem while transition to other companies. For your problem dont reach out to HR or Top Manager as it will increase your problems instead of listening to your issue.

    Advice to Management

    Please treat the people as an important part of your company and not slaves otherwise there could be any day when u feel a huge shortage of quality workers.

  6. Helpful (3)

    Work here if you want to experience what hell is like. Dont say that no one warned you!

    • 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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    none none none none none none

    Cons

    Bad mouthing isn't good but i just can't control myself to do so. The day i joined the company, i realized that i have done a major mistake of my career. Forget about training and certification, you won't gain a single skill in the company. A very poor management, no HR policies defined, u'll starve if u forget to bring ur lunch box (no cafeteria), unhealthy work environment, no cab facility even for female employees etc etc. So called management doesn't have any courtesy or manner how to behave with employees. Even today, i dnt know what exactly the company is about, whether its an IT company or its in to website development or an in to event management. So i would recommend not even think of joining it. Totally unprofessional culture, Employees work in this company under the dictatorship of the man who doesn't know how to talk and treat the employees.

    I don't know where to begin as there are so many cons:

    Totally unprofessional work culture.
    Everything is decided by the middle management of this company. Policies are changed every month.
    Employees are treated very badly by the management. Freshers are treated even worse.
    Immediate termination of employees is very common.
    There are no experienced resources. Freshers are hired from time to time to do the work.
    You will be blackmailed if you resign from the job like you won't get any experience letter etc.
    You may be spied on by someone. So please be careful.
    According to the management, you are the worst employee if you have left this company.
    You won't get the promised appraisal but if you are liar you will get what you need
    forget self respect before joining the company or entering the company premises

    There are many more but I think these are enough to make you believe that Hell exists

    Advice to Management

    Please learn how to treat employees with respect. and don't believe people around you because they are misleading you and samething applicable to management above you

  7. Innovative company

    • 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 (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Lets go by the facts, great work without a doubt!. Check it out yourself Google the "Forbes Innovative Companies List"

    You will see Fastenal listed as the 19th Most innovative Company

    Obviously an innovative company needs innovative people. We are a bunch of fun loving people, play, work and have fun.

    Flexible timing, great work, fruit basket ! This is the company where I can see that my code written is actually churning revenue for the company.

    I don't know about the past, but I LOVE the work and fun at work.

    Cons

    The company is new in India and the management is still in the process of setting up the policies. I am sure it will be great in a few months

    Advice to Management

    I feel that the induction of new employees should be more formal and the new employee should be given an over view of the products that we are working on.

  8. Helpful (9)

    I wish there were negative ratings in glassdoor. This experience has scarred me for life.

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    -Training to stress test yourself.
    - Makes your life easy if you wanna punish yourself.
    - Training for chamchagiri and petty politics on a daily basis.
    - Refer your enemies into it and you would regret doing that later, knowing their torture.

    Cons

    - Policies don't mean a thing in this place.
    - Anyone can be fired at any time. I've seen notice periods vary from 1 day to 3 months based on managements call. Final settlement & relieving letter is on management's discretion.
    - Salary can be revised at any point of time. Agreements don't mean a thing here.
    - Managers are very outdated technically and tactically. They are not even good at playing mind games. Every trick they play is pretty obvious, yet muscle their way with the position they have.
    - Most of them try to project others work as theirs. This is true especially with managers.
    - General practice is to hire new people for projects. Get some bakra to finish the project, pushing him to this limits. Then they fire the guy and let the idiots(with petty salaries) manage the maintenance work.
    - There is absolutely no good way to part ways with this company. Management will screw your life while leaving the company.
    - Company's future in India is doubtful as far as the technical team is concerned.
    - One should not have any self respect to survive in that environment.

           I regret meeting the management there. Worst thing to have happened to my life.

    Nobel peace price can be awarded to any sincere guy working there for more than one years.

    Advice to Management

    A word to HR: You do have a considerable pull with the top management there. However, it doesn't mean you are paying the employees or you own them. It only means you are a very good chamcha. Stop throwing tantrums and start respecting fellow employees.
    Others: No advice from me. No point filling water into drainage.

  9. Helpful (4)

    Don't ignore the bad reviews. Don't make a BIG mistake!

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    None even one. Less we talk more sensible we are

    Cons

    whatever positive reviews are on this site are most likely written by two people at the direction of the company management, which wants you to believe things that just are not true. This place was a nightmare. After almost two months I found other employment. Other reviews are right on point; this company is a revolving door for employees who are let go, laid off or fired without rhyme or reason. After you resign from this company they will treat you like a jerk and they will create the problems for all exit formalities. Management will blackmail you saying that we will not give you the good feedback for future employer and all nonsense with Unprofessional talk and Cheapness all around. I can't imagine myself there are people like this in management in this modern era behaves like a monarachi government

    Advice to Management

    Unprofessional environment,Cheapness all leave employees drained, unhappy, and feeling unappreciated.Limited opportunities for growth. Leadership is in complete denial about real problems. Listen to feedback and move forward. There is a reason why so many people have left and are leaving

  10. Helpful (5)

    “Stay away from this company. Don't waste your time! ”

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    There is nothing good to say about this job or company

    Cons

    You will be asked to jump through hoops for interview after interview, which will be with people that treat you like you are nothing more than the dirt on their shoe. You will have to answer ridiculous questions and be subjected to your first glimpses of the big boys club another reviewer touched on. You will be given a very untrue view of the company and what your job will be like, note I said VERY UNTRUE view. If you are hired you will then go through your brain washing week.Taking a job here means leaving your pride at the door, and hating the everyday work life Fastenal provides. Do yourself a favour, steer clear. Management lies, micro managed, no respect for workers, you are JUST A NUMBER. They will fire you if you disagree with their view. Management behaves like a great lord with meaning less talks

    Advice to Management

    get new management including HR that are honest, know how to lead properly without lies and threats, dig deeper into whats going on in the IT field

  11. Helpful (5)

    “Sinking Ship, get a life vest and JUMP!!! For those looking, stay on solid ground..... ”

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    NOT EVEN ONE EXCEPT FREE PARKING , FREE APPLES

    Cons

    You are very disposable and undervalued if you become an employee here. Almost on a weekly basis someone is either being fired, forced into resign or let go, thus the atmosphere is very dismal, unstable and depressing. Some of the people I worked with were great, but about 90% of them aren't even there anymore. You should run far away from this company or if you end up working here you may become a scapegoat for their poor management decisions. VERY BAD MANAGEMENT AND WORST PEOPLE SURROUNDING YOU .

    ONLY ONE WORD ABOUT THIS COMPANY IS , ..... IF U WANTED TO SPOIL YOUR LIFE, CAREER... YOU CAN JOIN

    Advice to Management

    1.Learn to value your employees personally and professionally
    2.STOP WRITING fake reviews all by yourselves
    3.Sort yourselves out - the way you treat your staff is appalling and verging on illegal. Start valuing your staff and treating them like human beings instead of commodities to be cast aside when it suits you

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