Fastenal

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Fastenal Reviews

Updated 18 August 2014
Updated 18 August 2014
639 Reviews

2.9
639 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 39 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 43 reviews)

  • Upper management wants a lot from you and doesn't give much to any in return (in 34 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Pros

    i like the dress code it is very professional and makes me feel like a grown adult in real life when im there with their employees

    Cons

    i dont really have any off the top of my head they were nice people and i think that i would do well at the job there

  2.  

    Good

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - OUTSIDE SALES  in  Bakersfield, CA (US)
    Current Employee - OUTSIDE SALES in Bakersfield, CA (US)

    Pros

    Gaining a lot of experience

    Cons

    Working a lot of hours for little pay

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    General manager

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    Current Employee - General Manager  in  Amite, LA (US)
    Current Employee - General Manager in Amite, LA (US)

    Pros

    Great teamwork atmosphere between stores. Insurance is good and not expensive. Hours are good. This company has a wonderful training program. If you are hired.. Train! It helps everyone! Pay is good.

    Cons

    District manager is inexperienced in "family". Too much micromanaging. This company should make it a policy to train ALL personal at THEIR facility so EVERYONE is working the "Fastenal way". The foundation of this company is wonderful! It's the arrogance in management that makes it difficult. This store is closing and this small area NEEDS this store here. Find ways to reduce overhead and reduce store size to keep this in the area. Only take a second to lose a customer. It's taken me an extreme amount to effort to mend bridges to get customers. Think about it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take the time to train ALL employees for the sake of the customer and the employee. Take harassment and discrimination seriously. In my case, not much was done and I feel almost forced to leave WHILE HE GETS TO STAY.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Very rewarding, great place to get experience during school

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    Current Employee - Sales Support  in  Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Sales Support in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    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
  6.  

    Sales Tranie

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good Hours, Good work environment

    Cons

    Advancement leaves you will more stress for not very much more pay

  7.  

    A love hate relationship

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Support  in  Phoenix, AZ (US)
    Current Employee - Sales Support in Phoenix, AZ (US)

    Pros

    Pretty decent benefits and a great 401k package. Lots of little perks (sporting event's, vendor demos) that will keep you happy for a little while. Meet lots of people. The Fastenal School of Business is a great resource to improve your skills.

    Cons

    Long hours, lack of leadership, very high turnover. very confusing pay structure. Accepting certain positions will basically put a ceiling on your career even though it is presented as an equal position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better Communication

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great Training Program & Advancement Opportunity

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Part-Time Fastenal Sales Trainee  in  Jacksonville, NC (US)
    Former Employee - Part-Time Fastenal Sales Trainee in Jacksonville, NC (US)

    Pros

    The materials in their training program are really informative and I think the interactive training modules are really helpful. Opportunity to advance in the company. Work in Sales and drive the company truck to meet with clients. Working part-time gives a flexible schedule. Decentralized company so it is like you own your own branch, but all branches have access to a wide network of corporate assistance.

    Cons

    Advancement opportunity can mean moving to another store or city. Sometimes boring and unfulfilling..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Positivity

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Could be better.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Unit Load Picker  in  Indianapolis, IN (US)
    Former Employee - Unit Load Picker in Indianapolis, IN (US)

    Pros

    The managers are really nice people, they will listen to you and help you. The company also has flexible schedule, so if you are in school, the managers would be empathetic. Also there is some great people working there. The pay is ok.

    Cons

    There is no opportunity to grow, you will be doing the same thing every day, so the job is very repetitive. You will be a part-time employee for a long time. I only saw ONE full time position available, and who knows who gets it, also no benefits.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Good place to work while in school

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Part-Time Sales Support  in  Akron, OH (US)
    Current Employee - Part-Time Sales Support in Akron, OH (US)

    Pros

    Flexible hours made juggling life as a full-time student and a part-time employee very easy. Each store environment is greatly influenced by it's GM. I had an amazing GM who worked with my schedule and was a great leader/manager. Then I was transferred to a store where the GM was a jerk with an ego and a military-style work ethic. All of the sudden, my job became hell. Overall, Fastenal is fun, laid back, and was a great part-time job - if you are lucky enough to be placed at a store with a good GM.

    Cons

    Upper management (the district managers - I worked under two different one during my three-year employment) are the cliche "how did they get that high in the company with how emotionally unintelligent and lack of knowledge?" types. But you do not have to deal with them too often, especially as a part-timer.

    Work environment is highly dependent on each individual store GM.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Part-time

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sasles Associate  in  Lexington-Fayette, KY (US)
    Current Employee - Sasles Associate in Lexington-Fayette, KY (US)

    Pros

    Works well with college scheduel.

    Cons

    Repetitive work on a daily basis.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good people.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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