Fastenal

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Fastenal Reviews

Updated 1 February 2015
Updated 1 February 2015
719 Reviews
2.9
719 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 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.  

    You actually get noticed for hard work!

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    Current Employee - QC Auditor in Denton, TX (US)
    Current Employee - QC Auditor in Denton, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    Good pay considering they work with your school schedule and treat you really well! Leadership really knows a lot about what happens!

    Cons

    No negatives. Great company with great atmosphere! There is a huge ability to grow in the company! I love it.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Very glad I started my sales career here!

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    Former Employee - General Manager in Denver, CO (US)
    Former Employee - General Manager in Denver, CO (US)

    I worked at Fastenal

    Pros

    -Great place to start a sales career.
    -Fastenal School of Business has a wide variety of quality training for employees to develop themselves. Use these resources to develop yourself into a great sales person and leader and it will pay off.
    -The products and services you have to sell are almost endless.
    -For a $3B company they are still very decentralized, individual stores still have a fair amount of freedom in how to run their business (if you are growing profitably). If you're not doing well, you lose that freedom. The amount of control and freedom each store has definitely lessened during my time here.
    -If you are tied into good managers (GM and/or DM) your experience here will be good.
    -Overall the people I worked with were GREAT.
    - You can move up the corporate ladder here quickly to low/mid level management. I went from Part-time sales support to General Manager in under 3 years. I know other that did it faster and even moved up to District Manager quickly.
    -They promote from within. Rarely hire from outside the company for General Manager and above.
    -Good benefits. Fastenal's stock shares do very well long term and in good years the company pays out a lot of stock to employees. No complaints about health benefits.
    -Company's stated culture and values are great. Many people try to work and live by them.

    Cons

    -You probably wont make a lot of money with Fastenal year after year. Base pay is low, commissions can pay well if you have high margins and high growth. But to maintain high margins and growth percentages consistently year after year isn't likely. Chances of getting a raise on your base salary is close to zero.
    -If you are tied into poor managers (GM and/or DM) your experience here will not be good.
    -For most sales people, but not all, this is no longer a place to spend you entire career.
    -They don't pay well enough to bring in experienced sales people from the outside.
    -Some managers do not uphold company's stated culture and values.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Don't lose the company founders belief in hiring great people and letting them make their own choices to build a successful business. That is how all of you got into upper management.
    -Get back to being more decentralized, let you good stores have more control, and let new managers of failing stores have that same local control.
    -Keep investing in your people.
    -Pay better to reduce turnover of employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Company wants to be larger than it is

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    Former Employee - General Manager in Hauppauge, NY (US)
    Former Employee - General Manager in Hauppauge, NY (US)

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

    Pros

    Ability to have a dislocation from direct management, to set sales your way.
    Company 4x4 pick up trucks.
    Average competitive pricing.
    Although slow-- internal manufacturing offered hard to get items

    Cons

    Company is overexerted in terms of brick and mortar and otherwise.
    Overworked underpaid employees.
    Understaffed branches.
    Different divisions taking directive off direct sales.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    At least in my market NY: Long Island, the availability of a product is frequently an issue. The branch model does not work with cost cutting inventory reductions at the HUBS. This prevents sales. Branches should be staffed by more employees-- perhaps less branches.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5.  

    Great place to work,Good quality work and innovative environment

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    Current Employee - IT Analyst in Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - IT Analyst in Bangalore (India)

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

    Pros

    It's a world of learning new things every day.. Good Pay Competitor

    Cons

    Growth is slow but you will grow once prove yourself to the organisation.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Productive and great workplace

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    Current Employee - Technical Lead in Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Technical Lead in Bangalore (India)

    I have been working at Fastenal

    Pros

    The best thing about FASTENAL is the constant competition and drive to overcome challenge with team effort. It is a company that directly rewards achievement and places focus on merit above all else.
    I learned the ropes on how to successfully canvass, develop, and generate revenue from a geographic territory.

    Cons

    Hardest part of the job is dealing with customizations. Enjoyable part is satisfying the client.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Intern

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Fastenal as an intern (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good people that want you to succeed and go to the next level. Area to grow within the company and places to let uou grow.

    Cons

    Pay is low for industry but pay is based on how hard you want to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take advice from employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great Company to work for

    Current Employee - District Sales Manager in Monterrey, Nuevo León (Mexico)
    Current Employee - District Sales Manager in Monterrey, Nuevo León (Mexico)

    I have been working at Fastenal

    Pros

    Growth opportunities and great values

    Cons

    No cons that I can share

  9.  

    Best Organization to grow the Career with lots of benefits.

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    Current Employee - Senior Dot Net Developer in Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Senior Dot Net Developer in Bangalore (India)

    I have been working at Fastenal

    Pros

    Nice values and culture, good quality work and innovative environment.
    good projects and can grow to any limits, all resources for learning available within company.

    Cons

    Recognition in big companies is sometimes difficult, some time excellent works are not acknowledged.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good in all Aspects.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Lead in Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Technical Lead in Bangalore (India)

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

    Pros

    Employee friendly, carreer oriented programs,Product base and complex problem and solution. Best place to lean and work, bcoz of tie ups with different clients exposure is more

    Cons

    Proper direction for senior associates,The company always takes great initiative to cater the need of employees but management doesn't help the employees to sync with the organisations initiative

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Awesome team

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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