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Fastenal Reviews

Updated Jul 22, 2014
Fastenal – Macomb – “Outside a typical Fastenal store, 1400 East…”

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2.7 566 reviews

52% Approve of the CEO

Fastenal President, CEO, and Director Will Oberton

Will Oberton

(361 ratings)

42% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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 42 reviews)

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

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    Sales trainee

    Sales Trainee/Outside Sales (Current Employee) Springfield, OH (US)

    ProsGood hours and relatively good pay

    ConsNot a lot of training

    Advice to Senior ManagementInvest a little training into your new employees

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Part time.....for now,

    Sales Trainee/Outside Sales (Current Employee) Stockton, CA (US)

    ProsA lot to offer if you just wait. Seems like a high turnover rate for those who just wasn't sure what outside sales really means.

    ConsDon't know what the competition pays. May be a reason for high turnover.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPay for uniforms.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good place to start

    Account Specialist (Former Employee) Montreal, QC (Canada)

    ProsYou can growth and learn fast

    Consno sell training, your are by yourself, huge turnover

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Low pay and little incentive to improve

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Pros1) flexible schedule for school
    2) flexible schedule for school

    Cons1) low pay
    2) dishonesty about compensation
    3) micromanaged
    4) always more, more, more (and 90% of employees say this)
    5) work culture is cold, stale, unsupportive
    6) no sense of team and HUGE lack of support from DM and RVP

    so much more I could say, and being 100% honest, I don't even want to because it would not get heard by the people that matter. The problem is that new GMs and OSPs come in all gung-ho, but leadership is everything....poor leadership has led to more problems than I could ever record here. We have all heard that it rolls down hill. I see a LOT of remarks about greed and sadly, it is true. I constantly lose sales because Mcmaster Carr and Grainger are much cheaper. Word to upper management, "value" doesn't matter to people when they simply can't afford the price of gold for a bag of bolts.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSee above....and they'll ignore it anyways because THEIR bosses have the same mindset. Again, it rolls down hill.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Rewards hard work, dedication, and brains--Indianapolis distribution is a difficult.

    Distribution (Current Employee) Indianapolis, IN (US)

    ProsFastenal is a great place to work for those dedicated to their careers--you will not make it far without considerable personal sacrifice. If you like to work hard, though, it can be fun. (Distribution, I have no experience in sales)

    ConsStarting management positions (in Indianapolis distribution) pay horribly, almost insultingly low. Promotions can be attained if you have some leadership skill and are willing to work hard.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPractice what you preach, and think hard about that.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great experience, terrible management/pay

    Sales Support (Current Employee)

    ProsWork/life balance and flexibility
    Room for advancement

    ConsVery low pay
    Poor corporate help
    Weak low-level management
    Cronyism
    Nepotism

    Advice to Senior ManagementSimple; pay your employees and they won't leave in droves after being trained. Fastenal wastes thousands of dollars training employees only to see them leave with knowledge and an advanced skill set to work for a competitor that will pay a fair salary. Fastenal, you will NEVER be the "top dog" of the big industrial goods resellers/manufacturers until you make that simple change...and there is more then enough money to go around, its just simple greediness at this point.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great Company

    Sales Support (Current Employee) Akron, OH (US)

    ProsWork-Life Balance, They work around a school schedule, Flexible, Awesome Co-Workers

    ConsIf you're not a morning person, the 7:30 AM start time can be a little rough

    Advice to Senior ManagementHave more full time opportunities available

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Respectful coworkers, and satisfying work.

    Warehouse (Current Employee) Winona, MN (US)

    ProsRespectful workplace and co-workers.

    ConsManagement makes shortsighted decisions, always looking for the quick fix. Managers spend too much time working on the floor instead of managing and training their employees.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSpend more time on training and making sure employees are qualified to do their jobs.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Overall, a good experience to have for a first job out of college.

    Sales Trainee/Outside Sales (Current Employee) Santa Maria, CA (US)

    ProsGreat intro into sales and customer service. Helps builds skills in the business world from many different aspects.

    ConsPay structure is not competitive. Goals are a bit out of reach and your co-workers are not always the brightest. Its not easy to move up once you reach the OSP position.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great company culture, great experience, great environment, can improve

    General Manager (Former Employee) Orlando, FL (US)

    ProsExcellent company, decent pay if in a good territory, work/life balance, great leadership, coworkers and exceptional training program. Had the ability to work for 2 great DMs, an RVP that can lead and direct a successful team, and some of the best talent ive seen. Couldn't have asked for a better experience while employed.

    ConsHeavy workload, opportunity for growth if trying to follow DM path, no salary raises

    Advice to Senior ManagementRVP's should keep an open mind about out of state candidates and give top performers the opportunity to go head to head against your best GMs or you will never know what kind of talent exist out of your comfort zone. Rank your employees A, B, and C. Recognize and retain your A performers before it's too late.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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