Sales Associate (Part-time) (Current Employee) – Fairfax, VA – October 19, 2016
Amazing manager that could always make us work our hardest, strive for the best. Appreciated all the hard work and always open to new ideas that have to do with the store improvements. Makes sure that everyone is happy working together at the store. Co-workers are amazing and can cover for each other when needed.
Account Manager (Current Employee) – Bolingbrook, IL – January 5, 2018
Fastenal provides you with the sales tools to succeed in a competitive marketplace. The hardest part is gaining product knowledge in order to provide customers with answers they seek. Once you have a grasp on product and services you will then need to jump into a competitive field and win customers over. Depending on your book of business Fastenal can be a fast paced environment. If you are someone who likes a good challenge and are motivated by goals, there is a place for you at Fastenal. You work with team members to service customers and will rely on their help.
Learned a lot about office culture, but the pay was not good. Upper management would come to my University and talk a lot about how much you will learn about the job, but when I started working there they skimp out on pay.
Picker/Packer (Former Employee) – Denton, TX – January 2, 2018
overall, a good place to work, just didn't pay very much. very flexible with hours though. great college job. management is excellent, coworkers easy to get along with, laid back but fast paced culture. and again, great management.
Sales Support (Current Employee) – Sturgeon Bay, WI – January 2, 2018
My main job is to maintain the vending machine program at our Onsite. Using software I check on product that is below mininum or out of stock. I compile restock lists and then pick and deliver the items to each machine. I also check departments for needs of OEM parts and shop supplies. I create quotes for these items. I also take care of the OEM, shop supply needs and vending in a separate building. I take care of the supply, fastener and other needs of an adult workshop that does assembly for our customer. When in the office I wait on walk-in customers and provide quotes for tools, supplies and equipment.
Low pay, delivery to other buildings is cumbersome
Shipping Associate (Former Employee) – Jessup, PA 18434 – December 30, 2017
To advance in there company, you have to do a business plan. They take your ideas and never give anyone the job saying they have a hiring freeze. Management is all very young and never treat people professionally. Very low wage job with a lot expected out of you. They have a high turnover rate because they treat people very badly and push more work on you because they try to operate with skeleton crews because they can't get anyone to work there.
Low wages, unprofessional management, no full time
Fastebal DC is an amazing workplace environment that allows you to work at your own pace to accomplish tasks. I learned new skills at this corporation that I will carry with me into my future careers and endeavors. The hardest part of the job was sustaining the energy desired to be productive over the course of long shifts. Management is great because they allow for flexible hours which works well for college students.
Customer Sales Representative (Former Employee) – Madisonville, KY – December 26, 2017
Madisonville, Ky location only, the store manager is a joke. He is lazy, a youtube watching dude that wants to talk about playing softball and how to take advantage of the customers. The two young staff workers support him and he supports them. Nothing professional in the business.
Sales associate (Current Employee) – Lake City, FL – December 24, 2017
The Fastenal team was a great experience as it allowed my to gather experience in a wealth of different areas. With my desire to go into the logistical field Fastenal provided me with some experience in shipping, receiving, ordering, scheduling and 3pl/freight. With Fastenals reach up into Canada it is possible to have some experience in importing/exporting duties.
The largest issue with fastenal would be the training for Sales support/associate positions as you will be face to face with the customer. You will need to be a motivated individual as you will be required to learn the merchandise on the fly, best option is to start familiarizing yourself with the companies products. Fastenal does provide "Fasthelp" services if you run into issues but depending on your stores traffic that option may not be useful for you.
Experience, relaxed environment, no micromanaging
short breaks, large product line, playing it by ear.
The pay could be better. The commission is not great and if you would like to move up in the company it would be hard to advance. The job is not hard but you do alot of extra work that you don't get paid for.
SALES SUPPORT (Former Employee) – Hamburg, NY 14075 – December 23, 2017
Not a good company to work for. I was transferred after a couple months and promoted. Transferred back to my original branch a couple months later. Then demoted due to no fault of my own. Hours lowered. Hours raised, hours lowered etc. Very inconsistent and unprofessional. Don’t expect your hard work to go noticed here either.
Corporate OTR Driver (Former Employee) – Indianapolis, IN – December 22, 2017
Most positions at this company seems to require you to give your soul to them. Very high stress and a 24/7 commitment is expected. Company seems to be growing but at what cost to your work/life balance?
You start out part time which is tough to manage your finances. You can definatly advance to outside sales. But good luck trying to get to the next level it's a good ole boy system. Many of the seasoned veterans at fastenal hire all of their family members and guess who gets the opportunity. Also the branch managers aren't there very often so guess what your carrying both badges and getting paid for one-which of course is the lowest paying one.
Insurance, no weekends
Horrible branch managers, dump district managers, low pay.
General Manager (Former Employee) – Gaffney, SC – December 19, 2017
A typical day at Fastenal required the truck to be received everyday. You had a list of at least 20 people you had to make sales calls to everyday. The hardest part of the job is not being able to see the 20 different customers everyday. The best part is seeing them and getting them what they need.