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never work here
Sales Representative (Current Employee), Toronto, ONJanuary 27, 2014
Pros: reduce your weight
Cons: no life or future
not a good company to work for. No Ethics in business. Just make the new employees work with out any benefits.
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Not Just Fasteners
Sales Representative (Former Employee), Toronto, ONOctober 6, 2013
A company driven to succeed and open to entrepreneurial ideas, it's a place for young employees to start their sales career.
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It's just a job
PT Sales Support (Former Employee), Chatham-Kent, ONOctober 3, 2013
Pros: very laid back, although that made the day go by slowly
Cons: everything
I worked there for about 6 weeks. Quite a joke. The other people in the store I was at were sending customers to the competitor. They really didn't know what they were doing to try to grow a business. Shotty training. No real support. Poor management. They are just looking for people who can talk to a brick wall in the hopes that your kindness will – more... make them a repeat customer. Oh and customer wasn't always right.

Although if you are extremely outgoing and want a PT job at $15 an hour, then it would be alright. – less
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Horrible morals and ethics in upper managment
General Manager (Former Employee), OntarioJuly 29, 2013
Pros: flexibility for appointments
Cons: everything else.
If you think of becoming pregnant and going on maternity leave, expect to be demoted.
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Laid back environment
Inside Sales Support (Current Employee), Mississauga, ONJuly 27, 2013
- Creating POs, assisting walk-in customers, handling customer calls as well as vendor calls.
- I have learned to multi-task and still be efficient
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Untrained Management = Poor Experiences
Former Branch Manager (Former Employee), AlbertaJanuary 31, 2013
Pros: good trainers in hq
Just starting out in B2B Sales? Then use this company for your personal benefit short term. The initial training that you will receive is great from trained educators. I would recommend the training for anyone as the instructors live their values. Now for the dark side of the equation. They training is inconsistent with the feet on the ground, meaning – more... management. I am not referring to branch management, as they are only glorified sales people with extra duties to perform. I am referring to management above that level. Looked upon to be proficient communicator the fail hard and lead by this poor example. Much more of a high-school environment than a professional organization. Once you have cut your teeth and trained a bit then pursue another company. Smoke and mirror promises are going to come your way but pay them no mind as upper management are on strict budget and cant afford the promises they offer. Its the Walmart of Industrial Supply my friends. – less
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Not the best!
Warehouse worker (Former Employee), Kitchener, ONJanuary 21, 2013
Pros: flexible working hours, some pretty awesome people work with you
Cons: pretty tough work for low pay, no room for advancement, terrible management, empty promises
Worked for Fastenal for a little over a year.

At first the work was fine. Fast paced, great people to work with. They did have high expectations but as a new employee you learn to love it and hope that working towards these goals will bring some benefit.

Well, trust me, when it comes to this company that's not the case. I was told going in there that – more... as long as we managed to meet certain criteria we would always get a bonus every month. (Was told it worked out to about another dollar an hour. Take whatever you can get when they only pay you 10.50 an hour.) They never gave us that, never once. Even though I know for a fact we all did the work they asked of us.

After about two months I was trained on the forklifts, told I would get a raise for that to. Nope.

I mean, don't get me wrong here. If you want to meet some decent people, (besides the management who seem to have this "I'm better than you in every way" attitude) it's a pretty decent place. But if you're looking to advance at all in the company this place isn't for you. They have an incredibly high turnover rate for one, the management is disgusting as I said before, the pay is horrible compared to other warehouse jobs in the area, you wont get raises and if you do please tell me because I know people who have worked there for years and didn't get anything.

At least you can put it on your resume?

My advice, go work for McDonalds. It will look better on your Resume in the end anyways. If you are going to work at Fastenal though, ignore the goals because what they tell you and what actually happens are two COMPLETELY different things. – less
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Bad Company
General Manager (Former Employee), US and CanadaJanuary 8, 2013
First they promise you the world then take it away. when they expect you to hit sales goals when you are the only one working in the branch its hard to get out to your customers. And their hiring process is dumb taking a test the even a two year could barely do , as the GM I had to pre interview potential people which is not allowed by the company then – more... take the test for them – less
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Great company if you do not want to advance after being a Store Manager
General Manager (Former Employee), UtahOctober 17, 2012
They hire great people, but they are told all these great things that may or may not happen.
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Great workplace amazing team work
Outside Sales (Current Employee), Windsor, ONAugust 2, 2012
Pros: having all the resources of gaining more knowledge of the product.
Cons: long hours
A typical day, is constant phone calls, e-mails, faxes ECT. Visiting onsite with customers promoting your products and your services that are available. I've learned all different sourcing, how to properly communicate with customers and pin point their needs for their specific jobs in order. My co-workers are amazing, we have a great small team inside. – more... Overall through out the whole company everyone is great and we all work together to help each other stride to do great and advance in the company. – less
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Typical Day
Industrial Sales Representative (Current Employee), Vaughan, ONJuly 17, 2012
Pros: good work place environment
Cons: pay could be better
Come in to the offic at 9.

Start picking orders for delivery, load deliveries, deliver them to clients.

Have lunch, sit at desk and take orders, and perform administrative and customer service duties
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fun place
Traffic Assistant (Former Employee), kitchenerJune 23, 2012
Pros: cool work crew
Cons: no benefits
picking orders

material handling

shipping receiving

traffic dept assistant
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fun place to work at. friendly management.
Office and Warehouse Manager (Former Employee), Chatham-Kent, ONMay 30, 2012
Pros: pany car, travel
started as co op for high school. Great staff to work with. Relaxed inviroment.
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Very Low Pay
Sales Support (Current Employee), Pittsburg, KSApril 18, 2014
Pros: weekends off, no travel, home every night by 5;30
Cons: low paying but high expectations.
Great place to work if money isn't very important to you. There is opportunity to advance, but you never receive even adequate compensation for your work
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Horrid
Warehouse Associate (Current Employee), Indianapolis, INApril 15, 2014
This place lacks proper management and organization. Almost anyone can be promoted to management and it's usually the dumbest workers of all. Full-time employees are given bogus low salaries so that the company can pay as little overtime as possible. Benefits are almost non-existent. Safety is not one of their priorities. Neither is efficiency.This – more... place doesn't even care about how well you perform your job. A recurring theme that I've heard many people say is, "At least he/she/you/I showed up." Luckily I only do this part time on the weekends for a little extra cash. – less
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It's a sales job at a sales company
Sales Support (Former Employee), OregonApril 12, 2014
Cons: pay, useless discount
What ever else Fastenal is, it is a sales driven company with a cultivated corporate culture. This means you're really only as good as your numbers and customer's potential.They talk a lot about service, but mostly it's about numbers. My manager once gave me a speech about the customer service heart. I don't like sale or customer service so to me it – more... was just a bunch of slightly less greasy than the next guy sales people. – less
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High intensity sales with a fun atmosphere
General Manager (Current Employee), Lakewood, COApril 10, 2014
Where I got my start in the world of business and learned so much from selling, presentation, marketing, production and research.
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Okay
Outside Sales (Former Employee), CaliforniaApril 9, 2014
Worked at least 7:00-5:30 so 10 hours or so at least.
Lots of cold calling, not quite my thing
Loved the relationships I developed with customers
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Fastenal is a good starting place if you want a career in sales.
General Manager (Current Employee), Orange, TXApril 9, 2014
Pros: good support system
Cons: pay
I would recommend Fastenal to anyone who wants a career in sales and they don't know where to start.
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Excellent Benefits
Outside Sales Representative (Current Employee), Greensburg, INApril 9, 2014
Pros: benefits
Cons: limited job advancement
Great company to work for but would like the opportunity to move up.

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About Fastenal

Fastenal Co (NASDAQ: FAST) is an American company based in Winona, Minnesota. Selling industrial and construction supplies and – Read more