Former Branch Manager (Former Employee) – Alberta – 31 January 2013
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 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.
Delivery Driver / Shipping (Former Employee) – Bolton, ON – 20 March 2018
The social atmosphere at work is great. You meet with alot of different people from multiple companies. However, the job is pretty mundane. Unless you have a specific interest in fasteners and construction supplies, the job can get dull quickly.
Strategic management (Former Employee) – Vancouver, BC – 28 February 2018
My experience at Fastenal can be summarized as a great stepping stone. I learned a lot from the company and moved into a National Account sales role. That was cool although the management was brutal and all sales goals oriented. lots of harassment