General Manager (Current Employee) – San Francisco, CA – 25 August 2013
As General Manager of a Fastenal location I am responsible for not only the Key Accounts within my territory but all the day to day management of a busy store front. This includes P&L, inventory management, AR, employee training and motivating, goal setting and oversight.
The hardest part of the job is being effective while running a very lean business. I have prided myself in grooming future managers. This results in relatively high turnover as my staff moves on to new opportunities within the organization. I would say the hardest part of my job is to not let the customer base feel the impact of those turnovers in staffing.
The most enjoyable part of the job is working with some of the largest companies in the world and seeing that their needs are met. Nothing brings me greater satisfaction then when they send more business my way and thank me for taking care of their needs at such a high level.
Flexibility, home most nights and weekends.
Not a lot of opportunities for advancement above General Manager.
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