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.
Journée de travail typique: communiquer les statistiques de ventes établir analyser,corriger ou maintenir stratégies de ventes. Prospection et maintien et croissance comptes clients existants. Culture: innovation, leadership, croissance.
Flexible work/life balance, but not the best compensation
Regional Sales Manager (Former Employee) – Kitchener, ON – 31 August 2017
Great commission opportunities, but not consistent, and generally low salaries. Good people, good customers, slowly seem to have moved towards chasing the almighty buck vs. trusting in new ideas and riding them out.
OPERATIONS MANAGER/VMI SPECIALIST (Former Employee) – Cambridge, ON – 23 August 2017
Great work place good stuff to work with . Gave me the opportunity to become a manager to hire new empolyees organize work schedules and plan delivery routes. Hardest part of the job is managing students who are not 100% dedicated to workplace being so young and uncertain with there career. Fastenal very Understanding and flexible with my kids school schedule . Great job security but unfortunately no room to advance to better your future .
Outside Sales Associate (Current Employee) – Whitecourt, AB – 18 May 2017
The team was amazing, fun people that worked well together. Job was fast paced, worked with many different customers. I learned lots about the different industries in town from working here, and there was also lots of opportunity to learn about our products.
Branch General Manager/ Branch relocated (Former Employee) – Innisfail, AB – 27 March 2017
Good company as a whole but the middle management in Canada is trash. They promote young inexperienced kids to middle management and they come in with a change the world attitude disregarding the people below them!
Outside sales (Current Employee) – Aurora, ON – 26 February 2017
Our days start early and are filled with customer orders and deliveries. The most enjoyable part of the day would be going onto all the different sites and meeting everyone. The hardest part would be lifting some of the deliveries on your own.
Fast paced environment with great highs and great lows
Sales Support (Former Employee) – St. Catharines, ON – 5 February 2017
This job solely depends on who is your branch manager and district manager. Overwhelming amount of product to learn about and a lot of training falls on yourself to learn. My manager was helpful at times but wasn't very supportive overall.
Industrial Sales Consultant (Former Employee) – Timmins, ON – 24 January 2017
Amazing salary and bonus structure. could use more freedom for sales reps to tackle the surrounding markets. My individual Branch manager was very narrow minded in this area. Yearly Trip to sales convention in Orlando in December. Lots of freebies from suppliers.
Outside Sales Representative (Former Employee) – Calgary, AB – 14 January 2017
Great company if you are located in USA, not a great company for competition based in Canada. Don't be fooled by the commision compensation. Unless you live in a remote area where you are the only company, you will never be able to sell products at a 50-60% margin and be competative. If you can't sell at the crazy high margins than you won't earn commision. If you don't make sales you will lose your job, so your base pay is really all you will earn, and you have to make sales at lower margins to make Fastenal money, but you wont earn any commision.
Very little chance for advancement even with lots of experience
Inside Sales Representative (Former Employee) – Abbotsford, BC – 8 January 2017
I worked at Fastenal for 3-1/2 years. I know I was doing an outstanding job, since customers would regularly give me positive feedback, but opportunity for advancement was not given to me because my DM deemed me "irreplaceable." I eventually quit because promises of a wage increase or promotion never came through, and because of other lies told to me by various members of management.
If you're willing to do menial jobs for an OK'ish wage, this job is a starting point, but don't expect to move on quickly without an education - it seems having one year of college will get you further than 5 years of experience.
Receiving Clerk (Current Employee) – Fredericton, NB – 4 July 2016
The rep for Atlantic Canada is one that will try to get colleges to fight amongst themselves over useless rivalries. Rather than work as a team, as the company says, he prefers to divide and conquer to get ahead. It will only be a matter of time before his boomerang that he unleashed will turn and cut him to ribbons.