Part Time Support (Former Employee), Seattle, WA – October 1, 2012
Pros: good boss
Cons: it was in seattle and i lived in puyallup at the time.
I would show up to work and the first thing i would do is shipping and recieving of the products. Then I would do inventory. Once my GM and outside salesman would leave the shop. I would start answering phones and do our day to day sales.
Outside Sales Person (Former Employee), Chesterfield, MO – June 9, 2014
Pros: use of company vehicle for deliveries and sales calls.
Cons: out of town trip expenses are on you.
A typical day includes developing relationships with customers, you not only learn about their business, but their lives as well. You have to develop a close relationship with co-workers since there are only a 2-3 people who work at a store. The most enjoyable part of the job is the customer by far.
In store and outside salesman of product (Current Employee), Greensburg – June 5, 2014
Great Customers and co-workers. Love going out to sell to customers. Love my customer relationship that walk in daily as well to get them the product they need and think they need. Find the products that they are not sure where they can find them or what it is that they are looking for.
Branch and Sales Manager (Former Employee), Tualatin OREGON – May 29, 2014
Pros: relaxed atmosphere
Cons: constant corporate changing
Run and operated in a decentralized manor when I was working allowed a lot of flexibility and creativity to be successful. It was trying when hiring, training, selling, bookkeeping etc... was an everyday task. It was like running your own business in a lot of ways and over the time I was there the corporate culture started to change and become more – more... aggressive in sales growth, the turnover became substantial in both management and sales force. ''Hire and Promote'' became a theme losing sight of customer needs at times. The push to open more branches became priority and every business conversation started revolving around the investors. I enjoyed the challenges and fast paced world in this market, I would do it again considering the rewards of the business with customers. – less
DOT Truck driver (Former Employee), Lakewood, WA – May 28, 2014
Pros: lots of money
Cons: negative people.
I was a truck driver for about 5 years. The pay was ok. Although it sucks if your new to the company. But you get tons of vacation 2 weeks after your first year. And three after 5. 10 you get a month. The Manager Pushed us To The limit. 70/8day week. I had to tell her not to call me to cover shifts after a while. She's gone now. The manager now is awesome – more... to work with. Super nice guy. You will drive out of state and pick up backhauls. You won't be home very much if you have some certain routes. But there are some that can be sweet runs. If you manage your time right. They have good benifits. If you work on the part time side...it's not so great. But it is what it is. A JOB. So if you work hard and don't complain all the time, check the website. You can advance quickly if your smart about it... IMO it's a great place to start a career. So get your CDL and you will make more than your boss. Trust me! – less
General Manager (Former Employee), Denver, CO – May 20, 2014
Pros: going home
Cons: going in
This company is a joke. The culture consists of a "do it or die" attitude with very little support. Most people are promoted because they landed one big contract and the previous guy quit to make more money somewhere else. They refuse to make it easy to sell.
Warehouse Manager (Former Employee), Wichita Falls, TX – May 14, 2014
Pros: vendors are good, safety first
Cons: considerable turnover
Loved this company in a whole. The day would start with checking e-mails and purchasing. Quotes for new business was the most of this job. I received the totes from shipping and put up stock. I kept a clean and tight ship. In 4 years had 3 Managers and 3 District Managers. It was like starting over to prove yourself all of the time. This company could – more... not keep help. They were very professional and safe for all employees. – less
Outside Sales Person (Former Employee), Findlay Ohio – May 14, 2014
This company is very caring and goes the extra length to meet the customers needs. They can be a little pricey, but you are paying for more than the item, your paying for the customer service that comes with it. Fastenal is a very good company to work for.
Busy, exciting, always on my toes. I accept the challenge of my position and always exceed above and beyond goal. My day always starts with laughter with my co-workers, we know how to make all moments positive. I dont accept hard parts in my job, we make a job hard when it should be a lesson and a mission to overcome. I love signing new accounts that – more... told me no in the first meeting, but thats when i knew i had them, NO is when i accept the challenge. I play fair but hard and i am determined to have the business, I have a nickname and thats a Active guru meaning i make it happen and activate accounts. – less
Warehouse Manager (Current Employee), Lewisville, TX – April 28, 2014
Cons: no lunch breaks, not paid enough commission.
Only advancement is through sales positions. Long work hours. Typically would work from 615am till 5:30 pm. Loved the fast paced environment. If your branch is understaffed it is very easy to become overwhelmed or stressed.
Outside Sales (Current Employee), Morris, MN – April 27, 2014
Pros: great benifits, job security
Cons: strong compitions for promotion, store level is left to do many things soemtimes seems like little help from dc and corporate.
10 hr work days can get to be long but fly by. The store personnel are often left with many things to do besides being out on the road selling and sometimes seems to be abandoned by upper management and corporate.