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Great place for new drivers.
CDL-A driver (Former Employee), Lakewood, WASeptember 23, 2014
Pros: consistant pay and clean equipment
Cons: physical requirements are not as represented, watch your back, literally!
This is not the place for older seasoned drivers. The pay is not sufficient for the job requirements and the job description does not match the job. Tread lightly and document your time and experiences while there, you'll need it. The traffic manager in the KHUB is the only person there with trucking experience.
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It is what you make it
General Manager (Former Employee), Arlington, TXSeptember 23, 2014
Pros: yearly vendor training's in minnesota and florida
Cons: employer # 10, 489. vs. knowing your company owner and growing thru experience, performance, and being able to retire
They start everyone off PT 10.00 counter retail sales. 1-1/2 years later I
I've been promoted to branch manager and sent to broken stores to analyze the problem with sales/operations. Fire & Hire new staff

Bottom line, great company to work fork. offers good training, and all the tools you will need to be successful but AGAIN, it is what you make it
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Growth Through Customer Service
National Accounts Sales Specialist (Current Employee), Eagan, MNSeptember 21, 2014
7am-5pm Monday through Friday.
Fast paced environment where we strive to provide top-notch customer service in the Fastener and Safety industry.
Great opportunity for internal advancement. Fastenal chooses to hire and promote internally verses externally.
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Flexible and Great College Learning Environment
Distribution Finance Intern (Current Employee), Indianapolis, INSeptember 19, 2014
Pros: flexible scheduling, open door management, hands on experience
Cons: lack of advancement
I have worked at Fastenal's Indianapolis DC for about 7 months now and have to say it is a really great place for a College Student to get some hands on experience while in his studies. They give you the opportunity to learn the ropes and expand your skills a qualifications in any way you want.

Really the major downside is the potential of full time – more... hire out of college. I have been in conversations with my superiors, HR, and Hub Manager and they just don't seem like they are much into hiring FT workers right out of college unless its in the warehouse floor (which I cant do for physical reasons). – less
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A well organized place with a good moral
Inventory Clerk (Former Employee), Salt Lake City, UTSeptember 17, 2014
Pros: good hours and pay raise opportunities
Cons: part time
I had a very repetitive job while I was at Fastenal. But there was a lot to learn about it. I did reports, inventory, and paperwork management. It was the start of my warehouse experience and knowledge. The management there was great and understanding of whatever needs you had. The co-workers were very hard workers and were always willing to help. The – more... hardest part of the job was having to find the lost product that wasn't in the inventory. And the most enjoyable part of the job was doing a hands-on job and staying busy. – less
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The Cult
Outside Sales (Former Employee), WISeptember 15, 2014
Pros: good structure, a plan
Cons: not alot of high level advancement without joining the following
When you join the company you have to buy in to the belief, the system, and bleed blue. Its more about making friends and networking than putting in a hard days work and if you smooze the clients and keep them happy you'll go far if you buy into the company philosophy. Just alot of low level jobs that burn through young people and the only people who – more... advance far in the company are those who know someone. – less
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Could be a great place to work
Part-time Sales Associate (Former Employee), Duncan, SCSeptember 9, 2014
Pros: worked with my class schedule
Cons: closer to home
A typical day at work consists of writing up orders, finding parts for customers, and stocking merchandise. I learned how to locate a variety of merchandise through Fastenal. The most enjoyable part of the job was working with customers and delivering merchandise to local contractors like BMW. The hardest park of the job was working with the store manager – more... after several other employees left. – less
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Fastenal Sales Support
Sales Support (Current Employee), Warrensburg, MOSeptember 9, 2014
Great place to work, a typical day includes identifying needs and wants of new and existing customers and finding products to best fit their needs.
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Steady work in a thriving environment
Sales Associate and Customer Service (Former Employee), Simi Valley, CASeptember 9, 2014
Pros: steady hours, no working on weekends
Cons: gets slow at times
Ship and receiving inventory, billing customers, customer service and walk ins, good hours.
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Great employer to gain experience
Intern (Current Employee), Jessup, PASeptember 7, 2014
Pros: easy work and life balance
Cons: tough advancement without mentorship
Great place to gain experience in warehousing. Part time employees are regulated to 25 hrs per week but can find other opportunities through out warehouse departments. Advancement isn't easy requiring to show dedication and innovation, plus a business plan even for a lead position. Most of management has a laid back style of management. Internship here – more... was useless because everyone was too busy to train, no mentorship, and poor structural integrity. – less
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Fastenal gave me opportunities that I did not expect, I will always feel indebted.
Sales Rep (Former Employee), Orem, UTSeptember 5, 2014
I was able to market my skills and gain a multitude or relationships both professional and personal that I still value today.
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Productive; educational and enjoyable
Order Picker (Former Employee), Phillips, WISeptember 4, 2014
Pros: doing a job i loved
Cons: not being able to please everyone.
While I worked for the National Guard I was able to better myself with learning all the phases of the Military and it made me proud to have served my Country and then my State. I served in the US air Force from 1964 - 1968 as a Inventory control Specialist both State side and overseas in Thialand and Viet Nam. Co workers were great and I learned a lot – more... about doing parts inventory from them. Hardest psrt of the job was getting the tires to the Aircraft on time when working weekends by myself due to the size of the tires. The most enjoyable part of my job was knowing that I had friends from different units on base who would aid me with problems that came up because I treated them with respect. – less
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Consultation
Sales Support (Current Employee), Fayetteville, TNSeptember 3, 2014
Manage 2nd shift tool room working by myself with little supervision. Hardest part of the job is not hard and the most enjoyable part of the job is working with the maintenance team helping them with their daily task.
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Never take your job for granted
Outside Sales to General Manager (Former Employee), Walterboro, SCSeptember 3, 2014
Cons: everything
Over worked and under paid. Company only wants to hire part time school kids that they can pay $10 an hour. Instead of promoting someone that already works for the company to full time they would rather bring in more new part timers that you have to train and then the experienced one that wants to go full time gets mad and leaves. This is why they have – more... such a high turnover rate and they cant even keep the managers they have, in place. – less
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General Manager (Former Employee), Franklin, TNSeptember 1, 2014
THIS WAS A WHILE BACK BUT i REMEMBER 12-15 HOUR DAYS AND DID NOT GET TO SEEMY DAIGHTER GROW UPNA
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Sales are down little oppertunity for advancement
Sales Associate (Current Employee), Miami, OKAugust 30, 2014
Pros: family orented, nationally owned
Cons: little room if any for advancement in our area
The economy in the area has made it difficult for a company like Fastenal to grow. Fastenal is a nationally owned and operated company. My typical day at work is answering phones, filling orders, completing cycle counts and assisting walk in customers.
My co workers are easy to get along with but with business being slow the atmosphere is stressed.
The – more... hardest part of the job is assisting people who do not know what they want for the job they are doing, our fasteners are mainly sold in bulk and most walk in customers only want one or two. – less
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Fast paced inventory warehouse
Product Receiver (Former Employee), Atlanta, GAAugust 27, 2014
Pros: received fork lift experience
Cons: no vacation or holiday pay
Working with this company allowed me to take on many task. I would operate power equipment to safely unload product from trucks into the warehouse. I also scanned products into the inventory system and shipped these products to their correct destinations. It was difficult working with the management at this company because they would often be dishonest – more... with employees. The hardest part of the day would be the labor of lifting heavy products. What i enjoyed most was working with the employees that where there when I was hired. – less
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Good environment
Warehouse Associate (Current Employee), Indianapolis, INAugust 24, 2014
Pros: great schedule
Cons: short hours
Good environment to be in but need fulltime. The managers are very helpful and reasonable with time off also
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Beneficial and Fun place to work
Part-time Sales/Purchasing (Former Employee), Goshen, INAugust 21, 2014
My work day changed by the day, and was hardly ever the same. But mainly consisted of unloading the semi, scanning in merchandise, and then spending the day delivering that merchandise to factories and other purchasers. I learned so much at this job, and it was a wonderful experience working here. My manager was an excellent man and was very involved – more... in my training, and the daily work day. I'm not sure there was a hard part of the job, and the most enjoyable part was being able to work there. – less
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Productive and easy-going
General Warehouse- Receiving (Current Employee), Lakewood, WAAugust 20, 2014
A typical day starts between 5am and 10am depending on the shift that you get. Most days are started off by immediately starting to receive in product from the lines, working with little to no supervision. Some days though material handling could use some assistance and a couple or all of receiving help them. Putting product away in the racks is also – more... how some mornings start, it all depends on what needs to be done. I've learned quite a bit from working at Fastenal. I've learned how to efficiently operate the programs used in receiving, including word, excel, and outlook mail. I've learned to communicate more effectively with other Fastenal HUB's and vendors. I've assisted in training new employee's and helping them get into the flow of the warehouse. The hardest part of the job is sometimes the pressure that is put on us when we are backed up in receiving. Also having to deal with moving heavy pallets, fixing pallets that are not properly stacked, and when packages/products are lost. The most enjoyable is when it is a productive today, a lot is received in and we are just that much closer to getting caught up. – less

About Fastenal

Some might say it has a screw loose, but things are really pretty snug at Fastenal. The company operates about 2,600 stores in – Read more