General Manager (Current Employee) – Bolton, ON – 12 December 2018
Some people have written that being a Fastenal delivery driver has "mundane" tasks! I'm not sure which companies delivery drivers have "non mundane" tasks, The great thing about Fastenal is that the so called "delivery drivers" have every opportunity to move into different roles, like account specialists, outside sales people, operations managers, etc within the branch or move into roles outside of the local branch like safety specialists, vending solutions, lean 6 sigma implementation roles, and many others. If you are a HARD WORKING SMART and AMBITIOUS person Fastenal is a great company to begin a career with and grow with as the corporation is growing and expanding every year. I would have to say the vast majority of negative reviews would have to be coming from people that didn't have the 3 attributes above.
Only promote from within, new challenges and tasks each day
Sales Associate (Former Employee) – Newmarket, ON – 15 November 2018
Sales positions are paid partially on commission, delivery drivers are hourly, everyone works towards the store sales goal, if goal is met then non-comission employees get a bonus each month. We haven't missed goal in years so I think everyone is doing quite well on their pay
Can't stay home in bed all month and expect to make money.
Sales Support (Former Employee) – Ingersoll, ON – 12 November 2018
No concerns other than the bullying micro-managing store manager. All the employees were subjected to it and upper management did not deal with it. Customers did not approve and complained quite a bit. Still nothing even though store lost customers which was then blamed on the sales reps.
High paced inside and outside sales requiring in depth product knowledge and account managemernt
General Manager (Current Employee) – British Columbia – 13 September 2018
Due to lack of employee retention the position can be extremely demanding and stressful without the support needed to fulfill all duties. Recruitment and remuneration are a little low for the workload and responsibilities demanded.
General Manager (Current Employee) – Lethbridge, AB – 4 September 2018
Great company to work for who promote from within. Monday To Friday 7.30am-5pm which offers a good work life balance. Very good training program. Average pay and benefits for the industry with commision paid for F/T employees. You often get back what you put in.
Shipper / Receiver (Former Employee) – Fort McMurray, AB – 1 August 2018
I really enjoyed all the knowledge and training I picked up at Fastenal. However the trucking system caused us to miss deadlines constantly and I could never advance past my initial starting position, despite the fact I was promised a raise for the entire second year.
The people I was on the floor with did their best to make ends meet and were good to work with, hardworking and honest. The district managers did not provide the tools to succeed however.
General Manager (Current Employee) – Moose Jaw, SK – 26 July 2018
This company is an exceptional company to work for. You will always receive motivation for growth in your career. Lots of training and support from the district and company. Pay structure could be more clear and better benefits.
Outside Sales Representative (Current Employee) – Calgary, AB – 14 July 2018
Not a great company to work for if you are in Canada, especially in a big city like Calgary. Trucking routes are big in the states which lead to long lead times for us in Canada. It is also very difficult to be competitive with pricing.
They preach all the potential earnings you could make in your commission check. However, it is near impossible to do this because you need a high margin and new business to do so. Instead you will most likely be faced with getting your commission check cut in half due to low margins to win business and make the company money. - I know, it doesn't make sense.
Two weeks vacation, which is lower than average. Can't take it all together either or your customers will suffer. No coffee breaks, very low base salary, very high chance a low commission check, mediocre benefits.
Good people and management. You also get a pay check.
No coffee breaks, sometimes working through lunch, unpaid overtime since the company is too cheap to pay overtime hours, very low base salary with almost near impossible to have high commission checks, high turnover rates, very low vacation times, mediocre benefits
Material Handler/Order Picker (Former Employee) – Kitchener, ON – 14 May 2018
i enjoyed my time at fastenal they believe in competitive salaries encourage safety and have a friendly environment. one of the hardest parts of the job was picking but i did enjoy it as your were needed to have a certain production rate and it was very competitive
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
Front Desk Administrator (Former Employee) – Mississauga, ON – 11 February 2018
Learned a great deal about the products, had excellent training and worked with great people at our store. The environment was fast paced and busy due to the customer base. Met a lot of interesting people and learned a great deal about an industry that was previously of my scope.