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Great Company For Growth
General Manager (Current Employee) –  Lethbridge, AB4 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.
Pros
Training, Hours Of Operation and Commission
Cons
Canada is often the forgotten child (US company)
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Fun part time job at first
Shipper / Receiver (Former Employee) –  Fort McMurray, AB1 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.
Pros
Friendly co-workers, interesting products
Cons
District managers
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Great place for personal growth
General Manager (Current Employee) –  Moose Jaw, SK26 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.
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Good atmosphere and work enviorment
Sorter (Former Employee) –  Kitchener, ON24 July 2018
The workers are great and management is nice, the work does get repetitive but because of the coworkers it is an even balance of good to bad, I would recommend working here.
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Decent for experience, nothing more
Outside Sales Representative (Current Employee) –  Calgary, AB14 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.
Pros
Good people and management. You also get a pay check.
Cons
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
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Goal is king
General Manager (Former Employee) –  Winnipeg, MB12 July 2018
Reach goal keep your job ! No goal no job. very little corporate support. Good training opportunities. Selling industrial products.
Would be good job for entry level person
Pros
Good training
Cons
Poor Pay
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small introduction
Warehouse/Delivery Driver (Former Employee) –  Newmarket, ON13 June 2018
its a good job for starting out, but all the money is made off sales that you make. you will find yourself working for someone else salary and not your own.
Pros
easy going work life
Cons
must be in sales
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Multi platform company
supplies company- Territory Sales Manager (Former Employee) –  Central Ontario13 June 2018
this company has a massive product offering with several layers of specialist to help with basically any need from commercial to residential. with dozens locations scattered across the nation.
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Long hours, potential to grow
Sales Associate (Former Employee) –  Winona, ON12 June 2018
Fastenal is a great environment to gain many skills; from sales to administrative. You are able to network with customers, and coworkers. Fastenal encourages personal growth.
Pros
not repetitive
Cons
long hours
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amazing job
Crew Member (Current Employee) –  Kingston, ON14 May 2018
everything about the job is amazing. the crew is great and the work place is safe and very efficeant . I would recommend this job to everyone . you won't be let down.
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friendly staff
Material Handler/Order Picker (Former Employee) –  Kitchener, ON14 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
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Terrible Management
Sales Support (Former Employee) –  New Brunswick10 April 2018
Great place to start a sales career. If you want to work extra hours and no get paid for them, Fastenal is perfect for you. Terrible managers forced to exert greed in order to get paid.
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À Éviter- Surtout à Granby
Représentant Service à la clientèle (Former Employee) –  Granby, QC26 March 2018
Prenez vos jambes à votre cou, j'étais un rep sur la route mais je passais mon temps dans l'entrepot à trouver mes commandes et placer le stock. Changement staff constament.
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Great Atmosphere But Boring and Dull Tasks
Delivery Driver / Shipping (Former Employee) –  Bolton, ON20 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.
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Strategic management (Former Employee) –  Vancouver, BC28 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
Pros
Lots of travel
Cons
Harrassment within the workplace
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Front Desk Administrator (Former Employee) –  Mississauga, ON11 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.
Pros
Product knowlegde
Cons
Rate of Pay
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There are many other more suitable employers in the market
General Manager (Former Employee) –  Fort Saskatchewan, AB5 February 2018
There are many other more suitable employers in the market. The main CONS of this place of work are the lack of work-life balance and job security. The pay structure is considerably less than its main competitors.
Pros
Young staff
Cons
work-life balance, job security, poor management, lower pay than competitors
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Young bucks
Sales Support (Former Employee) –  Saint-Laurent, QC19 January 2018
Great job for young fellas to understand supply chain and warehousing. Received my forklift operating license and learned about specific parts in manufacturing.
Pros
Good staff
Cons
N/a
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Productive and fun workplace
SALES ASSOCIATE (Former Employee) –  Cold Lake, AB16 January 2018
Productive and fun workplace, very professional and cares alot about customer service. "Growth through customer service." All management extremely professional.
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Long days for little reward
Inventory Controller (Former Employee) –  Saskatchewan16 December 2017
Would not recommend. Disorganized, understaffed and regional management was arrogant. I still do not understand how they can afford to set up a store with minimal sales and high overhead. The pay was poor and you did everything from shipping and receiving to sales to delivering. All accounts were house accounts so very hard to generate new sales.
Pros
None that i know of
Cons
Everything about the company.
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