https://careers.fastenal.com/

Fastenal Company

Sales Associate

April 2018 • Dayton, OH

What I liked

I like the experience. I also love the customer service aspect. Furthermore, I enjoy seeing an overall process of a business.

What I wish was different

I have zero regrets. So, there is nothing I wish had been different.

Advice

I advise all students to go out and network. Networking is the best way to increase your chances of a job or internship. Get on handshake, go to career fairs and talk to advisers.
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Sales Agent (Construction)

October - December 2017 • Plattsburgh, NY

What I liked

Good learning on the job easy to do job.

What I wish was different

Better training

Advice

Work hard answer phones
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Sales Support

July 2018 • Mequon, WI

What I liked

The responsibility that followed my job position.

What I wish was different

I wish I would have started in June.

Advice

Think before you act. I could have saved time on my workload if I just thought before I acted
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warehouse maintenance

June 2018 • Winona, MN

What I liked

Very flexible with students' schedules. Work isn't that difficult. just show up on the schedule you choose, do work, and go home.

What I wish was different

Advice

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Sales

December 2018 • Downers Grove, IL

What I liked

How well rounded the experience is.

What I wish was different

Advice

Even if it’s not a job/internship in your exact field, still try it out.
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CNC Machinist

June 2017 • Winona, MN

What I liked

Fastenal is a hire from within company

What I wish was different

Advice

Would recommend working there. It is a wonderful company.
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Tax Support Associate

May - August 2019 • Winona, MN

What I liked

They give you enough guidance to work independently while still bringing the daily tasks together as a team. The scheduling was also very flexible.

What I wish was different

The job posting required the student to be pursuing an accounting degree but I never did anything that utilized my coursework. A better requirement would have been advanced excel skills.

Advice

This internship gives you a great opportunity to expand your Microsoft Excel skills and time management skills.
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Sales Support Associate

November 2018 - December 2019 • San Antonio, TX

What I liked

I really liked the freedom they grant you. Most responsibilities given to you are tasked to be done at your own pace within your own way of doing things. You also get to interact with people outside the store by getting to drive the company truck to different businesses.

What I wish was different

I really wish more hours could be granted to part time employees instead of being capped at a certain amount for months.

Advice

Have a business mindset, for you will close many sales calls with people you barely know. Also, be ready to learn because the Industrial Supplies Industry is endless of product knowledge you will need to know the ins and outs about.
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Assistant sales associate

June 2019 • Tuscaloosa, AL

What I liked

Very flexible hours, good people to work with, not a repetitive work day

What I wish was different

I wish it weren’t so hot, but that’s an Alabama summer for you

Advice

Show up on time and work hard
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Sortation

August 2019 • Denton, TX

What I liked

The interview process was super quick. They ended up hiring me within 1-2 weeks. I like working at Fastenal because they allow me to have a flexible work schedule (as a college student) and also a very good hourly wage. Of course you must work hard and work fast for this position but it's totally worth it.

What I wish was different

Advice

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Sales Associate

October 2018 • Youngstown, OH

What I liked

I enjoyed the day to day tasks that kept me busy as well as engaged with the customers.

What I wish was different

I wish I would have had a better understanding of how the company acquires some of the customers as well as become more involved with them.

Advice

Ask as many questions as possible, make yourself available to all other workers, always say yes if asked to help or want to learn how to do something.
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Sales Support

October 2017 • Temple, TX

What I liked

I like the flexible work environment and the right balance of independent and teamwork

What I wish was different

Advice

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Sales support

July 2018 - October 2019 • Hays, KS

What I liked

Great working hours with no weekends

What I wish was different

More organization

Advice

Learn the system fast and stay on top of projects
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Corporate sales rep

March - August 2018 • Peoria, IL

What I liked

Great experience in the manufacturing and coorporate world.

What I wish was different

A better wage for what we were asked to do, and more hours.

Advice

Memory retention is key, or carry a notepad all the time.
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Sortation

July 2017 • Akron, OH

What I liked

The competitive pay is a huge upside of working in the warehouse for Fastenal. It's very hands on and very physically demanding which I really enjoyed, rather than sitting at a desk or busing tables.

What I wish was different

I wish longer hours were available rather than working every day for just 4 hours. Perhaps a different schedule that could be available to accept that is flexible to all workers, longer shifts for those that desire it, something like that.

Advice

Go in with an open mind and willingness to work hard for your pay.
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Sales Associate

January 2018 • Lumberton, NC

What I liked

Flexible hours, decent pay

What I wish was different

Better training from the start

Advice

Be willing and ready to learn on the fly and accept criticism as it comes
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Sales Support

September 2017 • Bluffton, IN

What I liked

The flexibility of hours for me to go to class.

What I wish was different

Nothing really, its a great starting job.

Advice

Don't worry about learning the system it'll become easier with time.
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Sales Support Intern

May - July 2018 • Santa Rosa, CA

What I liked

Learned more about supply operations. Learned how a business works and what is truly important.

What I wish was different

More daily tasks that had to do with my major.

Advice

Be open to learning things that weren't listed in the job description.
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Sales Associate

December 2016 • Henrietta, NY

What I liked

I liked the very close proximity to the college. It is very convenient to switch between work and classes.

What I wish was different

I wished that the job offered more knowledge on the products we were selling when I was first starting out.

Advice

Always be polite to the customers, even when they give you a hard time. It can be difficult to keep your composure under stressful situations, but you must always put your best foot forward and give the customer the best experience possible.
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Sales Associate

May 2017 • Ithaca, NY

What I liked

I was able to work with customers and practice sales techniques

What I wish was different

I wish I was able to get my own client base, yet I'm still working on that

Advice

Learn as you go
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