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  1. awesome company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Fast Search

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    employee friendly, top tech products and fun place to work

    Cons

    does not have good marketting team

    Advice to Management

    top heavy

  2. Product seemed solid, but everything ended badly

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Needham, MA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Needham, MA

    I worked at Fast Search full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    FAST was forward looking technology wise and was willing to spin off new groups to venture in new directions. The group I ended up working with was one of the best I've work. Although there was more travel than I would have liked, management tried its best to make up for the extra travel. There was a real sense that we all were moving in the same direction on this product.

    Cons

    Other than the unexpected travelling (and the financial ruin at the end), the sheer number of verticals being addressed gave one a sense that the left hand and right hand didn't always know what each other were doing.

    Advice to Management

    None at this point, since most of management has left since the Microsoft acquisition.

  3. FAST Times

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    Former Employee - Sales Director in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Sales Director in Boston, MA

    I worked at Fast Search

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    great training and great employees. The compensation is first in it's class.

    Cons

    High pressure. Not every company needs their software

    Advice to Management

    Need to be more hands on

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    Great technology, poor execution

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Architect in San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Architect in San Mateo, CA

    I worked at Fast Search

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Technology (best in class enterprise search engines)
    Health benefits
    Location

    Cons

    Poorly drafted SoWs lead to many broken customer/onsite implementations
    Senior Management has no clue about career plans/growth
    HR is MIA

    Advice to Management

    Now that you're part of Microsoft, step aside please.

  6. Good technology, good engineering talent, horrible management.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer
    Former Employee - Engineer

    I worked at Fast Search

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Free trips to Norway, industry leading technology platform, training.

    Cons

    Horrible management, poor communication, unsatisfied customers. Microsoft has forced out a lot of the best talent.

    Advice to Management

    Keep your hands out of the cookie jar. Make decisions based on merit and not cronyism.

  7. Sink or swim atmosphere, high turnover rate.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Engineer in Needham, MA
    Former Employee - Sales Engineer in Needham, MA

    I worked at Fast Search

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Steep learning curve with alot of opportunity to gain skills. Nice perks as well as good pay. The atmosphere of the office was enjoyable, with a seemingly fast paced buzz about it.

    Cons

    Lack of proper training and "bringing up to speed" of new employees. Many employees seemingly working independently, without the cohesizeness that brings out the best work in a group. The high turnover rate makes the team atmosphere lacking, if existent.

    Advice to Management

    Turnover rate is a good indication of what type of place it is to work. This should be an issue for top management.

  8. Great company with deep technical focus and great team spirit

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Research Scientist
    Former Employee - Senior Research Scientist

    I worked at Fast Search full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Great spirit, great teams
    - Interesting, highly innovative product
    - Good personal opportunities, at least in R&D

    Although the company experienced several setbacks, most notably when it had to sell its web search division, the innovative spirit never ceased. Global expansion created interesting career opportunities.

    Cons

    - Tough on sales and sales-related staff

  9. Very good culture in R&D

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Fast Search

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Fast pace, good people, excellent management. Highly skilled collegues, nice location, free lunch.

    Cons

    very hierarchical, sometimes bad coordination, pay could have been better,

    Advice to Management

    be a bit more honest.

  10. Learning experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consultant
    Former Employee - Consultant

    I worked at Fast Search

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good company to work with

    Cons

    Stagnated at times. Need better management

    Advice to Management

    Focus on employees and core products

  11. Very nice people to owrk with. You feell at home.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Architect in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
    Former Employee - Senior Software Architect in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)

    I worked at Fast Search

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very creative and young environment.

    Cons

    A bit messy. It could be more organized.

    Advice to Management

    Now that you are part of MS. Try to get the best out of it in and polish the house.

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