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3.8 12 reviews

86% Approve of the CEO

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Bjørn Olstad

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75% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    awesome company

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosemployee friendly, top tech products and fun place to work

    Consdoes not have good marketting team

    Advice to Senior Managementtop heavy

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Product seemed solid, but everything ended badly

    Software Engineer (Former Employee) Needham, MA

    ProsFAST 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.

    ConsOther 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 Senior ManagementNone at this point, since most of management has left since the Microsoft acquisition.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    FAST Times

    Sales Director (Former Employee) Boston, MA

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

    ConsHigh pressure. Not every company needs their software

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeed to be more hands on

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great technology, poor execution

    Senior Software Architect (Former Employee) San Mateo, CA

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementNow that you're part of Microsoft, step aside please.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good technology, good engineering talent, horrible management.

    Engineer (Former Employee)

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep your hands out of the cookie jar. Make decisions based on merit and not cronyism.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Sink or swim atmosphere, high turnover rate.

    Sales Engineer (Former Employee) Needham, MA

    ProsSteep 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.

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great company with deep technical focus and great team spirit

    Senior Research Scientist (Former Employee)

    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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Very good culture in R&D

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

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

    Advice to Senior Managementbe a bit more honest.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Learning experience

    Consultant (Former Employee)

    ProsGood company to work with

    ConsStagnated at times. Need better management

    Advice to Senior ManagementFocus on employees and core products

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good product, so-so management, bad accounting

    Software Engineer (Former Employee)

    Pros- With the sheer number of products and projects ongoing, there are plenty of opportunities to work on interesting projects.
    - FAST alumni have returned to the company in the past - the company shows loyalty to its employees

    ConsBad accounting practices has led to massive layoffs. Fortunately, Microsoft has cleaned house of upper management and the division is back on track.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTry to keep an open mind to platforms other than Windows and extend FAST beyond an add-on to Share Point.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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