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12 Reviews
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  1.  

    awesome company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Fast Search

    Pros

    employee friendly, top tech products and fun place to work

    Cons

    does not have good marketting team

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    top heavy

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Product seemed solid, but everything ended badly

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Needham, MA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Needham, MA

    I worked at Fast Search full-time (more than an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Need to be more hands on

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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    Great technology, poor execution

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Architect in San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Architect in San Mateo, CA

    I worked at Fast Search

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Good technology, good engineering talent, horrible management.

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    Former Employee - Engineer
    Former Employee - Engineer

    I worked at Fast Search

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Sink or swim atmosphere, high turnover rate.

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    Former Employee - Sales Engineer in Needham, MA
    Former Employee - Sales Engineer in Needham, MA

    I worked at Fast Search

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Great company with deep technical focus and great team spirit

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    Former Employee - Senior Research Scientist
    Former Employee - Senior Research Scientist

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

    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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Very good culture in R&D

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Fast Search

    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 ManagementAdvice

    be a bit more honest.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Learning experience

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    Former Employee - Consultant
    Former Employee - Consultant

    I worked at Fast Search

    Pros

    Good company to work with

    Cons

    Stagnated at times. Need better management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on employees and core products

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good product, so-so management, bad accounting

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer
    Former Employee - Software Engineer

    I worked at Fast Search

    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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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