Switchfast Technologies Reviews

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  1. Agile Small Business Focused on Growth and Values

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Switchfast Technologies full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    - Focus on improving processes, open-minded management not driven by egos
    - Sufficiently large client base and staff to gain great experience with mentorship
    - Excellent work-life balance
    - Strong sense of work ownership
    - Staff highly committed to their work and contributing every day
    - Focus on manifesting company values (not lip service or meaningless corporate jargon)
    - Absence of typical corporate hierarchy/ladder

    Cons

    -Relatively small size can require patience for career advancement opportunities
    -Growth presents challenges (new/unknown tech or processes) and requires a range of duties (simpler tasks as well as engaging, highly demanding work)


  2. Marketing position = cold calling

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

    I worked at Switchfast Technologies

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Really liked the company culture, atmosphere, lots of young, fun people.

    Cons

    Hated the cold calling.

    Advice to Management

    N/A

    Switchfast Technologies Response

    Feb 4, 2015CEO

    Thank you for your feedback. I can sympathize that cold calling is not easy or the most fun activity to do, but I appreciate the work you and others in similar positions did to help move our company ... More


  3. A growing company that started from the ground up

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

    I worked at Switchfast Technologies full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Solid growth as you can actually see the company grow with more new faces coming in monthly.
    - Get to work in an open environment without cubicle walls.
    - Quarterly meetings to review the progress the company has seen, and a transparent management

    Cons

    - Feels like a 8-5 job, not much interaction with other employees during the week.
    - Not much room for job growth given the size of the company.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what your doing. Would be nice to see 1 on 1 meetings more often with upper management.

    Switchfast Technologies Response

    Feb 4, 2015CEO

    Thank you for feedback, I am glad you liked the environment and our quarterly meetings. Your suggestion on more 1-1 meetings is great; we have made these meetings with managers a priority and are ... More


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  5. Impactful, meaningful work with opportunities for growth

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Switchfast Technologies full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Small company where new ideas are encouraged, valued, and used.
    - Genuine concern for people, not just profit
    - Career maps help guide careers and how to get to the next levels
    - Plenty of room to learn if willing
    - High functioning team environment
    - Potential for annual raise
    - Clear accountability
    - Every position has a significant impact on the company and its clients
    - "Culture" goes beyond a ping-pong table and focuses on professional and personal growth that allows plenty of opportunity for enjoyment in the workplace.

    Cons

    - This can be tough work with long hours (some overtime available)

    Switchfast Technologies Response

    Feb 4, 2015CEO

    Thanks for the feedback. Our focus on developing career roadmaps and increasing 1:1 coaching sessions has had very positive results. I appreciate all the hard work our team members have put in over ... More


  6. Great place to learn

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Technician II in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Systems Technician II in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Switchfast Technologies full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Open and relatively transparent operation
    Constantly evolving, once you have earned senority your opinion can be impactful
    Positive environment, management seems genuinely concerned with keeping it that way
    Upper management is some of the best I've dealt with. CEO/CTO/HR are all top notch and seem genuinely concerned with the well-being of everyone from the top to the bottom

    Cons

    Rapid changes and expansion have, as others have mentioned, led to some questionable hires/placement
    Reactive staffing has led to imbalanced workloads (saw this in another review and agree wholeheartedly)
    Also as a result of the rapid growth/expansion/evolution, processes often change faster then they can be completely implemented leading to poorly defined/communicated directives
    Benefits seem to be slowly whittling away - PTO policy changing to be more restrictive as well as losing a day in the upcoming year, 401k plan becoming less attractive, health premiums going up (although that's not entirely at the hands of the company)

    Advice to Management

    Actually have little that I can say negatively about how the company is managed. This is only a minor detail, but possibly try to pay more attention to the disparity in workload between the tech teams - some have teams that are regularly putting in overtime week after week, while some regularly have techs that are looking for work for hours at a time

    Switchfast Technologies Response

    Feb 4, 2015CEO

    Thank you for the comprehensive feedback. I appreciate your thoughts on staffing and advice on the workload. We have learned from feedback like yours, along with periods of rapid growth in our ... More


  7. Good place to start

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Support in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - IT Support in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Switchfast Technologies full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    -get to see a lot of different technologies
    -generally good people to work with
    -will pay for certs and give raises when passed
    -generally organized enviornment

    Cons

    -reactive in terms of staffing, sometimes resulting in an uneven workload, some people are overworked while others have nothing to do
    -little room for growth after a couple years
    -some questionable new hires
    -generally low pay, increased my salary 20% by leaving
    -typical MSP, revolving door of new employees and people leaving

    Advice to Management

    Work on improving your hiring process

    Switchfast Technologies Response

    Feb 4, 2015CEO

    Thank you for your feedback and advice. Throughout 2014, we invested in a proactive recruiting and staffing approach to help mitigate some of the challenges you mention. I take it seriously when an ... More


  8. Long time employee

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Switchfast Technologies full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good place to learn. Don't stay more than 3 years.

    Cons

    The pay is really low. You could make more waiting tables.

    Advice to Management

    I almost doubled my salary after leaving. Do not stay more than 3 years.

    Switchfast Technologies Response

    Feb 4, 2015CEO

    Thank you for your feedback and I’m glad to hear you learned a lot while here. Our goal is to provide a competitive compensation package for every employee. Over the years, we have improved in this ... More


  9. Gained experience but no room to grow

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Intern in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Marketing Intern in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Switchfast Technologies full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Gained a lot of experience in the Marketing and IT fields. Had the opportunity to front projects.

    Cons

    Only moved up if you made sales (I originally applied for marketing). Had to have sales mindset to be able to move up in the marketing department. Not much support from upper management.

    Advice to Management

    Make more paths to help employees grow in the company.

    Switchfast Technologies Response

    Feb 4, 2015CEO

    Thank you for your feedback. I am glad to hear you gained some good experience while you were here and hope it has been valuable to you in your career.
    - Jim


  10. People are nice, but that's about it.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Switchfast Technologies part-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It allowed SOME exposure to other elements of business which was beneficial, however it was difficult to break out of the intern/cold calling role.

    Cons

    Low compensation, interns feel undervalued, only purpose is for cold calling.

    Advice to Management

    Map out better career paths between entry-level interns and their management. Not everyone wants to cold call for the rest of their life.

    Switchfast Technologies Response

    Feb 4, 2015CEO

    Thank you for your feedback. Our former Junior Marketing Associate positions were in many ways a success providing team members entry level marketing experience while helping to drive business ... More


  11. Jr. Application Developer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Junior Applications Developer in North Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Junior Applications Developer in North Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Switchfast Technologies full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Various projects to work on so no chance of getting bored. Young and energetic crowd. Laid back environment as well as goal oriented. Real time, fast paced experience with clients. They do reward employees based on their work. Many happy hours.

    Cons

    Multiple managers could make the work hard but one gets used to it as time passes by and you understand priority.

    Switchfast Technologies Response

    Feb 4, 2015CEO

    Thank you for your feedback and I’m glad you enjoyed the environment. In part due to feedback from employees like you, over the last few years we’ve done a lot of work to define our organization ... More



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