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    "Great Job & Great Company"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Implementation Consultant in Olympia, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Fast Enterprises full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    FAST does a great job taking care of its employees. This is certainly not a comprehensive list of all the pros, but these are a couple things that stand out to me: - FAST has great health insurance/benefits - You don't have to be a manager to make manager-type pay. If you are a good employee you will get paid like one even if you don't have the skills/desire to move into management. - FAST does a great job encouraging its employees to get involved in their community; there are abundant volunteer opportunities and fun local events to get involved in. There are also a few things worth mentioning that have both an upside and a downside: - There is not a lot of room for advancement in software development; many of the skills learned are not applicable outside of FAST. However, there are a few skills learned that can be taken anywhere (not just software development positions). These include teamwork/communication, problem solving/logic, SQL, and BASIC coding skills. - You will work right alongside the state workers. This can be frustrating, especially during the beginning of a project when trust is still being built. However, this can be very rewarding as you begin to work through problems together and formulate solutions. - FAST can require long hours depending on what part of the project you are currently in. You are expected to be able/willing to put in extra hours, sometimes on short notice. However, FAST also compensates for any overtime fairly. - FAST also expects employees to be able/willing to move (sometimes with very short notice). This can be difficult with working spouses/children, but it can also be a great opportunity to travel/move at no expense to you. If you are hired as an implementation consultant, it is important to remember that you are a consultant. There may be days that you spend most/all of the day coding/configuring the software, but you are expected to be able to consult with the state workers during this process.

    Cons

    There isn't much to complain about with FAST, but there does tend to be a focus on alcohol/partying, and if that isn't your thing, it can be difficult to be involved in company activities. To be fair, that doesn't mean that there are never activities that don't involve alcohol, and management is always looking for new ideas. If you have activities that you would like to see happen, you are more than free to organize something or to communicate your ideas to the appropriate person.

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    Fast Enterprises2018-08-01
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    "Great Company - Essential/Important Real Life Impacts"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineering Team Lead in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Fast Enterprises full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - The software you program on and create solutions for really matters. - Your job is super important for the public good. The work that you do has a high impact. - Managers / Team Leads are willing to listen to advice. - Project Mangers try to stay out of the software development aspects and give that opportunity to Teams Leads/Managers. - The work you do is reviewed by your immediate supervisor with feedback quarterly. Team leads/mangers provide feedback to software developers on a quarterly basis, which provides the opportunity for learning and fairness. - Annual General Meeting (AGM) is a great benefit of joining FAST. This year, all 1500 employees were granted a full all-expense paid grant to go to Miama Beach for a week. However, COVID-19 caused some complications this year with travel. So, I heard that it'll be an IGM (International General Meeting), the next year (2021). Some have preemptively said Europe (Ireland, England, Italy) so better join FAST quick.

    Cons

    - 401k Match is only 50%. Where is my 100%?

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    Fast Enterprises2020-04-07
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    "A Company That Truly Cares"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Implementation Consultant in Harrisburg, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Fast Enterprises full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Salary, bonuses, annual raise, excellent health insurance, great people, paid 4 week sabbatical every 4 years, annual company retreat, 5 weeks combined vacation and sick time.

    Cons

    Inflexible work schedule, moving every 1-4 years (pro or con), proprietary software allows little room or technical skills growth.

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    Fast Enterprises2020-05-23

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