- 3.0Oct 26, 2023Implementation ConsultantFormer Employee, more than 3 years
Amazing early career pay, great relocation team, paid overtime, incredible people, opportunity to grow soft skills, and great benefits. There’s also an annual meeting that they spend too much money on. Las Vegas was fun, but I would’ve lived without it. Vegas obviously didn’t keep me here. This job is incredible for getting your feet in the door of the software development space. I can’t argue that, and anyone can probably find pleasure in the first 3 years or so. More so if you’re fresh out of college (aka most of their vict—I mean target prospects).
No transferable skills/knowledge gained after about 2 years. They move you just to move you sometimes. To avoid it, you have to give up raises for years. High overtime during rollouts. It’s rare to find dumb people with seniority, but the ones that are there have a free spot since it’s more difficult to find someone else to teach their complex product to. Diversity also sucks. There is one person that comes to mind, but nobody else puts effort into this area. I imagine that person is on their way out soon too.8
- 3.0Nov 8, 2023Backend Software EngineerFormer Employee, more than 5 years
Decent culture on site (HOWEVER, I have heard this varies wildly depending on team). Good pay and benefits, intangibles. Met some genuinely talented and interesting people with my time at FAST. Moving to a project location is expected and is a benefit at first.
Development center culture is not good. One of the main reasons I left is because I saw what my future would look like as a 8+ year employee and realized that I would be an alcoholic, cynic, or both. There's a bitterness that comes with tenure at FAST and it breeds discontent and bad attitudes across the company. The software product is very mature and there does not appear to be much interest in exploring modern technologies (e.g. open source, cloud native, modern web development, containerization). Because of this, career growth is a big problem; there is little incentive to grow your engineering skills. Their development environment is very siloed by proprietary technologies. Advice for out-of-college hires: you will need to stay current on your skills outside of work if you want a career elsewhere later.7