- 4.0Nov 9, 2023Implementation ConsultantCurrent Employee, more than 10 years
1. Relocation. The reviews all mention it (some for good, some for ill), but overall, I think it's good. My family and I had awesome experiences, because we relocated to different places (and we enjoyed a few years we spent in Mississippi). It all depends on your attitude and willingness to experience an area. It is true you might be asked to spend time in a "less desirable" location, especially at the start of your career, but as your career progresses, and if you're willing to communicate to management your relocation preferences, they're much more willing to help you relocate to your preferred regions, as you grow in the company. 2. Compensation. Very competitive, great benefits. 3. Management. Can vary, I've had a few that I didn't particularly care for, and others that were particularly awesome. Overtime, you can try to stick closer to the folks you work well with, and of you do get put with someone you don't like, with relocation, you know it's not too long before he/she/you can leave. And once you've found a location and management you do really like, you can push to stay as long as you can.
1. Technical Skills/certifications? This isn't advertised as a software development role, and I know it's not FAST's job to train me for a different job, but it would be nice if perhaps FAST could somehow facilitate additional technical learning, even if it's just on the side, and it could make an employee better for FAST too. (Perhaps reimburse for certain technical or non-technical certifications)1
- 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