Fast Enterprises Reviews

Updated May 22, 2020

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4.3
83%
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Fast Enterprises Managing Partner Martin Rankin
Martin Rankin
648 Ratings
Pros
  • "You get the opportunity to work for a private company with great benefits while benefiting society(in 88 reviews)

  • "Paid overtime (this is not an industry standard)(in 60 reviews)

Cons
  • "Long hours and lots of overtime(in 70 reviews)

  • "No work-life balance if your project is active, don't get much say in location placement(in 46 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review
    Helpful (11)

    "Hard to imagine a company that treats their employees better"

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

    I have been working at Fast Enterprises full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    - Great pay with annual performance-based raises - Great benefits - Increasingly open review process with regular feedback meetings scheduled throughout the year - Young, outgoing, intelligent coworkers - Best product on the market - Opportunities to relocate every few years (handled and paid for by the company) - Tonnes of job security--this company is only growing - Monthly team-building activities paid for by the company - Annual General Meeting, all inclusive 3 night stay at resort for employee and their families - Company owners are still in the trenches working hard alongside you - Company owners seem to really value employee health and happiness - You can learn a lot, tonnes of different skills and opportunities. Even more as the company continues to grow

    Cons

    - Relocating can be tough - You don't always get to decide where you relocate (often you have input, but it largely depends on the current need) - A few bad eggs can make your experience on a site stressful

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    Fast Enterprises2019-06-13
  2. Helpful (3)

    "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
  3. Helpful (1)

    "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
  4. Helpful (1)

    "Good People... Great benefits"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Implementation Consultant 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Compensates well, Collaborative environment, Values hard work

    Cons

    No work-life balance if your project is active, don't get much say in location placement

    Fast Enterprises2020-05-11
  5. Helpful (5)

    "Great Company"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Fast Enterprises full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    (+) The company values its employees and rewards those who go above and beyond (+) Great software that keeps getting better (+) High salaries out of college including overtime pay (+) You get to relocate to a new location (+) You get to travel to a vacation hot spot for a weekend annually (+) Great benefits plan and bonus structure (+) You get to take a month vacation after five years (+) Always on time and on budget (+) The client is fun to work with (+) We're solving problems and get to see the success

    Cons

    (-) Unstructured personal development plan (-) Overtime is required but rewarded (-) Steep learning curve with proprietary software

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    Fast Enterprises2020-04-16
  6. "Great job"

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

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, treat employees well, nice salary

    Cons

    Some people will get relocated frequently

    Fast Enterprises2020-03-26
  7. Helpful (10)

    "Promotes Bullies and Allows Honest People who stand up get Flushed Out"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Team Manager 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Fast Enterprises full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good Salary Founding Partners Well Designed Software for Clients

    Cons

    Encourages and Promotes Bully Project Managers

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    Fast Enterprises2020-03-27
  8. Helpful (5)

    "Room for Improvement"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Fast Enterprises full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great Pay with comprehensive benefits package. Weeks of PTO that increase over time, some of which role over. More holidays than typical jobs that depend on the government entity you work for. Opportunity to live somewhere you never thought you would. They do give you the chance to rank your top project desires, though I can't say they're considered. They will move you to your next location and encourage you to get involved in the communities where you live. Short path to some sort of leadership position.

    Cons

    Work life balance is horrific on active sites or those with paranoid management. Some position responsibilities are seen as so critical to some project managers that there can be a hefty amount of guilt or pressure placed on you to not take sick time or reduce vacation usage. This is often regardless of the state of the project cycle. Little to no training. Technical training isn't offered. Certain positions may offer reimbursement for expenses of a successfully passed certification if it pertains to your work. There are regular PM meetings, but no formal training process before starting. Not everyone makes a good leader inherently, yet people are often thrown into these positions without proper (read any) training. The FAST methodology WORKS. The problem is that not everyone at the top of a project follows it, and that's where things break down. Work life balance is difficult with this company in general, but it is painfully dependent on who your boss is. There's a tendency for people to be stranded at less desirable projects. Some people spend years on a project and are strapped into it because they're seen as "too valuable to lose," even in production support mode where the job is to maintain status quo. There is definitely a top of the line. Unless you want to be a PM or can prove yourself to be a good Architect, you will hit the top lead role within a couple years depending on the project. That said, your growth is heavily tied to the personnel on your particular project. It doesn't matter if you're the best on a project, because you'll go nowhere if the PM doesn't boast you to others who control personnel for new projects or implementations. HQ developers are out of touch with the nature of real project life. When working with a client, making massive changes to existing functionality with little to no warning or documentation isn't a small thing in some agencies.

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    Fast Enterprises2020-03-25
  9. Helpful (8)

    "Great People, Bad Tech"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Implementation Consultant 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Fast Enterprises full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - People are awesome. I would genuinely consider them as friends - Travel (hope you don't get the "reject" sites)

    Cons

    If you want to be a Software Engineer in the future, then this place is not for you. You will have to teach yourself industry best practices, tech, and general coding outside of work to ensure you don't degrade. "Fast best practices" aren't really best practices at all, and are more like rules to validate cutting corners. Upper management (project managers, architects, tech leads) are clueless about software, and many times, do not understand very basic software principles/paradigms/designs.

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    Fast Enterprises2020-02-27
  10. Helpful (9)

    "Know What You're Getting Into"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Implementation Consultant in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Fast Enterprises full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Let me start off by saying FAST really takes care of its employees. You are paid for every single hour you work for the company. Your insurance premiums are taken care of and the benefits are great. You will also be well compensated which is attractive straight out of school. The majority of FAST's workforce is young so this is a great job for those straight out of college to get some experience under their belt. FAST will treat you well while you work there.

    Cons

    With the exception of consulting experience and assuming you already have a grasp of basic programming and SQL scripts, you will not be developing any additional software development skills that will make you marketable. KNOW THIS BEFORE ACCEPTING YOUR OFFER. If your goal is to become a well rounded software developer, this is not the job for you. If your goal is to find a company that you can settle in with for a good portion of your career and enjoy great benefits, this is the job for you. Working for FAST makes you really good at working for FAST but not a lot else; almost everything you touch is built within a proprietary system. Other cons to consider: - Work environment is highly variable depending on what site you get assigned to. Some project managers are better than others and this could have a huge impact on the amount of work you have to put in during the crunch time leading up to rollouts. - Rollouts are stressful and will demand large amounts of overtime for 2-4 months out of the year. - Relocating consistently can make it hard to establish a social life outside of the company - The head honchos at the development center call the shots on all changes to the core code of the software and sometimes it can be frustrating to keep up with changes that are not well communicated. - FAST seems to be anti-documentation in its coding style. Do not expect any well commented code. - Can have a good ol' boys feeling to management at times. - Zero flexibility with working remote - You will be tasked with trying to communicate intricate problems to government employees who have been coasting at their job for years and will not be able to apply even a basic sense of logic. This gets old extremely fast.

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    Fast Enterprises2020-01-30
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