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Fast Enterprises Reviews

Updated August 11, 2018
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  1. "Amazing AGM events, down to earth partners"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Fast Enterprises full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Social events are larger sites. Lots of company bonding when there is a partner present. Partners are all personally and professionally philanthropic and are genuinely decent, kind people (no airs at all!).

    Cons

    Smaller sites tend to be a little ignored, especially if there is no partner on-site. Seems larger sites have budgets for social events but smaller sites get very little.
    Have to move every 2-3 years, which is difficult with spouse and children changing schools. Ok to move when young and single and enjoying travel but much harder as you age.
    There are vast variances in the cost of living from site to site so it's hard to know if you are getting ahead and saving enough or not.

    Advice to Management

    Try to treat all employees the same and keep in mind that those in the smaller sites feel a little left out sometimes.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Great Job & Great Company"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Implementation Consultant in Olympia, WA
    Current Employee - Implementation Consultant in Olympia, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Fast Enterprises full-time (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.

    Advice to Management

    There is a great focus on physical health which is fantastic! However, the job can be stressful and the hours long. It would be nice to see that same sort of focus on mental health and support for employees that are struggling.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great Benefits and Culture"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Team Lead in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Team Lead in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Fast Enterprises full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    They offer some of the best benefits you will find as compared to industry standard. Even as the company grows, they still keep that family feel as well as maintain their infamous "work hard play hard culture."

    Cons

    You may be expected to move, every 2-3 years, but I don't really view it as a con, since it gives the opportunity to live all over the world.

    You also may be expected to work lots of overtime hours as the project gets closer to the production go live date. However, they do provide additional compensation for anything over 8 hours a day or weekends/holidays. Most companies in this industry don't provide this type of benefit, so once again it really ins't a con. Though, the amount of hours required can easily burn you out if you are not careful.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work. It keeps getting better year after year.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Excellent, Unique Company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Fast Enterprises full-time

    Pros

    - Amazing benefits (fully paid by employer) including covering benefits for domestic partners (criteria is living together for at least 1 year)
    - Fun and friendly culture, family feel
    - Private company so not beholden to shareholders (subjective, but I think this is great)
    - Very successful company--no concerns about the future
    - Every day I am proud to work for a company like FAST

    Cons

    - There are some growing pains as FAST grows in size, but there is definitely an effort to mitigate these challenges
    - The dynamic and culture between working on-site and working at the Dev Center is very different; this is not necessarily a con, but it could be if you'd prefer one over the other
    - Keep in mind that there is a sizable assignability component to your salary if you are working on-site for your ability to relocate (but not if you are long term at the Dev Center)
    - While benefits overall are extremely strong, the 401k could be better (no % matching; there is a contribution through profit sharing each year, however)

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work! It is obvious you care about the company, your employees, and the product. Never stop looking for areas to improve as we grow in size.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Training Coordinator in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Training Coordinator in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Fast Enterprises full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    This is an amazing company to work for! FAST really takes care of, and cares about their employees. I've never been nervous to ask questions when I don't understand or need assistance, they foster a wonderful and comfortable work environment. Everyone works hard and strives to do their best. The work can be hard, but everyone is all in it together and wants to create the best product possible. I feel like I really make a difference here!

    Cons

    Sometimes the hours can be crazy, but everyone works hard together so it's not so bad!


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Overall, great company to work for"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Training Coordinator
    Current Employee - Training Coordinator
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Fast Enterprises full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -Good compensation
    -Fun and dynamic place to work
    -Excellent coworkers
    -You get to be a part of a process that transforms government and helps people do their jobs better
    -Learn tons
    -Company generally makes decisions based on need, rather than just cost
    -Great insurance
    -Profit sharing
    -They pay for moving
    -FAST really is the best at what it does
    -Vacation is very generous
    -Company cares about it's people

    Cons

    -No 401k match.
    -Sometimes developers don't take you seriously.
    -Much of the culture is based on alcohol and partying. While that's good for some people, it's not always great for people with families. That being said, some of these things depend a lot on the project you're on.
    -Culture of more overtime is better, even if you can do your job within your 40-hour workweek.
    -Sometimes moves don't make sense.
    -Even if you move up in responsibility, you don't necessarily get additional compensation. For example, you could become a team lead and stay at the same pay as when you were just a team member.
    -Paternal leave is only 1 week

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing most of what you're doing. Get feedback from team leads before moving people to a new project. Change your retirement plan to a match and go to a better company, like Fidelity or Charles Schwab. Make your paternal leave more competetive


  7. "A Great Company to Work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Fast Enterprises full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The pay and benefit are great.

    Cons

    Relocation is a big challenge.

    Advice to Management

    Setup titles like “senior developer” for those who are not interested in management role?

  8. Helpful (1)

    "I Feel So Lucky Everyday To Work Here"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Implementation Consultant in Jackson, MS
    Current Employee - Implementation Consultant in Jackson, MS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Fast Enterprises full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    FAST has incredible benefits, super competitive pay, plenty of sick time, plenty of vacation, they're super understanding of any issues you might have, you get to make a difference rather than just being a cog in the machine. They ensure you feel like you're really a part of the company's success.

    Cons

    You work at the client site, with State workers. It's not the kind of job where you sit in front of your computer and are not bothered. You're a consultant more than a software engineer. Yes, you'll write code and configure the product, but you're going to also be responsible for meeting with people and ensuring decisions made are translated in to real product changes.


  9. "Takes cares of its employees"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Has great benefits and truly cares about its employees and interns. Solid company.

    Cons

    Government work is not super exciting.


  10. "Work hard, play hard"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Implementation Consultant Team Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Implementation Consultant Team Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Fast Enterprises full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Smart people to work with, great pay, and great benefits.

    Cons

    Work can be stressful depending on deadlines and the client (always government agencies).


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