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Fast Enterprises Reviews

Updated October 6, 2018
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  1. "Great Place To Work!"

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    • 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 a year)

    Pros

    FAST truly cares for it's employees. The partners spend a lot of time getting to know each one of their employees and ensuring they are happy at their job. FAST also has a great working environment so you don't constantly feel like you are competing against other employees. Great benefits and pay.

    Cons

    There are times when you will be required to work overtime. However FAST makes that clear from the beginning and they also pay overtime which is nice. They definitely expect a lot from their employees, however they take great care of you.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Implementation Consultant Review"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Implementation Consultant
    Current Employee - Implementation Consultant
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working for FAST straight out of college has been an absolute treat. It doesn't really get better in terms of the people you work with, pay, benefits, etc. I've enjoyed my time here and can see myself staying for a few more years to really absorb everything there is to absorb.

    There are so many good things to say about the company, many of which have been elaborated on in numerous reviews. Fast is a 5/5 company, but I feel obligated to be critical on the negatives just to bring them to the attention of management.

    Some notable pros from my perspective are:

    - Young tech culture
    - Work ethic is an actual thing, good/hard work is rewarded
    - On a large scale, the work you do is meaningful and applicable to every day life
    - Benefits are fantastic
    - Pay is fantastic
    - Travel opportunities abound, and in general, all moving-related expenses are covered

    Cons

    Some notable cons from my perspective (and these are by no means crippling cons) are:

    - Many events involve a considerable amount of drinking. Shy away from this a little bit. I understand that people have the "option" to not drink, but that can feel awkward when drinking has such a strong presence at many of the events. It's not fun to be one of the only sober-ish people, especially at a work event.

    - No 401k matching, but profit sharing instead. Stop doing this, please! I get that all employees benefit from this whether they choose to put money into retirement or not, but the amount of profit sharing is marginal and is nothing compared to a 3%, 4%, or 5% match. Reward those who actually want to contribute to retirement rather than stifle their progress.

    - Lack of documentation. For the sake of your developers, trainers, and basically everyone on active implementations... Please improve your efforts to document materials and invest more time and energy into this. The payoff would be worth it as new employees would learn much faster. Of course, things are very fluid and dynamic, but that is no excuse to not have well-documented components and processes that are used all throughout company applications.

    Advice to Management

    - Start 401k matching and do away with the profit sharing. This is the biggest financial con of the company by miles and miles and it hurts all employees trying to contribute to their retirement.

    - Start documenting your materials regularly, and update that documentation as processes change. It is an investment well worth the time and money.

    - Have sites plan events that are slightly more inclusive to those who are not casual drinkers.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Challenging work + great people = great memories and happy life"

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    Current Employee - Team Manager in Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Team Manager in Nashville, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Experience living in new places (usually state or nation capitals).
    Make friends with the people you work with. Fast has a mix of introverted and extroverted people with a wide variety of interests. Whether it's working out, hanging out for a beer or working math problems just for the fun of it, Fasties have a inclusive community that brings us together in and out of work.
    The Fast partners and directors are genuinely good people who exemplify the Fast culture in their work ethic and humility. The are very approachable and open to talking with anyone who reaches out to them.
    Fast is a growing company with a lot of exciting opportunities ahead.

    Cons

    Most positions will require willingness to move. Usually you stay in one location for the length of the project, which tend to be 2 to 6 years. For some people, the moving is a con. For most Fasties it is a pro.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Implementation Consultatnt"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Centennial, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Centennial, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Fast Enterprises full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good Pay, great benefits, great perks (PTO, Vacations)

    Cons

    Very high expectations, relocation required, sometimes very long hours and high stress


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Must be a team player"

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    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 5 years)

    Pros

    The way FAST treats their employees is one of the main reasons I have stayed with FAST. The salary and benefits are impressive. Despite FAST growing in size over the years, it still has a small company feel. Paid overtime, encouraged to use vacation time and take FAST Pause, they want you to have work/life balance. You are not shamed for going on vacation.
    Small teams, so you can take ownership of tasks and shine within your team. Team setting is real, we help each other out.

    Cons

    If you don't work on a project site or with the software, you may not get company wide recognition for your efforts. Administrative teams do a lot of behind the scenes tasks, but those details can be missed by owners.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Work hard play (drink)"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Implementation Consultant
    Current Employee - Implementation Consultant
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -good benefits
    -personable CEO and partners
    -moving opportunities

    Cons

    -moving
    -no flexibility in working hours
    -little to no mental health support
    -events are often centered around drinking, so if you don't enjoy drinking, you won't enjoy most team events

    Advice to Management

    Employee burnout is a thing, and sticking around for my pause doesn't seem like a good enough reason to sacrifice my mental health. I was told nothing could be done to assist my mental health, which falls under disability.

    Fast Enterprises Response

    Sep 25, 2018 – HR

    In regard to your comment about events “often being centered around drinking”: FASTies have many broad interests which makes our culture so unique. This weekend one team did a charity truck pull... More


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Great Company - Great Pay - Great Experience"

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    Current Employee - Implementation Specialist in Lansing, MI
    Current Employee - Implementation Specialist in Lansing, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - High hourly wage
    - Paid overtime in tech (1x base hourly pay)
    - Great company culture, regular team-building outings/events covered by Fast
    - Young, intelligent, kind, outgoing coworkers
    - Owners of the company really seem to care about their employees
    - Company is still growing, future is very bright, great job security
    - Move to different cities and experience different cultures
    - Benefits/health insurance are good
    - Given a lot of responsibilities early on / Allowed to work independently
    - Most employees are young/relatively new due to aggressive expansion which means a lower bar to becoming a lead/architect/manager
    - A lot of soft skills growth opportunities
    - Regular communication of how the company is doing, new opportunities/locations that we are bidding for
    - Get to spend time dealing with people, not just programming all day
    - Annual General Meeting means you and your family get flown out to a resort and treated to a great weekend (there are meetings during the day where you learn about how the company is doing)
    - Big parts of relocation are handled by the company (shipping, hotel for 2 weeks, flights, transporting your car and car rentals). Bonus/allowance of 6k to cover incidentals/supplementary hotel nights/etc.

    Cons

    - Expected to relocate every few years (typically). Relocating is tough. Missing family and friends. The company does not take care of EVERYTHING when it comes to a move. It will still be a pain.
    - Costs associated with travel to see family and friends
    - Might not get a lot of say in where you are relocating to.
    - Some locations are not great (state capitals typically, which can be small and out of the way)
    - If you're a hard-core developer, this might not be the right company for you. There are interesting opportunities with the Tech Team, which has 1-2 employees on each site. There are also a lot of really strong developers in the company who work in the Dev Center (Denver) or as Architects on sites, but these positions aren't the easiest to come by.

    Advice to Management

    Keep working to improve Fast's culture. Use the tools you have created to track where people want to move and staff sites accordingly. Keep overtime low when possible. If at all possible, try to recombine AGM into one big event. It isn't quite the same not seeing half the people every year.

  8. "Good pay and benefits, but can be stressful."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Implementation Consultant in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Implementation Consultant in Salt Lake City, UT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The salary is very competitive and the benefits are great. Moving every couple of years can be good if you are into that.

    Cons

    The stress can get pretty bad at times. Documentation is pretty poor.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Great Job & Great Company"

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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.


  10. "Implementation Consultant"

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

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

    Pros

    Very friendly environment; You will be working with young professionals; work hard play hard culture; excellent consulting experience; coding experience would depend on your project.

    Cons

    Clients can be challenging at times; Over-time can be hard but you will be well compensated for that


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