Employee Review

  1. 3.0
    Current Employee

    Salary of a finance manager

    Mar 24, 2022 - Finance Manager in Singapore
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Flexible working hours and good pay

    Cons

    Heavy responsibility and stressful environment

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  1. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 8 years

    Great Company - Growth to Come and Decisions to Make

    Jan 3, 2022 - Implementation Consultant in Louisville, KY
    Recommend
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    Pros

    - Great pay with annual performance-based raises - Great benefits - Young, outgoing, intelligent coworkers - Best product on the market - Opportunities to relocate every few years (handled and paid for by the company, including a 6k relocation bonus to cover expenses) - Tons of job security. The company has more than tripled in size since I started with no major layoffs. Working with government on essential systems means the jobs are mostly recession proof. - Huge growth prospects. The pandemic has led governments to realize how important their software infrastructure is. This is what FAST provides and what it provides well. Many new contracts will be signed in the coming years. That means more jobs, more raises, more responsibility, more experience, more advancement. - Despite rapid growth, the company is more focused on quality and maintaining a good reputation than making quick money. This goes along with them being more focused on doing what is right for the client instead of what is most profitable. It ALSO goes along with them only hiring good people! It feels good to do work for a company with integrity. -( When there isn't a pandemic) There are monthly team-building activities paid for by the company. - (When there isn't a pandemic) Annual General Meeting. This is an all inclusive 3 night stay at a resort for employees and their families. The location changes every year and they really go all out for these events. Not exaggerating when I say some of the nights have felt magical! It's always a highlight. - Company owners are still working hard alongside you. The company has 1500+ employees and the owners are still fully integrated in every level of the company. They know their products inside and out. They also visit sites regularly (twice a year is my guess for an average--when there isn't a pandemic). When a partner visits, employees are typically given the opportunity to hold 1 on 1 meetings with them. Great visibility in a big company. - Company seems to genuinely value employee health and happiness. - You can learn a lot and are given responsibility quickly. There are tons of different skillsets you can focus on and a wide range of opportunities. Even more as the company continues to grow. - Increasingly open review process with regular feedback meetings scheduled throughout the year (If you're a FASTie reading this and your project manager isn't doing this, say something! They're supposed to be and HR/Directors/Partners will back you up.) Unsolicited advice to current/future employees: I got to a place early on working for FAST where I thought the world was against me. I was unhappy and started looking at other jobs. I spoke to HR about my situation and they were able to 100% turn things around. If this is you, try reaching out. If the job just isn't for you, it's not for you. But if you feel the work environment is toxic, or your direct managers aren't doing their job, this is something the company will want to address. In my experience, they really do care.

    Cons

    - Working from home is not guaranteed. Some projects are fully remote while most are hybrid and others are fully in the office. For employees fully in the office, the company is doing a trial run of offering 30 work from home flex days a year. - As hinted at in the Pros section, the pandemic has put a big hole in the heart of this company's culture. - 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 (talk to HR!)

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  2. 4.0
    Current Employee

    Losing Steam

    Jun 28, 2022 - Team Manager 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Any pro list must start with compensation and benefits. Annual salary adjustments and year end bonuses have always exceeded my expectations. The product is the best on the market. And the company is constantly looking to move into new markets with new products.

    Cons

    Your experience on site is largely dictated by two people: your project manager and your solution architect. If both these people are competent and kind, your experience should be positive. If one or both of them aren't qualified for their role, you're likely going to struggle. Fast has a bad habit of promoting based on tenure rather than merit. The people making these decisions are at HQ in Denver and have only a vague idea of what's happening on project sites. HQ does elicit feedback from employees (e.g., HR will make a site visit to meet with individuals) but it seems as if this feedback never results in meaningful change. At times I've felt the company is trying to squeeze as much work out of me as possible before I decide to look for something else. Their only strategy for retention appears to be monetary. For the last two years, Fast has been losing employees faster than they can hire them. When I started with Fast 5 years ago I remember thinking "I wish this company was public so I could invest." I really believed in what they were doing and overwhelmingly thought the company was moving in the right direction. I no longer feel that way.

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