Fast Search Fires 148 Employees

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Pandia reports that Fast Search & Transfer has given 148 employees their walking papers in an effort to “get the search engine company Fast back on the right track.”

Over the past two years, Fast has hired around 400 employees and the cuts will take place globally. According to Pandia, the company has hit a revenue plateau, but expects 30% growth next year (ironically after letting go 37% of their workforce).

The trouble started in the fall of 2006, when financial director Joesph Larson discovered unexpected losses of NOK 65 millions (USD 11 mill). Unfortunately that was not the end of the story. CEO John Markus Lervik now admits that the company has been too much technology- and sales-driven.

Loren Baker
Loren Baker is the Founder of SEJ, an Advisor at Alpha Brand Media and runs Foundation Digital, a digital marketing strategy & development agency.
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  • Brett

    This question has nothing to do with the above topic! 🙂

    I came across a post of yours (couldn’t find your email) about you living in Japan outside of Tokyo — the blog was about Google Japan. I am a software engineer in the US (Austin, TX) and am very interested in living in Japan, but I am unwilling to abandon my high-salary to, for example, teach English in order to do so. How did you come to live in Japan (if you’re still there) and do you have any tips on dealing with visa issues? Did you work for yourself, an American company, a Japanese company, or where you there on a 90 day visa?

    I’d really appreciate any advice you could give. Feel free to respond by email as this is decidedly off-topic.