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Who wants to work in a fast-paced environment? Not me! I want a civilized environment where people have a sense of balance. Higher quality work gets done that way and work life isn't full of stress and anguish.

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Excellent question! I see this a lot. I think that, whether a technical or a non-technical person wrote this phrase, you want to stay the hell away. –  Job Mar 17 '11 at 22:00
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Maybe it simply means they're no longer using Windows 98. –  JYelton Mar 18 '11 at 14:37
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Good question. I just saw this a week ago (but similar postings appear all the time): "Fast-paced environment, Work under pressure". Sounds like a dream job. :/ –  Tuzo Mar 18 '11 at 14:45
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To heck with pace. Show me the snack bar and I'll show you pace :) –  Tim Post Mar 18 '11 at 15:42
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"Fast pace" is the corporate culture equivalent of a "Dynamic" worker from the job ads of the 90s. It's also code word for "if you're past 35, we don't want to hire you but can't admit it". –  Uri Mar 18 '11 at 16:25

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Because their Capability Maturity Model is at Level 1 - Chaos.

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"fast-paced environment" === "environment with a code full of bugs and impossible to mantain"

But as long as HR thinks it's cool to write "fast-paced environment" in ads, we'll always have to read such crap and pretend to be fast-paced.

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