Sometimes I see jobs that are "fast paced environment", actually I see that on almost every job. This gives me the idea that the staff is running around, throwing monkey wrenches at problems, hurrying through work, and trying to squeeze every possible dime out a minute. Is that the case?
I have yet to meet a fast-paced programmer who hurries through developing applications. He may type it out fast, but he takes his time to do things right.
I haven't met a fast-paced designer who creates totally unique designs in stunning detail extremely fast. Quality seems to take precision and time.
Perhaps the fast paced people are marketers and sales people, which I know nothing about!
On the other hand I don't think these companies want a "slow paced environment", because that would sound like encouraging laziness. But when they say fast paced environment, it seems like they want to rush through everything, and to me quality will suffer.
It reminds me of placing this on a resume: "I am a self motivated person". It doesn't need to be there, it should be expected. Where is a slow paced environment vs a fast paced one in the computer world?