The term "fast-paced" environment appears often in job descriptions for software engineers. From a software engineering perspective, among other things, this may imply pressure to produce software quickly. It is challenging to estimate effort in terms of time accurately, so it may be unreasonable to use any estimate as a hard commitment.
What is the baseline to which productivity is compared? Would it be that of others that came before or would it be one's own baseline over a particular time? If one passes the interview, joins, and then is not as productive as those others or does not show increase in productivity later, would one be eventually let go? Is this average then ever-increasing, and corporations put people through themselves, letting go off lower performers while retaining the higher performers? How does this affect people's health - of those that stay, those that leave, and those that may be let go? How does this affect the offered products and services? How does the continuous growth conversation affect this performance and people's health - has it shown to be effective in increasing productivity while not having negative impact on health of people and product, or otherwise?
There are many questions here, many show my concerns. I'd like to learn more about all of them.
Picking one specific question - would there be any known "well-paced" environments for software engineers, as opposed to fast-past ones? Particularly, any in Canada?