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Meet Adam Oren: The Fast Interview

Adam Oren (back left), Engineering Manager, Catalog at Fast

Adam Oren
Role: Engineering Manager
Team: Catalog

What do you do at Fast?

I’m an engineering manager for the Catalog Team. We’re in charge of product data for Fast sellers and affiliates.

Describe your typical day here.

Mornings are for ideating and coding, and in the afternoons I mentor and lead my team and collaborate with my peers.

Where did you grow up, and what were you like as a kid?

I grew up in Ashdod, Israel. I was introverted, into computer games and later programming. I lived close to the beach, so I spent a lot of time there. Israel allows you to get a degree via home study, so since I was into programming, I studied for my bachelor’s in computer science while still in high school.

What was your first job?

I worked in software engineering for the Israeli military, whose service is compulsory when you turn 18. You can work on their original assignment or in a field related to your professional studies. They offered me three years of regular service or software engineering for four and a half years of service. I chose software engineering, and I got my Master’s degree in computer science at the same time.

Where were you before Fast?

I worked at ClassPass in a similar role in charge of their catalog and bookings.

Why did you say yes to Fast?

Eric Schulte (Engineering Manager, Seller Experiences) sold me on the culture, attitude, and vision. I really like the product. It’s very intuitive and I was blown away by the people who interviewed me. I knew I'd be happy to work with them. I think that’s why Fast is different. At Fast, we’re early-stage with senior experience from the get-go. I don’t think that’s common. And the growth pace is amazing.

What food or drink is always at your desk?

Coffee and lemon water.

What sparks your creativity?

Morning is when I'm most creative, so I structure meetings for the afternoon. Balancing focus time with brainstorming creates intentional creativity.

What are Fast engineers doing that catches your eye?

Headless checkout! The thought of supporting a feature to allow any content creator to display a product – and you can buy it without leaving the site – is amazing.

What’s your favorite thing about being an engineer?

Solving a problem how you want to. I like the flexibility to use anything you know, can research, etc. to figure out a real solution. Then, to see the results, even if they’re in the back end, you know it’s there. In my short time here, I can see the results of my work.

Advice for engineers wondering what to do next?

Always ask yourself: “Are you still learning?” “Do you enjoy what you’re doing?” “Are you challenged?” I think you spend a lot of time at a job, so it should be intentional — check in with yourself every year.

What’s something you’ve found at Fast that really stands out?

The experience and quality of people here and the remote culture is unlike any place I've been. I’m in Cincinnati and manage people in Turkey, Canada and Colorado, and we’re able to do our jobs effectively across distance and time zones and still feel like part of a team. And I appreciate how transparent and accessible leadership is.

Also, how many companies can say they’re solving a day-to-day problem for almost everyone?

What's something you regularly do, but you know you shouldn't?

Drink coffee in the afternoon.

Morning person or night owl?

Morning person.

Most used app on your phone?

Things 3. I can add what I need to remember and forget it until it reminds me.

Non-negotiables for life?

In work: Work for a company where you believe in its mission.

In life: Work on what meshes with you. I came to the States 10 years ago to try something new. You have to want it, and work to get it. I just became a U.S. citizen, and I have a family. I couldn’t have predicted it but it started with, “Why not try this?”

Where can we find you?

LinkedIn.