After a couple of years in the barrel, I’ve come to the conclusion that the place where I work is meets the criteria to be considered one. It does vary from department to department, but overall the stress level is very high. I seem to be given more and more everyday. I enjoy a large portion of the work, but not the politics or intensity. It’s not the same for everyone though. It seems like I turn around an extremely large volume of work while the guy seated in the same office area, but with a different job function, spends 7.5 of 8 hours on Facebook without a word ever being said to him. They’ve given good raises in the time I’ve been there and promoted me, but it’s still not the $ I’d be making on one of the coasts or in DC. I guess I’ll just keep grinding it out looking for something else.