Exactly! It sounds like our experiences are quite similar. I did what I had to do, but I regret not leaving sooner. Unfortunately the economic crisis made it hard to explore other options — since the job market basically shut down during that time. But, it was so awful to experience such bad treatment as if I earned it. I worked hard as fuck and it meant nothing — while the executive team continued to rake in crazy salaries and even crazier bonuses.
It made me hate corporate America to death and I don’t see myself ever being chained to a cubicle — ever in life.