Last week the New York Times semed to skewer Amazon over the stress it places on its workers. I read today that Dustin Mosokvitz confirms such high stress work environments and confesses that his health deteriorated while at Facebook as a result. I don't work in IT but I hope to eventually. However, I absolutely DO NOT want to work in that type of environment. I have already done that in my first field of study and do not intend to repeat those experiences.
My questions for those who work or have worked in IT is: Are these articles truly an accurate description of life in IT? Are there any opportunities for IT work that is not so subject to what Moskovitz called 'unrealistic expectations'? Are there specialties within IT, (say security research?), where the work environment might not be so high intensity? Thanks in advance.