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But there's the flip side of the culture, too. I work for the federal government. Most of my coworkers are bright, hard-working folks who believe in their mission (and as I've said elsewhere, our mission gets some good results for everyday people), but we have the deadwood we just can't get rid of. No joke, a lazy, unproductive, and likely unbalanced coworker who sits near me broke down in tears and stormed off to file a complaint with HR today because I went out to lunch with a handful of coworkers I am friends with and he wasn't invited. This is probably the thousandth complaint he's filed, and I know one of them was because I got a job he wanted at a higher level, which I was qualified for and he wasn't. While my promotion was ultimately ruled justified, we probably spent tens of thousands of dollars on the "fair evaluation" investigation to come to that conclusion. When you put everything into a structure that values tenure over skills (seriously, this guy can barely compose an email and was applying for a technical, essentially IT, position when he complained that I got it and he didn't), things don't work any better than when kissing ass gets you better treatment. After being on both sides of the coin, I've decided the only way to get ahead is to be desirable. If I could storm off over a transgression and have a new, probably better-paying, job in a day, then I'll be treated right. Otherwise, I would have to put up with whatever my employer decided was "fair."
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