Internal politics is the name of the game.
Small Group Sales Representative (Former Employee) – Bethlehem, PA – June 25, 2015
The opportunity for success is great,... that is, if you have no problem with compromising your principals and playing "the game." Most of the management have scraped/clawed their way to the top by playing internal politics and weaseling their way into the best opportunities. Things witnessed include blatant sexism (right out of the 1960s), cronyism, back-stabbing and bullying. Buck the system (as its proponents have defined it), just a little, and you will be managed out.
That said, there are quite a few people in the trenches who are honest, hard-working folk. While its possible to get to a good, stable position from honest, hard work, the more likely scenario is that you will be exploited and discarded when the going gets rough. The other possibility is to just duck your head, do your day-to-day job and be content with your current position (unless or until they eliminate it).
If you are looking for a position with high-level advancement, know how to play, "the game," and plan your exit strategy as a "Plan B." You may very likely need it.
Employer paid business trips.
Cronyism, politics, insurmountable administrative policies.