Watch your back!
The atmosphere at first was tenuous and clichés were the norm with petty back biting and behind the back talk. Struggling through to show my abilities and skills applied to the assignments, was at first noticed and appreciated. As years went by, political changes in the atmosphere and constantly being told that "they are senior to you", when finally achieving that level, now all, new junior technicians and seniors were on the same level. In lab back talk was the norm. This is where the immaturity inside the production lab came out in full view. Individuals loudly voicing their opinions regarding my advancement to Tech VI, while I was absent, on deployment CONUS. Such a thing should never have taken place and mishandled by supervisory staff. Managers, with focus on the Deployment Coordinator, made all decisions under very emotional situations and maintained a Master Chief attitude with all decisions and never displayed a sense of respect for senior personnel no matter how much they did to advance the field service support. Incompetence seemed to be rewarded and attention to detail was abandoned. Beware of a toxic environment from the very beginning if you're not a part of the clich.