Started working for a department where a bill of goods was sold to us with promises of advancement, career opportunities, department-related training and education, transparency with managers, etc. After three years of working, with a number of hiccups along the way, such as spurious "performance improvement plans" to prevent application to other departments, multiple bosses leaving, abusive supervisors and management, it turned out to be a false sell. I learned a fair bit, but it required a large amount of personal initiative. By far the lower level employees were the most enjoyable part of the job, and I continued working only for the people and friends I had made there. Turnover is fairly high. Management was out of touch with the daily worker, and the need to squeeze the average worker for benefit of the profit margin became obvious. Bonus plans for my department were schemed on patently unavoidable issues out of the hands of employees, benefiting those workers who ignored guidelines and hurting those who played by the rules; this had to be the hardest part of the job.
Solid benefits (PPO plan), 401k, enjoyable lower level employees.
Disaffected management, HR staff. Few advancement opportunities, cult of personality.