In the beginning of my career at U.S. Bank, advancement opportunities were always available and presented themselves often. I would take advantage of every opportunity provided to me. Recently, however, it seems as though that has shifted. As the management changed within my department, so did the advancement opportunities. It became more of who you know, not what you know, almost to the point of demotions for those who are not within the upper management's inner circle. The day consists of multiple meetings, some where all management is invited, and others where it is only the inner circle, and treatment is not consistent for all managers. The most difficult part of the job I hold within the bank is adhering to the standards that are set for me and my team, while others are not held accountable in the same regard, but it is balanced out in a way by the team that works under me. They believe in me as much as I believe in them, and we are constantly surprising upper management by exceeding goals that were set to be unattainable.