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Not OP, but I agree with both your assessments of the situation. I agree with you that most companies work this way. I'd even go a step further and would say that most companies are highly dysfunctional. But I also agree with OP that the only thing you can do in situations like this is to leave. Unfortunately changing the company from the inside is extremely difficult and in most cases a futile effort.

What follows for me is that one should be very careful in how they choose their employer. Unfortunately, I've found it often quite hard to judge this before starting to work there. Would love if someone could give their insight in how to figure this ought before even applying.

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