I fear you make too many generalizations about corporate America because you had a single bad experience with it.
As you know, I spent the last 1/3 of my life with the same corporation though there were several acquisitions along the way.
It was the most defining time of my life. I learned more in those 10 years than I could have anywhere else. I met tons of very smart people, traveled extensively, and matured tremendously in many personal areas.
It wasn't always a dream job. It was hard at times. I had to do things that I didn't particularly enjoy. I didn't agree with everything that "they" wanted me to agree with. But that's just part of life.
Life is about hierarchies and structure. And most jobs share in this concept. Working for big business isn't for everyone.
My personal opinion is that you were too smart for what you were doing. That may have been the root cause of your frustration.
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