Amazing! Franklin Schneider captured my work experience exactly! His story details are different from mine, but the story he wrote (“The Drone Ranger,” 8/26) could have been my story—is my story.
I’m 58. I’ve been in the workplace since I was 16, with time out for marriage and family. But for the most part, I’ve worked for 40 years—in the private sector, for a couple of nonprofits, in academia, and now as a U.S. government civil servant—and the dynamics in the workplace are the same no matter where I’ve worked: the games, the rampant egotism, the back-stabbing, the sycophantism, the brown-nosing.
Being a Peace Corps volunteer from 2002 to 2004 really spoiled me for the workplace; the games, the nonsense, the hypocrisy are so much more obvious to me. You can imagine that my attitude toward the pettiness of the workplace is not viewed kindly by the powers that be, nor my peers. But, like the author, I soldier on, because I need the paycheck and the health insurance. When my finances allow it, I’m outta here!