In the real world it works like this, someone who does not have the same skill sets and/or care to even begin to learn anything since they are already 'experts' in theory.
They create strive for those who work and this takes the heat off them. It gets really old, but it will end with the brown nose 'in theory' expert left behind and the one who knows will find another company where his/her expertise/skills and eduction will be welcomed.
I have seen it before and I have had the back stabber/suck up cutting my throat behind my back.
It is all about feeding ego's of people in charge, well they can have it all praise because in the end it is like rearranging chairs on the Titanic.
You ALWAYS have to cover your on butt, document everything you do otherwise it is like feeding the piranha of back stabbers in the real world. People who do this type of behavior are really pathetic. But welcome to the REAL corporate environment it is loaded with these 'experts' in instant messaging, kissing up, taking credit for things they did not do and of course undermining!
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