They "traded autonomy and craftsmanship for high pay and stability"

Four years ago, when I first joined my current employer – the one that is probably about to downsize me, that is – a new colleague, Douglas, told me that ‘we get paid above market rates and the pension plan is fantastic. In fact, it’s considered a very prestigous company to work for in Scotland. We are very very strong company and staff turnover is very low’. … sounds good so far … ‘But’, he continued, ‘the downside is that, since no one ever leaves, it’s a difficult place to be ambitious because promotion is usually into dead mans shoes. They don’t ask much of you so don’t offer too much’. ‘Basically’, he said, ‘its a great job to retire from, but don’t expect too much in between’.
I think not, baby puppy