onaquest saidI hate to burst your bubble, but in the private world, at least in my experience thus far, the inadequate people who do the least are promoted to management positions and are praised for how great they are.
So, no - it's the same everywhere.
I do wish you the best - and great username by the way.
That would be horribly disappointing. My only recourse would be to continue to update my resume and be on the look out for a company that has standards. More than likely it would be a small company. In any case thanks. I'm looking forward to the next chapter of my life where I hang up the uniform and put on a company Polo shirt lol.
Like TropicalMark said - please just make sure you choose carefully. My last job was a small hometown bank - I live in a very small town in the south. I don't want to rain on your parade, but the reality is - you are going to find the same situations in any job in this day. Your focus needs to be on how you handle yourself in those situations.
Also, please make sure you choose your next career carefully. Be prepared for the fact that in this economy - jobs are hard to come by - so it may take some time to get yourself positioned where you want to be. - You should be aware that you are going to have to start over with things like a retirement plan and seniority. Those things aren't being handed out anymore. You will have to earn your place.
On a brighter side, I understand your frustration and unhappiness. Two years ago I left my career in banking and became a college instructor. I am much happier in my life now because I feel like I am doing what I am meant to do. I have even been promoted to Chair of my division (essentially the manager). So things can work out. You need to do some inward looking to figure out what will make you happy in the long-term and then chase that. Be prepared that it won't happen overnight. It took me 5 years to finally get this position.
Best of luck.