A dilemma at Microsoft:

“Instead of a culture that said, ‘Let’s experiment and see which ideas work,’ the culture is one of, ‘Let’s kiss enough ass so maybe they’ll approve of our product,'” said Whittaker, who quit in 2009 to work for Google.  Maybe the worst of it: those in authority often attained their position because they had been lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time, succeeding when the company was riding high and despite producing a mediocre product.

This is something companies don’t consider: why were you successful? There are two reasons, a great product or good timing. The second is often mistaken for the first.