At my time at Lenovo, the only thing that mattered was "visibility" - you need to be SEEN, and seen by the right people. It didn't matter how hard you were crushing your KPIs, it was all about how well you played the political game. I was strongly advised this by one of my managers. When I asked him "How do I be more visible?", since I was young and honestly didn't know exactly what he was talking about, he struggled to explain it in the most basic terms. This, to me, was huge red flag: If this is such a hard and fast requirement, why isn't a part of my KPIs, or explained during orientation?
The notion of 'visibility' increases exponentially up the band level ladder. Most people that tote success at Lenovo are the ones that are perfectly fine with the status quo of systemic politics and an unbelievably toxic work culture, working within that system knowing there is no way to change it. By the time I left I was fed up and disgusted with how it seemed like everyone knew how bad it was, but were just there to play the game or wait to be laid off. To me, this is no way to live.
I now work for a much better company making more money, only working about 45 hours a week. The politics are near zero within the company. People like being here and they actually have a notable amount of employees that are aged 50 and up. Better places exist, folks. Don't waste another day of your life at this life-s—ing toxic cesspool.