I don't believe its like that everywhere, but it exists. Mostly it's more indirect: "you're too soft" within 2 minutes of an interview when I've barely told them my name. Questioning how "I could roll with the big boys" without even having 1 question to answer in the vicinity to prove I'm indeed worthy. They made up their mind before I shaked hands but was pushed forward by singular people that saw something in me. I've known 4 years ago it's something additional I'd have to overcome. So be it, even though it's bitter.
Passivity is what I've always been pushed towards. Instead I just didn't make any "friends in the right places" by going my own way because I had very little choice... Or when there was not much I'd want to write on my resume: leave to another company before I was faced with the choice of going my own way or piss off the boss indefinitely with my so called "rebellious attitude" or "disobeying orders".I´ve never neglected my duties in job, but I´ve always tended to take on more.