Let my manager set my goals, then prevent other groups/managers from wasting my time. I spent 14 years at Qualcomm ('94 to '08), I never worked harder, got more done, and had more fun than those 14 years. The secret? Management was very good at keeping distractions to a minimum.
Sadly, from what I hear now that's no longer the case. At the Parade of Lights last, I dunno, November? I met the new boyfriend of a long time friend. He was in his 50's/60's, spent most of his career in Texas at TI, and had been at QC for a year. He hated it. Why? He didn't want to talk about it and I didn't pry.
About 6 months ago I ran across a guy I knew at QC, he'd been there from the beginning. He said they'd cancelled the Christmas parties (which were epic), and the summer picnics (which were epic if you had kids). He was about to take a 6 month leave of absence and wasn't sure if he'd go back.
Then 2 months ago QC announces a 15% layoff in 2 months. That 2 months hit yesterday. I'm hesitant to contact folks I knew when I worked there, but it sounds like QC has gone from good, engineering management, to bad, MBA/cronyism management.