I have been in this business as a design engineer for 40 years. One thing I have seen for sure within the last decade is a strong disdain from the management types toward the creative types.
My conjecture is that the industry as a whole is saturating, and people fortunate enough to have landed the higher echelons in companies are doing the animal-planet alpha-male thing and running anyone possibly more technically competent than themselves out of the company while they still have the power to do so.
I am handling it by developing independent products and working with small companies, as my hope for ever working for a big company again is dashed. I can not imagine a company that has the financial resources to hire expensive lawyers and managers has any place for artistic types. I consider myself to be one of the dime-a-dozen gardeners in their eyes. A "computer janitor" as one of my fellow slashdotters noted so eloquently.
We have got tax and business law so convoluted with special interests that actually doing anything makes little business sense, when there is far more money to be made by throttling competition and selling rights to do anything. I see this going on and on and on as long as the world relies on the US as their bank, as it is well known that bankers eventually end up owning everything due to their capability of not only creating currency out of thin air, but also expecting usury on it that can only be met by their printing yet more currency to pay the amount owed.
History shows only one way has worked to reset the system, and it ain't pretty. Civilizations have worked just like a relaxation oscillator ( avalanche mode ) for as long as we have recorded history. No reason it stops now. It is not human nature at all for it to stop.