I've got your glory days. I worked for a smaller telco in the mid to late 90s. We in IT were treated like the wizards, the gurus, the kings of the company. Not only did every manager on staff know they wanted to keep us happy, they knew why. Keep your IT guys happy or your computer might stop running. When it stops running, you'll be on the bottom of our fixit list. These were the days of the TCP/IP code error so we could simply BSOD anyone that made us mad. Now we weren't jerks about it, and we demanded nothing, but for those managers that treated us bad we simply returned the favor. The joke around the office was that us "IT guys" could smell food on any floor of the building. The truth was, their manager always told us if and when they were bringing in food. Now I work for a large retail chain and IT is so isolated that we're often not invited to whole facility meetings.