We have had the constant lurking of "anyone is replaceable" for quite some time.
With Michigan being a "at will employer" it's easy for companies to do this.
The nice thing is middle management is in the same boat, everyone knows their replaceable.
There are always younger kiss- asses willing to break the rules to get ahead, until their caught or called out on something unethical.
It gets old quickly and most of the employees spend all their time dodging bullets or putting out fires all day. Rather then actually being proactive or staying ahead with new ideas. New ideas nowadays are just another way to paint a target on your back.
In 2 months, I'm going for my system admin cert and getting out of a dead end career that pays 60+ k with a company vehicle. (which i admit is good)
I don't like the way office politics have changed me, and my biggest concern after 10 years of this is finding out the grass isn't greener elsewhere.