This system is totally disastrous. It takes more than just a century to build up such a crappy organization. In between lays the struggle for power and blind negligence.
How many promising people have left in disappointments? How many upright people have been pushed to despair? How many enthusiastic people have decided to lie low forever?
If you want to do something, you have to make sure you are moving up to the highest level; if you cannot change anything, you are left two choices – to leave or to join in the crap.