Small is good
I read the comments from those you who work in big local orgs and I'm so thankful my almost 30 year career has been spent at mfg business units with 40-100 office people, plus shop floor. The top boss is just John who I love to talk sports with. HR does real work like benefits, payroll and hiring. We all know what each other does and are easily accountable. You can't hide at a small place. In IT, I've usually been the only developer and ERP support. It's awesome to decide how things get done and then execute it, no BS involved. The business users love it because they know where to come for IT help and that they will get it.
Now my units are usually part of some larger global Corp group but only the top business managers have to deal with those clowns. We have some Corp IT, including a CIO, but they are so out of touch locally they might as well not exist. My local coworkers used to love when I referenced the current CSI rating for them. CSI, Corporate Stupidity Index. But for most part we are so isolated, operate like a family business who all understand what needs to get done for our paychecks to keep coming.
It's so nice to NOT relate to what you are talking about.