I had completely opposite experience while working under two different bosses at the same job. It depends a lot on your manager than the organization.
My first manager was bold, confident and had the ability to think out of the box. He never let people play office politics. I learned a lot from him.
Since my first manager's tenure was over (diplomats come for only few years), there was a transition and I had completely opposite experience with the new one. She was nervous, process-oriented and was very quick to judge. She works best with people pleasers and under her tenure, there was lot of office politics. I knew MS Excel better than her and she was not comfortable with that.
Challenging, nice club in the embassy premises
Politics by local staff