I've been struggling with a lot of issues at work, particularly in the manner of how we do things. I cannot be too specific to maintain any confidentiality.
Let's just say that the company's practices are unlike the practices and processes of how things are done in other companies in a similar field; and the manner of how we [are made to] do things in the company are proven to be counter-productive, or dare I say, just wrong.
I have suggested numerous times to management setups and workflows that have been proven to be both efficient and effective, but I'm always getting "that's not how we do things here," even when I have demonstrated how my propositions work with a smaller but similar project.
I'm starting to think that they don't care about my career development, but why would they tell me "I hope this company is building your career"?
I lied and said "Yes, it is." I probably should've not lied. But I only say that because I'm sneaking some company time in learning new tools, technology, and processes of the trade, when I probably shouldn't. Another way of "justifying" my lie is that current procedures and setup force me to be more creative (in which I feel that too much effort and time is expended on figuring out hacks and workarounds instead of the meat of projects).
How do I answer this properly? Isn't the fact that I repeatedly suggest other workflows and setups a resounding "No[, this company isn't helping with my career]"?
UPDATE. I don't know why I'm getting downvotes on this question. I think it's a legit thing to ask because I want to learn stuff I just can't see. Someone please tell me. It's not off-topic.
So far I'm getting from you guys:
Yes, I can lie to my superiors as long as I'm doing my job and I manage to find time to fend for myself professionally, whether under company time or after work.
You are extremely lucky to be in a job whose intention is to build your career because they see that as a win-win situation.
It's not failure on my part when my suggestions (which happen to be top-level company-wide operational) are turned down, nor is it an insult to my superiors.
I will need to allow the company to possibly hit rock bottom if they do not implement what the field we're in considers best practices (whether I suggested them or not).
There are things in life and work that I think are issues that are probably not. On the flip side, there are things I'm totally oblivious to that I need to focus on, which is why I ask all these questions here.