The mentality is to avoid any responsibility possible, so nobody can blame you when something goes wrong. This way any improvement or innovation is always considered a potentially harmful endeavor which should be discouraged.
You should stay at the office from 9 to 16.
The management oftentimes does not have enough background or is not competent enough to judge technical solutions. The agenda depends a lot on what US office says.
You won't be doing your silicon valley rocket science here.
The office is overcrowded and wasn't renovated for a while.
It's not uncommon to hear somebody complaining about the company in a private talks.
Never heard of anyone who made a career in IT department. But I know several people who got demoted from leadership positions down to being regular developers.
There are not so many things or best practices one can learn here as well. The engineers are not working on cutting-edge technologies, there is no special expertise or expert knowledge in house. Technical leadership just does not exist.