You thought you were going on a cruise but in reality, you joined the Navy.
You thought you were going on a cruise but in reality, you joined the Navy. The culture of your company, station, or org is largely the desires and goals of the leadership that has turned into a sets of beliefs.
It's my contention that sometimes your fit into the culture is more important than your experience and skills. It's also my belief that if you find yourself in the wrong culture there are two probable paths:
1. You can try to change it but you likely won't be successful and it will result in you being treated like the Ebola virus. You will be 'culturally quarantined' and isolated from opportunities and upward mobility.
2. Unlike the Koreans in this photo, you are in complete control of which seat you are in. If you want change, you can simply leave. Resign or plan a career transition. Simple to say, difficult to do.
So the prudent thing to do is to identify a culture before you ever go to work there based some telltale signs that I've seen over the course of my career.