Yes, its obvious that you are still wet behind the ears. Perhaps your AD was trying to do you a favor by introducing you to this board. This is the real open door policy of the company. Stocks are simple, the more a company profits, the higher the stock will be. Dont worry about it for quite a while, you still have a long way to go until you receive LTIPS.
Congrats on your various cross-training. Six categories in 3 years is most impressive. Best of luck to you.
A word of caution, you might want to keep your opinions to your-self before you insult a corporate level manager. Decisions made are to be followed, not questioned. If you try and tell one of the Corp people that they made a stupid decision, it will come back to haunt you soon enough. When ridiculous decisions are made, follow them. Dont worry, in 6 months there will be enough comment cards sent to the office, and the situation will change. Until then, I suggest you get your self tuned into whats really going on.