The senior partner, the one with the skills to solve the problem, can sometimes become the problem. He and his ego wouldn’t want to hire somebody smarter than himself, and so in his misguided ways he avoids the threat by hiring a less capable subordinate. This trickles down from the top until you have an organization permeated with compounded mediocrity.
We’ve all had that horrible PM, boss, even friend, the guy that resented you for your ambition, creativity or inquisitive ways. He’d do anything to quell your spirit, the thing that makes you you. So long as humans exist, these people will. Whether you’re hiring or being hired, avoid these people like the plague.