Well, in the first half of my career, I was a software developer in the financial industry - so when I showed up it was to fix something that they badly needed fixing. I used to be wined and dined. LOL
Then, in the second half of my career, I was working "process improvement", so helping business units figure out how to make the most of technology. Not so much wining and dining, but still, usually, appreciated.
But, there were always the exceptions. Not so different from my "job" now, come to think of it.