Group Culture and Large Organizations
Paul Graham boiled it down to an analogy with food and explanation of the economies of scale:
An obstacle downstream propagates upstream. If you're not allowed to implement new ideas, you stop having them. And vice versa: when you can do whatever you want, you have more ideas about what to do. So working for yourself makes your brain more powerful in the same way a low-restriction exhaust system makes an engine more powerful.
Mediocre hires hurt you twice: they get less done, but they also make you big, because you need more of them to solve a given problem.
In other words, work at a smaller company or your own start up. To read the whole blog post, click here.
His post about "How To Do Philosophy" is funny, as it reminds me of some people who fit the stereotype.