so just some thoughts and I dont mean offense to anyone in particular.
I'm entering midlevel in my career and finally realizing how many useless people HR attracts. in general, they are the ones that love gossip and exerting power, but are generally powerless when they could help do something useful. They work with legal but rarely have any professional skills other than rudimentary knowledge of government and regulations surrounding employment.
The people ive known personally exemplify this. I had a random roommate once who had no degree and she'd come home and brag to everyone that she had visibility into the C-level's comp. I went to college with another girl who was dumb as a brick just added me on linkedin. looks like shes been in HR for 5 years.
At work they're generally just paper pushers. i have briefly considered wanting a role like that because i think it's important work to help employees enjoy their jobs, but then i realized that's not what HR is or what they do.
HR's goal is to protect the company from its employees.