That sounds about right for an IT installation. We showed an IT person the back of a few bays of telly kit one day and he was absolutely amazed at the tidiness of it. They just don't seem to get that a tidy installation is a great help in a problem solving situation.
About right for an IT installation by a bunch of amateurs at a non-IT specialist company, maybe.
I currently work for a datacentre provider. I don't recognise the description at all.
I concur, I work for a large IT services organisation at the moment, and none of our installs are like this.
I have previously been at both public sector, and medium business support, and neither fit this description.
In my opinion, this seems like cheap IT contractors doing the work on the companies behalf.
For every good IT installation there's probably 1000 really bad ones. I've seen some lovely IT racks, well on par with broadcast racks. I've equally seen some which should be fired into the sun, along with their creators.
That said, I think the "big" side of IT had more in common with telecoms, bringing the idea of today installations with it. The cheap side is the realm of household electricians, who've probably never seen the quantity of cable you can get into a 42U rack in their lives, let alone contemplated terminating it.