First Day at work
My first day was great! I arrived at 9:15am (Flexi-time so that's ok). The train for that stop arrives at 9am exactly and there is a fifteen minute walk to the office building. The building is 3 floors and houses 300 employees. There are over 600 employees in the company nationally. I got the guided tour of the building when I arrived. I met lots of people who I'll be working with soon as well as a borg. Yes, they actually have a Borg lookalike statue in the tech section. ;) There are proper coffee facilities (take note ex-Sentient employees!) so I don't have to make anyone coffee. There is also a cleaner for our coffee mugs, so we are allowed to leave them on our desks. :) There is a dog leasing area. Yes, believe it or not, this is a "dog-friendly" company and you are allowed to bring your dog to work with you! (Unless it's a Rottweiler!) They have a quiet room for chilling out and a lunch room which has an X-Box and a decent-looking fuzzball table. :) I spent the morning making sure my PC was set up with software that I'll be using as well as learning about the company from my co-worker Steve. Lunch is sometimes provided for free by sales people that come in to promote stuff (from other companies), but if not the team usually go to a local restaurant for a decent hours sit down meal. Steve was kind enough to buy my first lunch, which was very filling. The waitress gave me a 'doggy bag' to take home the flatbread slices that I couldn't eat. I got back to the office and spent the rest of the day finishing off a typical marketing request (which I'll be working on regularly) and learning more about various company procedures etc. It got to 5pm and I got a call from my boss in Vancouver. She said she wished she could have been there for my introductory lunch, but wished me well and hoped I was settling in. I got out at 5:15pm, but the train didn't arrive until 5:50, so I had a bit of a wait. In the end I managed to get home for 7:15pm. My aunt had a great thanksgiving dinner for me with a glass of red wine, which was nice. :) Not too tired yet, but it's early days and I am sure the commuting will wear me out!