I am starting a new job tomorrow...
I have been off for a few weeks, and now I start a completely new job.
Keep a timesheet of what you're doing. Entires such as "1 hour - talk with HR" and "3 hour - read company documents on topic X" count as productivity, IMO (provided that they are eventually followed by entries such as "determine requirements", "define design", "define schedule", "finish coding", etc etc).
The hardest thing I've found is determining who does what, who is responsible to whom, and figuring out how the whole company works.
I worked for a huge company once and they spent more time on management hierachy graphs and misson statements than on producing anything. Enjoy watching the grass grow.
Be nice. Be helpful. Be warm. Don't yell. Don't spit. Don't
son of parnas
Don't believe bad things people say about other people unless you see those things firsthand.
"I would say be quick to take the blame and even quicker
What Lou says is important. Often the most friendly people are the outcasts who are looking trying to get you on their side first. Be friendly to everyone but don't get drawn into any cliques.
> Spoken truly by someone who has never worked
son of parnas
"Don't be weird."
When working at large companies, many people maintain a "business persona" which is entirely different than their normal persona. It sounds very strange at first, but it also helps them keep the inane stresses of the office from affecting the rest of their life. Keep in mind that these people simply will not be all that friendly, and don't worry about them.
I have 10 years of professional experience, but I've only worked at one company that was 350 people +/-.
not mr. johnson
Tom got it right.
You also have to remember that most businesses assume that you'll have a period of adjustment when you join up.
Grab your shoelaces, and just try to relax. It makes things more pleasant for everyone...
Howard the Coward
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