On the Job

June 6, 2000

   by stacy <>

My first real job. It's definitely interesting. I can say that even if I couldn't say anything else (which I can). They gave me a real office, a bucket full of office supplies and directions to the closet where they keep plenty more, a new workstation -- all sorts of goodies.

Of course, there are a few drawbacks. I'm sharing the office, albeit with a very agreeable guy who has been totally helpful while I'm settling in. I have a bookshelf and two file cabinets that I can't use because all the Oracle people on the floor with me are using them as spare housing for their docs. The firewall here is tighter than Fort Knox, too. I mean, Hotmail is blocked unless somebody demonstrates a "need" for it. Telnet and ssh are totally off-limits going to the outside, unless, again, there is a demonstrated need (to get to client boxes, I suppose). Apparently security around here is a team of 1, and he rules with an iron fist.

There's a nice view from my office window. I like that. However, my boss keeps assigning me stuff I either a) can't do because they won't give me access to do it or b) have no idea how to do because I've only been here 2 days and documentation is a little, uh, lax. They say they'll fix me with more access pretty soon, maybe, it's just that they have problems with multiple people editing the same file, or at least in the past they did. That gets a big PFFT!

I'm sure I'll get into things. Matching names and faces would be a good place to start. That part of starting a new job in a new place sucks.

Published: June 6, 2000
Editor: stacy

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