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First impressions

LJ isn't playing ball tonight, so I've come to Dreamwidth in the hope it'll allow me to x-post.

I more than survived my first day at work: I actually enjoyed it, despite the fact that half my system wasn't up and running yet (IT hope to iron out the last crinks tomorrow), I was overloaded with introductions, information and impressions, and I had to try and function on very little sleep: as expected, my subconscious didn't trust my alarm setting skillz, and I've been up since 3:30am. Right now, I'm knackered.

I'm also in possession of a shiny new MacBook Pro and an iPhone, that I'll have to find the time and opportunity to play with tomorrow, and see how it compares to my trusted Nokia.

The atmosphere at work is friendly and relaxed, and I was made to feel welcome and included from the off. There's no canteen and it transpired that everyone brings their own lunch which they then eat seated around a big table together; when I confessed I hadn't been told of this arrangement and didn't have any food with me, I was plied with offers of sandwiches to share. Though I was hardly in danger of starving, as it turned out that one of my colleagues had become a father last Friday evening, and brought beschuit met muisjes, and our general manager had brought in cake to celebrate the fact that we'd opened our 50th Apple 'shop within a shop' this weekend.

One odd thing, though: there's only 7 women in the office, and 2 of those are the receptionists. The other 25 staff are all male.

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herself_nyc
Apr. 4th, 2011 07:23 pm (UTC)
All sounds good. Though I hope you don't HAVE to sit over lunch with your colleagues every day — are you able to go run errands or just have a little time alone?
It really does seem exciting, to work at Apple!
gamiila
Apr. 4th, 2011 08:07 pm (UTC)
Apparently, you're right and I don't HAVE to sit with my co-workers over lunch, but when I mentioned that it was such a nice day and I thought I'd go out and get something to eat, they did seem to think it very strange and unsociable of me. As it was my first day, I thought I'd better shelf that plan for another day ;-)
enigmaticblues
Apr. 4th, 2011 07:27 pm (UTC)
Sounds like a good first day. I'm glad!
gamiila
Apr. 4th, 2011 08:09 pm (UTC)
So, truth be told, am I!
jonesiexxx
Apr. 4th, 2011 09:13 pm (UTC)
Yay!
gamiila
Apr. 5th, 2011 07:22 pm (UTC)
Exactly!
curiouswombat
Apr. 4th, 2011 10:51 pm (UTC)
Hurrah! That really doesn't sound too bad at all!
gamiila
Apr. 5th, 2011 07:21 pm (UTC)
As first days go, I'd have to give it a big thumbs up!
fenchurche
Apr. 5th, 2011 02:34 am (UTC)
Yay! Very happy to hear that it went so well!
gamiila
Apr. 5th, 2011 07:20 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
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gamiila
Apr. 5th, 2011 07:19 pm (UTC)
I do feel like I've landed on my feet there -- now I'm just waiting for the rug to be pulled out from under me. Maybe next week, when my manager wants to hear my ideas for improving the C-SATs, is when that'll happen.
suze2000
Apr. 5th, 2011 11:42 am (UTC)
Wow, sounds fantastic.

I prefer to eat lunch alone too. But I've also found that being sociable over lunch can be enjoyable too and I shouldn't be such a stick-in-the-mud, so give it a try.

*hug* I'm so happy for you!
gamiila
Apr. 5th, 2011 07:15 pm (UTC)
I'll stay in and have lunch with my colleagues this week, partly because I want to get to know them and because I haven't been given my doorpass yet (right now, I have to tailgate somebody when I need to spend a penny, and then hope I can tailgate back in when I'm done). But once I have got that doorpass and can come and go as I please, there'll be no stopping me!
__kali__
Apr. 8th, 2011 06:20 pm (UTC)
Glad to hear that your first day went well.
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