|The New Job
||[Oct. 14th, 2003|07:54 pm]
|||||TMBG - Why Does the Sun Shine?||]|
So, today was my second full day at my new job!
I finished up my orientation training. They spent about an hour explaining the phone system to us. The amazing thing is that they actually had that much real material to cover. Our phone system is overly-featured.
The coolest thing is it's got a voice recognition "operator" so you don't have to memorize anyone's extension. (I've tried it with a couple names and each one matched first try.)
In the afternoon, my manager (M.) started walking me through the software product my group is deveoping. (Yesterday afternoon was simply an install-fest.) It's based on Simulink, the graphical dataflow component of Matlab. The company is developing custom simulation blocks.
During the demonstration, M. was playing with various odd parameter values for the simulation. He ran across a bug in one of the models. I then found the offending code typo (we were into time-based C++ hardware models, my specialty) while he was standing there... I fixed my first bug on day two! I think that's a personal record (I'm sure other geeks can top it). Still, great way to impress my new group manager! :)
I also filled out some more new hire paperwork. One of the items is the Evacuation and Emergency Procedures guidelines, a form I need to fill out containing a number of items, including meeting location, two exits from my building (check box after walking them), my primary emergency roll contact, my backup roll contact, and my building's group code. This form needs to be signed off by my manager and then a copy is sent to Security while a second copy is "retained by the manager for his training records".
I seriously suspect I'm the first employee in history (or since this policy was implemented) to actually read this far into the orientation packet and take the paperwork seriously. M. was happy to walk the exits and go over contacts, but he just sorta stared blankly when I handed him his duplicate of the paperwork. We then had a spirited trek to the department secretary to try to determine how he was supposed to "file" this as he had never seen one before. Ahhh, sweet bureaucracy.