Sunday, May 5, 2013
I started a new job this week. I do this pretty frequently, about once every two or three years, sometimes less. So I am no stranger to being the new guy in the office. This particular company has a very interesting onboarding experience. It is a week long scavenger hunt with about 80 items to find or do. It included things like sit in on a sales call, challenge someone to a game ping pong and go have dinner (reimbursed) at the restaurant where the company celebrated their opening. I have to admit that while it was awkward for me to be so "out there" in my first week at a job, it was certainly an eye opening experience. I learned more about the company in one week than I did about my last company in the three years that I worked there. The most interesting thing to me is that at the end of the scavenger hunt, the company offers you a chance to gracefully back out if you decided that you didn't like what you learned in that first week. They will pay you $2000 to leave if you decide it isn't a good fit. Crazy but a great way to get rid of people who don't like the culture but do need the money. Well, i'm glad it's over, but I'm glad I did it. Now time to start the real work.