Today was my first day at Humongo. Already, the difference between this place and my last job is astounding. I sat through two and a half hours of orientation- which sounds like pure torture, but it's actually a good thing. The fact that they have their shit together to the point where there is that much to tell me is a great thing. The HR lady led me around the office and introduced me to everyone. Everybody I met was really nice, and seemed glad I was there. Sure, they could have been blowing smoke up my ass because they were smacked up on coffee, but I'm going with "benefit of the doubt" on this one. I'd say I met around 40 people, 90% of them men (which is the norm in my profession). Only two of them did the "boob check" before looking me in the eye. So far, so good on the Pig front.
My supervisor took a coworker and me to lunch. He bought. Now that's what I'm talking about.
Aeron chairs are the standard in this office. While there are a lot of people out there who don't particularly care for them; I am happy to have a chair that's not older than I am, has decent back support, and that doesn't look like someone repeatedly spilled their lunch all over it or used it as a chewing gum-rest.
Humongo has several people whose only jobs are to handle IT, and some who only deal with CAD standards. They have people who are HR staff, and not just one of the principal's wives. They have honest-to-gravy supply closets. They will be going to AutoCAD 2005 in the spring. And, importantly, I am back in civilization again- there is a Starbuck's on my way to work.
Then I got to leave at five o'clock. Not six. The sun was still partially up. Ahhhh...