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I can't think of a better way to express my first two days at Microsoft than "drinking from the fire hose". There is a lot of information for a new employee to take in. The good thing is that they (read: Microsoft) know this and have an entire team dedicated to the "On-Boarding" experience of new employees.

Was Microsoft "People-Ready" like I was wondering? As a new employee, I feel they definitely are. Of all the companies I have worked for, Microsoft is the company is by far the most prepared for new employees that I have seen. Of course, with how many employees they hire (just over 12k last fiscal year world wide, I believe), it is hardly surprising they are so prepared. From what I understand, it hasn't always been that way. Frankly, I'm just glad they're more prepared now :).

I was really thinking of making a more detailed blog post about New Employee Orientation and my On-Boarding experience so far at Microsoft but I am simply emotionally drained right now. I'm definitely looking forward to a good night's sleep so I can really dive into the deep end tomorrow. I guess I'm one of those people who like to simply dive right in. That's one of the reasons I'm looking forward to tomorrow: it is the first "full day" at Microsoft without New Employee Orientation.

One thing I will share with all of you? No lie, every time I swipe my Microsoft badge at a door and hear the ding when the light goes "green", I smile :). I guess it's just starting to "sink in" that I'm now working for Microsoft.

Posted on Tuesday, July 18, 2006 7:37 PM | Back to top

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That's awesome, and nobody deserves it more.

Keep us up to date on your new employee experiences.
Left by Blogus Maximus on Jul 19, 2006 4:40 AM

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Thanks Chris! And have no fear, I will keep everyone updated as I get the time to do so :).
Left by Jason Olson on Jul 19, 2006 5:41 AM

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coolio man, glad to hear you are enjoying...I also smile when my freakin badge works but only because that means I am fortunate enough to have a job :}
Left by Frederick Brock on Jul 19, 2006 10:38 AM

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When the badge doesn't work for the entire day without much explaination, that's when you should start cleaning out your desk.

I got fired from a corporate badge type place. Not being able get in the door, to login to any systems, or do any meaningful work the entire day while they knew I was being let go the second the shift ended was a kick in the crotch. I guess they needed a glorified receptionist to lie to more of their customers about "outtages". I deserved to be let go, don't get me wrong, but I would have gladly worked that day without any issues or ill will had I been able to normally.

I doubt you are near as niave as I was because I didn't notice any of the warning signs that things weren't working out until they told me. I should have quit long before I let them quit for me.
Left by Jeremy Brayton on Jul 24, 2006 11:59 AM

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