It was a whirlwind. The process of onboarding at this company is always this way. Funny thing, I have the same company ID I used to have (apparently you get them for life).
At 8:30 AM (so I left at 7), I had to go to an office (where I worked in '08) to meet with the guy from the in-house temping agency; I am working with them this time around. I signed something and walked back to my new office building (where I am now working, where I worked in '00 but not '01 and where RP worked, from '95 to '00, actually). This is a 30 minute walk each way and I am carrying a lotta stuff for the first day (shoes, etc.).
I get my ID photo taken and I get fingerprinted again (this is a FINRA requirement - they run the NASDAQ. Even though I will never, ever trade a security, this is still a requirement). Also, the fingerprints dude told me that my prints are getting lighter (they can compare 'em to '08). This is due to excessive keyboarding. If I use the computer enough times, I suppose I could get away with the perfect crime (although I would probably have double carpal tunnel syndrome by then).
Oh and he tells me my ID badge is held up for some security reason or another and I still need to use the temp badge. Come back after lunch.
Baseball Fan is downstairs (he had seen me) and collects me and takes me upstairs. Handshakes all around, the usual, etc., I am there 5 minutes and he brings me into a meeting about deleting old data and putting in new data. Um, okay. There isn't even a computer on my desk yet, but what the hell. We emerge from the meeting and the guy is installing the computer. But I can't log in (remember that ID issue? Yeah). The computer guy then gets another guy to set up my phone. This is not with my name on voice mail; it's just so it works at all.
I then watch Baseball Fan do what is going to be my job for the next hour or two. Then I proceed to go through 2 boxes left there by my predecessor. I do find some personal stuff of his and set it aside, but I also find about forty plastic forks and at least 60 pens. About a third of the pens work. The forks are discarded. I keep the guy's stapler.
Still can't get into the computer. Baseball Fan, me and coworker all go to lunch and sit outside. Beautiful day, breeze coming off the Charles.
Back in. Still can't get into computer. More job shadowing. Hear Baseball Fan on the phone, comforting his wife (who I learn is 5 months pregnant with twins) as she's had car trouble, forgot her wallet, is a little scared (less than a mile from their home which is quite a ways away) and has to pee. He is seriously considering dropping everything and driving up there (a good hour each way). Coworker and I convince him that the dealership will give his wife a ride home.
More job shadowing. More calling to try to get the computer set up.
I finally get my badge. I can get into the building!
But I don't have access to our floor.
Then I get access!
And I still can't get into my own computer. And I still don't have email set up (a related issue).
Baseball Fan finally gives me his login before we finish for the day. I kid him that I'll send his wife email (because I can get into his email) photoshopped pictures of him and Snooki. The guy finds it funny (he is a very nice man). We also talk Red Sox as he introduces me to everyone and his brother, including the evil Yankee fan who sits in our row.
I leave. It is 6 PM.
And this is why there is free coffee there. Hopefully, I can get into my computer today.