So just 3 or so days after getting back home from Atlanta for my 3-day PwC Orientation, I’m BAAAACK. But I guess I should do some backfill here.
The Orientation last week was great. I ended up meeting quite a few people and liking nearly all of them. What got hammered into our heads quite a bit during the sessions was that this job requires you to build a network. Dammit, I did. I’m thrilled so far to work in this company as there are a lot of motivated and fun people. I’m anxious still as I only want to do well in this position and I recognize that I have a lot yet to learn. But I do think I’ll be given the opportunity to improve and not be expected to be perfect immediately. Alright, I’m rambling – it’s been a whirlwind this week.
So on Tuesday night, during our final dinner event, I started hearing about Dallas Intl getting shut down due to freezing rain. Sure enough, it was, and my Wednesday evening American Airlines flight through there to LAX was cancelled. So I scrambled and ended up getting on US Airways via Charlotte, NC to LAX. Ah, the life of a traveler! I did finally get home to LA, where Larry picked me up. Got to sleep around 1am which was a bit frustrating as on Thursday, it was my first day in the LA office!
So while many of my nerves had gone away during the orientation in Atlanta, they came roaring back for my first day in the office. I need to chill! Things went good though, from the drive in (only 25 minutes or so, taking the 101S to the 110S) to the fact that the beginning of the day was a local orientation and there were people I knew and liked from Atlanta. I learned the dress code was business casual (score! although I better get to use my new suit more than just for my headshot!) and that PwC LA practices the “hoteling” concept for desks/offices. Basically, if you are planning to be in the office the next day, you make a reservation in the scheduling system for an available desk. When you then go in that next day, when you sit down and turn your computer on, it’ll “check you in” automatically and the desk phone there updates to your details. It’s pretty cool. A paradigm shift for sure, but I’m liking it so far.
Friday was my first hoteling day and also more time spent to complete administrative tasks and training assignments. I then got to meet people I’ll be likely working with locally, including my buddy and one of the directors there. A “buddy” in this case means the person PwC assigns you to that you can ask questions and feel at ease with. They’re typically your same level and in my case, they also work in the same group. He’s a great guy and helped put me at ease. I also finally finally joined up to an affinity group – I never did it at NBCU as I guess I got jaded; so here I went to the LGBT group’s kickoff meeting (great timing!) and made some more friends and contacts. And there was champagne and cupcakes! Good times. All in all, a great first week. Exhausting though.
On Saturday, it was my only day for doing things with Larry around the apartment, and we were very productive. Not only did I get my box of documents destroyed at the UPS Store, we took more stuff to Goodwill. Then we went to IKEA and got our new desks and a laundry room shelf system for the new place. I think we’re gonna like it there! Let’s just say it’s very very gay friendly. And also the IKEA stuff will make our new place look great. I’m excited to move! We’re probably going to shoot for two weeks from now….farewell, Franklin Hills!
And now I’m back in Atlanta. I’m nowhere near as stressed as I was last Sunday night before my first day at PwC. I’m thankful. Tomorrow is a one-day training and then I head home to LA in the evening. I’m sleepy just thinking about it! Anyway, I’ve got to get some sleep soon. Here are some pics…UPDATE:
It seems I can’t easily link pics via the iPad site. I’ll edit this later this week. (This mobile app really bothers me.) The update has occurred! Pictures pictures pictures!