Wednesday, February 07, 2007

So I have a new job!!

After 6 years and 10 months I finally left Firemans Fund. I have taken a new job with www.i-Hire.com as a staffing coordinator. This is a great opportunity for me and I am very excited about it. I am supporting 4 recruiters in an office. I don't know a lot yet about the job since its only my 3rd day and as with any new job, I don't have a computer yet or employee ID or other stuff, whatever that stuff may be. Here is my experience so far.
Monday I went in and the vice-president of i-Hire was there to meet me and to get me set up with the i-hire sign on and email and review the job I will be doing with me. I didn't get much else or progress much further than that really. We had a conference call meeting with the i-Hire staff and the owner of I-Hire. Then eventually lunch came around. Well it was a late lunch. On Mondays the Sr. Recruiter, Darren takes the entire team out to lunch. That is the i-Hire people and the Cognizant people. The company I am working in is Cognizant. There were 13 of us and we went to Pasta Primevara. This was a great introduction to people and a nice social non work time. (team building)
We are in an office in Bishop Ranch. I am pretty sure I used to work across the courtyard from there. I am trying to find that out from Pancho, but I sort of think Provident Funding was in the building across the way. Anyway.... its a nice building with 2 others near it and a water fountain in the center of the courtyard. There are Canadian geese which is sort of ok as long as they leave me alone. (I have been chased by them near the building my cousin Amy works at, they are crazy and mean) There is also a beautiful fountain inside out building. Its a nice clean building with lots of plants and trees inside and lots of grass, flowers and trees outside. OH and there is a Cactus Cafe in the building next to us. (My co-workers from FFIC will laugh at that if they read this) You see, we had a Cactus Cafe in out building where FFIC is. I had a habit of getting a breakfast sandwich over there a little too often. It was all that was decent prices and they didnt screw it up. The seemed to screw a lot of things up in there. Anyway, I seemed to have this thought in my head about starting this new job. I figured I would be able to save money since I wouldn't have to pay parking, or much gas since it is 1.3 miles from home. I also figured maybe being closer to home I would be able to eat at home for lunch and breakfast and save money there and eat healthier. Well I guess we will have to see what happens on that. So far I have not gone in there and the co-workers in the office have not said anything good about Cactus Cafe. Maybe that will keep me away. I never really started going there while at FFIC until I moved further away and was eating out more rather than taking lunch. Ok so what else? The people are great. There are about 13 of us that will be working together. They are all really friendly and outgoing and helpful. The 2 guys that sit close to me are well uh.... loud. They are on the phone all the time since they are recruiters. The one on the other side of the cubicle from me is a big guy. He is like my friend at FFIC, Rosanne. He is always shaking, like a habit and I can feel it. Ok now the little office info: Well there are about 13 people there all the time and another 6 that come and go. (They work remote and do sales or something) This office has a little break room. The breakroom has no vending machines and is my worst nightmare. The office manager chick keeps this refridgerator stocked with Pepsi and diet, Coke and diet, diet ginger ale, Lipton brisk tea in a can, Arizona teas (those huge cans), snapples, regulars and diets, V-8 and v-8 fruit juice (or something) orange juice and bottled water. I might have missed something. Then there is a water cooler with hot and cold water. Ok now if i turn around in the little break room there are cupboards and it is like a kitchen with a microwave, sink and dishwasher and cupboards. IN the cupboard is: utensils, excederin and tylenol, lipton cup of soup packets (3 flavors) top ramen and cup of noodles and the typical coffee supplies for the coffee machine and stuff. Probably more and I forgot. ON the counter is tea varieties, splenda, equal, sugar, hot cocoa and all that stuff. Then the other end of the counter the evil woman has 3 jars, one with the bags of dried fruits you get at costco, one with pistachios (I can eat that) and one with mini snickers, and little hershey bars. Then there is also this freaking m&m dispenser. OK then there is 2 tables, one has little bags of Doritos and Sunchips and Cheetos and all these chips. The other has mini reeses peanut butter cups and packets of famous amos cookies and snackwell cookies and Grandmas brand cookies and something else (I forget what) Now, this is all just kept stocked and she tells me, just let her know what I need and she will get it. She is planning on starting to stock fresh fruit, thankfully. Good lord and I thought I wont eat?? So far I have done good and not really touched anything, just the pistachios and a few m&m's and I do mean a few. But HOly Crap! So the office is well stocked. The people are great and it is pretty relaxed in terms of hours and anything. I think it may be good in terms of all that. Now I just need to get more introduced into the job.
I am sure there is more I can tell you but not sure what would make sense. I guess I will report more as it happens. I am looking forward to seeing what the job is like and get started. I will keep you updated.

5 comments:

Tami said...

Hmm...from your description of the new digs, I see what has left the biggest impression - food! Fresh fruit will be a good addition, if you can discipline yourself away from the Snickers. Good thing it's not stocked with Hershey's Kisses!

Pancho said...

What?...no description of the bathroom and cleaning supplies? Next time give a little more detail..geeze!(insert sarcasm here)

Glad the job is starting out good!

Tami said...

Need an update! Bored...need...entertainment....
:(

Trinity said...
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Trinity said...

I can't believe there's a Cactus Cafe near you. LOL. Girl, I'm sure glad I don't work there - half of the food would have been gone by now - just kiddin.