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MarillionFan
3rd January 2017, 18:33
Back contracting today. 1st 'real' contract for over 5 years (ie. Didn't get it through a mate with a view to get promoted later).

Back into IT. Technically my first time in an IT department for 9 years(I always worked in the business with IT).

Turned up. Hiring manager was ill. Got there early. Had to wait in reception for over an hour & half before someone else was found.

Laptop with no software.

No desk, had to camp in the kitchen.

5 day Service Requests to get the right software.

No documentation, or access to it. (read the WIKI and website)

Nobody to shadow (got one person for 30 minutes).

Lunch on own, crap sandwich.

Did induction and shot off earlyish.

It's no good not being important. Sigh.

Keep invoicing. Sigh.

northernladuk
3rd January 2017, 18:43
Now that's what I call a REAL contract!

Didn't try sell a couple of sledges while you aren't busy?

ladymuck
3rd January 2017, 18:46
Sounds like a typical day one to me. Easy money.

eek
3rd January 2017, 18:47
Arrived at 9:20 to be offered tea or coffee.

Induction started at 9:30 and went on to 12:30 with break for coffee half way through. Utterly irrelevant for me (I'm not site based) but you have to do it.

Got laptop by 1pm (suitably posh and light for my requirements) and had all software installed for me by 1:30..

Lunch was late but hey ho.

Spent rest of day talking to person I'm taking over this first project from alongside the support team I can call upon...

Left 4:30 as everyone had left collecting my fully authorised id card as I left.

Big boss is over tomorrow to do the rest of the formal introduction....

SueEllen
3rd January 2017, 19:40
You both got laptops on your first day!!!

ChimpMaster
3rd January 2017, 20:57
Was lazy from the holiday season so worked at home.

TestMangler
3rd January 2017, 21:06
Fairly predictable first episode for your latest fantasy. i.e. Client doesn't meet your high expectations.

Maybe tomorrow, you could make up a more positive event, like you totally saved a failing project with just five minutes of your input, twenty minutes after you logged on. What time is Episode 2 going to be out ?

SueEllen
3rd January 2017, 21:09
Fairly predictable first episode for your latest fantasy. i.e. Client doesn't meet your high expectations.


To be fair a lot of my clients are like that. So he must be like Scott Adams, who writes and draws Dilbert, and asking for realistic examples.

As long as he doesn't write an autobiography we are safe....

DimPrawn
3rd January 2017, 21:42
Have you punched anyone yet?

MarillionFan
3rd January 2017, 21:44
Have you punched anyone yet?

Only the receptionist.

kaiser78
3rd January 2017, 21:47
Back contracting today. 1st 'real' contract for over 5 years (ie. Didn't get it through a mate with a view to get promoted later).

Back into IT. Technically my first time in an IT department for 9 years(I always worked in the business with IT).

Turned up. Hiring manager was ill. Got there early. Had to wait in reception for over an hour & half before someone else was found.

Laptop with no software.

No desk, had to camp in the kitchen.

5 day Service Requests to get the right software.

No documentation, or access to it. (read the WIKI and website)

Nobody to shadow (got one person for 30 minutes).

Lunch on own, crap sandwich.

Did induction and shot off earlyish.

It's no good not being important. Sigh.

Keep invoicing. Sigh.

Sounds about right for a new contract day 1...

NickFitz
3rd January 2017, 22:23
I'll join those saying it's fairly typical. If anything, it's slightly better than the last gig but one, where I was told to bring my own laptop. On the first day we stopped off at the IT service desk on the way from reception to pick up a username and password for the wifi, as that was all they could manage at short notice :ohwell

greenlake
3rd January 2017, 22:34
Maybe tomorrow, you could make up a more positive event, like you totally saved a failing project with just five minutes of your input, twenty minutes after you logged on.

You're thinking of Suity. This is MF....

http://i.imgur.com/ihUN3jN.jpg

bobspud
3rd January 2017, 22:56
Why are you not bringing your own tools to site?

vetran
3rd January 2017, 23:07
Fairly predictable first episode for your latest fantasy. i.e. Client doesn't meet your high expectations.

Maybe tomorrow, you could make up a more positive event, like you totally saved a failing project with just five minutes of your input, twenty minutes after you logged on. What time is Episode 2 going to be out ?

the other 15 minutes were spent impregnating the Admin staff and ending world poverty one assumes?

remember

"All is for the best in the best of all possible worlds."

or

__it happens.

chin up hopefully there will be a lot less stress in this job.

PurpleGorilla
4th January 2017, 06:23
Long out the honeymoon period and enjoy billing for 'getting up to speed' lol

LondonManc
4th January 2017, 11:04
Why are you not bringing your own tools to site?

A lot of places you're not allowed to add your own kit to the network. Certainly in banking, that's been my experience.

northernladuk
4th January 2017, 11:08
Why are you not bringing your own tools to site?

There was a tool on site when MF rocked up if that helps.

SlipTheJab
4th January 2017, 11:12
You're thinking of Suity. This is MF....



Or this...

https://media3.giphy.com/media/10DRM7W2B1xl3a/200w.gif#12

LondonManc
4th January 2017, 11:12
the other 15 minutes were spent impregnating the Admin staff and ending world poverty one assumes?

remember

"All is for the best in the best of all possible worlds."

or

__it happens.

chins up hopefully there will be a lot less stress in this job.

FTFY

filthy1980
4th January 2017, 11:13
To be fair a lot of my clients are like that. So he must be like Scott Adams, who writes and draws Dilbert, and asking for realistic examples.

As long as he doesn't write an autobiography we are safe....

he's been on a couple of podcasts I listen to recently, predicted Trump win over a year ago and had some interesting theories as to how he came to those conclusions

MarillionFan
4th January 2017, 19:14
You're thinking of Suity. This is MF....

http://i.imgur.com/ihUN3jN.jpg

So today was very busy. By the end of the day I was told I was going to be the lead BA and the new ones would report to me, plus I was to double up as PM. You couldn't make it up.

:mad:

TestMangler
4th January 2017, 19:19
So today was very busy. By the end of the day I was told I was going to be the lead BA and the new ones would report to me, plus I was to double up as PM. You couldn't make it up.

:mad:

:laugh Clearly, you can

greenlake
4th January 2017, 20:28
plus I was to double up as PM.

http://i.imgur.com/E8X5tAI.gif