Some intense months later, here I am with fresh ideas and happenings. Secrets follow. Well no, not really, but I’ll put everything in a list to make things easier to digest.
1. Getting in is hard, staying in seems even harder
When the commercials go out, the movie starts: the interview and then the orientation do not prepare you for the environment you’ll be swimming in, once you start your daily work. On my path to illumination I have realized that kitchen personnel, the people that cook that good food for you 3 times a day, are likely to be evaluated on par with the people they are feeding. At the end of the day nobody is getting any free meal.
I’ve also found out that the photos floating around the interwebs with colorful interiors, pool tables, arcades or pinball machines straight from the ’80s are true. What I have also learned is that an unhealthy balance between productivity and time spent having fun in the games room or sleeping in the library will lead to a PIP (performance improvement plan) before your 1st anniversary. Failing that is obviously your ticket out, but some people also choose to leave on their own terms. For the company the outcome is the same, though: a lifetime (maybe) “no rehire” stuck in your file.