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Small v Large Companies [Jun. 24th, 2003|04:25 pm]
[mood |contemplativecontemplative]
[music |Nelly Furtado - 6 Turn Off The Light]

Next week, I stop being a student, and start work. Well, mostly - won't be graduating for quite a while, and my viva (spoken exam) isn't for 2 weeks, but hey... Anyway, come monday, I start work

The run up to starting has been quite different to last summer, when I was off to work for Goldman Sachs. With GS, I was sent large amounts of information on the company and its procedures to read before starting. I was sent letters from HR (or HCM, as it's known) telling me start times, dress codes, where to go on the first day etc. However, I didn't really have anyone in the company I could ask questions of, beyond emailing HR.

For Torchbox, all I know about the company comes from meeting Tom and Olly in the pub after a compsoc talk, and what I was told in the interview. Rather than being sent lots of information before, they bought me a book on one of the products they use, and had Amazon ship me it. Instead of being sent offical letters with starting information, I emailed one of the top people there (FSVO top in a company of that size...), and got an almost immediate reply with everything I needed to know.

Meanwhile, Ollie is bound to have 3 inches of paperwork from GS about his start, but I'd hazard has more questions on the process than me.

It's a different world. I think I've got the friendlier world. Hopefully I've picked the right one...

Now to pop into labs and tidy up a few last things