My first week in CA (Part 2)

My First Day at Yahoo!
Yahoo Building DMy first day of work at Yahoo – of course I want to arrive early, right? Well, so did the other 100 people starting that day (yes, really, 100). Why were so many people starting that day? New Hire Orientation also includes interns and June 18th was the first day for many of them – otherwise the orientation would came in around 40. Why does it matter? Because my paperwork got lost in the tons of interns – that’s why! I had to go through some hassle and didn’t my ID (which lets you get around at Yahoo) that day and I was pretty bummed. Thankfully, my boss met me for lunch and took me to see my cube (BTW, it is pretty freakin’ nice!) and see the team again. Other than that, orientation was fine. I met some cool people in the different depts that I still see and talk to around campus. There were lots of handouts and lots to remember – I’m still sifting through it all.

Terry Semel steps down
As you probably heard on the news, Terry Semel, (former) CEO of Yahoo stepped down to be replaced by Jerry Yang and Susan Decker. The announcement was made on June 18th, which I mentioned above was my first day at Yahoo. During our orientation the SVP of HR actually came in and gave us the news *before* it was public. I really found this a pretty sincere gesture on their part – they considered us “new folks”. That made up for some of the misery I experienced the first day.

My Mac!Orientation continued on day two of my first week and was specifically geared toward technical folks. We got an overview about how things are done at Yahoo and were to find more information. We also received our laptops. All the misery I experienced on day one was erased when I received my MacBook Pro. We had a choice between a Mac and a PC and I’m so glad I went with the Mac. In short, it is awesome. Highlights include “just works” wireless, a glossy screen (which I read some bad reviews on, but I like it so far) and the backlit keyboard. Trust me – get one.

My First Week at Yahoo!
The remainder of the week was filled with meetings, training (alot of training classes at Yahoo, some of which you are required to take), geek stuff and fun. Yahoo emphasizes working in teams therefore you end up working with people quite often – you’re really not at your desk very much at all. My group participates in a technique called “Swarming” in which a bunch of developers are in a room (conference rooms at Yahoo are scarce given the philosophy of the company to have people work in teams) with a predefined list of tasks and they work together on that list until it is done. It’s actually a fun way to program as it is very relaxed yet very focused. Look out for new changes to the News Property very soon.

This past weekend
orchard_glen_kitchen.jpgThis past weekend was filled with apt hunting for me. We found a nice place in Santa Clara which is in a happenin’ area and is a reasonable commute to work. Elissa and I decided that we wanted to live someplace “nice” right off the bat given the last few years of living through renovations in our house. All new appliances, granite countertops, two bathrooms and two balconies, all overlooking the courtyard. The back of the complex backs up against a park so I’m sure we’ll be taking Evan their often. Plus, it is 10-15 minutes away from downtown San Jose so we’ve the children’s museum and plenty to do there, too.

Jack in the BoxMy other highlight of the weekend included a trip to Jack-in-the-Box. These used to be on Long Island up until the early 80’s. Like Carl’s Jr., I never had it before so I thought it was a good opporunity to try. I had the Sirloin Burger, with cheddar and grilled onions (JITB’s gimmick it to let you pick your cheese and the type of onionis that you would like on your burger) with Fries. Not bad at all! I think I like JITB better than Carl’s Jr., although the Carl’s Jr. restaurant was definitely cleaner.

I also had an incident with my rental car in which I thought the woman in rental returns was going to kill me, but I’ll save that story for another day.

A few days before I left NY…
I got poison ivy. I went to the doctor before I left NY and had been taking prescription medicine for it, but I’ve since ran out and it still itches. Don’t worry, it’s not contagious, but damn, it itches.

All told, it has been a fun week. I miss my family and really can’t wait until they get here. At the same time, it is probably a good think that they’re not here right now as it as let me become adjusted to my new job and get to know my coworkers. What? Want to be my coworker or even work with me? We’re hiring. Tell ’em Tom sent ya.

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