I’ve been at the new job for almost 3 months now, and I’m still loving it.  My first impression of my manager and coworkers has turned out to be mostly accurate, so I’m glad about that.  Everyone here is really nice, though no matter how nice people are there will always be one or two people who insist on causing drama, but I just smile and ignore it.  The environment here is entirely different than what I’m used to from other jobs, and in all the best ways.  After working here for almost 3 months, I can honestly say that I hope I’m here for many years to come.

While I didn’t hate my last job, there were a lot of things that I didn’t like about it.  I can happily say that almost all of those things are not problems here at my new job.  For instance, at my last job the employees only got to sit down with our manager once every few months to try and touch base with our status and goals and to ask questions, but here I have a firmly scheduled 1:1 meeting every other week that allows me the opportunity to discuss anything I’d like with my manager.  If I have any concerns I can always feel comfortable approaching him outside of that 1:1 environment, but luckily I haven’t really had to yet.  It’s so nice knowing my manager is accessible when I need him, but not a micro-manager who checks on me throughout the day to make sure I’m okay and doing what I’m supposed to be doing.

It’s just a much more relaxed environment.  I don’t have to clock in and out every day, and I don’t have to have a strict 1 hour lunch.  I can come in a little late and just leave late to make up for it.  I can take a short lunch and leave early, or take a long lunch and stay late to compensate.  It’s all very fluid, and I find myself working even harder for this company than for the last because I’m so much more comfortable and at ease here.  I can listen to my iPod while I work, and that always helps the day go by pretty quick.  I can get on IM and talk to my coworkers as needed, but can also talk to friends as long as it doesn’t distract me from work.  This helps me keep in touch with Keith while we’re both at work, and I love being able to do that.

Since I’ve been here we’ve had multiple department lunches that the company picked up the tab for, we had a team-building activity that the whole IT department participated in, and we’ve had various other fun activities in the office that keep things from becoming stagnant.  I’m still a contractor right now, but I’m on the road to becoming a full-time employee, and it can’t happen soon enough.  I can’t wait to be brought into the fold and feel like a permanent fixture around here instead of just a temp.  Here’s hoping!