Tuesday, December 12, 2006

First Day of Work

I had my first day of work yesterday. I am working for a software company called Karmak headquartered in Carlinville, IL. It provides business software for companies that sell trucks and other heavy equipment, and its operations reach all over North America. My job is to travel around to all kinds of businesses and to install our software and hardware and make sure everything works long enough for me to leave. It sounds like it will be interesting. There is going to be lots of travel, so I'm hoping that will keep things from getting too tedious.

My first day started with walking around and meeting most of the people in the building. That was a nice way to get a feel for the place, though I'm not sure that I remember five of the names given to me. I filled out all my fun forms and heard about all the insurance crap I have to think about. I and a few people from our department went out to lunch at Angus Bailey's. Karmak is on the very outskirts of town, so I hadn't ever been into the town proper. The part that I saw today was a classic little town square setup. Anyway, the restaraunt was a pretty nice place. Everyone seems like they are pretty good friends, and the conversation was as much about personal crap as it was about work stuff. Back at the office, a couple of informational meetings later, and the day was over. I can't recall being more tired after having not really accomplishing anything. Apparently I have some informational videos that need to be watched in the next day or so. About three hours worth. Doesn't sound like much fun at all.

My first impression of the place is a good one. Everyone seems pretty nice, and the people close to me seem helpful enough. So that's good. Like most offices I have experienced, it sounds like there is going to be a ton of food around all the time. Its always someone's birthday somewhere. I will be sure to avoid all of that. Luckily, the free desserts are always kept in the same place, so if I just avoid learning how to get there, I wont have to worry about eating all the time. The commute is about 50 minutes or so, which is kind of a pain. I will have to start burning some good CDs to keep myself entertained. Well, until next time.

1 comment:

  1. Hi, John. Welcome to Karmak!

    I have Google News Alert set up for "Karmak" and the link to your blog was e-mailed to me.

    Your first impressions about the people at Karmak were accurate: everyone is friendly and we like to eat!

    I am down in the Springfield, Missouri office, and don't make it up to Carlinville much, but maybe I'll meet you in person some day.

    I hope you enjoy your time at Karmak. It's a great place to work!

    Jim Rodell