I started the day early. Not knowing what the traffic was going to be like, I wanted to give myself two hours so I'd easily have more than enough time to get there. I ended up leaving twenty minutes later than I planned, but it only took me 72 minutes to get there. I really was expecting it to take at least an hour and a half. I must have missed the traffic. At the worst, I had to slow down to 55mph before getting off the interstate. The evening commute was similar: 76 minutes. I listened to podcasts (Coverville and The Roadhouse) in the morning. In the evening, I chatted with family and friends on the phone.
The day itself was typical first day. Most of the morning was HR and company orientation. The IT department got me set up with my accounts and passwords. I had a little bit of time before lunch to start poking at the company wiki and learning.
A handful of folks went to lunch, which was nice.
After lunch, I spent more time poking through the company wiki, requesting development machine access, configuring my workspace, and meeting a few other employees. I also spent some time filling out all my HR forms. I set up my CVS access and Eclipse, and started browsing at the code. Before I knew it, it was time to head home. The time just flew by.
The environment is laid back, and the company seems to treat the employees like adults. So far, I'm not seeing evidence of overly-bureaucratic policies. The environment seems oriented to getting the work done. It's a very liberating change from what I'm used to.
I'm also hugely impressed by the break room. Free fountain sodas, fancy coffee, and fancy tea. A wii, big TV, and a couple of pinball games.
I'm hoping that I'll be able to work my schedule to shift to earlier office hours, which will allow me to get home earlier. It'll require getting up earlier, so it will take some shifting around to figure out a reasonable schedule.
I'm looking forward to going back tomorrow.