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Team Building

The woman, who runs the team I’ve joined, is taking the group to see the eclipse tomorrow. It’s a team building exercise. She organized an early breakfast meeting, after which, the team will be picked up a chauffeur driven SUV. We’ll observe the eclipse at the Space Foundation Discovery Center in Colorado Springs. After a late lunch on the company dine, we’ll head back to the office to finish the day. Getting paid to watch the eclipse. That’s a good thing.

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An Uncontrolled Epidemic

There’s an uncontrolled epidemic in the office. Many men are wearing white socks with dress pants and dress shoes. It’s an odd look. There’s also a lot of nose picking, but not in a covert way. Right out in the open! It must be a cultural thing.

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Yesterday, I had a conversation with my manager at the consulting company in New York. I asked him why the client hired me because they have not given me any assignments. According to my manager, I was hired because I had the best communication skills of all the candidates interviewed, and I could hold my own with the VP. The client wanted me under contract so I wouldn’t accept another offer. He also alluded that being a white male was also a qualifying factor. A white male helping another white male. Is that a justifiable form of affirmative action when most of the workers are Indian?

I have attended one three-hour conference call and obtained access to a few secure client portals. Other than that, I have done nothing. I sit at my plastic table by the window and try to look busy. Most days are spent watching the traffic on I-25. Sometimes I follow the private jets taking off and landing at Centennial Airport. I would read blogs and cruise the net but my laptop is visible as soon as others enter the office. I guess I should enjoy the downtime. Others have told me there are many projects entering the pipeline in the next thirty days. I may miss the slow time soon.

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Like Hell With A Paycheck

Kumar, Lekhana, Shruthi, Sudhindra, Sabarivasan, Sangeeta, Shreeshail, Sairam are the members of my team. This is the first time in my career that I have been a minority in the office. It’s rather strange.

All my team members are contractors, including my manager. Almost everyone in this office is a contractor. There are additional contractors offshore. There are very few employees. My desk is a plastic table along a bank of windows. Plastic tables are set in any area that doesn’t create a fire hazard. There are two people working in each cubicle that was designed for one person. It’s like working in a sardine can.

The majority of staff is male. The bathroom is undersized for the number of people on the floor. As a result, guys are often in line to use one of the two urinals. God forbid if I have to pinch a loaf at work.

Almost everyone speaks Hindi. I think that’s what they are speaking given most of the people are Indian and that’s the official language of India. I could be wrong given India has twenty-two different languages. It’s really odd working in an office where most of the workers are using a language you don’t understand. It doesn’t feel welcoming at all. Most of the people ignore me.

I don’t have a phone. I have to use my cell phone. I don’t have a laptop. I had to bring my own. I don’t have an ID badge so I can’t access the other floors in the building. The lunch room is on another floor so I ate my lunch at my desk. I billed my lunch time to the client for holding me hostage. Even though my contract was signed three weeks ago, my manager had no plan for my first day. He was too busy to meet with me. He had failed to find me a mentor. I spent the day looking at the various company portals. I was basically paid to look out the window all day and tinker on my laptop.

It’s only the first day. I need to give it some time. Perhaps it will grow on me.

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Tomorrow Is Day 1

I start work tomorrow after 219 days of unemployment. Monday was the original start date but the client failed to make the necessary preparations. They hadn’t secured a laptop, or arranged for access to their network even though they had three weeks to do so. I hope I’m not walking into a complete cluster fuck of disorganization.

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Sealing The Deal

I’ve reached an agreement with the consulting firm in New York. I’ll be heading back to work in August, provided I pass a drug test and background check. I also have to sign a non-disclosure agreement. I’ll be consulting to an American telecommunications company with twenty-five million customers in forty-one states. I’m going to miss sleeping in and staying up late.

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The VP

I met with the Vice President who runs the division of the company that may contract my services. The director I met with last week and the consultant were also in the meeting but were mostly silent. I think I did well. I found it nerve wracking to have my performance watched. Cleary, I would not make a good actor. After the meeting the consultant told me a decision will be made in the next two weeks.

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