I met my account manager in the building's coffee shop at 8:30 this morning. He bought me a coffee then took me to the reception area, to meet with the client's manager. Unfortunately she didn't show up until around 9:15am... so we sat around and talked for too long. Eventually he gave up and left. When she arrived, she took me to get a company badge. With the badge, I also got a safety/emergency lecture, so now I'm quite clear on what to do if there is a fire or tornado.
Then she had a 10:00 meeting, so she had a guy from my new team help get my laptop set up. It was quite confusing and disorganized. Not that I'm criticizing -- it was just very obvious that it was everyone's first day back after a long vacation! Folks were talking about how they couldn't remember their security codes, not to mention each others' names, to say the least of project details.... He found me some documentation though, and we eventually got my software downloaded and my laptop setup.
"My" team actually consists of two teams, in two rooms, and I'm not altogether sure which one I'm actually on. They tell me it might not matter though, because they may consolidate soon anyway. I don't know which room I should work in. The place I sat today was actually somebody else's spot, but they just work in two conference-type rooms anyway, on laptops, so it doesn't really matter I guess.
People were pretty disorganized, probably because everybody was trying to wade through email and tasks, catch up and figure out what on earth they were doing after the long break. People kept mentioning, "...but that was last year, so I don't remember anymore." They were friendly to me though, even if they mostly left me to my own devices.
On the plus side, by the end of the day I had the software up and running, and I was exploring the source code. I was given a task to start work on. I met a bunch of people. I forgot a bunch of names. I know how to operate the security system.
On the minus side, I don't have email yet, the building is extremely confusing/maze-like, and I'm not quite certain that I'll be able to find my way back to my desk (well the desk I was sitting at) tomorrow. I hope I can! If not, this will have been my shortest job ever.