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Breaking the Ice on First Day of a new job.

Discussion in 'Business, Careers & Education' started by Star, Oct 2, 2011.

  1. Star

    Star Senior member

    Jul 20, 2008
    In Exile Corsica
    Starting a new job in two weeks time at one of the Big 4. Looking for some practical tips on breaking the ice on my first day with new colleagues and people who I will be sitting with in open plan. This is only my 3rd company change and I only average a change every 4 years so do not do this regularly. It has taken me 3 years at my current place of employment to get to where I am with my network by infiltrating up, down and side ways. Now I have to start all over again.

    I appreciate that innitially I will be viewed with suspicion as the new guy.

    ....and no I am not an accountant or an auditor.
    Last edited: Oct 2, 2011
  2. johnaus

    johnaus Member

    Apr 19, 2011
    I strongly recommend you pick a fight with the biggest guy who works there. That way everyone knows not to mess with you.

    In all seriousness, what I would probably do is try to keep my head down for a week or two and get an understanding the place. Work out who achieves and who is a derp. Who you seem to have things in common with and who you instantly dislike.. After that, offer to buy them a beer, lunch etc and introduce yourself.. If one of them is senior, offer to buy them a beer after work in exchange for some advice as you are new (start building that mentor relationship.)

    Steal peoples lunch
    talk about how shit/good your old employer and or colleagues were.
    Steal my stapler
    Ask stupid basic questions that everyone else knew 12 months ago when the project started in the middle of the meeting. (HOLD THEM FOR LATER)
    Last edited: Oct 3, 2011
  3. Mandrake9072

    Mandrake9072 Senior member

    Aug 1, 2007
    Check out: http://goingconcern.com/

    Great resource about the culture of the big 4 firms (as well as anything accounting related).
  4. Lord-Barrington

    Lord-Barrington Senior member

    Sep 20, 2010
    Just act friendly, natural, and appear ready to learn and help. Don't try to impress anyone or act aloof.
  5. Piobaire

    Piobaire Senior member

    Dec 5, 2006
    In My Douchemobile
    Some good advice so far. I would add, don't express a strong opinion about ANYTHING until folks get to know you, don't present any idea like it's a silver bullet (as someone else has probably thought of it and it was discarded for one reason or another) and just get a feel for the office politics before deciding who to hang with.
  6. Fuuma

    Fuuma Senior member

    Dec 20, 2004
    Whip it out and shout "time for an orgy!!". Or maybe do what a lot of peole are expected to do in western corporate culture: go there, be available, listen and gather strategies so that when the time comes you're able to subtle broadcast that you work hard as fuck and deserve a promotion.
  7. Klobber

    Klobber Senior member

    Dec 3, 2010
    San Francisco
    Talk smack, big yourself up, threaten and criticize your coworkers and their methods, and finally hit on some of your new collegues girlfriends or wives.

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