What have been your best and worst on-boarding experiences?

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Having no onboarding at all. Just thrown into the snake pit.

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From the moment you get an offer to your first days on the job, what experiences do you remember most — good and bad?

One of my best was being handed the company credit card on Day One to go purchase whatever laptop I wanted.

One of my worst — being put in a room to watch training videos all day. I walked out of the room at 5:00 to an empty office. Everyone left early and forgot about me.

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Was given a laptop by IT and then told I needed to get it approved myself since it wasn’t an authorized computer. While I was saying, “but I am getting it from you...” the IT guy pushed me out the door. I’m sill confused about it.

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I had another creative at my first junior role feel up my crotch uninvited on my first day 👌🙄

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Sc1, sorry that happened to you.

Zimmerman onboarding was the worst. 8-10 “courses” to tell us what each department did. It was long, boring and self-serving.

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Onboarding?

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Jungle Juice Boot Camp. All I can think of is a series of drinking challenges related to company culture.

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I was at Zimmerman from 2010 to 2011, about 18 months, the average time it takes them to lose a client.

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Being welcomed with “this place stole my soul”

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SC2, haha I went through that Zimmerman "onboarding" process too. I'm grateful I've moved on from that bogus agency.

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BEST: Handed a blank piece of paper and told "do your thing" and 3 months to kill it.
WORST: Handed a check (promise) that I couldn't cash.

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SC2, I was there for a year and a half between early '13 and mid '14. What about you?

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Worst: I was supposed to start on a Monday, they randomly asked me if I could start sooner (the Friday before the Monday) and being a new person I didn’t want to say no. The people on my team were not in the office that Friday and HR told me my formal orientation wouldn’t happen until 3 weeks later, which by that point was useless.

Best: I had a formal on-boarding day 1 with a small group, IT sat with us and went through all the set up stuff, and walked us through the internal website. Then, my new manager took me to lunch and introduced me to the team, and every day for the rest of the week I did hands on training with other team members and other ops departments (finance, HR, etc.)

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When were you there?

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sent me away to jungle juice boot camp (learning how great the agency is, etc) but never actually onboarded me for the job. Ya fake it till ya make it there.

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My start date was a week later than the other new hire so the discipline team/project team just didn’t onboard me at all.

Worst: brief “on-boarding” by HR where the person pretty much said “don’t reach out to me after this” 🤣 I had a friend at the agency so my team pretty much assumed said friend would do the legwork of introducing me to people/giving me the tour. The person I was reporting into quit ~two weeks after I started and never got replaced

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