So we welcome a new member into our group and threw him an unofficial welcoming party because my group isn’t one to party at every excuse to do so.
A few days ago, everybody was gathered to the center of our floor and the three new guys entering the company introduced themselves.
They said their name, what group they would be joining, and their hobbies.
I thought the last was interesting, though I don’t know if it’s the same in Canada since I’ve never officially joined a company or seen someone join the company.
Well, I suppose it gives a foothold for communications and good relations to start.
Which might be important when people grade you at work.
(Going to keep going in English…)
You apartment get graded at work depending on your performance and it is one of the major factors that define your pay.
There apparently exists a table somewhere with rank on one axis and grade on the other.
The sad thing is (apparently) that no matter how high of a grade you get at lower ranks, you can’t get much of a pay raise.
Maybe it’s the same in Canadian companies, but I was surprised at how the rank system seemed to have a militaristic feel.
Maybe it’s because the company is a very traditional one, but it still feels very hard headed.
Another interesting thing was that newcomers to the company start by taking several months to do temporary placements all around the company before coming back to settle at the group they were assigned to.
They apparently go everywhere from HR to marketing.
It’s interesting how they make you learn what the other people do, but it also seems to be a waste of several months to give them work at each place so they can step in the shoes of each of the departments in the company when you didn’t sign up for doing their jobs.
The company seems like a school.
You enter at a certain year and you gain rank as the years go on.
You have a buddy in one of the higher years who looks after you on the first year or so and you sometimes go on field trips to learn some more stuff.
The company and the people in it teach you everything from scratch and look after you (while at the same time exploiting you) until you retire.
The path seems so linear…
Stable, sure, but I think I would prefer a more curvilinear career path with some rotations to make it more interesting.
Maybe that opinion will change once I’m a few years in and am living frugally, just scraping by.
Did nothing today other than game.
We decided to draw another friend into the world of online gaming and spend between 0800 and 1800 on the computer in the first basement floor of a net cafe.
Not the healthiest way our most productive way of spending a weekend but it’s cheap entertainment.
All of that time for a total of 1000 JPY each.