So now I am officially an employee of AT&T. The orientation was from 8am to 4pm. Now I got 7 weeks of training. I got to attend class 6am to 2pm and then ride along between 7:30 – 4?ish. I wish the class room training was set at the same time. So here is my training schedule.
Week 1: 6/15 – 6/19: Class Room
Week 2: 6/22 – 6/26: Ride Along
Week 3: 6/28 – 7/02: Class Room
Week 4: 7/06 – 7/09: Class Room
Week 5: 7/13 – 7/16: Ride Along
Week 6: 7/20 – 7/23: Class Room
Week 7: 7/27 – 7/ 30: Ride Along
Because of the 4th of July the training is pushed back one day and we get Friday thru Sunday and I will be going to Tennessee for the 4th in my own car. After the 7 weeks I will be officially done with training and will have my own (company-issued) AT&T truck, laptop and tools. Sweet. We don’t get GPS devices so I think I will buy one my self in a few weeks to make things easier. The contract with the union is up in 14 days (June 27th) and AT&T still have not come to an agreement on a new contract and the employee are seriously going to picket if it is not renewed. The AT&T Teachers gave us 30-minutes to read the Code of Conduct and had us sign it. Then they had the Union come in between 11:30 – 1:00 and they feed us pizza. (LOTS OF PIZZA) I even took home a whole pizza. One of the high lights of the orientation was the Union came in and basicly said that AT&T will try to screw us over but I don’t think its that serious. The guy said “They will ask you to sign a Code of Conduct soon and make sure you note by your signature that you were instructed to sign without reading.” and when we told him we already signed it he freaked out and said “If you do anything they don’t like they will hold that signature against you.” maybe they did try to rush us to sign it before the union stepped in but I don’t blame them after the AT&T people came back half the class was in a riot thinking they had been had. One guy asked “Were we tricked into signing something?” I can not believe people anger. I read the Code of Conduct and it was typical stuff like smoking, drivers license and benefit rules. If you are doing everything right you have nothing to worry about.
I will get my first pay check June 26 for one week and one day. That is a nice paycheck since I made about $100 dollars alone yesterday. The guy was not sure but he thinks we get 50% off our Uverse service. AWESOME!!! There was 19 people in the orientation but only me and two others were going to the bedford garage. I see some of the other people in westmont in one of the three classes. Two in the morning 6am to 2pm then one at 3:30pm to 11pm. We get 6 company shirts every year and we get a jacket in 6 months. There is so much I could say but there is so much.Well down to the last thing first we all got to the training center at 7:45am and enter a buildings waiting room on the AT&T grounds (The building had the address on it they gave us.) We waited and waited then at 8:00 we were wondering why the door was unlocked and no security on duty at the front door. I called the lady in corporate and she said the teacher was looking for us. At 8:05 a lady with a AT&T shirt on came walking in and ask if we were there for the orientation. She said for the last year they have been doing the orientation in the main building. (Still wonder why the door was unlocked and no employees were in the building.) She walked us almost a half mile to the main building. Weird!!! SOOOOOOOOOOOO…
Pray that my car will continue to run for the next few weeks as I drive almost 40 minutes every day and it will cost me almost 10 dollars in tolls a week to drive there.
THIS IS THE FIRST DAY OF THE REST OF MY LIFE!!!