Yes am no longer an intern….that may come as a shocker to some,or a persistent reminder to others.I officially bid Finlays Kenya goodbye on 20th August and took a sebatical of sorts…a sebatical from anything computer related…After coding for nearly 4 months almost daily i think it was well earned….
so how was Finlays,what memories did i bring back with me and would i consider working there given a shot……allow me to endulge you
My internship was rather long,the label intern was officially slapped on me on 27th April,the day I got my induction training done….Finlays is a really strict company,every-and I mean every- employee has to undergo introductory induction,on every thing from standard operating procedure to health and safety at the work place…so in the event you willingly choose to abscorn any of them then you only have yourself to blame,and hence a lawsuit would be out of the question*read clever*
I was actually the first intern to arrive(nilikuwa na nyege za job)…so i kind of didn’t have anyone to shaparone me.It was my second internship in a large company so I kind of knew what to expect(bossing around,people tyring to belittle you,usororaji mob) so i had brought my arsenal of tricks with me,everthing from code samples to ebooks
The first days were the toughest,seating alone on the bus ride to work,eating alone in the cafetria,not knowing who to talk to and who to avoid like a mutated strain of plague,where to hang out during lunch break…..you get the picture…..anywho am kind social*kinda being the key word* so i made friends quickly,the second intern (HR) arrived kitu 1 week after me,so i got a peer to hang out with…add to that she was a chic made it even better…..
The first month was hell,rockie mistakes were norm…..no matter how good you are I mean ata kama wewe ni first class kama SavvyKenya,nothing prepares you to handling new sytems ant a new place of work.This guys had the largest domain i had worked with (over 500 computers) on their network,spanning from Nairobi,Naivasha,Nanyuki,Kericho and theUK…..so you can imagine running an ActiveDirectory with that many active nodes…
I loved coding for them…atakama VB and me never crossed.. i had this book on my desk for more than 4 months and never botherd reading
When it comes to information systems I think this guys deserve a medal of sorts(or atleas a round of applause) They have Information systems for absolutely everthing…..from the basics to the superb.
Hakuana vile naeza kuenumerate zote but I can try….Workmate handles HR,Scala does Accounting…roadbase does fuel managment for fleet,Budini handles tires..lilies db is for lilies..ERP,HCOS…ziko mob wewe.
so the first one month was purely hands on ndo usifloat…..I had my own extention number(115),and you know how stuborn users can get…from the guy who couldnt get F1 to the chic who claimed to know everything(if you consider pining a server as anything)…bottom line is the first month really drained me.
From waking up at 6am to catch that bus to work,to heading home late because some server went bonkers after a storm the previous night.
Speaking of servers,I had even nicknamed them.
There were like 20 servers some i had acess to,some i only saw the big guys handle,some i never actually got to see(UK servers).But out of the ones i personally dealt with i had great love and loathe in disproportionate levesls..There was jean the FileServer,she was bitchy as hell,she was the only server that had the most moodswings(read Pms)…she went offline the most…there were the two twins.. I called them two Sly…they were the SQL servers,most of the 3tier applications relied on this….and offcource my lovely Lita,she was the proxy server(ISA server) this was the one that gave me all the browsing history,pattern na kila kitu ya watu…if you went online on my watch and Googled for Midget porn…Jaymo was watching and laughing at you..
But your bwoy wasn’t all work with no play,no sir…he had his equal measure of frothy indulgence….the crazy Lewa marathon where i found myself in Meru that morning (read hangover2)…Drinking sprees in weird place.
Generally Finlays was a great place….
Ill miss the place,ill miss the people….especially one someone i left there….eeehh anajijua…..