First week at Coca-Cola

So I started Industrial Training Monday this week. Due to my very unstable sleeping patterns, I fell asleep the night before at 5am hopeful I would still be able to wake up at the planned 7.30am.

As I walked into the offices Coca-Cola Amatil (CCA) predictably late and sleepy as hell, what were my first impressions of the place?

Let me begin by ‘Wow’ing you with the location. It’s less than 25 steps away from the bus stop and then there is the actual location. Based on the eastern side of Circular Quay, facing the Harbour Bridge, I snapped a quick photo from the entrance of the building.

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Yes, this is a big deal to me, I think surroundings contribute plenty to work morale.

Follow this up with how I was given my laptop within the first 10 minutes of being there and my mood was really brightening up. The forms for my access pass were submitted by lunchtime too. Very efficient and prepared (considering they only found out I was coming last Friday). Work is slowly coming in, which is something new because at previous placements I’ve had to initially wait from a week up to a month for any work to do.

So what about benefits? Well, as I am pretty much the equivalent of a contractor, I don’t expect all the real benefits like insurance, retirement stuff, EPF, etc. Furthermore, being a student, the only things I look at are the physical benefits such as their stationary cupboard. Working at CCA, a refrigerator sits on each floor stocked with all sorts of Coca-Cola products and ofcourse, free of charge. There is also another large refrigerator beside it stocked with beer and padlocked shut – The magical padlock is opened every Friday evening and free beer is served. Screw the stationary. :)

IMG_0329 copyI took this photo at the end of the day. Trust me, it’s all stocked up in the morning.

These tiny things are what keeps employees motivated. I don’t know but everything I have experienced in or heard of Malaysian working life is pretty bad. Any chance any Malaysians out there are reading this post in awe? Even though I haven’t even really mentioned the proper employee benefits, I’m a sucker for the minor details :)

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