First 90 Days at a new job

Posted by Arjun Moorthy

Apr 24, 2011 9:51:00 AM

A week ago, I started a new job at Hubspot, a startup based in Boston.  I was excited to hit the ground running but wanted to make sure I didn't screw up in a major way the first few weeks.  (I say "major" as I've accepted the fact that I will make several mistakes and pray that they are minor).  Having not been much of a business book reader in the past I wasn't sure where to seek advice but some Amazon reviews indicated  Right From The Start (Ciampa, Watkins) was decent. 

The advice in the book that I found most useful, at least in the first 80 pages or so (at which point I remembered why I don't read self-help business books and switched to watching random bad TV), was essentially:

  1. You don't know squat about what really matters at your new company.
  2. Three months after you start, you will learn what squat really matters.  But you still won't know what to do about it.
  3. Forming genuine relationships with the team is more important than learning about squat because even if you know what needs to be done you can't do it by yourself.

The advice is sound but what's been surprising is how right #1 has been.  Already, a few times I've thought "ah-ha! this should be fixed" only to learn later that not only is it not broken but there is a good reason why it's the way it is.  Malcolm Gladwell espouses trusting your instincts but I think mine are a bit shot. 

Perhaps not coincidentally, at my first meeting, an all-day product review, my boss Brian Halligan astutely suggested that I observe more and opine less.  Wise man that Halligan.

Topics: transitioning

Career Advice I Wish I Knew Earlier 

Hello.  I started this blog to distribute some of the best career advice I have been given over the many jobs I've had.  I've been fortunate to work for and with some great bosses like Brian Halligan, Francis DeSouzaNancy Kamei, and Rick Roberge, and some unique companies, like The Boston Consulting Group, that invest heavily in making each employee a success even after leaving the firm.

The advice and training I received here stands in contrast to my experiences with some not-so-great bosses and companies I've also worked for.  I'm continualy amazed at how valuable good advice has been in my career so I hope to pass on the good advice, and insights from mistakes I've made, via this blog. 

Thanks in advance for your comments, particularly when you can improve upon the ideas posted.

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