I really liked the career-tools podcast "New Job Day One - Do It Yourself" because most of those steps are obvious: find your team, security etc.
Whats a good way to get to know the job, the systems, processes, the details.. without upsetting the established order of how things are done here?
My employer is paying many thousands of €'s to train me to become a Sonic ESB Administrator. They already have some ESB systems implemented here.
In order establish my duties i'd like to interview/talk to my collegaues about their work. I would like to know what they do, why they do, what systems are implemente, what is connected to what, who is doing what where and when.. After meeting everyone one day1, and threw these questions at my direct colleague he told me in short words to not waste his time, other colleagues had the "are you @$^! crazy"-looks on their faces. Most of them have been working here >=8 years. Maybe some ppl might feel threatened by my enthusiasm?
As sub-contractor I want to figure out my role/position in this 100% technical 100% male dominated environment.