We're looking to rethink our employee onboarding process and I'm interested to hear about experiences others have had (good or bad). Did you feel welcomed your first day and excited to be at your new company? Did you receive enough information (including who to go to for questions) your first week? What did you learn about your company (process, org structure, history, values, philanthropy, activities & culture)? Did you get any swag (handbook, notebook, shirt, coffee cup)?
For a little more context, our HQ in Seattle has around 1,800 employees and we currently have about 30 new hires a week. New hire orientation groups consist of employees across various departments — tech, marketing, merchandising, studio, HR, legal, operations, finance.
Really liked this article I recently found: http://blog.mailchimp.com/maintaining-company-culture-through-onboarding/