I have accepted a job in the highly technical complex (should say "complicated") environment. We have over 1,000 servers a few networks, a lot of custom built applications - you get the picture. I have a lot of technical experience in the similar environments, but each place is very different - so my peers say to me that it take about a year (give or take month or two) to understand moving parts and why/how they have been put together.
The most challenging part is that my boss sort of ignoring my on-boarding. He has set up a couple of initial meetings to show me the very basics: like we have so-so networks and so-so servers, but essentially I have to crawl myself through the incredibly over-complicated infrastructure.
If I play defense (be very conservative) -it will take me a full year to sort of start understanding the infrastructure. And I am not expected to be sitting on the fence during all that time
If I play offense (be aggressive and start digging into) -I may break thing here and there, because I may not know the entire process there.
Essentially, before I can touch anything, I have to know everything. THat's the summary.
My boss does not play an active role in my training, neither my peers. I do not mind asking questions, but sometimes I just do not know where to start.
Is it normal?