DH and I both started new jobs in October. I'm pretty sure his new company doesn't have any kind of party. Mine (a commercial real estate firm) has a party at the owner's home, which is supposed to be very nice. There's no "charge", but everyone brings an appetizer or dessert, and spouses are invited. The nicest parties I ever heard of were several years ago -- one of my friends' husbands worked for (still does, but they don't do parties any more) a large cellular phone company, and they'd rent out the Shedd Aquarium or Field Museum and have the party there.