HR Issues

Started new job. Told on first day that primary location is actually in office 1-2 hour commute away.

Vistaprint AmyThom
Dec 18, 2018

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Started new job at new company. Originally, the recruiter told me that the team was split between City A and City B and that you could choose either one.

I made it clear that I preferred City A, and all paper work (offer letter, relocation, etc) referenced City A. I also moved into an apartment and signed a lease right next to City A’s office.

On my first day I discovered the primary location of the role is actually in City B, and that I can occasionally work at City A. The office in City B is an hour if I drive, or 1.5-2 hours if I use public transportation.

I feel pretty frustrated at this situation, and I’m not sure what to do. It sounds like I could potential split time between the offices, but I think I would still have to spend 1-3 days a week commuting to City B.

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  • Okta nfc
    Bring it up with your management, both what you were told and the offer letter.

    If the recruiter screwed you, maybe they can fix it. If the company screwed you, get out now. It won't be the last time.
    Dec 18, 20180
  • Find a new job. Tell HR why you are leaving - hopefully they are smart enough to blacklist the recruiter.
    Dec 18, 20181
    • New vvnT76
      I'd love to know who it is. Even with blacklisting the recruiter the offer letter should have come from internal HR.
      I had a similar City A or City B (opposite sides of the country), but I found out before the on site, and negotiated accordingly.
      Dec 18, 2018
  • Get fucked
    Dec 18, 20180
  • Microsoft stillchill
    You can sue them. Check with an employment lawyer
    Dec 18, 20184
    • eBay seaBay
      You MAY be able to sue them. Depends on what state you're in and what the details are.

      But stillchill is correct on "check with a lawyer." Any employment lawyer should offer a free phone consultation.
      Dec 18, 2018
    • Microsoft stillchill
      Well. As a good practice do not try the legal route first but as a last resource. If you get there then in most of the cases it won’t become public.
      Dec 18, 2018
    • 100% downside to suing them you will become a radioactive unemployable litigious person ...
      Dec 18, 2018
    • eBay seaBay
      Yeah I forgot to mention that while it may be possible it's DEFINITELY not worth it.

      And in most states, the terms of your employment agreement are considered an ongoing negotiation, essentially. Every two weeks, they give you a paycheck. If they change the terms of employment and you stick around to receive the next paycheck, you're considered to have accepted the terms. It stinks.
      Dec 18, 2018
  • Workday 12133
    Some recruiters are real scum, they just wanna make a quick buck but deceiving everyone they talk to, sorry for your situation:-/
    Dec 18, 20180
  • Uber? Sf/palo alto?
    Dec 18, 20181
    • Amazon JSnowflake
      That was my guess too. This post is way too opaque for us to actually be helpful.
      Dec 18, 2018
  • Do others a favor and name the company.
    Dec 18, 20180
  • Facebook Whateverrs
    Please name the company.
    Dec 18, 20180
  • New OOBDC
    Resign, apply for unemployment based on a misleading job offer (you'll get it). Start again, or ask for your old job back. No time for pride.
    Jan 80
  • New DvVM00
    you can’t do anything. start looking for another job and also contact the landlord to see if they will accept a sob story to get out of the lease cheap. (just so you know your options)
    Jan 50
  • Call your previous employer and go back. This is why you don't burn Bridges...
    Dec 18, 20180
  • VMware BobbleHat
    Useless to get upset. The company can fire you at any time without cause. They can change the location of a job without your agreement. It is awesome that they let you start instead of rescinding the offer the day before you joined.
    Dec 18, 20180
  • LinkedIn pAgD33
    Twitter is suspicious as well because they have Sunnyvale office
    Dec 18, 20180
  • Google spacehorse
    Are you willing to live in city b? Maybe the company would be willing to pay for your lease/moving expenses to get a new apartment.
    Dec 18, 20180
  • I had a recruiter do something like that with me. I accepted the offer and initially complied while I proved myself. After a few months, I did exactly what I wanted. :).
    Dec 18, 20180

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