I am a software engineer, and have been working in this role since September. There is a 6 month probation period, so I am assuming the probation review will take place in mid-March.
So far, I have not had any feedback sessions, and not much direct feedback, positive or negative. I have made a couple of "rookie" mistakes. They are also aware that I am not a software engineer by training, but an electronics engineer and physicist. They hired me because of my keen interest in this area. They did not even give me a coding test, they just took my word for it when I mentioned in the interview "I have these particular skills, and I like to learn C# and Python in my spare time". Should I be worried? My team manager asked some of the others to "help him with .NET" a few times during meetings.
Should I ask for feedback? Would it look desperate, given that the probation review is 1-1.5 months away, and I should have asked earlier?
I have been assigned four (I think) design reports to help complete, along with two other guys on the team. We thought they were going to be due in June or so, but today it was confirmed that one is for early March, the other for late March. The remaining two, I am not sure. Is any of this a bad sign?
There is also a strange situation with my coworker who sits directly next two me. Exactly two weeks ago, he suddenly started giving the silent treatment, exchange few words with me, and having a passive aggressive tone in his voice. He is now completely ignoring me, it's like I don't exist. He leaves me out of conversations with other team members (both work and non-work related). Today, he and somebody else were joking around, and another guy involved me in this conversation. I then cracked a joke, and everybody laughed, except the guy who is ignoring me. Despite this, I still feel like he is alienating me from the rest of the team, and this has the potential to interfere with work being completed in the future. It is also very disrespectful, and I won't have it.
I don't know what is wrong with this guy. He and I were always on good terms, and we would often talk throughout the day, and eat lunch together. It all changed suddenly after we came back from one weekend. It's like he decided during that weekend that he hates me, and will do everything he can to avoid me. Could he be trying to sabotage me, by provoking me to talk to management or HR about this, and be fired for doing so? He has previously half-jokingly mentioned that he would like to do programming (what I am doing) instead of "paperwork" (design reports) and playfully said "you bastard", and "I was hired to write code". Over the past week or so, he has been developing a server application for some simulations relating to the design he is completing. The manager said there is no need for this, but he carries on anyway.