I started a new job just over three months ago, with a commute of two hours each way. Before joining the company, I understood that I would soon be able to transfer to their office in my home town. Shortly after starting I discovered that was not going to happen.
My current manager knows about my long commute, but not about my previous expectation of working in the other office. I would like to give the company the chance to improve my working conditions by shortening my commute. My initial thought was to wait until the end of my six month probation, before mentioning this problem. Would it be too soon to mention this now (after three months)? I enjoy my work with this company and the only problem with the job is the location. If they are unable to make adjustments for me I will want to look for a new role by the end of the year. I want to stay in this job for at least six months so that it makes a reasonable addition to my CV/resume. At the same time I am increasingly tired with waking at 6 am each day and a disrupted sleep pattern.
I was told I would be able to transfer to my local office by both the external recruiter and internal HR officer (who left the company just after I started). I discovered I would have to remain at my current workplace for a minimum of one year, after asking HR to clarify my options, upon joining the company.
Also, is it reasonable to assume that my manager already knows my commute time is too long? Everyone else on the team has a journey time of about 45 minutes each way.
My question is different from When is the right time to give my notice to leave my current company? as my plan is to improve my working conditions, not leave my job.