Supposed to start in two weeks but I am concerned

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New answer on May 14, 2020
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Anonymous A asked on Mar 15, 2020

Hey!

So I have signed my contract earlier this year and I am supposed to start in London with a top firm in about two weeks. There are a few weeks of formal training scheduled.

I am yet to hear whereas all of this is happening and I am a bit concerned( as of last week everything is confirmed).

What is a likely outcome? Would they postpone my start date or just do online training and remote work? I have no income at the moment and saving run out quickly in a place like London. Has anyone in a similar situation got told anything? How's the situation in your firm?

Thank you

Update: start date was confirmed and I started working remotely last week.

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Daniel
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replied on Mar 20, 2020
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Hey! Do you have any update on this? Was your start date moved?

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Anonymous A on Mar 20, 2020
No, got a call confirming my start date yesterday. Still waiting for the new schedule via email. I'd have to pick up my laptop and stuff and then wfh
Anonymous replied on May 14, 2020

Dear A,

I would recommend you to contact with HR. But I see on the comments that everything is going to be ok.

Wish you good luck in your career!

Best,

André

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Francesco
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Hi there,

I am afraid the only one can answer you is HR. I know some interview processes are frozen, but I believe they won’t change the starting day if that’s in the contract and it has been signed. I would recommend to contact the firm to verify it.

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Francesco

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Hi, thanks for sharing. Do you have any updates? It would be super helpful for the community

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Antonello

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Anonymous replied on Mar 16, 2020

Hi There,

first of all good luck, in Italy MBB postone the training and colleagues have been directly staffed in some projects such as DD and others are on hold at home.

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Hello,

Unfortunately this is a unique event and no one can really know what will be the output. Anyway, if you signed a full-time contract, you have some rights and it's not so easy to cancel or change the terms.I would be quite confident that you will start soon, but maybe they will take some time to evaluate the impact of this situation postponing the training.
Why don't you call HR? They will be happy to help you with trusted information.

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Luca

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Anonymous A on Mar 17, 2020
I am afraid contractual protection in the UK is not quite as good as Italy or other countries. I got an email yesterday saying that everything should happen as planned, but things may change. I am concerned they might rescidn offers/ new hires contract due to lack of projects. I would be working mostly on M&A and growth, not exactly expecting those to boom in a crisis.

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Hello, sorry to hear about that.

I would call your HR today and ask them how it is gonna look.

For how Europe is atm, I would say the training would be 100% online, and maybe the first days too (this is the way we are doing it in Amazon)

Cheers,

Clara

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Anonymous A on Mar 16, 2020
Thank you Clara, I got an email from them this morning standing by the schedule at the moment.
Clara on Mar 16, 2020
Pleasure! Good luck!
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