1 year in, I'm now certain I was overlevelled

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May 15 15 Comments

I had my doubts when I joined that I'm qualified for my position. Same after a few months. Everyone reassured me it's just imposter syndrome and I'll get over it.

Given enough time I'm sure I can eventually grow into the role, but I don't know how long, and in the mean time I feel bad for letting my team and manager down. I'm also worried about bad perf review.

Should I ask for a downlevel? I will be less pressured and able to perform at my own pace.

Possibly related - I'm interested in switching to product role. I was previously told I need to prove myself in my current eng role first, that never really made sense to me. What if I ask to switch to product role and use that as a reason for the downlevel request since I don't have real product experience?

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TOP 15 Comments
  • Uber zhdbwb
    People spend years bashing their head against the promo barrier to get to L5, just be glad you don’t have to go through this and have faith you’ll eventually feel comfortable in the role.
    May 155
    • New / Eng|l|l||l|l|
      OP
      Is it better to have a higher level but fail to meet expectations? Or a lower role but meet/exceed expectations?
      May 15
    • Uber zhdbwb
      Better to have a higher level and fail to meet. Also if you haven’t been pipped, doesn’t that mean your manager thinks you are meeting expectations. You’re probably doing a lot better than you think.
      May 15
    • Intel / EngWho.Dis
      As long as your manager is still supportive and not belittling your effort, you have room to grow into your role. It is much better to have room to grow rather than be constricted with ability beyond your role.
      May 15
    • New / Eng|l|l||l|l|
      OP
      I met expectations last year but they may be taking into account that I'm new. I see peers and E4s performing better than me and that worries me.
      May 15
    • Facebook YMVM33
      You shouldn’t be too discouraged that e4 can be performing better than an e5. There are some rockstar e4s who will get high reviews and will be promoted quickly. They just happen to be e4 now due to things like low yoe.
      May 15
  • Intel / EngWho.Dis
    I responded fake it till you make it. But you shouldn’t really do that. You should recognize that this is a challenge that will certainly force you to grow.

    Rise to the occasion and learn from your mistakes. See if you can find a mentor that can help you recognize certain errors that you’ve made and how to combat those behaviors/challenges in the future. Nobody became great by first admitting defeat.
    May 152
    • New / Eng|l|l||l|l|
      OP
      So you mean keep trying (instead of faking) till I make it?
      May 15
    • Intel / EngWho.Dis
      Keep improving every day. Don’t dwell, but look back at the most recent events and find 1 or 2 concrete ways that you could improve. Seek out the opinion and help of others of how to make that improvement a reality.
      May 15
  • Ascension Health / Eng
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    Maybe you should consider changing careers.
    May 151
    • Nvidia signale
      I hear Albertsons is hiring
      May 15
  • Autodesk c0de$lut
    You are probably oblivious to ALL factors that make you your level. Its not just algorithms.
    May 150
  • Nvidia signale
    Better than being underleveled and waiting for someone to "notice".
    May 150
  • Imagine you go one level down?
    Now you are on the radar. Then what? Also it would probably mean for then that you aren’t confident in yourself and they will be lowballing you from now on.
    May 150
  • Snapchat bFCN68
    Does faking it and struggling to justify the paycheck make you happy? If that's the case then just stay. Also, it may be the team or the manager or the product or event the tech stack that does not let you raise and shine.
    May 150

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