Am I being setup to fail?

New / Eng pFaT50
Apr 16 12 Comments

Last week I got promoted to an Engineering Team Lead. I initially was excited for until I heard the offer: the company has a large cross cutting initiative. It's very, very important to the entire C-Suite that this thing gets done, so much so they're treating it accounting-wise a separate internal company with a parallel brand. (We're only a 100 person company, so this felt silly to me.)

I was given a Lead role of that with exactly one other engineer reporting to me. And originally I was confused by the offer because I should have like 5 or 6 in order to accomplish everything that needs to happen and our entire team is over 10.

And my boss kept ownership over most of the people. I was told if I do well for next few months that I'll get the rest of those people as my direct reports.

So I took the job with a decent pay bump.

Within days, the delivery timeline was shortened by the business from 12 months to 4 months and the scope increased.

I laid these facts out for him and he was clear that he didn't do this intentionally. My boss is of course highly apologetic that this happened and has encouraged me to collaborate with the stakeholders to take it "one item at a time" and push for clarity and priority.

It's my view that this is his way to potentially distance himself from this impending train wreck that he probably knew was coming. Am I being paranoid or being aware?

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TOP 12 Comments
  • Yahoo xylr57
    I can just say one thing - start leetcoding like your tail is on fire
    Apr 16 0
  • Amazon eickel
    I think its a good opportunity and you need some manager skills here to push back timeline and negotiate resources. Pretty standard SDM work. If you are the lead I had expect you to do it if it's not helping going through via your manager.
    Apr 16 2
    • Google uzaname
      Agree with Amazon. That's where the scope/time/resources triangle comes in.
      Apr 16
    • New / Eng pFaT50
      OP
      I've been told I will get 3 additional resource in about 1 month, but they'll all be new hires. The timeline had been set by the C levels and have been told repeatedly and empathically the timeline must be met at all costs. The scope is continuing to evolve and grow.
      Apr 16
  • New wkn5x8w
    Yeah you suck dude /s
    Apr 16 0
  • eBay fgsa2d
    What’s the political climate of the company? Have others been scapegoated in the past?
    Apr 16 2
    • New / Eng pFaT50
      OP
      No one has been publicly labeled as "causing X to fail" and have been thrown under the bus. However, when stuff has gone poorly, we have been lectured as a group for not doing better with management refusing to share any of the onus.
      Apr 16
    • New / Eng pFaT50
      OP
      Hey fgsa2d, so starting today I now have an example of someone being targeted for firing. He said something that made an upper level manager look back, so he was summairly fired for it.
      May 13
  • Rally Health FuPayMe$$$
    Your tc bump with the promotion will be peanuts as compared to the tc bump you can get with an external offer. So what even bother? Just leetcode and get a high paying job and get happiness.
    Apr 16 2
    • Amazon eickel
      This is BS mentality. Scope!!
      Apr 16
    • Rally Health FuPayMe$$$
      ? What’s the point of scope or impact when you can get paid big time money for the same amount of work elsewhere? I work lesser hours than my previous job with the same job title and make 2x the tc.
      Apr 17
  • Oscar 🐨koala
    Sounds sketchy. I don’t know but I definitely would leetcode now.
    Apr 16 0