Me (Director), A(Sr Director), B(Director), CTO, CEO
We are hiring a VP of engineering, who will report to CTO and manages all 3 Directors. It’s been several months, now the rumor says VP will be promoted from within.
-[updated] CEO was recently brought in by Board, CTO was a oldtimer. I am newly hired too. The VP who hired me left the company before my start date.
- [updated] CEO doesn’t like the inefficiency in the engineering org.
- CEO likes my vision on how to change the org.
- CTO favors A. They are buddies.
- B is A’s yes man.
- CTO doesn’t like me, because I am close to CEO.
- A acts as if he is the interim boss of the engineering department, and one of my direct report sided with him.
- On the surface, we are polite to each other.
- CEO told me he will make B report to me and split the engineering org. Not many people know I have CEO’s favor. The traitor in my team didn’t know that.
- A & B & CTO are working behind my back to sabotage me, taking away my projects, muting me within the company. They don’t know CEO’s plan yet, and they want to put A on VP position.
- I have some ammunition (hard evidence) to report to HR to get A in trouble, but not enough to get him fired.
What’s the best move to maximize my chance in this power play? Should I start the explicit fight to get rid of A?
If you were me and win, will you fire B and the traitor direct report?
The company will shut down or get sold for far less than what investors paid (meaning you get nothing except if you have a deferred payment). The titles will mean diddly squat.