Lateral move with more workload

Morgan Stanley martha01
Feb 6 11 Comments

I currently work in a small team as the unofficial tech lead and have been offered to do a lateral move to a tech lead/engineering manager hybrid role. This new role does not come with better TC, but has it's load of downsides. For example, rotation for on-call and lesser dev workflows.

I am afraid on missing out and being stuck at my current level if I do not accept this opportunity even though I like what I am doing right now.

I see myself doing one of three things:
1. Move on to the next team and let my manager know that I expect significant TC upgrade if I fill out the shoes properly.
2. Move on to the next team and not share my expectations in terms of TC in fear of sounding cocky.
3. Stay where I am and wait for a future opportunity.

From your experience, what should I do.

TC 193k 3 yoe

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  • Amazon / Mgmt KYuG83
    You can afford to wait.

    Trust me — in the new role you will reach those points where you are working off <5 hrs of sleep multiple nights in a row, cancelling dates with your s/o, falling behind on the hobbies you love, calling your mom less, and spending more of the same amount of money on stuff you don’t need to destress.

    Today’s cult work mentality is good at persuading people to work more for the same or less money than you could get elsewhere, by convincing you you have to do it for your career and that your career is #1. Both are myths to exploit labor of you. You should only go to the new team if you are going to love the work you do on it, simple as that. Otherwise, wait. There will be many other opportunities.
    Feb 6 4
    • Morgan Stanley martha01
      OP
      You seem like a good manager. Let me know if you need people on your team. It might come in handy if my decision ends up with significant negative effects ;)
      Feb 6
    • Amazon / Mgmt KYuG83
      Sure, PM me if you are interested in great SDE opportunities in AWS
      Feb 6
    • T-Mobile r5k2jda4
      Taking on a management role is a huge change and the stress and mindset is on another level. You gotta love people and developing them. It is a huge drastic mental shift - many times you will ask yourself why did I do this?
      Feb 6
    • Microsoft noru
      Great answer. Keep helping ppl like this.. 😊
      Feb 6
  • Amazon cLce71
    Move. You don't want to stagnate.
    Feb 6 0
  • MathWorks CHop75
    I think you are missing option 4 - start interviewing at other companies.
    Feb 6 2
    • Morgan Stanley martha01
      OP
      Because my TC is too low I presume?
      Feb 6
    • MathWorks CHop75
      No, because I think you are in a good position to move.
      Feb 6
  • Morgan Stanley martha01
    OP
    I have decided to pass on the opportunity. I told my current manager about my concern for the current team if I leave and will get an official title for staying in my role. Thanks for your replies.
    Feb 7 0
  • Capital One / Other debrew
    Move, make it clear you expect to be compensated for it in the next cycle, and bail if they don't pony up.
    Feb 6 0