Love team, hate project

Google SrNa64
Jul 19 12 Comments

Hey y'all,

Transferred in Q1 2019 to a new team, as my old team was defragged. I went for promo L3->4 last cycle and got it, mostly because my new manager went above and beyond learning about my last work and supported me through the process. My immediate teammates are all very smart, the surrounding teams are too, and I enjoy working with all of these people.

But, I'm really not enjoying the work I'm doing. I came from a new and not well established team where we got to invent and design everything ourselves, and I moved into one of the oldest orgs that has constant issues with tech debt.

I don't feel like I'm learning or growing as an engineer. Most of the day to day complexity comes from legacy or people issues, but I don't have the resources to replace the things causing the main issues.

As of right now, I plan on talking to my manager about the situation and seeing if there are any sister teams that do things more along the lines that I'm looking for, and at worst finding another transfer in the beginning of next year.

What would you do in this situation? Is there anything I could be doing in the meantime to improve this?

TC: 300k


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TOP 12 Comments
  • Uber uZ9mM
    You basically have two choices at Google: manage people issues and tech debt, or deal with the fact that your new thing probably won’t gain any traction. If you don’t like either option, you should look for opportunities outside Google.
    Jul 19 4
    • Google bhenstoke
      There's a third option - keep changing teams every 2-3 years and moving to newly established teams in areas that are bound to launch. Just need good perf scores.
      Jul 19
    • Uber uZ9mM
      Not so much these days.
      Jul 19
    • Amazon / Eng batou
      being bound to launch != gaining traction
      Jul 19
    • Amazon / Eng batou
      i am also curious if Google have that many new products being bound to launch.
      Jul 19
  • Google lGlb76
    Looking back, do you have any tips for avoiding teams like that?

    With regards to improving your situation - can you find something new to do that somehow fits in the group’s purview? Or maybe upgrade some of your old stack to something you’re interested in learning?
    Jul 19 2
    • Amazon / Eng batou
      I assume at Google improving old stack and fixing tech debt do NOT lead to promotion.
      Jul 19
    • Google lGlb76
      If it’s just a rewrite, it’s harder, if it substantially improves metrics in terms of performance, etc - it does make things easier
      Jul 19
  • Zillow Group ;|
    Marry your team, kill the project
    Jul 19 0
  • E*Trade / Finance cbEV72
    Prima Donna employee
    Jul 19 0
  • Adobe


    Intuit, Autodesk
    Keep a left Sucker
    Jul 19 0
  • Apple / Eng Ludacris
    Fix the tech debt
    Jul 19 0


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