At my old company, where I worked for many, many years, I wasn’t learning anything new. On my new team, I feel like a junior engineer since everything is new. Because of this, I don’t feel like I’m being taken seriously, even my engineers more junior than me.
I'm trying to stay positive throughout this learning process but would obviously like to build up respect among my team as quickly as possible to start feeling like a heavily valued voice in the room. Any advice on how to do that?
For a very in-depth example of how to onboard and earn respect quickly as a senior engineer, check out my Meta -> Robinhood onboarding case study: [Case Study] Becoming A Tech Lead Again In Just 1 Month After Joining Robinhood From Meta
At a big company like Facebook, one powerful thing I saw from new senior engineers was the ability to complement the knowledge of the existing engineers on the team.
Internal tooling at Facebook is constantly changing, so there's a very good chance that the existing engineers are using some old workflow. Could you dive deep into the jellyfish (
jf) CLI, or some testing framework, and make a post about it? Or offer it as an improvement when you review other people's code?
By creating value. It doesn't have to be technical strength.
Meta emphasizes concepts like "influence without authority" and "judging the idea by its merit instead of the level of the person behind it". What's less likely to happen in Meta:
What's more likely to be useful for you:
How you help someone else make a bigger impact can come in many different ways. You can apply your technical strength to solve problems that block others. You can use your business sense or product sense to identify better opportunities for others to work on. You can build tooling to enable others to work more efficiently. You can build alignment with XFN to unblock the launch that is currently blocking others.
In my last team at Facebook, I think it was two things. I was good at identifying opportunities and creating scopes for others. When people in my team worried about not having enough scope to deliver impact I helped them with ideas. I was a good listener to provide emotional support. When they felt bad and needed someone to whine and rant they came to me.