I’ve been in my team for over a year now and I’d like to change teams. In my previous companies it took a lot (of luck) to change teams (typically would only happen when orgs restructured). I’ve heard the process in google, and tech in general, is really straight forward and I’d like to get out of my org and try a different team. Would anyone be able to provide tips or guidance on how to change teams?
Internal transfers are great! I've explored this process at both Google and Amazon and know of people who've done it at Microsoft.
Internal transfers are typically much better than external transfers for the following reasons:
Having said that, regarding your specific case, here's my thoughts and tips in no particular order:
And this is just from what I heard personally when I was looking during the 2020 headcount crunch:
Best of luck!
Thank you for your response! That’s exactly what I needed. I’m really glad to hear that there shouldn’t be any fuss from my current manager. I’ll look into the internal transfer coaches asap! Hopefully I can find a cool team soon! Thanks again!
Kuan's response is spot-on, as usual. 😊
I hope these other threads about team switching are helpful as well:
As a meta-note, something important to understand about yourself is why you want to change teams. While it seems like Google makes team switching pretty smooth (Meta is the same way), there is a cost in that you lose the trust and relationships you have built on your current team. This will generally set back your promotion at least a half or two. This is why understanding this "why" piece is so important: It will help you make that trade-off decision.
I don't know what's best here as I'm a random guy on the internet, but what I will say is that if you think switching teams will meaningfully boost your happiness and overall job fulfillment, you should 100% do it. There's no point getting promoted faster if you're unhappy.