Worried about Q1 2023 performance cycle

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Mid-Level Software Engineer [SDE 2] at Amazon9 months ago

Since Dec 2021 to Aug 2022, My managers changed 4 times after and I got promoted from sde1 to 2. Due to multiple projects and managers, I could not take ownership as I was still in ramp up phase but manager was expecting more at the SDE2 level, pointing issues, demotivating. So I took internal transfer to a different team. I am in this new team for 3 months. 1 month - I took to even understand the basics. Manager left and new manager joined. I had to go on vacation for 15 days. I don't have metrics to show that I am performing at the SDE2 level because

  1. I didn't get design projects (design phase has already been completed by the time I joined this team).
  2. No OPS, this is a new product. There are no operational tasks. Working on beta launch.
  3. I am the last person who joined this team. I don't have anyone to become mentor since I have limited knowledge on this new team and work
  4. Have not taken interviews due to hiring freeze

Worried about Q1 performance cycle in 2023. 2022 was difficult for me to show any impact. Is there anything I can do now to not get low rating in Q1?

At this point, I am no more interested in work and just want to leave due to lack of mentorship. I have a buddy who answers questions if I ask in this team but I don't have anyone to mentor me to guide me to see what kind of projects I can work, coming up with the initiatives. I feel stuck. There are no hirings happening outside and inside the company. What can I do to proceed further?

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    Meta, Pinterest, Kosei
    9 months ago

    Has your manager indicated that you may be on course for a poor performance review in Q1? The reason I ask is that, since you've only been on the team for 3 months, you may still be considered in the "onboarding" phase and have some slack. If that's the case, I wouldn't worry too much about what you can do, just focus on having a successful 2023.

    In terms of what to do in the next few weeks, the best thing you can do is probably have a plan to be productive and impactful going forward. Share your reflections on areas for improvement with your manager, and share a doc of what you're planning to do. This will build credibility and will make it more likely you have longevity on the team.

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    Meta, Pinterest, Kosei
    9 months ago

    The question about switching teams vs continuing is the interesting one. In general, I'd say you don't want to switch teams too frequently: there's a cost to ramping up again, and doing it too frequently doesn't look good.

    My advice is to not look for a mentor to "save you". Pretend that you had no help at all and you were forced to stay on this team for the next year. How would you operate?

    Now operate that way for the next few weeks -- you'll find the quality of questions, and your level of ownership goes up, and that will lead to better performance.

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