I started out with a manager leading a couple engineering teams. Last week, I was handed performance review results and I got a good score.
Today, my manager called me in to discuss about my role. He said he wanted me to focus on the top priority project (it's the most important project to the company) and instead of leading an engineering team - I would be a sort of technical product manager. My products and engineers will be reassigned to new teams. I told him that I could handle the same work load and even took more responsibilities. However, he thinks that it's best for the company and for me to focus on one project.
I have been working in settings where I lead the teams who build things and am very hands-on from design, pipeline, and process. I was upset with this new assignment and to me it sounds like a demotion - less responsibilities and no direct reports.
Is it just me over-thinking that this is a demotion? I will have a meeting with him tomorrow to have a final decision about this, should I go with the flow and accept the new roles? or should I insist that I can take more responsibilities and express my upset?
Added The business impact of this new assignment is huge. I will oversee engineering efforts across multiple teams. However, these engineers will report to their managers and this is just different from my experience.