I am a software developer for a team that I have been in for many years. I like the job well enough (most days) and am highly-respected, but the current management is very poor and I'm not being utilized very well.
Another team came forward earlier this year to me to offer me a position. Since then we have talked and I interviewed with the team and I was received enthusiastically. I am just waiting on the offer letter from the other position, which should be forthcoming in the next week or so, although this process has been several months coming now (actually, pre-COVID-19 problems here in the US).
However, today there was an email that due to COVID-19 they are cutting back the matching on our retirement accounts and are offering employee buyouts, presumably to avoid layoffs, although that remains to be seen.
Is it a good idea when there may be layoffs coming to jump to a new team, or should I just stay put where I am and miss the opportunity? My management in the current team would be happy (or even relieved) if I don't go, but I probably won't get another opportunity to join the other team. I certainly don't want to be the newbie if they start bumping people.
Perhaps I should clarify a bit: my company is a very large player in the regional healthcare industry. I'm in IT as the sole developer for a technical team that serves its whole larger work unit, and I'd be transitioning to the information security team where I would still be the sole developer. Both teams are well-situated in importance to the organization, but the team I am on will really feel the loss if I go. The security team has been doing fine without a developer but has plans for expansion that can use my skills.
I feel like I am well-regarded in the organization, and been told by the head of a third IT business unit that if I never need a lifeline to give him a call, but I don't want to test the possibility of being the long-term, highly-compensated guy with a target on his back and want to plan accordingly.
My biggest worries are security of my job, of course, but also my current management knows I am deathly bored so that might play into their decision-making. I am also afraid I simply may not like security. I might as well throw in that work-life balance is pretty good on the current team; we're 100% work from home, and the commute to the office to work in security is a bear.