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I'm facing a dilemma. Here is my situation.

  • I have been working in my current team for 2+ years. And it is very likely that I'll be promoted mid 2021 if I stay in my current team.
  • There is an opportunity for me to transfer internally to a very similar role in a better team (that team is the company's star team, and the team is in a better geographic location). But the downside is I may not be promoted if I transfer.

I'm working in a technical role in an internet company.

My question is, from the career development point of view, will a quick promotion weight heavier than working in a better team?

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    We can't tell you what you should do. Do what you think is best for you. – joeqwerty Jan 22 at 4:01
  • Why is it a better team? Better looking, better pay? – Kilisi Jan 22 at 4:27
  • @joeqwerty Good point. I have rephrased the question. – Emma Jan 22 at 4:29
  • from the career development point of view, will a quick promotion weight heavier than working in a better team? - Weigh heavier in what sense? Are you asking which is better for your career? Are you asking which is better at your current company? Again, I don't think this is a question we can answer. What will you tell potential employers? "I moved to a better team." How will they attach meaning and value to that statement? How will they gauge your suitability from that statement? – joeqwerty Jan 22 at 4:33
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    If you will be paid more in the new team, that is a promotion. Titles are totally meaningless, especially if this is software – Fattie Jan 22 at 18:01
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Higher job responsibilities are generally better for your career, not membership of a particular team. Once outside the company no one cares what team you were in usually.

It's the tasks and responsibilities that you will be showcasing on a CV.

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"I was promoted" conveys information that people understand. It implies increased responsibilities and capability.

"I moved to a better team" conveys no useful information. It is a meaningless statement.

So if you're asking which is better for your career, my opinion is that the promotion is better.

Moving to a better team doesn't tell anybody anything meaningful about your ability or your potential.

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