I have currently been working for 2 years in a 100 persons design firm. The first project i worked on (about 1 1/2 year) went well, but in my new team i am struggling to get along with the team lead.
In term of work there is no issue, I am on top of things, but this lead has a bit of an obnoxious personality where he tries to be "cool", talks a lot, try to make "jokes" all day (we work in an open space) and when one doesn't play ball with that he starts to basically bully. Beyond his snarky remarks, I can foresee that he is starting to put together a "case" against me that I am not good at communicating, which will impair my future prospect within the firm.
Because in my field teams are usually quite flexible, I am considering trying to change team before a serious spat has happen. Apparently this lead has already been flagged at HR for some issues with other people.
Do you think it is reasonable to ask for a change of team? Considering the personality of the lead, i don't believe trying to improve things within the team will work. Or is it better to stay quiet and look for a different job all together ?
EDIT: Thanks all for the answers, very appreciated.
I now feel that maybe the best course is to talk 1-on-1 with this manager at my return after the break and ask him if he would like me to leave the team and start a conversation about both our miscontents.
If he says yes it will make it more smooth (but i doubt he will do that as people leaving mid project is a hassle, he mentioned that before); if he says no its a perfect opportunity to air my grievances and express that leaving is on my mind, either within or outside the company.
It is less risky than taking action behind his back; also I will be able to write the content of that exchange as an email to him after the exchange, helping me to start a written track of the issue as I am still on top of things (we had a very smooth deadline just before the break, but if he continues to push me around, exclude me from meetings etc. I might be in a less pristine state of affair later...).