Hmm. I have mixed views about this one. Basically you're being handed a turd and you're expected to polish it into a golden nugget.
Now, maybe that's an opportunity to quickly go from "data entry clerk" to "business transformation guru".
On the other hand, maybe it's setting you up as cannon fodder.
Let's look at the red flags:
1. It was stressed to me that everything is behind. Nice... no pressure then!
2. The team is having difficulties working together. Awesome, just what you want, a sh1tty team that has behavioral issues!
3. I was told that it is expected of me to undo the past damage, get the team working together again and catch us all up to speed. And all with a smile on your face too - would you like fries with that, sir!
4. The actual manager of this dept. is extremely busy with other tasks in the company, that the actual management of the department will fall on me. Yeah, that's right. All down to you, matey. The boss is busy, uh, distancing himself from this mess.
5. I'll be working in an entirely new department. Lovely, fresh cannon fodder. In comes the scapegoat, out goes the scapegoat.
Now, some people can go in and give such a team a hard kick up the ass and get it sorted out. But you're junior, man. Do you really want all that grief? It is an opportunity in many ways... but it's also a fast-track to potentially finding yourself being positioned as a scapegoat and then hung out to dry after a year of being at the top of an underperforming team.
My advice is:
- If you're planning to move on after 2 years anyway, then take the opportunity and at the very least you'll end up with an interesting story for your CV.
- If you want a long-term career at the company (if such a thing exists anymore), then it would be less risky to pass over this one and wait for an opportunity that doesn't have quite so many red flags against it.