Annual performance reviews



  • Man I hate them. I've noticed over the years that managers will only remember things from about the last 2-4 weeks. So if you do a great job in the last month, you're golden. Have a great year except for the last couple weeks and you're toast. This was a good year.

    But a CEO once told the entire company an All-Hands, and said it best for me: "I've had a lot of questions about why we don't do annual reviews anymore. Can anyone guess why?"

    Someone raises their hand in the back, and you can faintly hear a simple question... "because they're stupid?"

    CEO: "EXACTLY!!! Because they are stupid. They cost the company a lot of time in down time from people not working on their daily tasks, and the metrics have shown us they don't provide much benefit, if any. So, we will not be doing these ever again while I'm in charge, because performance reviews are stupid."

    This was the same person who would tell you at every weekly meeting if you were exceeding or falling short, without you asking for feedback. Pretty brash about it too, "You know I gotta say, you're doing just a terrible job. How are you going to fix that?" or "You're really exceeding, keep doing exactly what you're doing."


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    Sounds like your CEO has it together. Nice to hear for a change.



  • @scottalanmiller said in Annual performance reviews:

    Sounds like your CEO has it together. Nice to hear for a change.

    I don't work there anymore, unfortunately. There were company wide lay-offs (ironically) because of a carrier deal that went sideways. Now I go through performance reviews with 2 peers, plus a manager, plus a self-review... so essentially there are 4 people to one review, and it comes out to ~2 hours.


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    @BBigford said in Annual performance reviews:

    @scottalanmiller said in Annual performance reviews:

    Sounds like your CEO has it together. Nice to hear for a change.

    I don't work there anymore, unfortunately. There were company wide lay-offs (ironically) because of a carrier deal that went sideways. Now I go through performance reviews with 2 peers, plus a manager, plus a self-review... so essentially there are 4 people to one review, and it comes out to ~2 hours.

    Oh, that's too bad. Sounds like he had his stuff together, in that one regard anyway.



  • Yes, annual reviews just take time and effort. I used to them as a manager and will take 2 or 3 hours for a group of 6 evaluating their goals, progression etc.


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