Got mine in a couple of days. Aiming for a solid average like usual. Just finished my self-review document piece of shit. Made myself sound like some sort of hero of the modern age with a few light self-critiques. Didn’t mention DiS. Made sure my negatives were things I couldn’t do anything about or things that aren’t really applicable so it’s easy to show improvements for next time around. Gonna go into that meeting like it’s court and argue up every single point they throw at me (unless there are positive ones).
We use a weird system every 6 months where we pick 3 colleagues and they have to rate us from 1-10 against our company values. Utterly terrifying, gimme a shitty MS Word ‘grid of fluffy bullshit’ any day.
Yeah, pretty much, and on the whole they’re meaningless in the sense that people have already made a mental hierarchy of everyone regardless.
HOWEVER, should shit hit the fan, it’s often the only record of performance. So whatever else happens, I fight shit in reviews as it’s an official document and I want that shit to make me sound better than I am, just in case.
I remember the first annual review I ever had, I naïvely believed them when they said it was also the time to give appropriate feedback to your boss.
While I gave the incredibly mild, sanitised, and very diplomatic feedback I’d carefully thought out, my boss started leaning farther and farther back in her seat until she was literally looking down her nose at me.
“Since Safebruv’s previous appraisal, Safebruv has been recognised for his achievements and promoted to Senior Business Analyst. This is credit to the input Safebruv has on such a variety of projects. There have been many ever-changing priorities over the past twelve months, and we will no doubt continue to challenge Safebruv by moving the Business priorities. This makes it very difficult to set meaningful objectives, but the objectives set within this appraisal are relevant for the next 3-6 months.
Safebruv continues to have an excellent relationship with clients and colleagues, which means he constantly contributes a lot to the development of the group”
My boss is leaving so didn’t really care too much about it and it was along the lines of “you’re great, doing such a good job, we rely on you heavily, keep doing what you’re doing…but we can’t give you a bonus or a pay rise”
Ours is quite confusing cause you have to give a % of achievement. It confuses a lot of people because there is no upper limit to it…no 100% is not the top percentage.