Performance Review: Biggest waste of time EVER

May 19, 2007

So like most corporations we get a yearly Review. I did a simple math of how long this process takes and I decided that it probably wastes at least a week worth of time that one can be working (or in my case surfing the net). Besides this fact here are a couple of things that REALLY pissed me off.

 1. The statements used to rank do not make any sense. They are all loaded and do not apply to the junior staff. Here are some examples of the type of things that determine my appraisal and subsequent raise. “Is someone who works hard to make sure the best people stay with the company” “Is a leader in his respective field and acts as an authoritative figure” “Is someone who delegates and manages employees effectively” Now when your entry level/ junior staff these kind of stupid statements do not make sense but yet they are still used to evaluate you.

 2. What incentive does the company have to give you a good raise. I mean really the company wants to pay you as little as possible without you leaving. Your manager doesn’t want you to advance since your promotion or increase in pay will cut into his profits and eventually his year end bonus.

 3. Oh wow! I got 5% increase I should be really happy right? WRONG. Lets think about this the inflation rate is between 2 and 3% yearly (Current Inflation Rate ) On top of that as an experiment I had a friend apply for my position after a year of work. He was offered an increase of 7% over what I received. On top of all that, when you make so little even a 10% increase will not effect your standard of living.

 4. I spend half an hour filling my goals for next year. It was a stupid analysis based approach with even dumber “corporate speak” like outside the box. I don’t know about you but I hate going over my flaws. I know what things I do well and I know what I do poorly and I don’t need a survey to point that out. I like how they use this information to frame it as if it is you who needs to fix yourself (become a cog in their system). Why doesn’t the company think about how to best exploit your strengths and down play your weaknesses rather than try to mold every single employee into a standard that someone near the top decided is what is appropriate.

 Overall I had appraisals and I already know my flaws and feel its redundant and a waste of time. By the way my biggest flaw is that I HATE CRITISISM from people I do not respect.


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