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Proudly Serving My Corporate Masters: The One Where I Got a Bad Review September 22, 2006

Posted by Hank Wallace in Career.

Adam Barr writes about getting a bad review while working at Microsoft. I suspect that many bad reviews are primarily due to bad communication and/or incorrect expectations. He includes a short list of changes at Microsoft that help to prevent this in the future.

The key points in my view are:

  1. Be aware of your goals and perceived performance against those goals.
  2. Have regular one-on-one discussions with your manager about your career plans. 
  3. Have a review process that is understood. There are few things as frustrating as a review where the employee and manager perceptions differ.

Overall, these things help to remove surprises from reviews.


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