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December 04, 2008


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Andy @ Retire at 40

Wow, I'm the same, I think those performance reviews are just a waste of time. It's probably better if you just walk in to a room, state how much you want more, argue a little and walk out again!

Luckily for me, I usually use my yearly review not to describe how I have grown as an employee but to ask how I have grown as a person. I usually get positive comments so that makes me happy.

Retired Syd

Now there's a way to make lemonade out of lemons!


I'm with you... I do not miss my annual performance review even though it was always positive. Why? It took time away from my other work which was never ending. For one thing, I was busy doing reviews on my staff, which on any given year could be as many as 85 people.

Reviews can be a huge waste of time, especially those of staff you know well and who are outstanding in their positions. In my case, performance reviews (aka evaluations) were driven by the classified and certificated contracts, and the unions wield a lot of power.

Some day, I'd like to post a HUGE list of everything I don't miss about my former job, but I'm afraid I'd give myself away. I like being anonymous...Analise is my pseudonym.

Straw Cottage

You have perfectly described my feelings! It's so good to know I'm not alone. My last few reviews I just walked in and said, "Tell me where to sign" and "No, I don't want a copy." It definitely had nothing to do with my raise or lack thereof, and in healthcare at my level there are no bonuses.
My term: Annual Exercise in Futility! Thanks for a great post.


I was just wondering.

I wonder how the 2 million+ people out of jobs right now would feel about having an annual review? I bet they would just adore one.

I mean, really people?

Can you possibly be so insensitive?

Just hope and pray your money sustains you and you don't have to go looking for a job in your 50's and 60's. There are millions of people out there who don't even know where their next meal is coming, let alone a retirement account!

Retired Syd

@Alice (Alicia, Morrison, Maria, Boomie, Cinzea, Anthony), so sorry to have offended you. It was not my intent.


Thank you. All of us thank you.

Chad @ Sentient Money

I agree completely. If the review was actually used, it wouldn't be so bad. My company does make an effort to use them, but the formal part of it is basically a waste. It's the informal part of it that really matters for us.

Syd, you should be happy to know that you are giving bonuses this year. Not to yourself, but I'm sure the people at AIG, Citigroup, GM, Ford, and all the idiots who are now getting help for mortgages they couldn't afford in the first place are all really happy you and I are giving up our income to give them bonuses, parties, or to keep housing artficially inflated.

Retired Syd

@Chad: I hadn't thought about that. I don't remember getting a copy of their performance reviews this year!

Chad @ Sentient Money

I don't think they would be getting good reviews.


wow, did this ever strike a chord with me.

Loved the phrase, the "emancipation of retirement."

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