4 thoughts on “Share Your Story: Bad Talent Conversations

  1. Anne Whitaker says:

    For anyone who has had this experience, and does have a “good story”, it is still something that is very sensitive. How would you protect the confidentiality of the people sharing such stories?
    Thank you – Anne

  2. Anne Whitaker says:

    For anyone who has had this experience, and does have a “good story”, it is still something that is very sensitive. How would you protect the confidentiality of the people sharing such stories?
    Thank you – Anne

  3. Sam says:

    The worst one I’ve ever had was two years ago. I rose through the ranks at my job, fairly quickly. I helped develop processes and standards for the company, I loved it! I felt appreciated and valued, I felt as though I had stock in the company. That year, I busted my butt every day, trying to make up for a manager with the “senioritus” mentality. I was told by the director that I was an excellent asset to our team and that he didn’t know what they would do without me. Then, this yearly review happened.
    The worst part wasn’t the fact that the manager, I spent the whole year covering for, gave me a stellar average rating of a 3.3 of 5, the generic one sentence comments for my performance, or the 10 cent, slap in the face, raise. It was the genuine surprise on the directors face during the meeting.
    The process for reviews at our company requires all reviews to go through the direct hiring manager, the director, then the district manager, before going to HR for approval. My director looked like he had no idea what was on my review!
    He added two sentences to my review, “Thank you for a great year. I hope next year is even better.”
    It’s one thing to get a terrible review from manager who is sub-par but to have a person, who claims to recognize your talent, not even bother to pay attention to your yearly review. I’ve never felt more undervalued and discouraged in my entire work history.

  4. Sam says:

    The worst one I’ve ever had was two years ago. I rose through the ranks at my job, fairly quickly. I helped develop processes and standards for the company, I loved it! I felt appreciated and valued, I felt as though I had stock in the company. That year, I busted my butt every day, trying to make up for a manager with the “senioritus” mentality. I was told by the director that I was an excellent asset to our team and that he didn’t know what they would do without me. Then, this yearly review happened.
    The worst part wasn’t the fact that the manager, I spent the whole year covering for, gave me a stellar average rating of a 3.3 of 5, the generic one sentence comments for my performance, or the 10 cent, slap in the face, raise. It was the genuine surprise on the directors face during the meeting.
    The process for reviews at our company requires all reviews to go through the direct hiring manager, the director, then the district manager, before going to HR for approval. My director looked like he had no idea what was on my review!
    He added two sentences to my review, “Thank you for a great year. I hope next year is even better.”
    It’s one thing to get a terrible review from manager who is sub-par but to have a person, who claims to recognize your talent, not even bother to pay attention to your yearly review. I’ve never felt more undervalued and discouraged in my entire work history.

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