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Asked by Sandy on May 11, 2018

What does a typical performance review entail for entry-level positions? Are these common at this level in large companies, and if so how often do they occur? Should I be trying to build support among my colleagues for a good review, or will it just be between me and my boss?

Answered by Amber, Hiring Expert at DuPont, on May 11, 2018

Most large companies conduct performance reviews with all employees. Typically, this entails a process of setting goals with your manager and tracking progress throughout the year. Performance programs differ among companies. Some perform “360 evaluations” which include feedback from not only your manager, but also colleagues and internal customers. You should have a conversation with your manager to discuss what expectations are set for your role and how to track progress. This open dialogue will be imperative for your growth and success. Good luck!

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Answered by Natesa, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., on May 14, 2018

Great question! The performance review process can be different depending on the organization, but at their core, all performance review processes are the same. They all have the same purpose – to determine the performance of an employee. Building rapport with your colleagues is important to success, regardless of whether they have any input on your performance review. If you focus on your work, and perform well, your manager will notice. Like Amber mentioned above, some companies perform “360 evaluations.” However, at some companies, managers will simply conduct one on one meetings with their direct reports. Typically, we see these conversations occur either yearly or twice a year. At Textron, we utilize continuous performance conversations. We encourage our employees and managers to provide two-way feedback throughout the year, not only during these structured times. Hope this helps!

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