CONTEST – Calling for Your Worst Performance Review Stories

Everyone has that horrible performance review horror story. The one where you walked into a performance review not knowing that your manager had been stockpiling all of their negative feedback only to unleash it all at once, leaving you confused and even possibly scared.

Or maybe the time that you went into a performance review with ten reasons why you deserve a raise, only to find out your manager had no idea what you were up to for the past year.

Well, we want to hear it.

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We’re asking you to dig through your repressed memories of terrible former (or current) jobs to recall your worst performance review… and then tell us all about it.

We are calling on you to submit your worst performance review story to us for a chance to win a $250 Airbnb gift certificate and a variety of other prizes.

Starting today, September 10th, we want you to submit a blurb about your worst performance review to be reviewed by our expert panel of HR-pro judges.

Meet the Expert Judges

On our judges panel we have Jonathan Raymond, Founder and CEO of Refound, Sharlyn Lauby, Author and Publisher at HR Bartender, Steve Browne, Vice President of HR at La Rosa’s Inc., and Rachel Ernst, Head of Employee Success at Reflektive. Please find their bios at the bottom of this page.


The judges will select the best story based on the following three criteria:
– Poor emotional intelligence (feedback is not timely or delivered in a poor tone)
– Poor process and execution (company didn’t have performance management program)
– Poor communication (feedback is too vague or biased)

How to Enter

There are a few ways to submit an entry:

Tweet and tag us in your story and use the hashtag #MyWorstPerformanceReview.
Post on Instagram, tag us @reflektive, and use the hashtag #MyWorstPerformanceReview.
Submit a private form and tell us your story, but be sure to be concise.

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Note: for social media submissions, it is acceptable to write your story on a note in the note app and take a screenshot and post a picture of the screenshot – just be sure to tag us and add the hashtag, #MyWorstPerformanceReview

All entries are due by September 26th at 11:59 p.m. PT.

The grand prize winner will be announced on October 1st at 10 a.m. PT.

Legal terms apply. By submitting an entry, you agree to our rules and regulations. Please find our rules and regulations here.

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Our HR-Expert Judges Panel

Jonathan Raymond

After twenty years of not being able to decide whether he was a business development guy or a personal growth teacher, Jonathan stopped trying to figure it out. He’s the Founder and CEO at Refound, an advisory firm that helps leaders become great managers. Jonathan is the former CEO and Chief Brand Officer of EMyth, where he led the transformation of a global coaching brand and has worked in tech, clean tech, and the nonprofit world after graduating law school in 1998. He lives in Ashland, Oregon, a lovely town that’s too far away from a warm ocean.

Sharlyn Lauby

Sharlyn Lauby is an author, writer, speaker and consultant. She has been named a Top HR Digital Influencer and is best-known for her work on HR Bartender, a friendly place to talk about workplace issues. HR Bartender has been recognized as one of the Top 5 Blogs read by HR professionals by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and best business blog by the Stevie Awards. Publications such as Reuters, The New York Times, ABC News, The Wall Street Journal, and Mashable have sought out her expertise on topics related to human resources and the workplace. Sharlyn is the author of ”Manager Onboarding: 5 Steps for Setting New Leaders Up for Success” and “The Recruiter’s Handbook: A Complete Guide for Sourcing, Selecting, and Engaging the Best Talent”, which are available in the SHRM Store. Her personal goal in life is to find the best cheeseburger on the planet.

Steve Browne

Steve Browne has devoted 30+ years of his career to human resources.  He currently is the Vice President of Human Resources for LaRosa’s, Inc., a regional Pizzeria restaurant chain in Southwest Ohio with 13 locations and more than 1,200 Team Members. An active member of SHRM for more than 18 years, Steve has held several leadership roles, most recently serving as the Membership Advisory Council (MAC) representative for the North Central Region of SHRM.  Other responsibilities include Immediate-Past Ohio State Council Director for SHRM; State Conference Director for Ohio HR Conference Committee; and Past President of the Greater Cincinnati Human Resources Association. Steve is an accomplished speaker who has been featured at local, regional and national Conferences, Chambers of Commerce, HR chapters and businesses.

Rachel Ernst

Rachel Ernst is the Head of Employee Success at Reflektive. In her role, she focuses both on internal employee development, as well as building knowledge for Reflektive’s customers on change management, goal management, check-ins, real-time feedback, and employee engagement polling. Her background in HR spans across compensation, learning and development, leadership coaching, people analytics and organizational design. She is particularly passionate about evolving the performance management ecosystem to fulfill its ultimate goal of inspiring high performance through ongoing, real-time feedback.