Review time. I thought I was much improved over last year, my rookie year, and rated myself as such. A number of items in the review process were team goals and given the lack of information as to our performance as a group I gave us 3/5 as a team. Well, management didn’t agree and gave us 1/5 on 80% of the targets. This resulted in some rather low scores overall, and I was of course disappointed to see that my score this year was lower than last year. I was quite pissed until I saw that even one of our stellar performers got a score lower than my score from last year. And yes, raises are tied to this score, so the sarcastic bastard in me wonders if the unobtainable targets with corresponding low scores was just a means to control raises. I still like my job, but I’m really beginning to question the goals of upper management.