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Am I At Risk For A PIP?

The most obvious way to identify if you’re at risk for a PIP is if you’ve received poor ratings in prior performance review cycles. But this is a lagging indicator, so it may be too late to do anything at this point. Ideally, we’d like a leading indicator so you can take steps to avoid a PIP by discovering the warning signs early enough. 

The best leading indicators are: 

  • Check-in with your peers and managers and get feedback
  • Compare markers of progress: code output, design docs, and updates on tickets of projects. 

On the topics of ratings, you should understand the breakdown of what percent of employees get each rating. Companies may not reveal this info directly, so you can ask your manager or look up internal documentation.

If your manager and teammates start ignoring you or removing your scope, that’s an unhealthy sign.