How to set myself up for a good performance review?

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Anonymous User at Taro Community5 days ago

I have joined this new company for little less than a year. I had interviewed for a different role but due to certain hiring constraints joined in a different team and role. The team I am in is not very technical, there's a lot of process and grind work that's part of the role. It is rather different from what I have been doing which was essentially automation of manual processes and deployment pipelines using tools and coding.

I had one review till now where I got an average rating, to me it seemed sub optimal given I put in a lot of effort to add value to the team. Some of the comments I received included that I should come up with my own ideas (this was with respect to a manual process that I automated which was lying in the backlog for over two years) and also related to some of the choices I made (manager asked if I want project A or B and I said I'm definitely interested in A).

To be honest, I feel my manager is nit picking and he also trivialized my work by making comments like anyone can code, ideas are important, etc even when no one from the team actively owned to execute the ideas.

I feel my manager doesn't particularly like me due to the above behaviors. In this situation how do I set myself up for a good performance review the next time. I would have considered quitting but I like the vibe of the company and some of the other teams are doing phenomenal work. It was hard for me to get in so even if I quit I don't want to quit without trying first.

In most of my previously held roles I became a go to person pretty quickly and got good visibility. How do I do this here?

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    Coaster @ Meta
    4 days ago

    Hi OP, new here so sharing about what works for me.

    1. Understand the performance review process, expectations of you by your manager/company
    2. A rating is a measure of your performance against the company's expectations of what a typical role at your tenure/experience can achieve
      1. If your role is expected to do this job at this level, and you did just that, that could just be meeting expectations.
      2. If what you did exceeds your manager/company's expectations of you, likely you can achieve better ratings
    3. Work backwards => understand what exceeding expectations mean/look like for your job
      1. You can find out this info by asking your manager
      2. Observing what your senior do
      3. Observing what someone who got exceeding expectations did
    4. Execute

    In your case, looks like you were hired for a non-technical role but you are executing technically => this might be a mismatch of expectations/responsibilities between you and your manager. I suspect your manager is not expecting you to spend so much time coding for your non-technical role.

    Then again, clarifying the expectations with your manager is the most direct way of finding out how to exceed it i.e what would exceeds look like?