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February 16, 2010
Some Give Performance Review System D or F, but More Give an A

HR and compensation professionals are more likely to grade their performance appraisal system with an A or B than with a D or F, according to a poll by and

The online survey asked respondents to grade their performance appraisal system. While more than half of respondents gave the top two grades, a sizeable portion (29 percent) did give the lowest two grades. In fact, the second most common grade was a D. Here’s how respondents graded their systems:

  • A (38 percent)
  • B (14 percent)
  • C (19 percent)
  • D (22 percent)
  • F (7 percent)

The survey included 150 respondents.

A previous poll on and found that the vast majority of employers that have adopted some form of a 360-degree review said it is working great. A 360-degree review involves getting feedback about an employee from multiple sources, including supervisors, peers, subordinates, and sometimes even clients.

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