My First Annual Review

15 Pages Posted: 21 Oct 2008

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James G. Clawson

University of Virginia - Darden School of Business

George Duke

affiliation not provided to SSRN

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A recent MBA graduate who was student-body president and recipient of one of his business school's highest student awards finds himself in the middle of a difficult annual performance review. He reflects on what happened and how he got there.




What follows is a first-person narrative of the events leading up to Randolph Samuelsen's first annual performance review.

At 7:45 on Thursday evening, we were 2.5 hours into my first annual salary review. Salary adjustments had to be submitted to the personnel department by that Friday, and before I could receive my annual salary adjustment, my boss had to complete my annual review, so there we were the night before. We used the regular company form for the review, one of those forms produced en masse across corporate America with the usual complaint—it didn't match my specific job. The form did meet the need, however, of having written documentation in my personnel file on what I had been doing during the past year, my first, of my corporate life. Near the end of our interview, my boss said, “So, after reviewing your performance for the past 12 months, I think we should be able to give you a 5% raise for the coming year.”

I was dumbfounded. I sat there in disbelief, choosing to preserve a stoic appearance. “Five percent!” I muttered.


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Keywords: career management, human relations, diversity issues

Suggested Citation

Clawson, James G. and Duke, George, My First Annual Review. Darden Case No. UVA-PACS-0082, Available at SSRN:

James G. Clawson (Contact Author)

University of Virginia - Darden School of Business ( email )

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