Normally, all evaluations are done in Feb/Mar timeframe. At the end of March or the beginning of April....they are absolutely complete. We get our one, two or three percent payraise in April. Things have run this way for the past five years. Well....we got sholved into another division back in the spring of 2008. This one, which we won't name....is run by a bunch of retired Army commanders. Needless to say.....there have been issues, and this week...the eval became one.
So the management squad came up and said that the new division has a different schedule with evaulations (funny, back in spring of 2008....they never mentioned this). They do evaluations in November. Hmmm.....so eight months away?
I sat there....thinking. Now, if you were real management and just had a new group put under your management team....you'd explain all the rules and this eval business would be a big deal (at least in the top ten). But apparently, they let this problem slip.
So there is a discussion underway within the company. We won't know for another four weeks or so....but they basically have two real options: (1) make us wait another eight months on top of the previous twelve for a eval and a payraise or (2) do a eval now and one in eight months (which means probably a one-percent deal now and one-percent in eight months).
The curious thing is that they are bidding on this contract with the government right now....and might be thinking that they won't win....so they can dump everyone in November, with no pay raise.
Another interesting thing about this evaluation.....like the previous ones....we write them ourselves. Normally, it was a checked box thing....twenty checked boxes and then a score, then a payraise tied that plus-up or plus-down. However, our friendly Army management folks suddenly inserted a 20-line area and want a real written evaluation (like you'd do in the military). This naturally added four hours of time onto our schedule in figuring out twenty great lines.
As some of you know....I'm a Socrates-thinking individual. And a bit sarcastic. So I decided....to hell with evaluations. I know they won't read a line of this. So I kinda inserted the following two lines into the evaulation:
Working through various projects with Socrates-like thinking, settled issues and problems as they arose. Took the progressive attitude of letting those who would move the world, first move themselves.
If you stop and read this....and know Socrates....he spoke the second line....although in fancy Greek or Latin. I'm betting they never read a line of this, and let it go. But if you stop and read carefully....you basically see that I'm not helping a bunch of fools rush into unsound judgement. I'm standing as long as possible and waiting until their magnificent change has stalled, before I step in to fix the entire mess.
So thats my eval story....my company is not exactly the New York Yankees, and I'm dissolving Socrate's legend into myself....step by step.