Formal review process

This is the review process for the Mid-Year and Winter (formal) Performance Reviews. Note: calibration will differ between Mid-Year and Winter. See Timeline for detailed instructions.

Confirm level expectations for roles are up to date

If any level descriptions need to be updated or written, Managers complete them before the review cycle begins.

Manager training

Before each review cycle, Managers read the performance review chapter in High Output Management. Managers will be invited to attend Manager Training on Performance Management at Mattermost at the beginning of the Annual Performance Review cycle. If you don't have a copy, use this form to request a copy.

Feedback panel requests

All FT staff partcipating in the review cycle will receive a notification via email as well as a task in your Culture Amp inbox inviting you to nominate peers for feedback. To get started, click complete nominations from the task and search for the peers you'd like to nominate. (Note that Culture Amp pulls its information directly from BambooHR, so legal names will appear in Culture Amp. If you can't find a peer, please reach out to [email protected]). Confirm nominations by selecting send nominations. We recommend selecting 3-6 peers who can effectively provide feedback on achievements and performance over the past 6 months. Peer nomination selections will be sent to your manager to be finalized. More information on peer nominations and deciding who to nominate is available here.
Once your direct report has completed their nominations, Managers will receive an email and a task in your Culture Amp inbox. You are able to either (a) accept your direct report's nominations and immediately send feedback requests to their peer selection, or (b) edit their nominations or add new peers for additional feedback. Depending on the role, PT Staff and community members may be solicited to provide feedback in addition to the peer panel selected in Culture Amp.To complete, select schedule requests. Your requests will be scheduled to be sent when the feedback stage starts. Managers may return to this page to send more requests up until the end of the feedback stage. More information for managers on selecting peer panels is available here.
Prior to selecting peer panels and writing performance reviews for their direct reports, managers should take the Culture Amp training available here.

Peer feedback

Staff who have received peer feedback requests will receive an email and a task in their Culture Amp inbox. To complete the request, click give feedback. Peers may decline the request based on bandwidth (more than 5 peer feedback requests), if they have give feedback in the previous review cycle and feel that their feedback would be duplicative, or if they don't have feedback to share.

Self reflection

Full-time staff will receive an email via Culture Amp to complete their self-assessment. To get started, log in to Culture Amp and navigate to your task list where you'll find a request to complete your self-reflection. Once your self-reflection has been submitted, managers are able to make comments directly in your self-reflection document. Prior to writing their self-reflections, full-time staff should take the Culture Amp training available here.

Performance Review

Once self-reviews and peer feedback have been completed, Managers will receive a notification from Culture Amp inviting them to write the performance reviews. Managers will read all feedback from the peer panel and self-assessment, and will incorporate their feedback based on their own performance expectations of this role.
When the review is complete, Managers will not share the reviews with their reports until calibration has been completed and any changes have been approved. HR will turn on "sharing" after all results have been finalized. Managers will then share the reviews with their direct reports accordingly. Note: It's helpful to share the review ahead of the 1:1 meeting to allow for time to read and digest feedback.


All people Managers within the same department or other group that the Team MLT indicates will participate in calibrations.
Managers will share their review expectation ratings (meets, exceeds, does not meet), any recommendations for a level change and/or a promotion, in the performance review for each of their reports. This recommendation is not shared with reports. HR will prepare calibration reports for each department/team and will share the report with the calibration group ahead of the meeting. During the meeting, Managers share feedback on any performance metric and apply high standards in evaluation against the criteria for staff members' role and level.

Compensation review and change memos

All compensation changes require approval of the VP of Finance & Operations and the CEO. CTO approval is required ahead of CEO approval for all Engineering compensation changes.
  1. 1.
    HR will review compensation data with each Team MLT 1:1, asynchronously.
  2. 2.
    HR, Team MLT, and required comp approvers meet to discuss, with email approval to follow and finalize with all attendees CC'd.
  3. 3.
    HR will send compensation change memos to each individual upon confirmation that the compensation news has been shared.

Review discussion

Using your direct report's peer feedback and self assessment, deliver feedback with tangible and thoughtful feedback. This includes: accompolishments, areas of strength and opportunity for growth, and your evaluation of how your direct performance either meets, exceeds, or does not meet your expectations. If performance does not meet your expectations there will be a plan to improve performance, this may be informal or formal.