Performance indicators / KPIs / OKRs: does your employer have them?

New b37
Jan 5 8 Comments

The least pleasant thing about my job; worse even than the low TC. The company I joined out of college was acquired by an Amazon-like corporate behemoth with a CEO who loves these things. Every employee has to set six to eight goals every half year, and meet them or risk a salary cut. You have to describe in detail how you will go about accomplishing each goal beforehand, and at the end employee and manager each have to write a paragraph on how well you did. There is also a long section where you describe how well you embody the company's values and what you plan to do in the future to further live up to them.

It is absolute, total misery -- compounded by the fact that all the small problems and opportunities to refine our operations were ironed out years ago, before this KPI-obsessed system came in.

Does your job have these? How many; how often? What do you think of them?

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  • MailChimp iejebv
    We used to not have OKRs since every time we tried them people would just game it. Then we had a great period where as long as you were not on a pip you got your full quarterly bonus. Now we're back to bullshit "SMART" goals doing arbitrary bullshit to get our quarterly bonuses and potentially promotions.

    I hate it. Why the fuck is just doing your job so bad?
    Jan 6 2
    • New b37
      OP
      We have all of that, and it's not even to get promotions or raises; it's just to keep your pay from going down. The company knows there are dozens of talented people forming a line out the door to get in so there's little incentive to do anything for existing non-management employees.
      Jan 6
    • MailChimp iejebv
      I fucking hate everything about that
      Jan 6
  • You can thank Intel/Andy Grove for OKRs. We still have them -kinda- (depends on the manager, but we have to document our goals) for performance reviews/focal/stack rankings.
    Jan 6 2
    • New b37
      OP
      My firm doesn't have stack ranking, thank God. At leas not in the sense that the lowest ranked people are fired. We do have a bell curve and people have to be at the bottom and take curs in salary and bonus. We also have huge churn in middle management so just when you're getting along great with your boss, he quits and you have to impress someone new, setting new goals.
      Jan 6
    • Same for AMD. It is lame!
      Jan 6
  • Microsoft Googler!
    It would be interesting to know which companies use or don’t use this kind of slave drivers.
    Jan 5 1
    • New b37
      OP
      I think my firm uses them as a way to prevent employees from staying too long. It's not that hard to come up with lots of goals when you're at year 1 or year 1.5; try doing it at year 16 and then at 16.5. People quit just because they've long since mastered their jobs and are out of ideas.
      Jan 5