Have you ever received an excellent performance review without a raise or bonus?

I received my performance review and my performance was excellent for 2020. I’m supposed to receive a $20k bonus, but there was no mention of it during my review. In addition, I wasn’t even given a raise despite working 60-70 hours a week and that’s not an exaggeration. My manager knows that if I were to leave, she’d need to hire two people. Is this how performance reviews typically work? My responsibilities have increased, but my pay isn’t.

5 Answers

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Yes that's typically how it goes.  They give you a 5 cent raise then the cost of gas goes up $100 per gallon.  Sometimes they tell you you're getting a 20k bonus to dangle the carrot of slave labor in front of you but count on you forgetting they said that by the time performance reviews roll around.  I'm just surprised they didn't decrease your pay and increase your hours.  

    Performance reviews are dumb and can actually decrease morale.  YOU ALL SUCKED!!  THE END.  Now get back to work and stop expecting 20k bonuses.

  • Judy
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    nothing about 2020 is typical.

  • n2mama
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Yes, because while I performed at a very high level, the company overall did not achieve the performance success they expected, so nobody got bonuses or raises. And yes, it sucks. Now, when you say you were supposed to receive a 20k bonus, what is your basis for that statement? Is it a performance bonus that you would receive based on hitting sales numbers or something similar? Is it a percentage of your base salary that you were told (in writing) you would be receiving, and was that based on company performance at all? For me, I have a base salary and a bonus program (that was spelled out in my employment offer, and every year my annual performance review includes a statement of my pay increase and bonus rate), but that bonus payment is always dependent on company performance. Due to Covid, we were all told in the middle of the year last year that we should expect no more than half of our bonus payout, and that only if the company as a whole hit specific goals. I’d say if you have any written statements from your boss or someone else in authority regarding your bonus, you should absolutely ask about it and see what you are told. And if you are really upset, you are welcome to seek other employment, but I’d make sure you had something else lined up before leaving this position.

  • 1 month ago

    Many companies don't tie the performance review cycle to the increase cycle.

    Additionally, it's 2020 = you may be in a field that you are lucky to have a job, we don't know.

    Nor do we know if working 60+ hours a week means you aren't working "smart".

    These are all things that you should talk to your manager about.

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  • Alex
    Lv 6
    1 month ago

    Yes.  Performance review is always done by the manager.  Raises and bonuses are usually decided by the highest levels of management.  It usually is not up to the manager.

    Now, I would certainly ask about it.  The manager may or may not get to decide your raise and bonus, but can certainly ask senior management and find out what is going on with it.

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