It is totally useless for the worker of Sci Games. It seems to me that it is imposed only to put pressure on those who think that the performance has some importance. My colleague was a brilliant worker and he was laid off anyway. I tried to do my best and be one of the top performers and yet I was laid off, too. As far as I know, some of the people who stayed were among the worst performers. What's the logic here?
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A lot of what goes into layoff decisions are outside of an employee's immediate control. The Q4 2016 layoffs, for instance, were entirely budget based: VPs were given budget numbers they had to cut and many high-performers/high-earners were cut to meet those budgets as it saved more money while retaining headcount. You could also get cut simply because your hard work isn't visible enough to (or is ignored by) the people making the decisions (though the company will end up suffering because of it) or because your department is (justly or unjustly) valued lower than another. Performance reviews likely play little-to-no role in the decision to keep you unless you look at them as an indicator of whether your manager is willing to fight to keep you.
In regards to performance reviews in general, I disagree with the poster below me who said they are all meaningless, although I will agree that it depends on whether you have a good manager. I personally have had 2 managers who recognized my hard work, gave me good reviews, and rewarded me with good raises and bonuses. But I also had a manager who didn't care: he just filled out the forms, gave the standard 2.5% increase every year and spread all the bonus budget evenly across the department or gave more to his favorites. Hope this helps.
Learn grasshopper: HR exists to protect the company from employees, not the other way around. Performance reviews are meaningless, as you have discovered the hard way. What matters is does the boss like you - in the end that separates those who get promoted vs those who get laid off. Sad reality.
Were these recent layoffs?
gotta get that 2.5pct for the two yrs!
To below poster: what was your department where you claim you were one of the top performers?