I can give you whatever rating I feel like and I don’t have to explain myself.

This was the feedback that I got from my boss when he rated me. He said that he didn't have to provide any details and proceeded with a very vague commentary regarding people are saying this and that. So I'm giving you a pass rating. I was positive and did not react the negativity of his feedback but I added that it is difficult to improve my performance if I don't know what I've done that is not optimal. He got upset and reiterated what he said.


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Breathe in - Breathe out - Move on

Don't push him. Doing those reviews obviously causes him stress.
He gave you a good rating and clearly said he doesn't want to give you more.

You should keep your career document and resume ready and your eyes open for another job.

In the meantime ... set you own goals.
Watch his subtle cues for what he likes and doesn't like. Listen carefully to whatever he does say.

You will have to get the feedback just like Sherlock Holmes does - watch his details, not waiting his overt expressions.

Smile and be the best employee possible.

Who knows, one day he may come back to you and give you the feedback you are hoping for.

Just give him space.

There are some nuggets to find in the PodCasts here -- just don't push him into anything :

Good Luck


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Having given feedback multiple times based on statements from others I am curious about one thing: when he said, "people are saying this and that" it is not well delivered, but it makes me wonder how strong your peer elationships are. This is complete conjecture, but maybe there is something hidden there???

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If that's really the tone of what your boss said to you in your review, then it sounds to me like he doesn't understand the types of communication his position requires. What use is "rating X" on a review without explanation -- to you or to the organization?

To you, the lack of explanation and detail doesn't tell you what to do more and less of. To the organization, it doesn't provide any sense of your strengths, weaknesses, performance, or potential.

Based only on this post, I might suggest that it's time for you to take a look around. How are your relationships with your boss, your peers, and others within the organization? How well do you like your position? How well are you really performing? Where do you want to be in a couple of years?

You may come out of that with some ideas about what to do next in your current position... or you might decide that somewhere else might be a better environment for you.