Last week I received my first annual review from my tenture at EMC Isilon and I was ecstatic with the result: Far Exceeds, the highest rating. The rating description reads:
Far exceeds goals in all areas. Has depth of knowledge, competence, and reactivity that are not often equaled. Recognized by all as an expert. Quality and timeliness of results occur despite challenging circumstances. Takes initiative. Makes challenging goals and fulfills them. – Exceptional Performance
My favorite take-away from the review write-up were these two sentences:
Even as a performance test ninja, your focus is measuring and reporting on the results, investigating, and automating. You took this to a new dimension by fixing the code yourself, getting it reviewed, and collecting compliments from development in the process.
This excerpt excites me both because it recognizes my work on that pesky TCP problem I fixed (well, Max fixed the core problem, I just identified the problem and mitigated the symptom, but still) and because it includes my “title” of Performance Test Ninja.
I will say, however, that this rating merely continues my trend of being a top performer that I started at IBM. (It’s not bragging if it’s true, right? Right?) It’s not hard to do a good job when you love what you do and the people you work with.