It's annual review time here, and mine was 100% all across the board. I am even pushing to change my title and make myself a Manager, and getting positive grunts from leadership.
My review was great.
My boss just had his review and it was ... not great.
They are basically going to hire someone from outside to come into a Director-level position over my boss, give the "interesting" work to the new guy, and leave my boss with the shitty day-to-day gruntwork crap that has been bogging him down and making it impossible for him to get higher level work done.
They pile every little manual task on him, with an IMMEDIATE: RUSH urgency on it, and then ask why he hasn't achieved on his longer-term, higher-level goals.
Now, there is a teeeny-tiny possibility that what they are saying is that they need to create the new position, pretend to interview people for it, and then promote him into the job.... but that is not the "read" he got from his review.
Now he is dejected and updating his LinkedIn profile.
And I may lose the best boss I've ever had.
that is a serious bummer. Sorry to hear it.
I am living this (in a sense) at my new job. Luckily - it's not management that is doing it... it's a douchey, tight t-shirt wearing ass-clown in the "Customer Success" department who loves to throw my Technical Operations team under the bus. I take it on the chin, muddle through, and try to stay at a strategic altitude despite his attempts to drag me into the mud.
It's difficult to fly at two elevations simultaneously.
Does the review process include a 360 component that allows you to give feedback on your boss? Is there an avenue where you could go to bat for him and say things about the work that is bogging him down and making it impossible for him to get higher level work done?
Sorry man... I've been in your shoes... and I think I'm at least in half of his shoe now.