Ready to Use Performance Review Phrases

Performance reviews are an essential task for any company in this day and age. Regular employee evaluation is the only way to ensure that not only are you getting the most out of your employees, but that your employees are getting the most out of their experience with you, and that everyone is fully engaged within your company. As such, performance reviews are one of the best ways to keep your company machine running smoothly and eases communication from the top through every branch of your business.

Performance Review Phrases

But that does not mean that performance reviews are always easy. In a big company, you can soon find yourself conducting dozens of performance reviews on a regular basis. This can mean that the inspiration well can very quickly run dry. You can find yourself running through the same handful of performance review phrases, and ultimately unable to properly probe for true feelings or fully express the thoughts that are in your mind.

Sometimes it just takes a few ideas to get the ball rolling however, so looking at other employee evaluation examples can help spark some much-needed inspiration. Without further ado then, here is a collection of more than a hundred performance review examples that you may be able to repurpose or reuse with your own employee reviews.

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  • Feedback is always constructive.
  • Too often blames others for problems.
  • Effectively communicates expectations and goals.
  • Effectively communicates personal concerns.
  • Needs to speak up more when faced with concerns.
  • Effectively highlights problems within the company and/or solutions to fix them.
  • Is unafraid to say, “I don’t know” when confronted with a tricky question or problem.
  • Manages meetings efficiently.
  • [Does not] return[s] communications in a timely manner.
  • Able to listen as effectively as talk.
  • Needs to work on listening to others.
  • Asks insightful and probing questions.
  • Able to empathize with others and is respectful of opposing viewpoints.
  • Constantly/never talks over others in meetings.


  • Empowers his/herself as well as others around him/her.
  • Makes new employees feel welcome.
  • Recognizes potential in others, and seeks to help them reach their potential.
  • Quick to lend a hand to others in need of help.
  • Shares expertise with others, to teach as well as achieve goals.
  • Excellent example of our company culture in action.
  • Struggles when faced with activities which require a high amount of flexibility.
  • Is resistant/open to change.
  • Enthusiastic about work and working with others.
  • Greater enthusiasm is needed.
  • Handles pressure well.
  • Avoids delivering bad news when necessary or leaves that responsibility to others.
  • Is sensitive and clear when delivering bad news.
  • Finds the positive in situations where perspective is required.
  • His/her enthusiasm for the work shines through and infects others around them.
  • An excellent example of our company culture.
  • Though results are good, [employee] could stand to work on improving his/her general attitude or enthusiasm.
  • Has a tendency to blame others for problems or poor results.

Attendance and Punctuality

  • Consistently meets all/most deadlines.
  • Is punctual for work and meetings.
  • Always arrives to work prepared.
  • Is not meeting current standards for punctuality and/or attendance.
  • Needs to work on time management.
  • Respects [or fails to respect] the time of others.
  • Is utilizing time effectively.
  • Needs to utilize given time more effectively.
  • Is a reliable performer and maintains a good schedule.

Leadership/Management Ability

  • Able to bring out the best out of those in the team.
  • Has established [or needs to establish] an effective system for communication and information retrieval.
  • Provides constant coaching and guidance to employees.
  • Open to listening to employees, as well as experimenting with new management techniques.
  • Empowers others to take initiative as well.
  • Shows sound judgement in critical decision making.
  • Avoids knee jerk reactions, and collects all relevant facts before making a decision.
  • Needs to know when to step back and let the team work.
  • Sets [too] high expectations for his/her team.
  • Rarely/often gives recognition to his/her team.
  • Creates an atmosphere in which creativity and innovation is both rewarded and encouraged.
  • Too often stifles innovation and creativity.


  • Developed [program/initiative] that delivered [x] results.
  • Improved output/production by [x]%.
  • Exceeded start of year goals by [number].
  • Thoroughly plans and prepares for the unexpected.
  • Provides consistent results that clients/customers can always count on.
  • Does not understand how to deal with difficult client/customer demands.
  • Deals with difficult client/customer demands in a way that leaves everyone satisfied.
  • Will never quit until a project is finished.
  • Is falling behind coworkers when it comes to producing results.


  • Actively seeks new ideas and approaches.
  • Excited and innovative when faced with unexpected obstacles.
  • Constantly searching for different and better ways to accomplish goals.
  • Has launched creative initiatives such as [specific example].
  • Creative in finding ways to correlate ideas with action.
  • Has become a constant well of fresh ideas.
  • Needs to find more ways to take creative risks.
  • Is [un]able to find more than one way to achieve a difficult task.
  • Has proven his/herself to be an innovator at heart.
  • Has a talent for thinking outside of the box, and encouraging others to do the same.
  • Consistently provides a new angle or way of thinking about things.
  • Can too often fall into the role of “naysayer.”
  • Needs to be more resourceful in accomplishing goals and tasks.


  • Has a strong vision for the future—both personally, and company wide.
  • Develops actionable goals and plans with which to meet them.
  • Implements plans swiftly and effectively, and able to tweak them when something is not working.
  • Works to promote the company’s mission and vision.
  • Contributes to the company’s larger goals.
  • Needs to set goals that are more challenging.
  • Constantly pursues opportunities for growth and learning.
  • When making goals, should strive to aim a little higher.
  • Might benefit from reigning in goals and vision to something more achievable.
  • Needs to work on making goals that more accurately match his/her talent level.

Learning/Growth/Technical Skills

  • Exhibits excellent proficiency in [relevant skill].
  • Able to grasp difficult technical concepts and explain them to others.
  • Tackles the intricacies of the job with ease and flair.
  • Needs to work on adapting better to new systems or technologies.
  • The first person we turn to when faced with a technical problem.
  • Continually searching for ways to improve.
  • Experiments with new means to improve skills and results.
  • Rarely/often makes careless errors.
  • Practices a great deal of care with the work.
  • Has good instincts and knows when to follow them.
  • Professional growth seems to have halted.
  • Has grown a lot since hiring, but still exhibits great potential for further growth.

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