Once, during previous employment, our scoring of performance categories was measured 1 to 5. 5 being the best, 1 the worst. This "new" performance review was instituted after I had been there about 10 years. Plenty of time to know your boss, and others.
The top managers were asked to do their own evaluation. My boss told me that he rated hinself at 59, out of a possible 60. He gave me a 33. He asked me what did I think about his score. My thought was to tell him that only the Almighty is a 60 and that he is very close to Godliness. And that it appears that I'm half the employee he was, which we also know is bull****. Actually, I thought that in the 30's was good because it reflected half satisfactory and a lot on above average. Room for improvement, you might say. I did my 7 Inspectors and gave them higher 30's than I received.
The tendency to react was overwhelming. I just laughed and said "That's pretty good". He said that he would have had a 60 if he followed through on his tasks".
The average company score ended being a 45-55 range, indicated that my department was way below par. Well, nothing could have farther from the truth. I took Management to task for Managers inflating their employees scores to look good. Again, my experience there also told me which departments deserved better. The following year that system of reviews was scrapped as it was being abused.
Finally, in a few years, this Manager with the 60, was promoted to General Manager and he promoted me to QA Manager, the position he vacated. Did I plan it that way? No. But, something told me to not project my feelings in a vociferous manner lest I be deemed "unpromotable". I spent 19 years there and finally had enough. My subsequent supervisors were all 60's in their minds, too. But not to their
supervisors. Brutal, isn't it?