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Chart of the Day: How men and women are critiqued in performance reviews

Kieran Snyder analyzed 248 performance reviews of generally high-performing men and women working in the tech industry. Here’s what she found:

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For one thing, women were more likely than men to receive critical feedback at all. When they received any, men’s critical feedback tended to be constructive suggestions on how to improve. Women, on the other hand, got that constructive feedback — in addition to complaints about their personalities. The word “abrasive”, for example, was used 17 times to describe 13 different women. That kind of negative personality criticism showed up in two of the 83 critical reviews received by men, compared to in 71 of the 94 critical reviews received by women.

But don’t worry — just be confidentembrace bossylean in, and everything will be fine.

Maya DusenberyMaya Dusenbery is an Executive Director of Feministing.

Atlanta, GA

Maya Dusenbery is an Executive Director in charge of Editorial at Feministing. Maya has previously worked at NARAL Pro-Choice New York and the National Institute for Reproductive Health and was a fellow at Mother Jones magazine. She graduated with a B.A. from Carleton College in 2008. A Minnesota native, she currently lives, writes, edits, and bakes bread in Atlanta, Georgia.

Maya Dusenbery is an Executive Director of Feministing in charge of Editorial.

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  • http://feministing.com/members/isonomist/ Isonomist

    I’m not surprised that other women’s experience is similar to my own (wait! I am! I thought it was just me!), but I’m honestly shocked that men’s experience is so different. In a way it makes me feel a little better about getting treated like I’m a she-monster for asking for a raise. By more than one boss.

    I always thought they threw in the unnecessary criticism on purpose, so they had something handy in everyone’s file in case of layoffs.