What to do when your employer gives you a bad evaluation (WaterlooWorks)

November 22, 2020

For uWaterloo co-op students, at the end of your work term you get a work term evaluation. You get graded on certain characteristics, as well as receive a final overall evaluation with the following possible grades:


This seems like a decent scale, but a problem arises when your employer takes the scale literally and doesn't know about how inflated these evaluations typically are. The vast majority of students get a score of Excellent or Outstanding. Anything below that could be considered a red flag!

Here's how you showcase proof of rating inflation and help argue for a better evaluation:

Remember to be respectful while bringing this up! Having stats that back up your position doesn't mean you should be smug or hard to talk to!

Let me know if this post helped you argue for a better evaluation!