I have been working in my company for 1 year. It's an SME (standing for Small and Medium Enterprise, below 250 employees). I'm in a rare situation within the company where I have 2 bosses, like in matrix management (horizontal is technical, vertical is strategic).
My horizontal boss (HB) and I made some objectives for the year in the middle of it, not very well designed because I ended up doing many things (small company). My perf review was done by my vertical boss (VB) this week.
While I have a very good feedback, I know from my HB it's not well seen in the company to give 100% as the manager would be deemed "too nice". HB didn't grade me at that time, it was just part of a coffee corner chat. Well my VB didn't give me 100%. His reason was that I haven't achieved some objectives that he gave me on the day of my review. The following wording was used: "you did this and it was very good, it would be nice if you can do that in the future".
He then told me it's a discussion, so I should say what I think about it. I told him that now I have a clearer objective, we can discuss it again in one year. I left my "grade" hanging below 100, because I know he will be graded himself for his mngt job and being too nice with the employees is not well seen ; but also because it's my first performance review and I prefer responding to repeating patterns than immediately react.
As a pupil then a student, I have never given so much importance to grades. How much is it important as a working grown-up to get good grades? Was my decision wise or I should fight for the 100?
I must say both my bosses give me a lot of freedom and are always attentive to what I say, be it for technical or private business. So it's not really about them. But has a perf review an impact beyond this scope, e.g. for the human resource department?
(note: I have less than 300 IP so I cannot add the "SME" tag, but the fact it's a small company seems important to me)