I've been at my company for six months. It's my first job out of college. Not gonna lie, it's been a challenge every day. I can't seem to meet my bosses expectations and I'm not sure that I even know what she wants. She recently mentioned something about a "90-day plan" if things don't start to improve. Her tone was really serious and I can tell it's make or break it time. I'm embarrassed to even be on a "plan" and it's distracting because there's so much pressure. I feel like I'm making more mistakes.

Am I doomed to get fired here? Is it possible to come out of this?

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10 months ago

It's important to remember that if you are placed on a performance improvement plan--or PIP as Amazon calls it--this doesn't mean you're out the door. It simply means there is a mismatch between what you have been doing and what your manager and the company expect.

At this point, I would say you have two options: 1) you take the feedback and improve at your job. Find a way to get a constant feedback loop between you and your manager so you know you are making progress. It's even better if you can achieve certain metrics during the PIP to show improvement.

2) You take this as an indication that this might not be the job you want or a job that is a right match for you. Take the time to find a new opportunity in or outside of the company and leave on your own terms.

Either way, don't feel down on yourself because now is the time to start fighting.

10 months ago

Can you share what your job title and role is? That will make it easier for people in the huttle community to give some more pointed advice.

I agree with everything Chris said. I might even go one step further and confront my boss. I would sit down and let her know you understand the seriousness of the situation and appreciate the opportunity to face it head on. That you'd like to set some very clear and measurable objectives that you both agree will help you grow and even accel.

I'm in Sales and I have heard of many colleagues who were put on a PIP, because it is very common in that line of work. Really it just means that you haven't been set up for success but now the right eyes are on your work and really, they want you to be successful. They are invested in you, so it's an open door to lean on your leadership to help you.

Feel free to lean on us if you have more questions. Knock 'em dead kid!

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