Complete manager reviews of my team

As a manager in a review cycle, you play a vital role in your team's review experience. One of your key responsibilities is completing manager reviews for each of your direct reports to share feedback on their performance and help them continue to grow in their role. In this article, we'll walk you through the process of opening, completing, and editing a manager review.

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Access and availability

⛔️ Required access to Best-Self Review®.
👥 This article is relevant to Managers and Additional managers.
📦 This feature is available in the Perform and Total Platform pricing packages.

Open a manager review

From the Reviews tab From your homepage
  1. Click on Best-Self Review® in 15Five's main, left-hand navigation bar.
  2. Click on the name of the review cycle you want to open a review in.
  3. You're now on the review cycle's overview page. From here, open the 'Write reviews' tab at the top of the page.
  4. Click on the name of the person whose review you want to open using the "Reviews" bar on the left-hand side of the screen.

Complete manager reviews of my team

  1. Now it's time to write your manager review. Fill in all fields with your feedback.



    We recommend using objective language, focusing on observable behaviors, and providing specific examples in your answers. Check out our "9 Tips For How To Give Effective Employee Feedback" blog post for tips on giving great feedback.

  2. If AI Assisted Reviews are enabled for your organization, you can use 15Five's Spark AI to generate a summary of your direct report's performance, draft review answers, and improve your writing. Learn more.
  3. As you write your review, you can easily access 15Five data for your direct report to inform review answers (including High Fives, Wins & challenges, Objectives, Past Check-ins, Past reviews, Feedback, and their Career path). How you access these resources depends on whether or not AI Assisted Reviews are enabled for your organization.
    Experience without AI Assisted Reviews enabled

    If AI Assisted Reviews are not enabled for your organization, click View resources in the top, right-hand corner of a question section. You can then use the dropdown to navigate between different types of data.

    Experience with AI Assisted Reviews enabled

    If AI Assisted Reviews are enabled for your organization, click Summarize data in the top, right-hand corner of your manager review to open the Spark AI widget.


    From here, navigate through different types of data using the dropdown menu. You can also use the "Summarize Data" option to generate an AI summary of your direct report's performance based on data from reviews submitted about them in the current review cycle and insights from 15Five features. Learn more.

  4. To reference reviews that have already been submitted about your direct report, use the tabs at the top of the page under your direct report's avatar.
  5. Your manager review will likely contain a section called "Private Manager Assessment" (PMA). In this section, you'll answer forward-looking questions about your direct reports that are intended to reduce bias. Upon review submission, leaders can pull these answers into PMA-specific reporting to help inform performance and compensation decisions. Learn more about the Private Manager Assessment.

  6. Once you're done, click Submit at the bottom of the review.

Edit my submitted manager review

If you left out a piece of important feedback, or simply want to change one of your answers, you can edit a submitted review you wrote about a review cycle participant. A review that has been reopened for editing will temporarily be unavailable for anyone besides the review author to view. The review will reappear when resubmitted by the review writer.

  1. Open the review, ensuring you're in the "Manager" tab, then click Edit review at the top of the page.



    If you don't see the option to edit your review, please refer to the FAQs at the end of this article to troubleshoot.

  2. Make desired changes. When you're done, click Resubmit at the bottom of the page.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Why can't I submit my manager review?

It's not possible to submit a manager review until either 1) your direct report submits their self review, or 2) the deadline for self reviews has passed.

If I begin drafting my review but need to step away, will my changes be saved?

Yes. You can draft your review and return to it at any point— your changes will save automatically.

When is my submitted manager review visible to others?

Your manager review will be visible to your direct report once results are shared with them. Results can be shared by either you, a review admin, or a cycle collaborator.
Your manager reviews will be visible to review admins, cycle collaborators, and managers in your hierarchy (if hierarchy visible is enabled in the review cycle) once you submit the review.

Why don't I see the option to edit my submitted manager review?

There are a few scenarios in which you won't see the option to edit a submitted manager review. Follow the steps below to troubleshoot:

  • You cannot edit Private Manager Assessment answers in a review that's being calibrated. If your manager review is included in a calibration session, you can only edit the non-Private Manager Assessment sections of the review once the calibration session is in progress. To resolve this issue, reach out to a review admin with your desired changes and they can make the changes for you in the calibration session.
  • You cannot edit a manager review that's already been shared with your direct report. To resolve this issue, you can unshare review results, make the desired edits, and then re-share review results.
  • You cannot edit a manager review in a locked review cycle. Locking a review cycle prevents any further reviews from being submitted or edited. To resolve this issue, ask a review admin or cycle collaborator to unlock the review cycle. Once the cycle is unlocked, you should see the option to edit your review.

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