70+ free employee performance review templates – Word, PDF, & Excel

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The biggest problem with performance reviews, according to both managers and employees, is that they take too much time. That’s why we created this master list of free performance review templates: so you can save time by choosing the template that’s best for your team.

Every organization has a different time of year that they do employee reviews, so we’ve sorted by annual, biannual (every six months), or quarterly. If you’re just looking for a general performance review template, check out the reviews for any time of year.

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Remember, all of these templates are free (though some do require an email sign-up). If you find a template that charges money to use or download, please let us know so we can update the list. To jump to specific sections, click below:

Annual review templates

Free employee performance review template
You can get through this annual review template (#3) with time to spare.

1. This comprehensive Excel document from Smartsheet includes sections for objectives, employee skill assessment, and self-evaluation for employees to fill out. Get it now >
Format: Excel document

2. This annual form for evaluating managers is an Excel document focused on behavior-based leadership skills like “demonstrating confidence”, as well as performance objectives. Get it now >
Format: Excel document

3. Check out this short and simple annual review template that focuses on written reflections rather than metrics or grading. It’s suitable for any employee. Get it now >
Format: Excel document

4. This 3-page review form is plain but serviceable. It features a wide range of performance competencies, plus some goal-setting questions. Get it now >
Format: PDF, Word document, or Google Doc

5. This performance evaluation form offers a comprehensive list of over 50 attributes and skills, ranked from unsatisfactory to outstanding. Skip this one if you’re hoping for a short form—it’s a lengthy 12 pages. Get it now >
Format: PDF

Please note:

The next four documents (#6 – 9) are designed to be used as a set, with nearly identical questions and formatting. Developed by Emory University, they include detailed examples and definitions of expected behavior, including problem solving, building trust, and collaboration. Each link will take you to the same page, so be sure to select the document title that fits your needs (manager vs. non-manager, self evaluation vs. standard evaluation).

6. Non-manager annual self-evaluation form. Get it now >
Format: Word document

7. Manager annual self-evaluation form. Get it now >
Format: Word document

8. Non-manager annual evaluation form. Get it now >
Format: Word document

9. Manager annual evaluation form. Get it now >
Format: Word document

10. The name says it all: this is a typical annual performance review. It’s a basic two-page template that asks supervisors to score employees on 15 attributes and list any concerns they have. Get it now >
Format: PDF

11. Use this qualitative performance review if you want to get away from metrics and grades. It encourages leaders to write down impressions of their employee’s performance, along with examples of strengths and suggestions for improvement. Get it now >
Format: PDF

12. One of the more detailed review forms that we’ve seen, with separate sections for a wide variety of metrics. There are several documents on this page; select “Annual Performance Review Review” for the right one. You must sign up to get access. Get it now >
Format: RAR

Biannual (6 month) review templates

Free performance review templates
This colorful 6-month review is #13 on the list.

13. This form says mid-year, but can also be used at other times to get a snapshot of employee performance. It assumes a discussion with the reviewer, so it features discussion prompts rather than grades. Get it now >
Format: Word document

14. This 6-month template is a good fit for teams with temporary members who are being considered as potential full-time employees. The narrative-based review template ends with the supervisor’s recommendation that an employee be retained or let go. There are several documents on the page, so select the one titled, “Annual Employee Review Template”. Get it now >
Format: PDF

Please note:

The next five documents (#15 – 19) are designed to be used as a set, with the same questions and formatting. They include detailed examples and definitions of expected behavior, including problem solving, building trust, and collaboration. Each link will take you to the same page, so be sure to select the document title that fits your needs (manager vs. non-manager, self evaluation vs. standard evaluation).

15. Self-evaluation form — mid-year review (non-manager). Get it now >
Format: Word document

16. Self-evaluation form — mid-year review (manager). Get it now >
Format: Word document

17. Mid-year evaluation form (non-manager). Get it now >
Format: Word document

18. Mid-year evaluation form (manager). Get it now >
Format: Word document

19. Six month evaluation form – new employee (non-manager). Get it now >
Format: Word document

Quarterly review templates

Free employee performance review template
Use this two-page form (#21 on the list) to measure progress each quarter.

20. This performance review is a little complicated to use: First, you need to enter your email address to access the full form. When you submit it, you’ll receive a PDF in your email inbox. Get it now >
Format: PDF via email download

21. Use this template immediately after an introductory period (90 days is standard) to make sure a new team member is a great fit. It allows for open-ended feedback, performance goals, and training needs to be documented. Of course, it can also be used for longstanding employees. Get it now >
Format: Word document

22. This review template has a simple three-point scale to grade a new employee: below expectations, meets expectations, or outstanding. It’s designed to be used at the end of an employee’s first 90 days to decide whether they’ll keep working there. Get it now >
Format: PDF

23. Grade your new employees with a three-point scale: excellent, improvement needed, or unsatisfactory. There are multiple documents on this page, so be sure to select the one titled “Introductory Period Performance Review”. You must sign up to get access. Get it now >
Format: RAR

24. A comprehensive template that can be used at the end of a quarterly probationary period and then annually thereafter. There are multiple documents on this page, so be sure to select the one titled “Performance Review Template for Employees”. You must sign up to get access. Get it now >
Format: RAR

General review templates for any time of year

Free employee performance review templates
Create a healthier work culture with upward feedback (#27).

25. A basic one-page performance review that focuses on the employee’s goals and has a grading scale of unsatisfactory to excellent. This template is simple but satisfactory if you only need a quick snapshot. Get it now >
Format: Excel document

26. This employee self-evaluation form puts the employee’s perspective first when it comes to responsibilities, goals, and company values. The template is short, but be warned: the questions are somewhat vague and uninspired. Get it now >
Format: Word document

27. It’s only fair that employees give feedback to managers, and this upward feedback template helps them do it. This form provides 360-degree feedback so management knows what to work on. Get it now >
Format: Word document

28. This simple peer review template will help colleagues talk openly about their team’s performance. From the manager’s side, it’s priceless to know how teammates rate each other on items like “Integrity” and “Works to Full Potential”. Get it now >
Format: Word document

29. Need to rank team members quantitatively? This numerical scale performance review form provides a five-point scale in a number of proficiencies. It’s still recommended that you add comments to each number ranking, so there’s some context for whoever is reading the review. Get it now >
Format: Word document

30. If your team prefers narrative performance reviews, use this guide for discussing goals and performance. It works well for review periods of any length. Get it now >
Format: Word document

31. This template is geared towards lower-level staff members rather than leaders. It’s a basic form to quickly rank your team in eight areas, from productivity to relations with others. Get it now >
Format: PDF

32. This form prioritizes objective performance metrics over values or employee professional development. The six-page form is standard but old-fashioned in its focus and looks—skip it if you’re looking for something modern.Get it now >
Format: PDF

33. This template is short and seems geared towards lower-level employees. Use its simple three-point scale to rank employees (does not meet expectations, meets expectations, or exceeds expectations). Get it now >
Format: PDF, Word document, or Google Doc

34. This is a basic form with well-thought-out questions that focus on strengths, weaknesses, and improvement areas of employee. Please note that you have to sign up in order to access the form. Get it now >
Format: Online form or PDF download

35. Want to change up your approach? Take this survey as an alternative to a traditional performance review. It makes filling out reviews much easier for managers. Please note that you have to sign up in order to access the form. Get it now >
Format: Online form or PDF download

36. This review is in survey format; in this case, the employee is reviewing their supervisor. This is an excellent way to get a quick measure of how employees feel about management, especially if anonymity is an option. Get it now >
Format: Online form or PDF download

38. Employees fill out this form to help their supervisor gauge their performance as a leader: approachability, use of company resources, and other leadership skills. It features useful but uncommon questions like “How consistently does your supervisor reward employees for good work?” Get it now >
Format: Online form or PDF download

39. Teams can (and should) be evaluated along with individual performers. This template asks insightful questions like whether your team is too large, too small, or just the right size. Get it now >
Format: Online form or PDF download

40. This self evaluation is designed for employees to fill out prior to an in-person meeting with their supervisor. Employee self evaluations like this one are an underrated tool for managers to get information directly from the source. Get it now >
Format: PDF

41. This employee self-evaluation includes useful, less-common prompts like, “What can your supervisor do to ensure that you are making progress towards your professional goals?” Get it now >
Format: PDF

42. This 360-degree review template can be used by anyone in your organization, at any time of year. Not everyone needs to fill out peer review forms, so make sure you select only those who work closely with the person they’re reviewing. Get it now >
Format: PDF

43. This comprehensive template is ideal for first-time managers, since it includes a detailed rubric and an explanation of performance review best practices. Get it now >
Format: Word document or Google Doc

Please note:

The next five documents (#44 – 48) are all variants of each other—the real difference is layout and the specific employee characteristics that the manager grades. Look through each one to see what you prefer. Each link takes you to the same page, and the documents don’t have descriptive titles. So if you don’t want to look through all the files, see the descriptions below.

Free employee performance review templates
This easy-to-use template is #46 on our list.

44. General employee performance review. To access, click on “Employee_Template_1”. Get it now >
Format: Word document

45. Employee self-evaluation review. To access, click on “Employee_Template_2”. Get it now >
Format: Word document

46. Standard employee performance review. To access, click on “Employee_Template_3”. Get it now >
Format: Word document

47. Numerical ranking employee review. To access, click on “Employee_Template_4”. Get it now >
Format: Word document

48. Essay employee evaluation form. To access, click on “Employee_Template_5. Get it now >
Format: Word document

Please note:

The next five documents (#49 – 53) are geared toward manual workers. They include detailed frameworks for measuring job performance against specific job objectives. Each link takes you to the same page, so be sure to select the title you want.

49. Appraisal form based on job objectives. Get it now >
Format: Word document

50. Manual workers appraisal form. Get it now >
Format: Word document

51. Appraisal form for earmarking potential for promotion. Get it now >
Format: Word document

52. Self-appraisal form. Get it now >
Format: Word document

53. Appraisal questionnaire. Get it now >
Format: Word document

54. Use this simple, no-frills form to get insights from employees, with questions like, “What aspects of your job need clarification?” There are several documents on the page, so select the one titled, “Employee Self-Review Template”. Get it now >
Format: PDF

55. This standard form allows you to rank a team member from poor to excellent on characteristics like job knowledge, productivity, and work quality. There are several documents on the page, so select the one titled, “Employee Performance Review Template”. Get it now >
Format: PDF

56. Don’t want to average your ratings by hand? This Excel spreadsheet review template is for you. There are several documents on the page, so select the one titled, “Employee Review Template Excel”. Get it now >
Format: Excel document

57. This comprehensive template is geared towards nurses, but it can be edited and used for other healthcare workers, from phlebotomists to nursing assistants. There are several documents on the page, so select the one titled, “Employee Review Template Doc”. Get it now >
Format: Word document

58. It’s easy to complete this sheet, as it only has two measurements per metric: meets expectations or does not meet expectations. Skip this one if you care about detailed and nuanced reviews. There are several documents on this page, so click on the one titled “Employee Performance Review”. Get it now >
Format: PDF

59. Try this template if you want a comprehensive form that defines its metrics and provides directions and best practices on the form itself. There are several files on this page, so choose the one titled “Sample Performance Review”. You must sign up to get access. Get it now >
Format: RAR

60. Here’s another simple one-page template for the busy manager. It includes relevant categories like “Works to potential” and “Work consistency”. There are several files on this page, so choose the one titled “Simple Performance Review”. You must sign up to get access. Get it now >
Format: RAR

61. This brief template allows employers to rank team members on anything from technical skills to punctuality. There are several files on this page, so choose the one titled “Employee Performance Review”. You must sign up to get access. Get it now >
Format: RAR

62. Managers should be held to a higher standard, and this detailed form helps you do that. There are several files on this page, so choose the one titled “Performance Management Review Example”. You must sign up to get access. Get it now >
Format: RAR

63. This review encourages employee accountability for goals they set in the past. Includes separate section for employee self evaluation. There are several files on this page, so choose the one titled “Employee Performance Review Template”. You must sign up to get access. Get it now >
Format: RAR

Supporting documents

Free performance review templates
Use this development plan (#68) to support your team’s dreams.

These forms aren’t performance review templates, but they can help you keep track of important metrics throughout the year, or be used alongside a performance review to support your team members’ growth.

64. Employee attendance tracker. Get it now >
Format: Excel document

65. Employee training plan template. Get it now >
Format: Excel document

66. Group evaluation form. Get it now >
Format: Excel document

67. Professional development plan template. Get it now >
Format: Word document

Please note:

The next four documents (#68 – 71) are designed to be used alongside the performance review templates listed in #6 – 9 and #4 – 18. They can also be used as standalone resources. Developed by Emory University, they include detailed examples and definitions of expected behavior. Each link will take you to the same page, so be sure to select the document title that fits your needs.

68. Performance log. Get it now >
Format: Word document

69. Professional development plan. Get it now >
Format: Word document

70. Performance improvement plan (PIP). Get it now >
Format: Word document

71. Upward feedback form. Get it now >
Format: Word document

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