Some lessons you learn the hard way. When I first started out I thought that work was like school. You work hard, do well on “tests” and you will be rewarded with good grades. Well I am here to tell you that is not always the case. You need to make sure what you are working on is important and is a priority for your management chain. You need to make sure that your work has impact on the business. It is ideal that your work also has visibility with key management. But even then even if all of this lines up, there are other people in your team and in your org. Receiving rewards for your achievements is relative to what everyone else is landing in the same time period. So realize that good work and hard work are only the foundation for what you will need to build on for a good review.