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Software engineer performance review template

A software engineer performance review template guides managers and employees for a better and well-structured evaluation process.

Template by Nguyen Huu Phuc
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Performance review is an opportunity to analyze goals and objectives. This template will help you highlight areas for improvement and drive professional growth in the software engineering department. Download (for free) and evaluate your software engineer team's performance.


Evaluating the technical skills of a software engineer is a challenging task. You want to be sure that they’re doing their job right and are duly compensated, so they don’t feel undervalued. An effective way to do so is by utilizing a Software Engineer performance review template.

A Software Engineer performance review template creates an avenue for managers to highlight areas where improvements and acquisition of new skills are necessary. It also helps managers set realistic goals that encourage productivity.

Software engineer performance review template

Duties and personal behavior

Feedback on the period: Duties: Workload, tasks, collaboration, quality of work, customer satisfaction, sales, marketing, etc.




Quality of deliverables

Accuracy, consistency, follow-through, meets deadlines, keeps trying to work smarter, not harder.



Collaborates with internal and external teams across positions, proactively helps others, puts team targets higher than personal achievements, contributes and takes initiative to social activities



Propose/use digital technologies to change internal processes,  generates ideas and gives input that makes our product more efficient 


Professional working attitude

Help create a good atmosphere and working environment, accepts constructive criticism, follows standards.


Job knowledge 

Create, maintain, audit, and improve systems to meet particular needs. Continuously update new coding knowledge.



Skill Development

1. Personal strengths

Professional and personal strengths and drivers: Eg. analysis, problem solving, planning, development, method knowledge, technical expertise

  •  Talented and passionate software engineer with thorough knowledge in software engineering from inside and out.”
  • Shows initiative with developing new ways of thinking to improve projects or company performance”
  • Positively contributes to the overall performance of the company through consistent and high-quality work”

2. Skills development

Professional and personal skills: Be precise in describing the skills that the employee needs / wants to develop.

  • Improve your speed/iteration to produce codes faster and get things done. 
  • Work on the quality of your diagnostic programs so you can provide better recommendations for future developments
  • Familiarize yourself with version control concepts and tools like GitHub

Cooperative and well-being

1. You and your colleagues

How do you find the working environment at the company? What are your suggestions to make it even better? Do you get professional support from your colleagues when you need it? Do you think that your cooperation with your colleagues is working well? What is your own contribution to the cooperation and community?

Ex: The working environment is conducive but I feel It would be even better if there's an open environment for us to collaborate and have that integral team bonding.

2. You and your manager

Feedback to your leader: Eg. the delegation of tasks, responsibilities and competence. 


  • Experienced software engineer
  • Skillfully manage projects, people, and budget
  • Need to improve communication and training skill

Career Development in the long-term

Reflections on job opportunities, other tasks, new disciplines, etc. Do you need support from your manager to achieve your development goals?

Ex: Need manager's support in preparation to become a Project Manager 

Work-life balance

How do you feel about your work life balance? Do your career ambitions correspond with your personal relationships (family life, marriage, having children)? Are there other issues you would like to discuss?

Ex: All good.

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What you'll get:

  • A well-structured form to measure employee performance and conduct a better one-on-one review
  • Areas for employees to highlight their strengths and weaknesses
  • Honest feedback from employees about colleagues, managers or work-life balance

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Who this template is for

  • Engineer managers who want to evaluate their team members in a structured way.
  • Software engineer preparing for the performance review session.
  • HR specialist in charge of the performance review process.

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