I just had my first review at my new (as of last June) job. I lucked out in that I didn’t have to wait a full year for my review, as the company had just moved to a single date for all employees.
I had been somewhat nervous about it, not because I suffer from some job confidence issues, but because I was worried that people had not had sufficient opportunity to experience my awesome greatness. Hee. I kid. I really was worried because I had been working in somewhat of a vacuum for a while on my own subproject, so I was not getting a lot of feedback on if what I was doing was even marginally on the correct path or not, and I assumed that other people were probably wondering if I was doing anything at all.
It turns out that everyone left me alone because somehow I had proven myself enough early on that they felt comfortable with me taking over without any help. My manager showed me the write-up that my ex-manager did before his last day, and it was, in a word, glowing. I frankly could not believe how good everything sounded on paper. There was even a random comment about my sense of humor. Weird. My current manager even told me that management team could not think of a single area of improvement for me. Whoa. No way. I could think of like ten right off. In fact, I did list some things in my self-assessment feedback.
Yay! I am so happy.