Cornerstone Growth Edition helps businesses manage workplace challenges including performance reviews and training. With Cornerstone, organisations can engage and develop their employees without enterprise-sized IT or HR departments (or an enterprise-sized budget)! Cornerstone Growth Edition is simple and engaging HR technology that’s built specifically for growing businesses. Inspire, engage and develop your people with Performance Management and Learning, track progress and get business insights with real-time data.
Cornerstone Performance Growth Edition provides a range of powerful performance management tools that make performance reviews useful for everyone – HR, managers, and employees. Automated performance reviews feature self-assessments and 360 feedback. Users can easily build development plans and track progress. Cornerstone helps companies identify stars and underperformers with a helicopter view of the whole organisation, use data analytics to uncover the businesses’ strengths and weaknesses, and assign and monitor employee goals and objectives.
Cornerstone Learning Growth Edition offers self-paced learning that helps organisations train, engage, and develop employees as the business continues to grow. Easily personalise learning and development plans for all employees, build SCORM-compliant courses or access Cornerstone’s content library, recognize success with achievement badges, and assign and monitor training for compliance reporting.
This is a true SaaS system and Cornerstone doesn’t lock you into a contract. Companies can try the system out, pay monthly, and cancel for any reason at any time. Cornerstone OnDemand was designed to meet the needs of companies across a wide range of verticals, requiring minimal support from IT and training.
Candice from Alliance Residential
Portfolio size: 6 to 10 users
The product is vast and ever-growing, which is good for someone like myself who can really use all the tools. I also like that Cornerstone only does the one thing. They are not part of an HRIS solution. They have a great client support site too. They are very proactive about informing administrators about upcoming changes. They also have an annual meeting for customers (Cornerstone Convergence) which is a great resource.
I have zero issues with Cornerstone as a vendor. I think they do a great job. The only thing I dislike about the product is my inability to add custom fields to custom reports....but I bet they fix that with their upcoming analytics product.
I think the number one thing evaluators have to consider when choosing an LMS is their own availability to internal support resources. You have to ask yourself if you are willing to hire a full time LMS Administrator, and/ or a full time content person. LMS Administration is a full time job, and has a year-long learning curve. If you are not willing to dedicate a resource to this, then a full-featured LMS like Cornerstone is probably not appropriate.
Sarah from Oklahoma State University
Portfolio size: 101 or more users
The system is very versatile. It's functionality is endless and will most likely be able to transform into whatever you are needing it to be.
Not all of the functionality is intuitive. For end users there tends to be a lot of training needed.
Cornerstone is really a great software. It is something that fits almost any situation you throw at it and Cornerstone is helpful when they are needed. It has been a pleasure working with in the system.
Maria from GrapeCity
Specialty: Software / Technology
Portfolio size: 21 to 50 users
It is user-friendly and easy to use for our employees. It works well for a smaller company (we have about 50 users currently) and seems to meet our performance management needs so far.
Customer service can sometimes be tough to go through if you are in the U.S., as they are located in Australia. I do wish there were more prompts and directions for employees on how exactly to set up goals, ratings, and development plans. We had to develop our own training presentation to along with the system which works fine, but it would be better if that information could be reinforced while the employees go in to the system to enter their information.
It depends on the size of your company and the familiarity your employees have with performance reviews. The system is easy to use, but if employees are not familiar with how to set up performance reviews, they may need additional guidance.
Jessica from Frontier Capital
Portfolio size: 11 to 20 users
I chose this software because I felt that it best illustrated what we were looking for in a performance management application. We wanted to be able to rate employees on performance in their current role, as well as be able to create goals to help them grow and develop. It is visual and metric based, so it satisfies both preferences. As part of the implementation, they provide you with a consultant - someone who has implemented and used the program before. This has been a huge benefit/resource for me during the process.
We have only just started implementing so I have not been able to find something that I don't like. It is almost completely open to customization, so making choices down to the color of the grid can seem unimportant.
There are so many different performance/talent management software programs out there. Demoing is so important to see how they really work and what works best for your organization. I found Cornerstone OnDemand before coming to Software Advice, but the fact that they also recommended it to me helped support my decision that it was the best option for my organization.
Rosie from RPI
Portfolio size: 51 to 100 users
The product allows us to keep track of goals and reviews without all the paper. The 360 tool is great. The customer support team can be helpful.
There are frequent issues with end users losing their data even after saving. A browser issues perhaps? Sometimes it's hard to connect with the support team.
I know that it's not as easy breezy as you might think from the sales team's presentation.
Ryann from The Lions Eye Institute
Portfolio size: Single user
It's a highly visual product. The vendor is very communicative and helpful.
It is a rich program. If you are less familiar with performance management concepts, it may take more time to implement.
The price point may be a little higher than competitors, but you get what you pay for!
Justin from CarGroup
Portfolio size: 51 to 100 users
The cost is low, but we are canceling, as the value is not there.
The customer service and reliability of the product were awful. The web solution was down often.
Give it an extensive test drive before you buy. Trying uploading and changing content.
Ed from Price Kong & Company CPAs
Specialty: Accounting / CPA
Portfolio size: 21 to 50 users
The platform is mature and has all of the functionality that employers need to evaluate and develop staff. It's the most sophisticated product in its space. Other products that we have looked at as an alternative could not deliver the same functionality.
Customer support is very weak. We were unable to access the platform reliably. CSB did not appear to have the resources or will to correct the problem. In some cases, it would take multiple tries over a 1-2 hour period to access the system. It was never solved before our subscription expired.
Before May 2014, calls to the US help desk were answered with the response "no one is available to take your call, please call again or log a case". I complained to the point that they implemented a voicemail system.
Documentation on how to use the product is very weak. It requires a team of people who can dedicate substantial time learning how to use the product and developing internal documentation. It requires a dedicated help desk.
Implementation was slapdash. The trial period data was not purged from the system, and there was no evidence that the team that configured the system performed quality control on their work.
Have a dedicated team who will use the product extensively in the trial phase so that product documentation is well-established before contracting for a subscription. The support may be much higher during the testing phase because the company is sales-driven. They have every incentive to respond before the contract is written.
Allan from NBCOT
Portfolio size: 21 to 50 users
Takes some effort to set up, but once it's done, this product streamlines the generally burdensome annual review process.
It would be helpful as a manager to be able to set/amend goals for all employees downstream on the organizational chart (limits this access to direct reports only).
Check out the ability to do 360 level reviews. Easy and informative. Also, the review looks at personal and organizational level goals like teamwork and how well the employee lives and exhibits our corporate culture.
Mark from Local Capital IT
Date: November 2012
Cornerstone CSB has been a paramount part of the overhaul we are doing of our HR process. We purchased the platform 8 months ago, and have done a review cycle already with great success. The best thing I can say about Cornerstone CSB is the quality of the support service. They have been available to answer questions and help me configure and customize the system to my needs. I am an HR director, but the CEO and executive team in general were aware that reviews needed to be made functional in order to help increase revenue and hold on to good employees.