Top SuccessFactors Competitors:
The Best SuccessFactors Alternatives for Your Business

SuccessFactors offers a cloud-based human capital management (HCM) solution that enables businesses to automate workforce management. The tool helps businesses execute HR-related functions, such as employee recruitment, onboarding, training, performance, compensation and succession management.

SuccessFactors is a popular tool with enterprises and has ranked first for two use cases in Gartner’s Critical Capabilities for HCM Suites (content available to Gartner clients). The solution also caters to small businesses with its Professional Edition.

SuccessFactors offers various capabilities that include:

  • Core HR: Stores HR transactions, manages payroll, delivers support to employees and performs similar core HR functions.
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  • Talent management: Allows companies to manage employees from the recruitment and onboarding stages to their eventual training, goals, compensation and succession.
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  • Collaboration and learning: Delivers social learning and facilitates knowledge sharing among employees with SAP Jam—an enterprise social collaboration tool that helps employees connect, discuss and share their ideas.
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  • Analytics and reports: Helps HR professionals identify talent gaps and understand employee performance with Workforce Analytics—a built-in analytics and reporting tool.

SuccessFactors is a SAP company and thus comes integrated with other SAP products. This benefits companies who already use or are considering SAP offerings, such as their CRM, supply chain or other solutions.

SuccessFactors comes with many features, as mentioned above. But the many different functionalities of the tool that employees must be trained on may be more of a hindrance than a benefit to smaller companies. As one reviewer on Software Advice notes, “[because of] lack of training from my company … there is more functionality that we are not using”.

All things considered, SuccessFactors might not be the right choice for you. To that end, we’ve listed below five alternatives to SuccessFactors that you can compare and contrast to make the best choice for your organization.

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Most Asked-About SuccessFactors Alternatives
Top User-Rated SuccessFactors Alternatives
Next Steps

Most Asked-About SuccessFactors Alternatives

In this section, we’ve listed the two products that most buyers search for alongside SuccessFactors.

Note: you can learn more about our Alternatives methodology here.

Workday

Workday is a cloud-based HCM solution and a popular alternative to SuccessFactors. It offers a single system that helps businesses centrally manage a geographically dispersed workforce. Businesses can use the solution to recruit, onboard and train employees as well as manage payroll, compliance and compensation.

Here’s a brief summary of Workday’s key features:

  • Recruiting: Helps businesses in the recruitment and onboarding of employees.
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  • Talent management: Tracks employee performance and succession.
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  • Learning: Supports HR professionals in employee training and development.
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  • Compensation: Automates compensation and salary management.
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  • Benefits: Assists in transacting insurance, health, retirement and other policies.
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  • Payroll solutions: Generates payment receipts, tax and other financial statements.
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  • Time and absence: Monitors work hours and compliance with leave policies.

Businesses looking for a cloud-based HCM solution that also helps them manage projects and financial accounting can leverage Workday’s additional applications, which include a financial accounting solution and professional services automation (PSA) software.

Oracle Taleo Enterprise Cloud Service

Oracle Taleo Enterprise Cloud Service is a talent management solution designed to help companies manage their workforce, specifically during the recruitment and onboarding stages. The software helps companies with performance evaluation, compensation management as well as employee training and development.

Reviewers at Software Advice appreciate Taleo’s recruitment and onboarding capabilities. One user states:

“Taleo gives us the ability to speed up our onboarding process and create a positive first impression. Our employees are able to knock out their new hire paperwork before their first day, speeding up their time to production.” —Kayleigh from NIC, Inc.

The solution offers several different functionalities, such as:

  • Development planning: Helps companies conduct performance reviews and plan succession.
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  • Goals management: Monitors and aligns employee performance with organizational goals.
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  • Employee learning: Assists corporate trainers in building employee development programs.
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  • Onboarding: Tracks compliance forms and digital correspondence.
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  • Performance management: Gathers employee feedback and monitors performance.
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  • Succession planning: Analyzes talent and plans employee succession.
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  • Social sourcing: Allows HR professionals to leverage social channels for recruitment.
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  • HCM talent acquisition: Automates employee referrals and recruitment.
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  • HCM workforce rewards: Helps businesses identify talent and manage rewards.

As an Oracle solution, Taleo offers integration capabilities with other Oracle products. Companies can leverage these integrations as well as the back-end support and security services of Oracle.

Top User-Rated SuccessFactors Alternatives

This section includes three alternatives of SuccessFactors that rank highly among user ratings on Software Advice.

PeopleSoft Human Capital Management

Oracle’s PeopleSoft Human Capital Management is similar to its HCM Cloud service (Taleo) to the extent that both of them offer applications for workforce management and talent development. The difference is that PeopleSoft is deployed predominantly on-premise. As a result, it’s mainly suitable for midsize to large enterprises with more than 4,000 employees.

Users at Software Advice praise PeopleSoft for its easy customization and integration options. One user writes:

“Very user friendly, easy to customize and a great reporting tool. Their DBA’s [database administrators] are very friendly and knowledgeable, and the program works well with data coming up and downstream from other sources.” —Tony from Curtiss-Wright

Key capabilities of the solution include:

  • Global core human capital management: Organizes the data and automates payroll of a global workforce.
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  • Workforce management: Creates workforce schedules and tracks employee attendance.
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  • Labor rules and monitoring: Enables companies to monitor work hours and comply with labor laws.
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  • Workforce service delivery: Creates a self-service knowledgebase and internal help desk for employees.
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  • Talent management: Helps companies train, reward and manage employee succession

PeopleSoft’s talent management module integrates with many third-party core HR and enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems. This benefits companies, as data transfer is possible between these different systems and PeopleSoft.

Threads Culture

Threads Culture offers a cloud-based workforce management solution for small and midsize businesses. The solution is designed to help companies with recruitment, performance tracking and employee feedback.

Reviews from Threads Culture users on Software Advice mention that the solution is easy to setup and rate its customer service highly. One user says:

“This system is very user friendly. I’d suggest that you’d try it out as they allow you to try it risk free for a period of time and I know you'll love it as much as our organization does.” —Leah from Transportation Federal Credit Union

Threads Culture offers the following features:

  • Employee reviews: Tracks and consolidates employee performance reviews.
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  • 360 feedback solution: Gathers and shares employee feedback with managers and relevant stakeholders.
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  • Organizational charts: Adds new hires to your digital organizational structure.
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  • Job descriptions: Helps businesses create job descriptions for employees in alignment with organizational goals.
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  • Hiring and applicant tracking: Assists HR professionals hire the right candidates using a rating system.
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  • Reports and reminders: Automates reports and reminders during the recruitment process.

Threads Culture comes with a 30-day free trial that begins after they help you set up the product’s dashboard. It also offers a subscription-based payment model, which makes it suitable for organizations looking for software without an upfront license fee.

Reviewsnap

Close on the heels of Threads Culture is Reviewsnap, another alternative to SuccessFactors that’s rated highly by Software Advice users. It’s a cloud-based performance management solution that helps businesses manage talent by conducting performance reviews, tracking compensation and developing employee training programs.

Reviewsnap is rated highly on Software Advice for ease-of-use. One reviewer writes:

“Reviewsnap is very user-friendly and customizable. What I liked best is that we were able to work with the Reviewsnap implementation team to create exactly what we needed and what worked for the organization. In addition, the 360 and compensation module came with the service. Reviewsnap handled all of the training at our HQ office and our multiple field offices. There were no hidden costs.” —Quanita from The International Center for Research on Women

Key capabilities of Reviewsnap include:

  • Performance appraisals: Tracks employee goals and automates performance reviews.
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  • 360 degree feedback: Collects feedback using online surveys and presents data on a statistical dashboard.
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  • Compensation management: Helps HR professionals allocate team budgets, rate employees and recommend compensation.
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  • Learning content integration: Enables instructors to create training courses on a web-based learning management system and monitor learning progress.

Reviewsnap comes integrated with OpenSesame (an eLearning marketplace offering on-demand training courses). Organizations can train employees using the pre-made online courses on OpenSesame, instead of having to create new content.

Next Steps

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