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ClearCompany HRM logo
 
Recommended as a solution for small to mid-sized companies, ClearCompany HRM allows managers to easily post jobs and screen candidates. Its automated reporting ensures EEO and OFCCP compliance and assists with streamlining hiring.
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Recommended as a solution for small to mid-sized companies, ClearCompany HRM allows managers to easily post jobs and screen candidates. Its automated reporting ensures EEO and OFCCP compliance and assists with streamlining hiring.
 
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Sage offers web-based payroll solutions designed for small and midsized companies in many industries.  For companies with 10 employees and 5 departments or less, Sage Payroll Essentials is a straightforward platform can be accessed... Read More
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Sage offers web-based payroll solutions designed for small and midsized companies in many industries.  For companies with 10 employees and 5 departments or less, Sage Payroll Essentials is a straightforward platform can be accessed... Read More
 
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Many small and mid-sized organizations rely on Ascentis HR's intuitive on-demand HRIS applications to streamline the process of evaluating and reviewing employee performances with their everyday HR processess.
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Many small and mid-sized organizations rely on Ascentis HR's intuitive on-demand HRIS applications to streamline the process of evaluating and reviewing employee performances with their everyday HR processess.
 
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APS (Automatic Payroll Systems, Inc.) has been providing payroll and tax compliance services to companies for almost two decades. In 2004, they released their APS, their cloud-based solution for human capital management. APS combines... Read More
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APS (Automatic Payroll Systems, Inc.) has been providing payroll and tax compliance services to companies for almost two decades. In 2004, they released their APS, their cloud-based solution for human capital management. APS combines... Read More
 
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RUN, powered by ADP, is a web-based payroll solution designed for small businesses. The solution can be deployed on either iPhones, iPads or on any touchscreen device. RUN can integrate with multiple third-party accounting software... Read More
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RUN, powered by ADP, is a web-based payroll solution designed for small businesses. The solution can be deployed on either iPhones, iPads or on any touchscreen device. RUN can integrate with multiple third-party accounting software... Read More

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HR leaders and business owners in the engineering, supply, and construction industries will find the web-based BirdDog Recruitment and Applicant Tracking Solution helps recruit high-quality applicants effectively and efficiently.
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HR leaders and business owners in the engineering, supply, and construction industries will find the web-based BirdDog Recruitment and Applicant Tracking Solution helps recruit high-quality applicants effectively and efficiently.
 
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PayFocus is Online Payroll and HR software that gives businesses compliant tax processing, support, and the ability to manage HR tasks from one platform. The software also offers personnel tracking, on boarding, and more.  PayFocus... Read More
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PayFocus is Online Payroll and HR software that gives businesses compliant tax processing, support, and the ability to manage HR tasks from one platform. The software also offers personnel tracking, on boarding, and more.  PayFocus... Read More
 
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BambooHR is a Web-based human resources (HR) software solution that is well-suited for small to midsized businesses, and as it’s Web-based, BambooHR is accessible through the Web browser of any device with an Internet connection.
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BambooHR is a Web-based human resources (HR) software solution that is well-suited for small to midsized businesses, and as it’s Web-based, BambooHR is accessible through the Web browser of any device with an Internet connection.
 
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Namely offers a cloud-based solution for companies seeking a single comprehensive system to manage their human capital. Namely helps midsize companies manage compliance and streamline everything payroll, benefits and talent management. Namely... Read More
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Namely offers a cloud-based solution for companies seeking a single comprehensive system to manage their human capital. Namely helps midsize companies manage compliance and streamline everything payroll, benefits and talent management. Namely... Read More
 
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Ideal for mid-sized organizations, ADP Workforce Now utilizes cloud technology to sync employee evaluations and reviews with your HRMS. HR professionals use this same technology to manage benefits, payroll, and time & attendance.
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Ideal for mid-sized organizations, ADP Workforce Now utilizes cloud technology to sync employee evaluations and reviews with your HRMS. HR professionals use this same technology to manage benefits, payroll, and time & attendance.

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Performance Pro by HR Performance Solutions is a web-based, comprehensive performance appraisal software for HR professionals. Performance Pro is entirely customizable, making it simple to keep employee focus on a company’s strategic... Read More
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Performance Pro by HR Performance Solutions is a web-based, comprehensive performance appraisal software for HR professionals. Performance Pro is entirely customizable, making it simple to keep employee focus on a company’s strategic... Read More
 
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Cornerstone Growth Edition should be on the shortlist of software for anyone interested in making the most of their evaluation and review process. This engaging system is perfect for small to mid-size companies.
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Cornerstone Growth Edition should be on the shortlist of software for anyone interested in making the most of their evaluation and review process. This engaging system is perfect for small to mid-size companies.
 
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A web-based system, Threads Culture helps businesses easily find and hire employees that match their company's culture. Internally, Threads can also provide actionable feedback to help you identify high performers.
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A web-based system, Threads Culture helps businesses easily find and hire employees that match their company's culture. Internally, Threads can also provide actionable feedback to help you identify high performers.
 
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People-Trak's user-friendly, integrated HRMS offers a complete package of core HR, strategic HR and workforce management applications. It includes personnel tracking, benefits administration, employee evaluation and more.
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People-Trak's user-friendly, integrated HRMS offers a complete package of core HR, strategic HR and workforce management applications. It includes personnel tracking, benefits administration, employee evaluation and more.
 
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Halogen makes it easier for companies to build and maintain a world class workforce. Industry-specific solutions to address unique requirements and challenges in healthcare, professional services, the public sector and more.
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Halogen makes it easier for companies to build and maintain a world class workforce. Industry-specific solutions to address unique requirements and challenges in healthcare, professional services, the public sector and more.

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Vibe HCM provides performance review and appraisal software in a SaaS deployment model. With an emphasis on intelligent social capabilities, customers have the opportunity to personalize applications to their business units.
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Vibe HCM provides performance review and appraisal software in a SaaS deployment model. With an emphasis on intelligent social capabilities, customers have the opportunity to personalize applications to their business units.
 
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Drawing from 20 years of experience serving more than 4,500 companies, the Asure People Success Platform is a suitable option for small to midsize businesses, as well as enterprise corporations. Asure People Success includes modules... Read More
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Drawing from 20 years of experience serving more than 4,500 companies, the Asure People Success Platform is a suitable option for small to midsize businesses, as well as enterprise corporations. Asure People Success includes modules... Read More
 
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Founded in 2007, Reviewsnap offers an integrated suite of talent management solutions spanning performance reviews, compensation management and learning management. Users are automatically granted access to all applications in the... Read More
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Founded in 2007, Reviewsnap offers an integrated suite of talent management solutions spanning performance reviews, compensation management and learning management. Users are automatically granted access to all applications in the... Read More
 
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UltiPro's web-based human capital management software provides a solid solution for your talent management needs - specifically in employee performance reviews. Easily implemented, and ideal for mid-sized to large organizations.
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UltiPro's web-based human capital management software provides a solid solution for your talent management needs - specifically in employee performance reviews. Easily implemented, and ideal for mid-sized to large organizations.
 
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Delivering award-winning HR solutions for more than 25 years, Infor's employee evaluation application delivers the tools managers need to maximize the review process. Let Infor do the busywork, so you can focus on your people.
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Delivering award-winning HR solutions for more than 25 years, Infor's employee evaluation application delivers the tools managers need to maximize the review process. Let Infor do the busywork, so you can focus on your people.
 

Buyer's Guide

by Brian Westfall,
Market Research Associate
Last Updated: April 21, 2017


Employee reviews are arguably the best opportunity an organization has to energize and motivate its employees. Managers get a chance to sit down and have a one-on-one conversation with employees, as well as give and receive 360-degree feedback. For many organizations, though, the process of scheduling, executing and documenting reviews can be incredibly arduous. Relying on traditional methods, managers and human resources (HR) professionals are left with countless paper forms and records to review and file, which takes away from time and energy spent on the review itself. 

There are more than 100 different employee performance management software solutions available for modernizing and automating the evaluation processes in an organization. With so many options to review, it’s no small task to find the best fit for your organization. That’s why we have written this buyer’s guide to help you identify the right solution.

Here’s what we’ll cover:

What Is Employee Evaluation Software?
What Type of Buyer Are You?
Benefits and Potential Issues
Market Trends to Understand
The Vendor Landscape

What Is Employee Evaluation Software?

Employee evaluation software systems automate the cumbersome—and often time consuming—task of regularly evaluating employees. With the right evaluation and employee management software in place, the challenge of strategically developing your organization's workforce becomes a collaborative effort with tangible results. These systems enable employers to focus on identifying top talent and developing employees to better fit the needs of an organization. Employee appraisal software also makes it easier for managers to track employees’ goals and performance throughout the year, and then share this information with authorized users across the organization.

The HR software market is growing, and the emergence of new strategic companies has pushed all vendors to increase the pace of innovation. One major change in HR and talent management software has been the move toward cloud computing. Cloud computing, also known as Software as a Service (SaaS), is a model in which the software vendor hosts the application on the web, making it easy for you to securely access the application through any Web browser.

Ultipro employee performance management system dashboard screenshot

Ultipro employee performance management system dashboard screenshot

 

One key benefit of Web-based software is that users can access the system from anywhere. With this model, employees can log in and perform self reviews, view past reviews, view recent achievements against goals set and schedule reviews without bothering the busy folks in HR. Managers can set reminders, run performance reports, flag top talent for advancement and then easily share this information among departments. Traditionally, these activities were more limited to the HR department, where a much smaller set of employees had access to older client/server systems.

Employee review software functionality includes:

  • Performance notes

  • Goal tracking

  • Information sharing

  • Stack ranking

  • Electronic record-keeping

  • Interdepartmental communication

  • Real-time reporting

  • Performance rating

What Type of Buyer Are You?

Before reviewing employee performance evaluation software, it's important to assess what type of buyer you are. We believe that 90 percent of buyers fit into one of these categories:

Best-of-breed buyers. These buyers work for organizations looking for ways to specifically enhance their review processes. The organization may already have an HR system in place, but needs a better solution with measurable results to monitor, track and review employees. These buyers want straightforward, simple-to-use tools that can be implemented into their complex HR operation with minimal interruption. High functionality is key, and best-of-breed performance appraisals systems are the best place to start.

Integrated suite buyers. These buyers work for organizations where some of the HR processes have become disjointed and inconsistent. Their current processes for performance reviews may be outdated, and they struggle to easily identify and cultivate key performers. These buyers are interested in improving existing human resources systems across the board to create a more efficient, effective process for both managers and employees. Integrated HR suites with a robust portfolio of applications, including well-developed employee evaluation systems, offer the best solution for these buyers.

Cost-conscious buyers. These buyers work for organizations looking to roll out a modernized performance appraisal process that engages and motivates their talent to its fullest potential while keeping costs low. Although there are inexpensive on-premise options available, the SaaS model—which runs on a monthly service fee is changing the industry. That means organizations with more limited resources can now take advantage of feature-rich performance appraisal solutions for less.

Benefits and Potential Issues

Thanks to recent developments in the employee evaluation software market, updating processes to engage, energize and retain talent is less daunting. It’s just a matter of performing thorough performance management software comparisons and finding the right system that can handle your unique needs today and in the years to come. By implementing a new system and modernizing your approach to reviews and workforce development, your organization has a great opportunity to build culture, while attracting and retaining top talent.

Many managers lack the time required to effectively execute annual reviews. Reviewing paper records, submitting forms and manually tracking performance throughout the year can be a hassle. Consequently, organizations often miss out on the full value of the information generated in the review process. Not to mention, development and retention strategies are difficult to enforce, and top talent can slip through the cracks. By failing to take advantage of the performance appraisal software available to them, organizations run the risk of hurting their bottom line.

Market Trends to Understand

When researching employee performance review software, there are a number of market trends you should understand:

Software-as-a-Service. Cloud computing has changed the way we do HR. SaaS provides a user-friendly, Internet-based option for adding new functionality and accessibility for your employees. By giving them access to employee evaluation solutions anywhere they have Internet access, SaaS connects all parties involved, making the review process much more collaborative. With SaaS, HR solutions are also easier to implement than ever, which means faster adoption and improved user accessibility. Although the best-of-breed SaaS options offer best practices and allow for configuration to meet your needs, it's important to note that specific customization options can be limited.

Consolidation. Larger software companies have aggressively acquired many best-of-breed solutions to strengthen the arsenal of their integrated suites. For buyers, this means increased functionality and integration with the rest of your HR system. This is especially important in the employee review process, as it broadens the scope of reviews to encompass an employee’s entire lifecycle within an organization. Employee information that previously existed in silos is now centralized and highly visible for managers, enabling organizations to identify top performers and focus their retention efforts strategically. Be sure to lock in rates and service terms, though, as disruption in service can occur when vendors are acquired.

Strategic HR. Basic HR such as payroll, benefits management and human resource management systems (HRMS) now serve as the backbone for a much larger, more complex organism. This complex organism, or “strategic HR,” encompasses the functions and processes associated with talent management and workforce management. HR software developers have turned out a number of products aimed at making concepts like talent pooling, proactive management and strategic development more tangible and attainable for organizations. The emergence of SaaS has had a strong impact on the emerging relevance of strategic HR, and organizations would be wise to tap into performance appraisal systems that put the right tools in their hands.

The Vendor Landscape

These types of buyers... Should evaluate these systems...
Best-of-breed buyer iCIMS Talent Platform, ReviewSNAP, Plateau
Integrated suite buyer Ascentis, Sage Abra, SAP ERP Human Capital Management
Cost-conscious buyers TrakStar, SuccessFactors, Sonar6

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