Small Improvements Software

4.19 / 5 (21)

About Small Improvements


Small Improvements is a cloud-based platform that enables users to administer and manage performance reviews and feedback as well as utilize 360-degree, continuous feedback. It can be used by small to midsize businesses in a number of industries, including IT, retail, apparel, finance and media.

Small Improvements is comprised of four integrated modules. Performance reviews let everyone, manager and employee alike, know where they stand, and offer both praise and hints to improve.

360-degree feedback allows employees to receive feedback from everyone - coworkers, manager and clients. Once this feedback is collected and the performance review is finished, Small Improvements gives users a way to create and track their personal development plan based on that feedback.

Companies with longer review cycles can use continuous feedback to send quick words of praise, propose ideas and make suggestions and comments, which can be both public or private, depending on the message and company culture.



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Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Mac OS, Linux, HP-UX, AIX, Solaris, Unix, IBM OS/400, Web browser (OS agnostic), Windows 2000

21 Reviews of Small Improvements

Average User Ratings

Overall

4.19 / 5 stars

Ease-of-use

4.5

Value for money

4.0

Customer support

4.0

Functionality

4.0

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5 stars

(9)

4 stars

(7)

3 stars

(5)

2 stars

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February 2016

Anonymous

Company Size: 11-50 employees

Review Source: GetApp


Ease-of-use

3 of 5

Value for money

3 of 5

February 2016

Good Little App

I use Small Improvements to manage the objectives of my software development team. I use the Objectives and Key Results (OKR) method, which works pretty well with Small Improvements. I just list the key results in the description of the objective. The comments can then reference one of the key results. Originally we set the objectives semesterly, and they got lost amid the day-to-day work we do. We then changed to quarterly objectives, and that works much better. I work together with my employees to set the objectives, and they know pretty well what they need to accomplish throughout the quarter. It is important that the tool sends out emails to remind people of their objectives. I can really see how employees are working on the objectives throughout the quarter.

Pros

- Manager and employee can continuously add comments to an objective to document milestones achieved, praises given, or changes in the objectives. At the end of the quarter I just read through them to come of with a rating for the objective
- Daily digest to employees shows them when comments are added to objectives, and reminds them to log in to the system and keep a running update on their objectives
- Performance reviews are done in writing by both employee and manager. Only after both parties see each others review we meet in person to discuss. This gives both parties the chance to think about the review of the other party, which leads to a fruitful discussion.

Cons

- User interface is sometimes a bit confusing. There are multiple views of the objectives, and you can do different things in each. Since the tool doesn't get used every day I often find myself trying to remember where I can e.g. set the rating on an objective.
- The tool offers a number of configurations, but it doesn't really guide you on a best practice of how to set and track objectives. I would love the tool to have a wizard to set up e.g. OKR that explains how to map that to the tool.

November 2015

Meike from Turtle Entertainment GmbH


Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

5 of 5

November 2015

A new Game at Turtle Entertainment!

Pros

The start for our company into Small Improvements Review System couldn’t be easier. The explanations on the website for employees, manager and as well for me as an HR user couldn’t be easier understandable. After set up off all user accounts and introducing the tool to our team, they direct way started to work with it. Some small corrections by awesome quick help of the really kind consultants of Small Improvements, gave us the possibility to complete a review of 2012 for the whole company within two month.
All employees embraced the system with a positive feedback. I am brim with enthusiasm for the Tool and look forward to work with it in the upcoming successful years at Turtle Entertainment.

Cons

With its easily understandable user face, quick help of the consultants and permanent changeable manager and user accounts Small Improvements fits perfectly for Turtle Entertainments Review System as well as for setting up our employees Objectives, which we are working currently on.

December 2018

Bailey from The Association of Child Life Professionals, Inc.

Company Size: 11-50 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Functionality

5 of 5

December 2018

Easy to use for small offices with limited HR capacity

This seems like a really nice and innovative company. They provided us with a nonprofit license and it is so greatly appreciated!

Pros

I got our annual review process out to everyone within minutes. It's all online and there's no paperwork to deal with until you print the very final version and put them in the folders.

The other neat thing is the "Praise" feature. Although I would like greater participation, I have it synched with Slack so that staff can put in almost no effort to praise their colleagues in such a way that it's recorded to their personnel files. That's awesome.

Cons

Some staff members haven't really adopted this for real use to check in on goals. I don't see it as a major issue with the software, but it might reflect on its usability.

November 2018

Anonymous

Verified Reviewer

Company Size: 51-200 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Functionality

3 of 5

November 2018

Works well, but unsure if it's truly helpful

Overall, small improvements has been with our company for over 2 years, and it is used widely. It's a key tool in keeping track of our company, departmental, and individual goals. Overall, we have a positive experience with it, but I'm not sure if it's fully worth the cost.

Pros

Small improvements has a really intuitive interface, and is incredibly easy to use. I like that we can see everyone's goals, company wide. Great tool for transparency.

Cons

While it's an interesting tool to use, I'm not sure that it's something that we truly need in our arsenal. If I had to cut our tools budget, SI might not make the cut.

July 2018

Anonymous

Verified Reviewer

Company Size: 51-200 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Value for money

4 of 5

Customer support

4 of 5

Functionality

5 of 5

July 2018

Very user-friendly performance review system

Pros

Small Improvements is an easy-to-use performance review system that allows a collaborative review between the employee and supervisor. I love that you're able to let the employee self evaluate their own performance and compare against the manager's notes. The program allows for open dialogue on improvements for the future. The signing of reviews is an easy process.

Cons

Writing out answers to each section takes a decent amount of time to complete. Probably could provide some additional functionality in ratings outside of essay responses.

February 2019

Anonymous

Verified Reviewer

Company Size: 51-200 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Value for money

5 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

4 of 5

February 2019

Really initiative

I like their customer service. They've always responded in a timely manner. There might be a line, but I've never been able to reach anyone.

Pros

There's lot of different performance review softwares out there but Small Improvement gets the job done. You can do peer 360's, self review, and manager reviews. I really like that you can set a timeline for what works for you and send out notifications as you please.

Cons

I wish that they had an anonymous feedback feature. While it states that they do have this feature, the anonymous feedback gets sent from one person to the other without notifying either managers or the HR admins, which could be problematic in case you want to monitor the feedback, or make sure that it's actionable and not hurtful.

November 2017

Kelly from VLACS

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Value for money

5 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

5 of 5

November 2017

Our company uses Small Improvements for Employee Reviews and so much more!

Pros

Small Improvements is a fantastic way for our company to recognize employees/co-workers for their great work and achievements. We also use it for our annual employee reviews, allowing all employees to take part in their review process.

Cons

When you've left feedback for an employe/co-worker you're not always notified when someone replies to it.

Response from Small Improvements of Small Improvements Software GmbH

Replied November 2017

Thanks so much for the kind words Kelly! :) For anyone interested in more detail, here's the VLACS case study on our website: https://www.small-improvements.com/case-studies/vlacs/

December 2017

Anonymous

Verified Reviewer

Company Size: 51-200 employees

Review Source: GetApp


Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Functionality

5 of 5

December 2017

Nice options, easy to use.

As an end user, I've only used it a few times, but it seems like a solid product.

Pros

As an end user, Small Improvements is really easy to use. My company only uses it for annual reviews, but it could be used even more regularly to track goals and projects throughout the year. I also like the option to add badges.

January 2018

Anonymous

Verified Reviewer

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Value for money

3 of 5

Customer support

4 of 5

Functionality

4 of 5

January 2018

Concise and Easy to Use

Reviewing colleagues and ensuring everyone is on the same page and improving

Pros

I like how easy this software is to use and how you can answer free form. I also like how easy it is to compare what you wrote with what your manager/employee wrote. Very helpful to make sure everyone is on the same page and where you differ.

Cons

I do wish there were some more format options that could be used or, if there are, maybe better tutorials on how to use and implement those.

December 2018

Anonymous

Verified Reviewer

Company Size: 11-50 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

3 of 5

Value for money

4 of 5

Customer support

4 of 5

Functionality

3 of 5

December 2018

Pointless

It was just okay. I don't think my team really loves the site. It feels more like homework than goal setting and tracking.

Pros

I liked the idea of this software. We wanted our team to set goals & be able to track them throughout the year.

Cons

I definitely did not like the review feature of this product. It was clunky & as the admin, I would have to jump through hoops to extended the cycle dates.

February 2019

Stephanie from Skilljar

Company Size: 51-200 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

4 of 5

Functionality

4 of 5

February 2019

Good performance review tool

Pros

This software is straightforward and easy for every level of user. It has helped capture performance review data in an easily customizable form.

Cons

Pretty simple software, no cons I can think of.

April 2018

Max from MyXplor

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Value for money

3 of 5

Customer support

4 of 5

Functionality

4 of 5

April 2018

Good goal setting and tracking software

Pros

Very easy to use and works well on all my devices; they do a good job with recognition and a good effort with design. Just set it up and it's on its own after.

Cons

Not the best value for what it is, but our team doesn't want to spend time in more spreadsheets or docs for goals. Not many other options out there.

March 2019

Anonymous

Verified Reviewer

Company Size: 201-500 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Value for money

5 of 5

Customer support

4 of 5

Functionality

5 of 5

March 2019

Great performance tool!

Pros

I think Small Improvements is extremely easy to implement and roll out to staff. I took me a very short time to get it up and running which is great.

Cons

Sometimes the customer service isn't the best, in the beginning they weren't very responsive but recently they have been great.

August 2015

Anonymous

Review Source: GetApp


Ease-of-use

4 of 5

Value for money

3 of 5

Customer support

4 of 5

August 2015

November 2017

Robin from D0Q - Virtual Learning Academy Charter School

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

4 of 5

Customer support

3 of 5

Functionality

4 of 5

November 2017

Nice options for sharing praise

Pros

We use this software for our reviews at work. It is easy to use and easy to share praise with co-workers.

July 2018

Anonymous

Verified Reviewer

Company Size: 501-1,000 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

4 of 5

Value for money

5 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

5 of 5

July 2018

Well-organized performance review system

organization and reminders!

Pros

Very cute graphics and helpful reminders about deadlines for nominating reviewers. While I'm not a huge fan of my company's newer, more rigorous performance review cycle, this makes organizing it a lot easier.

Cons

The prompts for reviews seem pretty vagues. I wish there was a way for HR/People Ops to tailor the prompts to be more specific/relevant to our company and our quarter/year half goals

January 2018

Chris from Summit Benefits Solution

Company Size: 11-50 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

3 of 5

Value for money

3 of 5

Customer support

4 of 5

Functionality

4 of 5

January 2018

Affordable and customizable

Our company reviewed and tried out a lot of different systems before we found the right solution for us. This one seemed promising because it was integrated with our HRIS. Our HRIS is extremely easy to use and intuitive. The integration that they built looked really well as well. It was just under our personal tab. It made it look like it was one system.

Pros

We liked how it integrated with our HRIS. You could customize a lot of the questions.
It's completely automated which can save you tons of time.

Cons


The con for us was that it didn't really align with what we were trying to accomplish with performance reviews. We ended up using it for a few months and going with a different provider.

February 2018

Anonymous

Verified Reviewer

Company Size: 51-200 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

3 of 5

Value for money

3 of 5

Customer support

3 of 5

Functionality

3 of 5

February 2018

It's been okay.

Pros

The aesthetic is nice, and using/sharing the 9-box grid with people your managing works well for peer reviews.

Cons

It's easy to get disorganized or not easily find reviews you've been in for other people. Could link to reviews you're in the day of for easy access.

February 2019

Feriel from Phase-6

Company Size: 51-200 employees

Review Source


Ease-of-use

3 of 5

Value for money

3 of 5

Customer support

4 of 5

Functionality

3 of 5

February 2019

decent feedback tool

Pros

can be used for both personal, individual or group assessment, as well as for exchanging feedback with other colleagues, or your direct boss.
reminds you to set clear objectives, organize 1:1 meetings and write assessments regularly

Cons

the design is not attractive at all: too much text (using too many different fonts), very little design, charts colors (no data visualization at all)

August 2018

Chris from Command Alkon

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Value for money

4 of 5

Customer support

4 of 5

Functionality

5 of 5

August 2018

Great centric location for self-evaluation.

Pros

The set up for this app is simple yet has everything needed. It is very easy to use, and you don't have to dig to find your objectives, scheduled one v. one, etc. It is all on the sidebar a click away! Praising others for their achievements is just as easy too, and because it is easy, it makes it more frequent.

Cons

The product really is superb in its simplicity, which is a defining feature. At times a touch more of customization would be ideal, but overall the app is superb and grants the user everything they could desire for self-improvement and career flow/progression/monitoring.