Small Improvements software


13 reviews(4.0/5)
13 reviews(4.0/5)

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.

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

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  • Chris from Command Alkon

    August 2018

    Great centric location for self-evaluation.

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    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.

    This review was submitted organically. No incentive was offered
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Verified Reviewer

    Number of employees: 51-200 employees

    July 2018

    Very user-friendly performance review system

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    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.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Verified Reviewer

    Number of employees: 501-1,000 employees

    July 2018

    Well-organized performance review system

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    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

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Max from MyXplor

    April 2018

    Good goal setting and tracking software

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    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.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Verified Reviewer

    Number of employees: 51-200 employees

    February 2018

    It's been okay.

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    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.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Chris from Summit Benefits Solution

    Number of employees: 11-50 employees

    January 2018

    Affordable and customizable

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    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.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Verified Reviewer

    January 2018

    Concise and Easy to Use

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    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.

    This review was submitted organically. No incentive was offered
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Verified Reviewer

    Number of employees: 51-200 employees

    December 2017

    Nice options, easy to use.

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    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.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: GetApp
  • Robin from D0Q - Virtual Learning Academy Charter School

    November 2017

    Nice options for sharing praise

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

    This review was submitted organically. No incentive was offered
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Kelly from VLACS

    November 2017

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

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    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.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra

    Response: Small Improvements, Small Improvements Software GmbH

    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/

  • Number of employees: 11-50 employees

    February 2016

    Good Little App

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    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.

    Review Source: GetApp
  • Meike from Turtle Entertainment GmbH

    Specialty: Media

    November 2015

    A new Game at Turtle Entertainment!

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    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.

  • August 2015

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    Review Source: GetApp
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