Top 10 Talent Management Solutions Q1 2017- According to Real Users

IT Central Station’s crowdsourced user review platform helps technology decision makers around the world to better connect with peers and other independent experts who provide advice without vendor bias.

Our users have ranked their solutions according to their valuable features, and have also discussed where they see room for improvement. You can read user reviews for the top 10 Talent Management solutions here, to help you decide which solution is best for you.

Users compare and give feedback on the Talent Management tools that they’ve used — based on product reviews, ratings, and comparisons.

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#1 PeopleSoft

PeopleSoft is ranked as the number one solution in talent management by our users during Q1 2017.

“It is strong in business processes and technology”, writes Rama Chunduri. “The technology is open-ended. The user interface is much more stable and really robust. The strength of PeopleSoft is that the business processes are solid.”

This Senior IT Solution Supervisor shares that he’d “like to have a dashboard on a mobile app where I can check the health of all the servers and middleware, where I can get alert notifications if there are any critical services going or not going up at all.”

#2 IBM Kenexa

IT Central Station users rank IBM Kenexa as the number two talent management solution of Q1 2017.

Jeff Wellstead describes that “Of all the current talent analytics offerings on the market today, IBM Kenexa Talent Insights is the most comprehensive end-to-end, data-agnostic analytics tool.

It has instant infographic and dynamic dashboarding capabilities. You can literally click, drag and drop a massive data set into the tool, wait about 3-10 seconds, and suddenly be looking at 10 instantly relevant data analytics cases.”

Angela Scalpello shares that “The team didn’t find the reporting tool that easy to use, in terms of pulling their own data, slicing and dicing it, combining groups. Some of them did, but for the most part, it felt like a bridge too far.”

#3 Cornerstone OnDemand

Cornerstone OnDemand is ranked as the number three solution in talent management by our users in Q1 2017.

Learning management and reporting are the most valuable features” writes Rui Brandao.

He continues to describe that how “Its flexibility allows different configurations for different areas of the company while keeping it all together. Reporting and data delivered to the end user are also much improved over our previous reality.”

Brandao then adds that “There is always room for improvement. I would like to see improvement in notification management and administration.”

#4 SAP SuccessFactors

IT Central Station users rank SAP SuccessFactors as the number four talent management solution of Q1 2017.

Liat Oren Wachs describes that “Everything in the product is most valuable to us. The flexibility of working with so many types of forms in one platform and also the ability to define different eligible populations for any process are extremely helpful features.”

Wachs also suggests that “There should be a single mechanism to manage forms, i.e., to create a template/forms, change/route etc.

There is also need for role-based permissions and the ability to add filters in the compensation form.”

#5 Workday

Workday is ranked as the number five solution of Q1 2017.

This VP Information Technology shares that “Workday, for us, is the tip of the spear for so much of what we do downstream…

The API’s have enabled us to really deliver reliable automation to the company. This isn’t just critical, because we can create ease of use, though that is really nice.

Reliable, auditable integration has reduced the complexity and cost of our ongoing audits. Users get the access they need, when they need it, and it is removed when we need it removed.”

Harrison Jacob also shares that Workday is “great for operational / detailed reporting and some low-level analytics, but for heavy-duty analysis against large data sets, I find it’s a bit lacking.”

#6 SAP HCM

IT Central Station users rank SAP HCM as the number six talent management solution of Q1 2017.

Alessandra Balduzzi describes that because SAP HCM’s valuable features entail “integration with all business processes, standard features, flexibility in configuration, and full scalability, Integration Information systems between different business processes allows in my opinion the increase of efficiency in the organization.”

At the same time, Balduzzi continues, improvement could be made in the “graphic interface and usability for end users…Nowadays, people are used to web interfaces, user-friendly screens, and rapid deployment functionalities. A different way of using the system in my opinion could avoid the thought that this system is not up-to-date.”

#7 BambooHR

BambooHR is ranked as the number seven solution of Q1 2017.

Anna Pearson shares that “We use BambooHR to store our HR files and it’s incredibly helpful having all HR information in one place as a quick reference tool.

There is a great variety of customization available; as an international company I really appreciate that I can adjust lists (onboarding and public holidays for example) to be unique for each country/office in question.”

“I would like to see some improvements with custom reports and signature templates”, writes Sara Schmidt, specifying that “I am finding I have to export and filter things out I don’t need. I would also like to be able to put a date range on my custom reports.”

#8 Oracle Taleo

IT Central Station users rank Oracle Taleo as the number eight talent management solution of Q1 2017.

This Senior Manager of Oracle Applications Support identifies “recruiting” as one of Oracle Taleo’s most valuable features. He describes that “Putting the requisitions through takes around 5 minutes at the most. If you know you have the job description ready, just plug it in.”

For room for improvement, Jon Ander Ortiz Martinez shares that “Although I know that the Oracle Development team is working on it for next releases, there are certain areas where functionality could be improved in the Learning Module (better integration with the other modules, and in terms of reporting).”

#9 PageUp People

PageUp People is ranked as the number nine solution of Q1 2017.

A Senior People Systems Administrator describes that “it has a user-friendly interface in managing job requisitions for the end user.

Another valuable feature is the online PageUp guy to whom we can always ask in regards to configuration matters.”

Magdaline Pothitos suggests that “reporting could be improved…we have experienced some difficulty in trying to automate some fairly standard reports to be sent out to our hiring areas regarding current recruitment in their respective areas.”

#10 Saba Cloud

IT Central Station users rank Saba Cloud as the number 10 talent management solution of Q1 2017.

One user writes that “Features such as the auto waitlist, prescriptive rules, and team approvals are the most valuable” in Saba Cloud.

This user then adds that “They can make it more simple in terms of UI. The UI is complex in regards to the navigation and functionality.”

Read more user reviews for the Top Talent Management Solutions of Q1 2017 here.

Talent Management Reviews Face-off: PeopleSoft vs. IBM Kenexa vs. SAP SuccessFactors vs. Cornerstone OnDemand

What do enterprise tech professionals look for when choosing a Talent Management Solution? In this week’s Face-off between Talent Management reviews, IT Central Station users discuss features such as software reliability, stability, robustness, usability, and more. Their reviews also address the users’ main use-cases for their Talent Management solution of choice, as well as where they suggest room for improvement.

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PeopleSoft

Question: What are PeopleSoft’s Most Valuable Features?

Answer:

Sr. PeopleSoft Administrator at a Local Government:

The most valuable feature of this product is the HR suite; it is leading vendor for human resources in the market. So for me, the HR and payroll features are the biggest flagship of the PeopleSoft product.”

Anil Kumar Pandey, Principal at a manufacturing company:

The most valuable feature of PeopleSoft Procurement is the completely end-to-end integration of the procurement process. From the time you set up the master data information and set up the contracts, you are able to create transactions.”

Question: Where Do You See Room for Improvement in PeopleSoft?

Answer:

Alexsandre Bisetto, Head of IT Applications:

“Reports can definitely be improved. There are very few core reports. Every time you have a request for information, you need to customize a report. It would be great to have a report generator that could bring more flexibility and speed to delivering information to end users.”

Berhard Saragih, Project Manager/Oracle PeopleSoft HCM Functional Consultant:

“There is room for improvement in the Operation Module, such as Time Labor, and Global Absence, where every country has different regulations. That’s the challenge for Oracle: to bridge the customization.”

IBM Kenexa

Question: What are IBM Kenexa’s Most Valuable Features?

Answer:

Seniordi4b2f, Senior Director Of Human Resources:

“The most valuable feature is the standardization of all of the basic aspects of recruitment process management. I think it’s the idea of opening and closing requisitions, and the workflow to enable efficient movement of a mass number of candidates through a product to get all the way from job sourcing through to hiring and onboarding.”

Angela Scalpello, SVP Organizational Development:

“The most important features are that the instrument can be customized, that we can get important and relevant data about our employees, and the responsiveness of our client team from IBM has been phenomenal. It’s been a real partnership.”

Question: Where Do You See Room for Improvement in IBM Kenexa?

Answer:

Saumya Chopra, Talent Systems and Operations Analyst:

The user interface could do with an overhaul. Also, some screens that are not configurable should be opened to clients for customization.”

Jennifer Lipes, Recruiter:

“The tool functions inconsistently. In the past year, there has been a significant increase in the amount of “internal errors” that are displayed. We also have to make multiple attempts to get a page to load. In addition, the search function is a bit complicated in terms of requisition searches.”

SAP SuccessFactors

Question: What are SAP SuccessFactors’s Most Valuable Features?

Answer:

Santhosh Somasekharan, Principal Consultant:

User Interface – Gives a polished look for both users and administrators when they log in and access the system.

Workflow configuration – Can configure any level of workflow for approval process with functionalities such as dynamic group, dynamic role concepts.

Role-based permissions – Can define a very clear role-based permission based on portlets or fields level permission.”

Liat Oren Wachs, Global HRIS Leader:

“Everything in the product is most valuable to us. The flexibility of working with so many types of forms in one platform and also the ability to define different eligible populations for any process are extremely helpful features.”

Question: Where Do You See Room for Improvement in SAP SuccessFactors?

Answer:

SapSucce69c1, SAP SuccessFactors Learning Consultant:

“SuccessFactors LMS generally is not a financial system. However, some of the clients previously asked for more advanced financial integrations; mainly invoice processing and mainly with external systems. Learning functionality, in this case, hardly can fulfill the requirements. On the other hand, there is actually an ongoing improvement in this area, and new features are introduced on a periodical basis. Definitely a positive sign.”

Greg Picozzi, Senior Director IT:

“There are opportunities in every piece of software. It’s not 100%. It’s hard to find developers. That’s the only problem we really have with this solution. It’s hard to find people who can manage it.”

Cornerstone OnDemand

Question: What are Cornerstone OnDemand’s Most Valuable Features?

Answer:

Bethany Warburton, Principal Consultant:

“The analytics are very easy to use – it produces the data quickly and easily, and can be downloaded and scheduled. Whether it is a report on who has completed a course, or an entire manager’s direct and indirect hierarchy against a single class or a list of courses. Super easy and flexible.”

Danie Pretorius, Cornerstone Senior Consultant: LMS Implementation:

“The best feature for me is the Custom Reporting Tool available to the user. This is an extremely powerful tool and in my opinion is the true power behind the platform. Clients are not held hostage by providers to produce and or update existing reports.”

Question: Where Do You See Room for Improvement in Cornerstone OnDemand?

Answer:

Jane Clodfelter:

“This product could have more features and ways to deliver training. Some of the learning objects, such as the external training form, are very rigid in how you can interact with them.”

Rui Brandao, General Director:

“There is always room for improvement. I would like to see improvement in notification management and administration.”

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New Reviews for 2017: Talent Management Solutions Roundup

In IT Central Station’s user community, 1690 users follow the Talent Management Solutions category. Users in our community have already contributed new reviews for Talent Management Solutions in 2017 for PeopleSoft, SuccessFactors, PageUp People, BambooHR and Saba Cloud.

Users discuss the valuable features of the solutions that they use, as well as where they see room for improvement.

PeopleSoft

Valuable Features

According to Seniorte516327, PeopleSoft is “One of the best on-prem ERP systems on the market with robust features. It is a complete suite with modules that fully cover all the needs of any business.”

Snrsysteea80 shares that “The payroll feature is very robust. They support a wide variety of technology. They are keeping up with these new technologies, so that means scalability is high.”

Room For Improvement

Despite this, Snrsysteea80 comments that “There are many areas in this product that can be improved, especially in regards to the EPM side.”

Seniorte516327 adds that “Upgrades are lengthy and costly.”

Roderick Fajarda agrees, pointing to “Processing speed and user-friendliness” as another area with room for improvement.

SAP SuccessFactors

Valuable Features

An HCM Team Lead at a Tech Services Company notes that “SF Learning and Employee Central are the most valuable modules in my experience. Employee Central is often the first full personnel backbone for a company. It offers all the possibilities to manage employee data, but even more important, it offers out-of-box headcount and strategic reporting.”

Greg Picozzi adds “We have multiple offices in different countries. This solution allowed us to consolidate all that data together without having to send spreadsheets and emails.”

Brian Levine writes “The role-based permissions functionality is beyond great (in my opinion) and is honestly more robust and flexible than any other security setup/process that we have with other business software.”

Room For Improvement

But Hcmteamlb020 would like to see “More functionality in time registration, calculation and payroll.”

Saphcmsu48a0 highlights that “Reporting is done in several tools and should be reduced to one tool.”

For Hrsoluti487c, “LMS, the admin tool, is quite complex and requires a lot of admin work.”

PageUp People

Valuable Features

According to Magdaline Pothitos, the most valuable feature of PageUp People Talent Management Solution is their “Candidate management: It’s a one-stop shop from the application stage, right through to offer and onboarding, learning and performance management.”

Recruiteaf9b agrees, writing that “It has eliminated the need for paper-based applications and candidate profiles. It’s also effective to create candidate pools and track the progress of applications.”

Seniorprf053 adds “I used the solution for bulk recruitment activities, so I personally really liked the ability to set up events, email large groups of candidates, and search based on application question responses.

Room For Improvement

However, Recruiteaf9b also sees room for improvement: “There are sometimes problems when loading the system; it can be very slow. Also, the advertising section in the original job card section, cannot be selected.”

Daniel Chilcott finds that “This product could be improved if it could manage contractors. Also, if training records could be uploaded in batches.”

Pothitos further writes that “Reporting could be improved.”

BambooHR

Valuable Features

Saleseng7859 enjoys that BambooHR “keeps everything easily accessible, from signed documents to outlines of our benefits plans, etc. It is really a one-stop shop.”

To Accounti2aac, “The most valuable feature for us is the time off request. It is very practical and useful.”

Meanwhile, Executivf1a9 shares that “The job openings are the most valuable for me because I use it the most. The BambooHR system makes it a lot faster for me to review and follow-up with candidates.”

Room For Improvement

Nonetheless, Generalib03d comments “We have encountered stability issues. The product can be unstable at times.”

Peopleop378b would like to see BambooHR improve “Their integration with formal HR systems and the payroll.”

Marvin Webb points out that “The performance appraisal system is too static and limited. It doesn’t leave room for different questions other than those provided.”

Saba Cloud

Valuable Features

For Associat3355, Saba Cloud Talent Management Solution’s most valuable features include “Features such as the auto waitlist, prescriptive rules and team approvals.”

Room For Improvement

However, Associat3355 also notes that “They can make it more simple in terms of UI. The UI is complex in regards to the navigation and functionality.”

Read more new user reviews for Talent Management Solutions on IT Central Station.

What Real Users are Saying about SAP SuccessFactors — New for 2017

SAP SuccessFactors is ranked as a top Talent Management solution in the IT Central Station community, with an average rating of 7.8. The Talent Management software category is followed by 1,690 of our users, which includes 39 software solutions used by enterprise tech professionals.  

We’ve chosen several new user reviews of SAP SuccessFactors for 2017 — to help you evaluate Talent Management softwares as they evolve in 2017.

Valuable Features

“The flexibility of working with so many types of forms in one platform and also the ability to define different eligible populations for any process are extremely helpful features.”

Liat Oren Wachs, Global HRIS Leader, Senior Director at a tech services company

“The tool allows us to consolidate many review processes into one process. We had a lot of processes and everybody was doing their own thing. This tool has streamlined that succession management process.”

Greg Picozzi, Senior Director IT, Business Intelligence & Data Resources at Norwegian Cruise Line

“The Admin Tools functionality in Employee Central is great. For a technical/functional associate within our IT team, we can accomplish many (but not all) of the requests from our business partners.

The role-based permissions functionality is beyond great (in my opinion) and is honestly more robust and flexible than any other security setup/process that we have with other business software that we use (and have the ability to maintain security roles with).”

Brian Levine, IT Director, Corporate Systems at a retailer

“One of the talent solutions is a learning management system (LMS), which is also my main area of responsibility. Based on my overall experience in the SAP world, I consider the LMS a key component-tool to engage people across the organization. It might be challenging to set it up and align with clients’ requirements. However, once it is done, it becomes very handy and easy to use from a user perspective.”

SapSucce69c1, Sap Success Factors Learning Consultant at a recruiting/HR firm

Room for Improvement

“There should be a single mechanism to manage forms, i.e., to create a template/forms, change/route etc. There is also need for role-based permissions and the ability to add filters in the compensation form.”

Liat Oren Wachs, Global HRIS Leader, Senior Director at a tech services company

“Customers are expecting more features in these modules:

– Employee Central
– Succession and CDP
– RCM integration with Indian job portals”

Jeevan Kumar Bodla, Project Manager at a tech services company

“Would be nice to have more standard integrations created for SuccessFactors. Currently, we are aware of standard integrations with WorkForce Software Time & Attendance and BenefitFocus. Others would be good to have (i.e., ADP).”

Brian Levine, IT Director, Corporate Systems at a retailer

“SuccessFactors LMS generally is not a financial system. However, some of the clients previously asked for more advanced financial integrations; mainly invoice processing and mainly with external systems. Learning functionality, in this case, hardly can fulfill the requirements.”

SapSucce69c1, SAP Success Factors Learning Consultant at a recruiting/HR firm

 

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