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15Five

6 Ratings

Sparkbay

1 Ratings

15Five

6 Ratings
Score 8.3 out of 101

Sparkbay

1 Ratings
Score 10 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

15Five

15Five is well suited for businesses/groups that are transparent, and willing to share information. If an organization was not a place where information is freely shared, it would not be helpful. Although, it could improve the level of transparency, as members of the organization could have space where they feel comfortable to share information. There are several different privacy settings within the each 15Five, so users can choose what they want to share. Also, it's best to make sure you/your organization has the time to use 15Five. It can be time-consuming for users, but also for those reviewing employees 15Five. It can be a lot of information to sift through. However, the layout of the software is easy to engage with and digest, which is helpful! Additionally, it's important to share with the team how 15Five works, and why it's being utilized. Depending on the questions that are set up within the software, it would seem a bit invasive to some. However, if a clear expectation is set prior to use 15Five, this may not be an issue.
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Sparkbay

Sparkbay is perfect to keep an eye on the company's engagement level and collect employee general feedback. However it does not replace good one-on-ones.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Performance and Goals

15Five
10.0
Sparkbay
Corporate goal setting
15Five
10.0
Sparkbay
Subordinate goal setting
15Five
10.0
Sparkbay
Individual goal setting
15Five
10.0
Sparkbay
Line-of sight-visibility
15Five
10.0
Sparkbay
Performance tracking
15Five
10.0
Sparkbay

Performance Management

15Five
9.1
Sparkbay
Performance plans
15Five
10.0
Sparkbay
Review status tracking
15Five
10.0
Sparkbay
Rater nomination workflow
15Five
10.0
Sparkbay
Review reminders
15Five
10.0
Sparkbay
Workflow restrictions
15Five
7.0
Sparkbay
Multiple review frequency
15Five
7.0
Sparkbay
Reporting
15Five
10.0
Sparkbay

Pros

  • Goals/To-do lists: 15Five is a great tool for creating to do lists or establishing goals for the week. Employees can add them easily, and check them off when completed. For me, this has provided a helpful visual of what needs to be accomplished that week.
  • It's easy to send information out to anyone in the organization - tagging individuals or @all is an easy way to share information within the platform. Our president is a big fan of 15Five, and she has utilized it as a way to disseminate information throughout our organization. Information can be uploaded in an easy-to-read, easy-to-access manner.
  • Reminders - it's easy to set up reminders within the program, to ensure employees are completing their portion. As an employee, the reminders are helpful in encouraging completion.
  • Customizable questions - direct supports/supervisors can set up different questions to be asked of employees from week to week. This is helpful if there are questions that are needed to be asked weekly, monthly, quarterly, or yearly. Being able to change questions regularly is great.
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  • The software is very easy to work with. We're able to visualize our engagement data in versatile reports, getting key insights for the whole company.
  • The team reports save time in knowing right off the bat how your team is feeling without having to wait for the next one-on-one.
  • The customer support team is very responsive and we always get answers to our questions.
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Cons

  • Although I mentioned customization as a positive aspect, it could use some improvements. The backend process of updating the questions, and setting them to a certain schedule, can be a bit confusing. This process could be streamlined.
  • The commenting process can be a bit confusing. If a person is tagged/mentioned in a comment, they are typically sent an email notifying them. However, it can be difficult to locate where you can reply and continue the conversation. Although a simple issue, it seems it could be easily rectified.
  • I would like to see more integration of the team portion of 15Five. It seems this feature is not as prominent, so you can easily get stuck in just your specific 15Five information.
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  • They provided a training session only to managers. I think they should've invited employees too on a voluntary basis.
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Alternatives Considered

We did not review other products
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Return on Investment

  • 15Five is one of my favorite tools. It has allowed us to keep track of the general morale of the business and to address small issues before they became large issues
  • It has also allowed us to streamline our review process, making everybody's life easier!
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  • Ability to develop targeted initiatives.
  • Increase employees' general happiness.
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Pricing Details

15Five

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details

Sparkbay

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details