IBM Kenexa Reviews

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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
December 03, 2018

Hiring through Kenexa

Score 8 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • Applications on Kenexa - this I believe is the best strength of Kenexa. It is very easy to segregate candidates based on the skill set, role, country, level, etc., hence being the single source for all information.
  • Feedback Forms - As soon as the interviews are done, the tool allows us to send feedback forms with a detailed feedback (up to 4000 words). This allows a detailed documentation of every interview, enabling the organization to make the best possible hires.
  • CRM like features - like any CRM (customer relationship management) tool, Kenexa allows you to be very personalized with every person you are interacting with. The emails directly go to the inbox of the candidates and are personalized as well (with first names, role, and phone numbers).
  • API's - I believe this is one area where Kenexa lags, the ability to talk to other systems. This tool is impossible to integrate with lots of other tools, requring human involvement and manual intervention.
  • Search - Searching is not an easy task. It requires a lot of time and effort to search basic data. But due credit to IBM, they have improved on this a lot. But still the system requires more optimization.
  • Openness - Kenexa is a user defined system. It functions only in one described way. There is no way to reduce time, or have an alternate way. This is sometime irritating.
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James Reich | TrustRadius Reviewer
April 25, 2018

Kenexa connects you with candidates quick and efficiently

Score 8 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • Candidate retrieval and documentation
  • Client documentation
  • Reporting
  • We would love to see a more comprehensive dashboard and having to not use as many clicks to get to where I need sometimes.
  • Perhaps more parsing options for even easier, more automated usage.
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Brent Morffew | TrustRadius Reviewer
July 29, 2016

A steep learning curve post go live

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Pros and Cons

  • We can build/configure as required, to respond to both planned and ad-hoc business requirements.
  • Global sparring and knowledge about global recruitment issues, which are not always ATS related.
  • Customizable automations are fantastic
  • A Client Services Consultant is pretty much required to navigate between bugs and the global support center. A Workbench trained administrator is invaluable.
  • Once languages have been added to a requisition, it is not possible to remove them without rebuilding the req and sending it for approval again. Many defaults point to the system having been originally designed to for system users to only work within a single req language.
  • Reported issues seem to too frequently end up in a loop between the 1st and 2nd level of support, or returned as being fixed, when it isn't.
  • Too many bugs, especially following a release of a new functionality.
  • The system is designed for all users to access the system, even though it may be sold as data can be accessed via emails. Out of system approvals and notifications are disappointing.
  • Too many functionalities which would help usibility are only available to standard fields, which for the most part are unusable.
  • Product releases are normally too far between and lacking functionalities which one would expect in 2014.
  • The Internet Explorer version supported is always behind, by at least one version, if not two.
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Dennard Melton | TrustRadius Reviewer
July 29, 2016

Honest and Straightfoward

Score 5 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • It allow you to track the progress of a potenital candidate from start to finish
  • You can set up email templates that you can send and label for each part of the process
  • You can pull resumes fron different sources by using keyword searches for the type of employees you are looking to hire
  • You can track communications to each candidate to see when you email or last contact the candidate
  • Send emails after using the search Function to find the candidate
  • The number of clicks to move a candidate from start to finish
  • Not having to reclick after changing Multiple status for candidates after reviewing
  • If you search for a candidate and find them in the search, you can't send emails to them even if they are in your req. Must go in req to send emails for template.
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Juan Kuilan, MBA | TrustRadius Reviewer
July 22, 2016

Kenexa? You Betcha!

Score 8 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • Customization of communications being sent to candidates
  • Onboarding experience for candidates
  • Implementation teams are very responsive
  • A desire to listen to what clients want/need next
  • The current mobile application process isn't very sleek or "pretty"
  • They tend to over promise on system capabilities
  • There has been past issues with resolving issues/help desk tickets. This has improved overall but the weekend support is lacking
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Daniela Whitfield | TrustRadius Reviewer
July 18, 2016

The ins & outs of the Kenexa assessment

Score 8 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • Identifies how a candidate will deal with stressful situations within Retail Management.
  • Weeds out potential risk factors with overall performance through detailed, behavioral questions.
  • Assesses key behavioral categories that a manager needs to be successful.
  • Some of the questions under situational judgment are subjective and don't take into account different scenarios.
  • The test is a little lengthy.
  • Some people do not test well and I am not sure if there is a contingency built in for that margin of error.
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Courtney Pontbriand | TrustRadius Reviewer
February 19, 2016

Kenexa Rocks!

Score 9 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • It's very user friendly, it's easy to use even if you have no experience with it.
  • Information is easy to find and navigate which makes doing your job that much easier.
  • Sending candidates invites to apply makes the applicant pool much more diverse.
  • You should be able to add attachments to applicant files.
  • A great enhancement would be to pre-populate fields that you use frequently so you don't have to type everything in multiple times. (ex. Store Managers & Store Numbers).
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Jennifer Uriguen | TrustRadius Reviewer
February 13, 2015

Kenexa review

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Pros and Cons

  • Kenexa BrassRing is a great tool for applicant tracking, posting roles, tracking EEO data, background check info, candidate profiles, templates, reporting,
  • Kenexa technician support is valuable in providing what their customer needs are to run their business effectively
  • Kenexa OrgMappers is a great tool to host engagement surveys, pull data easily, enter data easily
  • Understanding the industry and where technology is going and offering services to customers to bring them up to speed. i.e. solutions for career conferences to easily have candidates apply on the fly
  • Offering to send a rep to the conference free of charge to enhance the customer relationship
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Ellen Pham | TrustRadius Reviewer
February 06, 2015

Not so bad, yet no too good.

Score 3 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • It's really good at stalling time.
  • I liked that documents were easily sent with a single click.
  • Easy to learn and use (at times)
  • The interface needs to be more user-friendly and updated. it seems as though it hasn't been changed or updated in a decade.
  • It needs to be compatible with Google Chrome. Internet Explorer is slower and crashes more often.
  • There needs to be an automatic clean-up option to detain and get rid of outdated resumes to speed up recruitment processes.
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Aaron Binkley | TrustRadius Reviewer
December 15, 2013

"Kenexa 2x BrassRing" comes up short when reaching for the proverbial brass ring.

Score 3 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • BrassRing did make it easy to create and post new jobs as well as unpost and close filled jobs.
  • Kenexa 2x BrassRing is capable of running many useful reports for keeping track of candidate flow and overall recruitment progress.
  • BrassRing's application system for candidates is prone to freezing and crashing in the middle of the application causing potential candidates to lose all progress. I filled out the application myself and witnessed these issues first hand, on top of several complaints I received via phone and email from candidates attempting to apply via the BrassRing service. Also, the Parsing system within the application is not capable of pulling any meaningful information out of text documents.
  • Each user must be added to each job in order for that job, and the candidates in it, to show up in relevant searches. This becomes a problem when a new team member joins the account and needs access to all of the previous openings just so that they can find candidates already in the system. The account I was working on involved literally hundreds of new openings a month, meaning that any movement of personnel on or off the account would mean having to update potentially thousands of old positions just to allow them to be able to mine the ATS for candidates. I don't see any particular reason why someone with access to the system should have to be given access to each individual job. If a particular position needs to be kept confidential for whatever reason then that individual position should be able to be set to only show to authorized recruiters. The rest of the positions should automatically be searchable by anyone with appropriate access to the ATS to allow for basic level candidate mining and movement.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
April 17, 2017

Decent ATS for smaller companies

Score 5 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • Integration with HRIS and job boards
  • Contact management
  • Actual user interface is fairly intuitive
  • Setting up integrations is extremely tedious. For instance, setting up an address feed would have required sending over 5 different spreadsheets on a daily basis (one each for every facility name, street address, zip code, state, country) and a 6th sheet to make the connection between the other 5 elements. We opted not to set up that integration as a result.
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Brett Kummer, PHR | TrustRadius Reviewer
December 20, 2013

Optimize your Recruitment Performance with Kenexa

Score 7 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • Kenexa's "Data Insight Tool" allows for real time metrics to be collected and shared to make decisions that impact our company.
  • Applicant flow data is easy to track as the HR Status options are customizable to adopt to specific work processes.
  • Kenexa customer service allows for an expert technical liaison to help consult any and all implementation decisions that my company decides to pursue.
  • RAM Trigger logic allows for optimal automation of the transactional recruiting processes.
  • Talent Records can be located with Boolean search logic which aids in the recruitment process.
  • Kenexa "Agency Manager" for Third Party Agencies is a primitive tool and could be enhanced to help manage agency usage.
  • System outages are particularly troublesome for our international locations as the generally occur in the middle of their work day.
  • Work Bench Training is only held several times a year and is instrumental to a company's ability to adopt BrassRing as their applicant tracking system.
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Simon Meth | TrustRadius Reviewer
December 14, 2013

Is Kenexa 2XB the Right ATS for Your Recruitment Team?

Score 5 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • 2XB is SaaS and it is up and running most of the time. Performance is usually good and there is only very minimal downtime.
  • 2XB allows corporate recruiters to work the way they want to work. It provides a clear snapshot of everything on the recruiter's "desk": what there is to do now, what there is to do later, and what can be ignored.
  • 2XB can handle companies/organizations of various sizes including the very largest and handles multi-site, multi-countries well.
  • The GUI has undergone several major revisions since I first used it in '03. It is far from Windows compliant. As the market transitions away from pure Windows compliance, now is the time to redesign and bring the UI up-to-date.
  • Reporting is very poor. A redesign of the reporting engine to use modern technologies is needed.
  • There is little that the user can do to customize their experience other than moving columns around, adding and deleting columns, and rearranging the landing page. This should be addressed when architecting the new UI.
  • The implementation of 2XB that I use has no social media integration that I'm aware of. However, Kenexa has announced Release 13: Social media integration and mobile functionality are at the top of the holiday wish list of recruiters this year. Just in time for the holidays, we’re excited to roll out Release 13 of Kenexa 2x BrassRing. Highlights of the release include expanded functionality for social, mobile, on-demand video interviewing, SMS/Text Messaging, user interface advances and candidate relationship management. No idea if that's vaporware or not but at least they are headed in the right direction.
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Angela Cartwright | TrustRadius Reviewer
December 10, 2013

Kenexa is worth considering.

Score 6 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • Candidate View includes the resume which allows for quick decision making on suitability of candidate.
  • The reports generated from Kenexa worked well and easy enough to configure.
  • The flow to the careers page was simple.
  • Posting to external sites was easy to do.
  • The version we had did not include social network sharing and that would have been nice.
  • The version we used didn't support .docx or .pdf but I'm sure that has changed now.
  • Some functionality, like template creation, needed engineering customization and would have been nice to do ourselves.
  • Workflow jump to the next step would have been a nice feature.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
September 19, 2016

Kenexa just another one of the big dog ATS options that recruiters don't like

Score 3 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • Kenexa has been trying to do a better job of understanding the client and candidate needs in the last 12 months but they still have room to improve in this area.
  • With Kenexa's acquisition by IBM, the ticket and support process became more difficult.
  • With resources like IBM behind Kenexa, I was hoping to see things move faster but updates to functionality have come at a slower pace than expected. When new features are added, they are not fully functional at launch e.g. mobile job search and mobile apply - they are communicating that both functionalities are ready however when working through the projects to turn on both, we have discovered a lot of limitations and functionality that have made us hesitant to go live with a less than great experience for our users.
  • No one can clearly communicate the roadmaps for new features and enhancements - we often get conflicting information depending on who you talk to.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
July 26, 2016

Good for some but not all!

Score 6 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • The system is intutive and easy for the recruiters to manager through reqs and candidates.
  • The system has Gobal language capabilities.
  • The sytem has integration posibilites with many different background vendors such as HireRight, and Talentwise.
  • Kenexa does not integrate with other HCM's easily such as Workday.
  • The support for Kenexa is not very good at all. It takes a long time to get tickets resolved and their tier one staff is not very knowledgeable.
  • Their Social Source product was a waste of money. It is very time consuming for recruiters to manage.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
July 12, 2016

Truly awful product, even worse support

Score 1 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • Data extraction - this is about the only area where Kenexa did fairly well. Although there weren't built-in tools to get very meaningful data within the system, you had many options to extract data in ways that would allow ingestion into other systems for processing and analysis.
  • Almost everything - the system is clearly a legacy system that has been patched together over time and never really received the updates it needed to be competitive in a modern web environment. The recruiter experience is very poor, requiring tedious processes for even the most basic tasks. The job applicant experience is also very poor, unless you very heavily tweak the poor interfaces (and even then it's not possible to get it looking and working particularly well). The back-end administration is also quite painful and non-intuitive. The system is capable of doing some powerful things, but you really have to "trick" it into doing what you want. It doesn't appear to be designed with useful functionality in mind. Most of the solutions we implemented for were hacks that worked around silly limitations within the system.
  • Support - really, really poor. We paid for a dedicated consultant, and would regularly go days without getting responses (much less resolutions) to our issues. We replaced the consultant after a few years of pain, and the new consultant wasn't much better. They are not responsive, not knowledgeable, and regularly dropped the ball. Even if the system was excellent, based on the quality of the support we paid to receive I could not recommend this company.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
February 03, 2015

Review of Kenexa

Score 7 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • Interface is clean and concise - It is very easy to see the information needed in one screen. The usage is pretty intuitive.
  • Information and fields displayed is very customizable to individual preference.
  • Easy to see actions that are pending and needing to be addressed and real time status'
  • A better training program may be helpful. A lot of key features I needed to figure out on my own.
  • System can hang up or is slow at times
  • More customization could be provided for default settings.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
December 14, 2013

Kenexa- my personal expereince

Score 7 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • Kenexa allows Boolean key word search within a particular requisition so it makes sifting through a high number of applicants manageable and effective
  • Kenexa can be tailored to meet individual business needs. During the time we’ve had Kenexa here I’ve used it in support of a few different business segments and for each the way the system was used to “position” candidate statuses have varied based on the individual need of the business. One example is when interviewing a high volume of applicants internationally, we were able to send qualified applicants through to the “event manager” and it would enable the candidate to select his/her interview date/time based on previously submitted options inputted by our Kenexa users.
  • Kenexa allows one to customize and score questions for each open requisition that applicants complete as they apply. The system then sorts applicants according to the score of candidate answers allowing for easy sorting of top qualified candidates.
  • When onboarding a new hire, Kenexa sends our new hire documents via a portal link to be submitted online by the candidate. The system is not easily compatible with Mac users and so it can complicate the candidate experience for many of our creative hires.
  • I’ve experienced a high volume of system outages where I was not able access Kenexa. These outages have been resolved in some cases by a system restart, clearing my “cookies” and in the majority of cases, the Kenexa tech team had to make the fix on their end as more often the not the issue tended to be user wide. They are usually great about fixing bugs in a timely fashion but there have been instances where I’ve been blocked out for a few hours.
  • In my ideal ATS, a system should be able to compose and edit offer letters with the click of a button. Unfortunately there is much manual entry needed to generate offer letters in Kenexa, and once completed, it is no possible to edit. For example, if a new hire’s start date changed we have to create an completely new offer letter, we cannot go in and just make the minor adjustment.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
December 20, 2013

2XBrassRing Review

Score 6 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • Implementation of a new product.
  • Listening to current users design requests and suggestions.
  • Willingness to set up meetings with multiple groups within the organization to find solutions to known issues.
  • Roll out of new functionality.
  • Testing new functionality prior to roll out.
  • Communicating functionality changes to all clients, and providing complete documentation showing how to implement those changes without help from consultant.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
December 17, 2013

Kenexa Review from a Recruiting Coordinator

Score 5 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • It is an easy transition from the Recruiting team to the HR team when it comes to onboarding new employees.
  • Great for keeping track of candidates and organizing information by requisition numbers.
  • Easy process for sending out offer letters.
  • Can be very tedious when offer letters are filled out incorrectly, or need to be updated. There should be an easier tool to edit offer letters that need to be revised instead of plugging in all of the info again.
  • I experienced a lot of glitches with the format of the offer letter. At times the formatting and fonts would be skewed when copy/pasting into Kenexa.
  • "Moving a candidate through Kenexa" could be confusing for people who do not use all of the points (1st interview, 2nd interview, Manager review, etc). There should be a smoother process where you can jump from one status to the next easily.
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Feature Scorecard Summary

Job Requisition Management (8)
7.1
Company Website Posting (7)
8.0
Publish to Social Media (7)
8.0
Job Search Site Posting (8)
8.0
Customized Application Form (8)
8.1
Resume Management (7)
8.1
Duplicate Candidate Prevention (7)
5.4
Candidate Search (7)
6.3
Applicant Tracking (7)
5.4
Collaboration (5)
6.2
Task Creation and Delegation (3)
6.2
Email Templates (7)
8.1
User Permissions (6)
7.1
Notifications and Alerts (7)
8.1
Reporting (7)
8.0

About IBM Kenexa

IBM Kenexa Talent Acquisition suite is an ATS and onboarding solution scaled for enterprises. It includes features for managing the candidate search, interview, selection, hiring, and onboarding lifecycle.


Kenexa offers candidate relationship management functionality for tracking candidate data and personalizing communication with each candidate. The suite also provides ATS capabilities via BrassRing, which enables automation for routine recruiting processes. It also includes cloud-based onboarding and candidate analytics intended to streamline candidate selection and hire-to-value timelines.

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