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CompensationXL

CompensationXL

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CompensationXL provides the compensation team with a tool that is so configurable that it will truly automate and improve your current process without requiring a process overhaul. The solution shrinks cycle time and eliminates the administrative burden associated with managing merit increases, allocating short and long term incentives, and producing total compensation statements.

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CompensationXL review by Justin L.
Justin L.
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"CompensationXL - Excellent Product Supported by First Class Service"

What do you like best?

The software is extremely flexible in accommodating complex configuration requirements, yet the user interface is still very intuitive for our global employee population. We actually have two separate instances of CompensationXL, because we determined that the technology could meet multiple business needs in the areas of compensation planning and governance. The support we receive from Cindy Peterson is above and beyond anything I could have expected. She is a true partner to us and often feels like an extension of our team. We are notorious for making last minute changes and setting unreasonable deadlines, but Cindy (along with Rich and Mark) is always ready to accept a challenge and offer smart solutions. I cannot say enough good things about this product and these people.

What do you dislike?

I would like to see a regular update of records in CompensationXL versus the current situation which is a one-time data import at year end. The technology can and should do more for us throughout the year. This is not a criticism of HCR, but rather requires that we dedicate some internal resources to creating a scheduled data feed or integration.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

CompensationXL helped us eliminate manual manipulation of multiple Excel files throughout our organization. We have a clearly defined compensation planning and governance process spanning 20+ countries (and currencies) that is centralized and automated through the use of this software.

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CompensationXL review by Jeri A.
Jeri A.
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"Human Resources Manager"

What do you like best?

Comp XL is easy to use and has greatly streamlined our compensation planning process. The customer service I received during the design and implementation was beyond my expectations, truly exceptional.

What do you dislike?

Really nothing. Comp XL has exceed my expectations at every level.

Recommendations to others considering the product

CompXL took the time to understand what our needs were and the direction we were going, and then helped design the system to meet our needs.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We have been able to shift the compensation planning to the lowest level in our organization, which is where it made sense for our organization. We have several levels of analysis and review built in so by the time it comes back to me it is well thought out, vetted and approved. Completely automated and streamlined our process which greatly reduced our cycle time and my stress level!

What Compensation Management solution do you use?

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CompensationXL review by Kristen Haley W.
Kristen Haley W.
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"My experience using CompensationXL has been very satisfactory."

What do you like best?

CompensationXL is extremely user friendly and easy to explain to our managers. I also really love the support team at HCR software, they make understanding the CompensationXL tool very easy, since I am new to this role.

What do you dislike?

There's not anything that I really "dislike" about CompensationXL. However, since I am relatively new to my role as a Comp Analyst, I would really like to take a deeper dive into the new features that we now have since we upgraded to version 6.3.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would highly recommend CompensationXL to any company that wants to make their merit cycles a breeze!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

CompensationXL has provided us with an easy to use merit tool for our managers. With our recent upgrade to version 6.3, I am a huge fan of the reporting tools that I can easily create and review myself.

CompensationXL review by Executive Sponsor
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"Transformative"

What do you like best?

Excellent value for the solution. For those companies who don't have the funding for a real database management solution and are forced to rely on excel, CompXL came to the rescue. We administer over 500 users for our global organization for a 3 week annual compensation review process, which is nothing short of a miracle. The customer service is outstanding. All our needs were met in the timeframe required. This solution is a lifesaver for any size organization with spreadsheet driven processes. We have converted several other processes over to CompXL and it makes us look good!

What do you dislike?

You are still using excel, so it is a stagnant database with the related challenges of keeping data up to date. Also requires a structured process so that users don't "save over" others work (or their own) inadvertently.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I leveraged the work of a former colleague also using CompXL. There are reports/formulas already built by other customers you can leverage so you are not starting from scratch. For a large organization, it helped to have a dedicated team in-house for the preparation period and create internal administration "super users" in each region to handle on-the-spot bug fixes (like roll-up and reporting line corrections). Comp analysts who are also good project managers and excel formula writers will benefit your implementation.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

1) Annual compensation review for 30,000 employees in over 30 locations which allows us global reporting and consolidation by business unit and function. We can turn around reporting for the CEO in less than a few hours (which used to take a week). Provides the global SOX and audit reports that are important to the organization. 2) Annual bonus calculations including a goal score component for 1000 employees in multiple locations and functions that now allows for global calibration and consolidated review at the top executive level. 3) Quarterly bonus calculations for 30 sites with different financial metric outcomes that eases a manual consolidation and payroll file extract process.

CompensationXL review by Administrator
Administrator
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"CompXL for Global Employers"

What do you like best?

The system is very easy to use. Our managers received very little training and were able to use the system with little to no support. The generated comp statements were very well received by the organization.

What do you dislike?

Can be challenging to set up security. We have a global workforce with multiple HR representatives. To limit security, we were required to set up employee groupings, which were visible to managers. While we received no complaints from our managers regarding this, it made it cumbersome for managers with large teams in multiple countries. Also, the system times out after 20 minutes without no prompt to save.

Recommendations to others considering the product

CompXL is a very straight forward system. It is has the benefits of an online compensation module, combined with the flexibility of a spreadsheet. The workbooks can be configured to display customized fields. It can go a step further by hiding those fields to managers and only have them visible for comp administrators.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Discontinuing multiple spreadsheets. Having one source of data for compensation recommendations. Compliance with data privacy regulations.

CompensationXL review by Administrator
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"CompXL: An Intuitive Tool to Enhance Merit Planning"

What do you like best?

It's an intuitive tool for HR Managers and Business Leaders to use. The tool required little training for HR Managers and Managers; thereby, it allowed all parties to focus more on the strategic aspects of compensation and less on administrative aspects. This has been a very useful tool in helping us evolve our compensation practices and drive to be a pay for performance company.

What do you dislike?

I would like to see more automation concerning how merit letters are generated from the system. Not all leaders log-in to print comp statement, so if the system was able to generate zip-files that are automatically sent to the HRBP or supervisor of record that would reduce the administrative burden.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We were able to transform our merit process from an administratively burdensome process to a more strategic exercise to drive a pay for performance culture.

CompensationXL review by Jeff S.
Jeff S.
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"Long time satisfied customer - Well known global brand with 20,000+ customers"

What do you like best?

We like the flexibility to design the program that fits us, we depend on their team's responsiveness and the cost is very reasonable. We find the CXL solution to be very dependable and it has been our global solution for our population of 20,000+ retail/corporate/ distribution center for nearly 10 years

What do you dislike?

After 9 years of usage, can honestly say that we are quite satisfied. With the flexibility to design our solution, we have never been told "No, we can't do that".

Recommendations to others considering the product

Flexible cost-effective solution that is a big step up from excel!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Manages our annual salary planning process for 23,000 people globally. Our managers are used to it now, so very little training is needed. It gives us the info we need and keeps us aligned and on budget.

CompensationXL review by Michael M.
Michael M.
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"Outstanding! "

What do you like best?

We love the excel based interface, ease of customization, user features that allow review and approval of information, global capability and outstanding service.

What do you dislike?

I have yet to find a dislike. The The tool continues to evolve and provide all that we need to manage our comp processes effectively.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Great tool and great service

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We can effectively administer compensation planning and distribution across our global organization. The tool has greatly reduced administration expense and risk associated with securing confidential information.

CompensationXL review by Administrator
Administrator
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"Excellent Tool!"

What do you like best?

We found CompensationXL to be an excellent and flexible tool for compensation planning. We were able to adapt to our current processes with the addition of automation and organization that reduced the risk of errors and streamlined the process for our managers.

What do you dislike?

Would like an easier way to update or edit data in the system. Although this isn't a game changer, it would help us to be able to make small one off updates without uploading a file.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use Compensation XL for our merit, bonus and equity cycles. The tool has reduced errors, streamlined the process and made it easier to managers to work through allocating their budgets.

CompensationXL review by Deanna S.
Deanna S.
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"Low cost, Big Results!"

What do you like best?

The software has flexibility that allows each company to customize based on their specific needs. You can add HR Business Partners (or others as per business requirements) as proxy users so they may assist in the process when working with managers. We implemented single sign on (SSO) to ensure access to the tool is specific to internal IT security. As an administrative user, changes to the tool and/or formulas can be made in-house quickly and timely, without having to request it through the assigned technical representative at HCR (although this is always an option and they are very responsive). Once published, any new downloads from the site reflect the latest changes. Managers are able to work offline, and upload at a later time.

What do you dislike?

The initial training documents provided were not very robust and our company ended up having to create new customized documents that met our specific needs and communication style for our managers. Additionally, managers with multiple layers of lower level managers need to establish a timeline to ensure files do not overwrite lower level manager recommendations inadvertently. Ideally, the audit feature could be more robust as it is simple showing the last user to access the file, that being said, it still meets basic needs of who last uploaded a file.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would recommend this software to meet the needs of salary planning, bonus, long term incentive awards, and employee total reward statement activities. In my experience, the level of support received to complete these activities in a timely manner has exceeded my expectations. The investment in this inexpensive solution has proved to be a valuable resource and has saved us time and money over using alternative vendors and in house teams, reducing manual manipulation of multiple spreadsheets and reducing human error. We have employees in 13 countries and the tool allows for multiple currencies and FX rates for ease of currency conversion for rollup reporting.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We were using spreadsheets for our annual salary and variable bonus pay programs. By using Excel to collect manager recommendations, we had to consolidate 40+ spreadsheets in a short timeframe in order to ensure executive management overview and input. We began looking for a software solution that could assist in streamlining this manual process and allowing more visibility to management at all levels in 'real time'. We've been using this tool for two years now and have added our LTI process last year with positive results. This year, we have kicked off a new project using the tool to produce Employee Total Reward Statements. Managers have found the tool to be user friendly and although it is a new platform for them, the look and feel of our internal spreadsheets remained intact, so the adoptability was seamless.

CompensationXL review by Paul P.
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"First implemented in March of 2015, we have used Compxl for 2 very successful compensation cycles."

What do you like best?

If you know excel, you will be very comfortable with CXL. Implementation is smooth user adoption quick and positive.

What do you dislike?

The user timeout is too short. System kicks you out even if you are active. Timeout needs to be adjusted.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Determine if you want cloud or on promise. If on premise, engage your IT and ensure that the installation and configuration of the application and database can be done by CXL engineers remotely within an hour. Once setup, use LDAP or single sign-on for authentication. Have solid requirements with and implementation plan. Plan to include the target participants early for UAT and document the process.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We needed a solution that was better than using excel but lighter than Workbench. We found that with CXL.

CompensationXL review by Olga C.
Olga C.
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"The system is very intuitive and user friendly. Technical support is amazing!"

What do you like best?

The software is very intuitive and flexible to make changes/adjustments. Implementation was easy and uneventful. The reporting analytics are great. The team we work with at CXL is awesome.... they are always available and always turn things around quickly.

What do you dislike?

The process of updating employee demographics is a bit cumbersome, but not horrible.

Recommendations to others considering the product

The implementation team does a great job with listening to your needs. Don't be afraid to ask what the software can and can't do. You'd be surprised at the capabilities.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We have move to a focal merit process and utilizing the software has made it easy for us to track our merits in one centralized location and also track progress from our managers without having to share Excel spreadsheets back and forth and not having to track spreadsheet revisions. We can generate data analytics easily, which is helpful for our CFO.

CompensationXL review by Melissa D.
Melissa D.
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"Highly recommended!"

What do you like best?

The software is highly flexible. Implementation was a breeze. Roll-out to management staff, including front-line managers who had never before participated in the STI process, consisted of an email and 4-minute video, and there were no questions asked. It was so smooth that I was actually on vacation when roll-out occurred. Our implementation contact, Cindy, addressed every question and change request quickly. She remained accessible throughout the process and was highly competent, making last minute changes on the fly and running up against "surprise"/tight deadlines (client fault). Her attitude was fantastic and despite many challenges, she never implied any frustration or complaint. I highly recommend this company.

What do you dislike?

Importing changes to our data was a little challenging. It would've been easier with canned templates because some fields needed to grouped. For example, when loading a change to appraisal score I had to include a custom field for default adjustment value. But, really, it's difficult to categorize this as a "dislike" since I chose to import myself, and enjoyed the challenge of it. Once I figured out a few things it was very easy. Also, our implementation team would've managed data changes if I had requested it.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Using Excel spreadsheets for STI has been a nightmare for the rest of our global organization because it is challenging to break apart the data and then consolidate it back again. Trusting users not to mis-sort rows, mess up formulas, and drop employees has been challenging. Auditing is time-consuming. Next year, all SBM affiliates will be using Compensation XL because it provides the power of a database (for approval workflows, data protection and reporting), with the ease of using spreadsheets. Cost was very reasonable.

CompensationXL review by Gerald D.
Gerald D.
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"CompensationXL review"

What do you like best?

CompensationXL is easy to use and flexible. Implementation is easy and painless.

What do you dislike?

The look and feel could be enhanced to improve user experience. Hierarchy changes can be a bit confusing.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are still using spreadsheets, this is a quick and easy way to replace them.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We used to send out and receive hundreds of spreadsheets to collect our salary increase, incentive and equity recommendations. CompensationXL has allowed us to collect the data in a streamlined fashion which has saved time and cut down on data errors.

CompensationXL review by Thida M.
Thida M.
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"Compensation Planning Tool"

What do you like best?

User friendly aspect. Knowledgeable resource to help during process.

What do you dislike?

Report for comp planning status should also include what step the comp planning is in (ex. No activity, pending manager review)

Recommendations to others considering the product

Solid product. Amazing implementation team.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Merit, Bonus, and Long Term incentive planning. Ability to complete this in one seamless tool.

CompensationXL review by Administrator in Chemicals
Administrator in Chemicals
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"Highly Recommend!"

What do you like best?

This software has endless opportunities. The program was customized to meet our company's needs. We have sites in both the US and EU and we were not limited in any such way. The software is also very intuitive. This was my first year to implement our comp planning, and I had little time for training. I was able to catch on very quickly. I was also pleased that our manager's have the ability to download their worksheets, and complete and upload their feedback at any time. The flexibility worked great with our population. I also found that being able to track where manager's were in their review process to be extremely helpful in the administration of our comp planning this year.

What do you dislike?

After manager's submit their feedback, I found it challenging to go back and make changes.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We moved to an online system that alleviated a lot of the manual administration. Little training had to be provided to our managers since the system is so intuitive, and manager's had the flexibility to complete their reviews on their own time.

CompensationXL review by Nancy V.
Nancy V.
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"COMPXL is a great product and Customer Service is excellent!"

What do you like best?

It accommodates to our current process so we didn't have to change our merit cycle. I like the customer service taking care of all my needs right away.

What do you dislike?

Maybe that I cannot make the changes myself and I still need to contact them to make sure my changes don't affect something else.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Distribution of the compensation sheets and save time to collect them in our Retail cycle and the streamline of the process in our Corporate cycle.

CompensationXL review by Virginia (Ginny) C.
Virginia (Ginny) C.
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"Compensation XL User Review"

What do you like best?

The system is easy to use and very intuitive. It has great reporting and analytics so HR can assess the process along the way and monitor managers progress. It has flexibility in what your organization needs to perform the Salary Planning activities. The team we worked with at CXL was great... always available and turned things around quickly

What do you dislike?

Wish it would allow a feed of employee data more frequently than just at the opening of the cycle.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It is a reasonable priced solution to your salary planning needs. You can keep the product as is or you can make custom changes for your specific process.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We perform our Global Salary Planning process through CXL. It is great because we are able to set business rules with the system and run reports. We allow access to managers and the regional HR folk to do their planning and it all rolls up to the top. We have an approval process that is set up for Sr. Level and Regional HR review. This has prevented us from sharing excel spreadsheets back and forth. It has allowed us to reduce the Salary Planning Cycle time.

CompensationXL review by Stacy H.
Stacy H.
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"Custom Configuration Made Easy"

What do you like best?

The client support team had the knowledge and understanding of compensation to configure exactly what we needed. The end result was a user friendly solution that met our compensation planning needs for merit and bonuses. They continued to develop enhancements and automations to keep up with our technical and compensation needs in a creative, time sensitive manner.

What do you dislike?

The product was stand alone and not integrated with our other solutions.

Recommendations to others considering the product

A good tool for a mid-sized company that is ready to take their planning to the next level.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We needed a solution that would be close to the excel spreadsheets we had used in the past but automated to keep up with our growth and rollup ability. We also needed a way to capture our bonus plan in a more organized and formula driven way.

CompensationXL review by Jacquie K.
Jacquie K.
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"Wonderful Customer Service"

What do you like best?

The Account Representative/Systems Specialist assigned to our account is amazing. So responsive and quick to help us during our most busy time of the year!

What do you dislike?

I do wish there was a little more functionality on the reporting side when it comes to what you would use for Executive Reviews.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

CompXL has allowed us to consolidate our communication documents when it comes to Salary Increases, PA Ratings, and Annual Incentive Payouts.

CompensationXL review by Administrator
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"confusing - new with little support"

What do you like best?

not sure yet - it was our first year and for us to continue with this product we would need to make some modifications.

What do you dislike?

Customer service from Cindy Peterson - she was short and rude most times. We were new employees to the software and in a short window we needed to pick it up and complete our comp cycle.

Recommendations to others considering the product

ask lots of questions - no help with best practices.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Comp Cycle

CompensationXL review by Carrie A. B.
Carrie A. B.
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"Great product with outstanding support! "

What do you like best?

Program met my needs exactly -- took our Excel based process and automated it. It also gave us the opportunity to provide reports to all managers that have historically only been available to executives due to the amount of time it took to manually create them.

What do you dislike?

There is nothing with this product that I do not like. It's great!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

A cumbersome, manual, time consuming process was moved online. Easy for managers to use and cut down the administrative burden to manage our annual compensation process.

CompensationXL review by Administrator
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"Implementation of Bonus and US Merit Planning"

What do you like best?

The ability to define the approval hierarchy for decisions and the generation of automated custom letters

What do you dislike?

Managers/HR didn't like the inflexibility of the downloaded version of the employee workbook and didn't feel the online version of the workbook was making decisions for large populations

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Creating an automated approval workflow; secure passing of data; quality control; generation of automated letters

CompensationXL review by Administrator in Luxury Goods & Jewelry
Administrator in Luxury Goods & Jewelry
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"CXL IS AMAZING!"

What do you like best?

CXL makes salary planning so easy! The reporting feature is my favorite part.

What do you dislike?

I dislike the many steps I have to take to make one small change to a salary spreadsheet.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Pick CXL! You won't regret it!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It makes salary planning for a global company as easy as clicking a button, literally.

CompensationXL review by Administrator in Oil & Energy
Administrator in Oil & Energy
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"Merit and Promotion System"

What do you like best?

It reduces the manual error of multiple spreadsheets and increases data integrity

What do you dislike?

Would like to have a better ability to make changes in the system without downloading a new excel file. Ideally, would like to have our ADP payroll system feed directly to the system to avoid manual loads.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Utilizing it for our merit process. if there was functionality for our payroll system to feed directly to the system (and vice versa) could utilize as an approval process tool for salary changes outside of the merit process time frame.

CompensationXL review by Administrator in Consumer Services
Administrator in Consumer Services
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"Comp XL Review"

What do you like best?

The flexibility to meet the changing demands of our organization and the automated approval management to keep our team in line.

What do you dislike?

While the site is well organized, it may be beneficial to have a more simple home page (i.e. less clutter) so it is immediately clear to the user where to go or what to access.

Recommendations to others considering the product

The implementation team does a great job of listening to what you are attempting to accomplish and providing clear solutions to get you there

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Merit and compensation planning as well as performance rating records.

CompensationXL review by Administrator in Computer Software
Administrator in Computer Software
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"CompXL manages the merit review process effectively"

What do you like best?

The ability to customize CompXL to meet special requirements.

What do you dislike?

Making changes after templates have been loaded can be manual but overall is very manageable.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It makes planning for merit increases on a company wide scale very effective and manageable.

CompensationXL review by Administrator in Computer Software
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"Good Comp review tool"

What do you like best?

ease of set-up and use

data protection because cloud-based

What do you dislike?

logon problems due to unclear upload instructions which were quickly corrected

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

doing comp review globally without emailing spreadsheets that contain confidential/ personal data

CompensationXL review by Administrator in Insurance
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"Easy to use and contacts are very responsive."

What do you like best?

The system is very intuitive and easy to use. Reporting for HR/Compensation is helpful.

What do you dislike?

The testing process was helpful, but it seemed that some changes made in testing did not migrate to live site.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Bringing more structure to current compensation planning process.

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