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Case Study: Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Successfully Launches New Performance Management Process

Performance Management is a hot button issue. Your company needs a performance management process, but is it the right one for your organization? It’s easy to get bogged down with all the steps and choices you must make to get your performance management system in place and running smoothly.

University of Utah Case Study - eSkillz

Client Challenge

The Cystic Fibrosis (CF) Foundation ran into those same problems. The CF Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission is to cure cystic fibrosis. They support all people with CF through groundbreaking research and drug development as well as advocating for the CF community.

Employees who work for an organization with such a critical mission shouldn’t be weighed down by ineffective performance management. The CF Foundation had a hard time setting up a system that worked seamlessly for their employees. They had implemented Cornerstone OnDemand (CSOD) for their Talent Management platform and used it successfully for learning and development but were struggling with building out their performance management process.

Working with another consulting firm proved time-consuming and ineffective. After months of trying with mediocre results and only half of their performance management process built out, the CF Foundation began to look for another partner who could help them make their performance management process a success.

eSkillz Solution

eSkillz was able to step in and provide immediate implementation support. Our CSOD Performance-certified consultants were able to help the CF Foundation build a customized performance management process that met their exact needs. Debra Sudillo, Manager of Talent Management at the CF Foundation said about eSkillz,

​”During our initial kick-off call, we knew right away they were going to be great partners. The eSkillz team had over 10 team members on the call to listen to our concerns, challenges, and goals for the system. They asked insightful questions and showed a commitment to providing best-in-class service.”

The CF Foundation wanted help not only building out the process but also to learn the CSOD system for themselves. eSkillz was able to provide weekly sessions where our consultants configure the pieces of the performance management process in the system and teach along the way what those settings and configurations mean. This allows for a collaborative process between eSkillz and our clients to not only leverage CSOD to its full potential, but also to increase the knowledge and ability of our clients’ CSOD administrators. Sudillo also said:

“[eSkillz] takes the time to explain the benefits and challenges of using certain [CSOD] functionality, as well as sharing best practices from their experiences and other clients. Many of our calls are designed as workshops where we build as we go, learning together in order to create the system that meets our needs. They additionally go above and beyond by offering to create user guides, suggesting and then implementing value adds, and are always responsive and professional.”


Working with the skilled consultants from eSkillz allowed the CF Foundation to fully build out and successfully launch their two-part performance management process on time, including employee and manager performance reviews as well as goal setting for the upcoming year.

A functional performance management process has many benefits such as driving increased feedback and communication between managers and employees. It also helps employees to participate in their own development and encourages investment in the company’s mission.

Most importantly, having a streamlined, custom-built performance management process allowed the managers and employees at the CF Foundation more time to focus on the real business at hand, supporting those with CF and the care teams that surround them.

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