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The 5 Best Mentorloop Alternatives on the Market
We get it. Sometimes finding the right software tool for your business can feel overwhelming. With so many mentoring platforms on the market, how do you know which one is right for you?
That’s where we come in! In this article, we run through the pros and cons of the top mentoring platforms out there to help you find the one you need. Starting with Mentorloop, we’re here to give you the lowdown on this platform and its best alternatives.
We’ve scoured through the reviews so you don’t have to!
Let’s dig in with our top 5 alternatives to Mentorloop:
Tell me more about Mentorloop
Mentorloop is an Australian mentoring company founded in 2016. It aims to connect people by creating an accessible mentoring platform that allows users to benefit from the power of human connection for learning and growth.
They’re big on smart reporting and their software uses data to measure the program and optimise as you go. They also use contextual nudges throughout their programs to encourage engagement. Overall, they provide software that takes care of the process from start to finish and covers all the bases.
If you’re considering Mentorloop, let’s look at the pros and cons of this software in more detail:
Head to Mentorloop’s website and you’ll see that they offer a pretty standard mentoring software package. From set-up to reporting they take care of the whole program, which is very much what mentoring software should do.
The main pros of Mentorloop include:
- An equitable matching algorithm
- Commitment to creating personal advisory boards for mentees
- Sentiment live dashboard for program leads
- Milestones journey mapping throughout the user journey
- Data insights including a ‘program health’ function
All of this creates a solid offering for a mentoring platform that does what it sets out to do – make mentor-mentee matches.
So, what are the downsides of using Mentorloop? After searching through reviews on G2 and Capterra we’ve identified the top cons that customers have identified so that you can make an informed decision.
Overall, the main cons seem to be issues with mobile responsiveness and the general feel of the platform, with one user describing it as like a dating site. Given the nature of mentor matching, dating app comparisons are inevitable. However, with good UX design a platform can avoid feeling too much like a dating app.
Other cons identified were issues with calendar capabilities and the notification function. This indicates that the platform itself might not live up to the expectations of users. Interestingly, one reviewer noted that the data analysis was too complicated for them – meaning that more data isn’t always what program leads wish for if it’s not shown in a digestible format.
Mentorloop’s offering is clearly robust – its features cover what you need from a mentoring platform and more. However, there are downsides to consider, so it’s worth checking out other products on the market to find the one that’s right for you.
What reviewers are saying on G2:
What are the top 5 Mentorloop alternatives?
Guider is a multi-award-winning mentoring and peer learning platform. Founded in 2018, we’ve grown to provide mentoring for users in 175+ countries. We’re experts in setting up and running mentoring programs that connect people from wherever they are in the world.
The Guider platform takes care of your mentoring and peer learning programs all-in-one place. This means you can start and run multiple programs at once targeting the exact people you want to help, while you get on with other tasks. We have a wealth of resources on hand as well as a team of dedicated customer success managers that support you every step of the way.
Let’s dig into the pros and cons of choosing Guider mentoring software further:
We are obviously going to sing the praises of our own product, and we really do mean it! A big pro of choosing Guider is the quality of our user experience. We’ve invested heavily in our platform to make it the best on the market.
We guide you seamlessly through the entire process from setting up your program to reporting back your success. We have our customer success team on hand and a wealth of expertise to help you design the right program, engage the right people and get the right results.
As a user, a major pro for Guider is that users can join multiple programs at once, find new mentors, sponsors and coaches, and manage their relationships all in one place. Our equitable matching software creates connections that last because it’s embedded with our mentoring expertise.
On top of this, the expert Learning Hub is full of the resources you need to make the most out of the experience. It was created by our in-house, accredited experts and includes training for mentors and mentees so they can get the most out of the experience.
Between smart integrations and fully customisable branding, Guider powers software that blends effortlessly into your existing tech. This makes it easy to use and efficient, as well as encouraging better engagement with mentoring and peer learning.
Another major pro of the Guider platform is that it’s as effective for remote mentoring as it is for in-person. Connect your people globally in one place through our smart software. People can connect for learning and growth by finding a great match and scheduling a video session without leaving the platform.
Finally, our comprehensive reporting function means that you can monitor and improve your program as you go. Tracking the user journey means that you can prevent drop-out and see your best engagement with mentoring yet.
With a wide range of top brands already championing Guider, our platform is growing fast and for good reason. We make matches that are set up to last and get results. This is why we focus on creating the best platform we can to facilitate meaningful connections in your organisation today.
📖 Find out more about how Guider works here 📖
One to highlight is that, unlike some competitors, we don’t provide mentors or coaches as part of our service.
This is because we believe your best mentors are the people already in your business or network. It’s important that the people in your organisation engage with mentoring and share their knowledge and expertise. This then creates a lifelong culture of mentorship and peer learning, meaning your people can reap the rewards for years to come.
We cater to organisations that want to match their people with people in their own businesses or membership networks. So, if you’re looking for a service that provides mentors too, then we’re not the one for you.
What the reviews on Capterra say:
Founded in 2018, PushFar advertises itself as the ‘free mentoring platform’. Its key USP is the PushFar Network; a free-to-join mentoring network that gives individuals access to mentors. Clients paying for the platform also have access to external mentors through the network too.
Let’s look at an overview of the pros and cons of this platform:
The thing that sets PushFar apart is its free network offering. Being able to find a mentor through the network at no cost is a plus that other platforms don’t offer.
Other pros include:
- Set up within 24 hours
- Reports for program managers
- iOS and Android app
- Full custom branding
- Integrations with some LMS platforms
The platform provides a solid offering of the basics that you’d expect from mentoring software.
For all the pros of PushFar, it’s clear that you get what you pay for. A big part of the offering is the free entry point and so it’s fair to say that the platform itself isn’t going to be the best on the market.
A common con identified is that it’s a start-up platform and the UX can be clunky. Given that they offer 24-hour set-up, it’s clear that the platform itself is simple and prioritises quick access to mentors over creating a quality user experience.
Founded in 2012 and based in the United States, MentorCliq is another mentoring platform that provides the whole package from support setting up a program to reporting back.
Let’s look at the pros and cons of MentorCliq:
The platform offers everything you’d expect and a few nice extras. For example, they provide mentor training and a mentoring success plan. These nice bonus features add to the customer experience.
Other pros include:
- Platform and mobile app
- A-Z training
- Not a ‘canned’ product, MentorCliq customise its product for each client
It also has good integrations and strong security. These are important if you’re looking for fast set-up and ease of use.
On the other hand, there are downsides to choosing MentorCliq’s software. Reviewers identified issues such as manual admin for program leads in the set-up process and some issues with reporting.
Similar to other platforms, the reporting features could be more user-friendly and are not as accessible to program leads as needed. The reporting features could also be better integrated and more inclusive.
Another reviewer also notes that translations are not a part of the MentorCliq package, so if this is an important feature for you, it’s worth speaking with different providers to see who can offer the best and most comprehensive translation services.
What the Capterra reviews say:
Next up is Qooper, a mentoring and learning software that covers mentorship, coaching and training based in the US.
Their platform offers a popular solution, covering program design to reporting and engaging participants. Like other mentoring platforms on the list, it covers the whole process of mentoring and learning.
With some major clients under its belt, Qooper is clear that it does more than just mentoring. They have 4 learning methods in one platform, this includes mentoring, which seems to be its main offering.
The main pro identified by reviewers has to be the ease of use. Many people noted that it was easy to use the product for both end users and program leads. One person noted that it has ‘everything you need, no more and no less.’
Reviewers have identified the quality of customer support as lacking, as well as struggles with onboarding as the two main pain points of using this software.
When we look at the onboarding issues more closely, there are lots of training materials and learning when onboarding new users. This indicates that the platform is not as user-friendly as some of its counterparts, meaning you may struggle to scale mentoring effectively.
What the G2 reviews are saying:
5. Together Platform
And finally, our last alternative to Mentorloop is the Together Platform. This cloud-based platform helps enterprises to run mentoring programs in their entirety online. It has a smart algorithm that matched mentors and mentees and can be used across employees, from new starters to diversity groups.
Like its competitors, the platform covers all the basics in the process of setting up a successful mentoring program from design to reporting.
Other pros include:
- Off the shelf templates for quick start
- HRIS integrations
- Access to resources
- Provides prompts to guide the user journey
It also has a free starter offer that allows users to get into the platform.
Finally, the cons to the Together Platform are varied. With some users noting that integrations could be used better and others saying they found the UX difficult to navigate.
In some reviews, users found that the admin side of the platform was not as intuitive as hoped and took a while to learn how to navigate. Including one user finding that it didn’t work for admins other than themselves.
It was also found that the user prompts that encourage engagement can limit the way that users interact with the platform and actually not provide enough freedom for users to connect in the way that they want.
What the Capterra reviews are saying:
There we have it! The top 5 Mentorloop alternatives on the market. So, how do you know which is right for you? We can’t tell you that without understanding your needs so why not book a chat with our team – we’re happy to help.
To find out more about starting or scaling a mentoring program, we have plenty of further resources help you: