|Traded as||NASDAQ: TLEO|
|Founded||1996 Quebec City, Canada|
|Key people||Michael Gregoire, Chairman and CEO
Neil Hudspith, Chief Customer Officer
Jason Blessing, EVP Products & Technology
Heidi Melin, Chief Marketing Officer
Doug Jeffries, Chief Financial Officer
Taleo Corporation was a publicly traded database vendor based in Dublin, California. Taleo’s solutions primarily focus on talent acquisition (recruitment), performance management, learning and development, and compensation management. These capabilities combine to provide what Taleo calls "Talent Intelligence," or an enhanced level of insight into candidates and employees. Taleo sells its products entirely via a software-as-a-service (SaaS) model, in which all software and information resides in data centers operated and secured by Taleo.
As of December 2013, Taleo reported over 20 million users.
Taleo has its roots in Canada, where in 1996 Martin Ouellet established Viasite, a French-language job-board for candidates and employers. Ouellet and Louis Têtu soon began working with Fortune 500 companies interested in developing online approaches to recruiting that incorporated the efficiencies of supply-chain management.
Viasite was later renamed Recruitsoft, Inc. In 1999, Recruitsoft registered as a Delaware corporation with headquarters in San Francisco, and launched Recruiter WebTop, an online hiring managementsystem. Global expansion followed, and by 2001 the company had secured customer relationships with large enterprises including Hewlett Packard, Dow Chemical, Agilent, Hasbro, American Airlines, United Airlines, Deloitte & Touche, Bombardier Aerospace and Transportation, MetLife, Cabletron Systems, and Sutter Health.
Recruitsoft, Inc. changed its name to Taleo Corporation in March 2004. As the talent-management market matured, Taleo added products and capabilities, integrating recruiting with performance management in 2008, adding compensation management in 2009, and including learning and talent development in 2010. As of 2010[update], Taleo made solutions available in 187 countries and in 31 languages.
In July 2010, Taleo introduced a unified approach to talent data called "Talent Intelligence", which gives managers up-to-date insights into candidates and internal staff, best practices and industry-level benchmarks. According to Taleo, these insights better equip organizations to recruit and mobilize the best talent, while helping managers identify, develop and compensate top performers. Taleo argues that achieving Talent Intelligence requires
- embedding analytics across the spectrum of Talent Management capabilities
- automatically gathering information at each stage in the talent process, from recruiting and onboarding through performance, learning, development and compensation
- using information on hundreds of millions of applicants to enable comparative talent analytics around recruiting trends, performance indicators, and job competitiveness
Since its introduction, Talent Intelligence has become a central element of the Taleo brand promise, figuring prominently in product positioning, sales and marketing materials, press communications, blogs and speeches. In March 2011, Taleo launched Talent Intelligence, an interactive online resource for customers that uses television-inspired tools such as program guides and a remote control-style navigation interface.
Taleo operates R&D facilities in Quebec City, Canada; Kraków, Poland; and Jacksonville, Fla., with additional development staff in its Dublin, Calif., headquarters and other locations. Taleo's fiscal 2010 R&D investment was approximately $41 million. Jason Blessing is Taleo's Executive Vice President of Products & Technology.
In addition to its own R&D efforts, Taleo expanded its product offerings through the acquisition of third-party solutions, talent and intellectual property:
- October 2003, White Amber
- April 2005, Recruitforce.com
- became the foundation of Taleo Business Edition
- March 2007, JOBFlash
- integrated IVR, interview, scheduling, and high-volume hourly hiring capabilities into Taleo Enterprise; created a complementary offering to Taleo Business Edition
- July 2007, WetFeet Inc.
- customers of WetFeet Recruiter applicant tracking system transitioned to Taleo Enterprise and to Taleo Business Edition
- July 2008, Vurv Technology
- broadened Taleo's unified talent-management product-set
- January 2010, Worldwide Compensation
- compensation management software, consulting services and domain expertise
- September 2010, Learn.com
- SaaS Learning Management System and industry expertise in corporate learning
- April 2011, Cytiva
- customers of Cytiva recruiting management solution transitioned to Taleo Recruit™ for SMBs or to Taleo Recruiting™ for enterprises
- July 2011, Jobpartners
- customers of Jobpartners' talent-management solution transitioned to Taleo Business Edition or to Taleo Enterprise
Products and services
Taleo markets Talent Management platforms for SMBs (as Taleo Business Edition) and enterprises (as Taleo Enterprise). Both Taleo Business Edition and Taleo Enterprise are modular offerings that allow customers to add capabilities as they require them.
Taleo Research, the talent-management research division of Taleo, originated in 1997 as iLogos Internet Intelligence, It analyzes the best practices and economics of talent management, with a particular focus on the business analytics that tie talent-management technology and process improvements to financial results. Taleo Research publishes reports, studies and articles, and team members frequently present at industry conferences. Publications such as Investor's Business Daily, Harvard Business Review, BusinessWeek, The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, and Human Resource Executive have cited the Taleo Research team and its research.
The 2011 Gartner Magic Quadrants for Enterprise Performance Management and Corporate Learning Systems  cited Taleo as the only vendor with leading and visionary solutions in every category of Talent Management.
The Forrester Wave™: Talent Management, Q2 2011 positioned Taleo as a Leader in the Talent Management marketplace with a strong offering and full vendor participation. The report cited: “Taleo is a heritage recruiting vendor that has moved aggressively toward its cutting-edge vision of a platform that meets performance management needs. The vendor has a strong employee profile that administrators and users can update and use as the basis for personnel data across applications. Taleo’s global footprint is growing, spurred on by resellers, global implementation partners, and strategically placed Taleo staff.” 
- "Taleo Annual Report 2010"
- "Taleo Company Overview"=
- "Taleo Talent Management Cloud: Infrastructure Overview"=
- "Taleo's Momentum with Enterprises and SMBs Keeps Building"
- Larry Dignan (February 9, 2012). "Oracle buys Taleo for $1.9 billion; SaaS consolidation ramps". ZDNet. Retrieved February 9, 2012.
- "Taleo Corporation SEC Filing From 10-12G, May 2, 2005"=
- "RecruiterWebTop Version 4.0 Expands Global Capabilities for Recruitsoft Clients Worldwide"=
- "Taleo Corporation SEC Filing Form 10-12G, May 2, 2005"=
- "Taleo Unveils Performance Management Solution for Small and Medium Sized Business"=
- "Taleo Delivers Compensation Management for Small and Medium Businesses"=
- "Taleo Acquires Learn.com"=
- "Recruitsoft Acquires White Amber to Create Recruitsoft Workforce OnDemand"
- "Acquisition of Recruitforce.com Inc. (Excerpt from Taleo 10-K filed March 16, 2007"=
- "Taleo Professional Services Overview"=
- "Taleo Research Overview"=
- 2011 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Employee Performance Management Software"=
- "2011 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Corporate Learning Systems"=
- "The Forrester Wave™: Talent Management, Q2 2011"=