Cincinnati – November 8, 2018 – Talmetrix, Inc., a leading Cincinnati-based employee feedback and talent analytics firm, today announced the acquisition of Critical Metrics LLC, a Seattle-based boutique consulting firm specializing in employee engagement and human capital ROI. The acquisition complements Talmetrix’s existing SaaS employee survey and reporting platform to include strategic guidance and associated support for talent-related initiatives.

Critical Metrics uses measurement and analytics to assist companies in better understanding how their employees impact their business. Serving Fortune 1000 companies across a broad spectrum of industries, Critical Metrics has conducted over one million surveys since its inception in 2004. The business will extend Talmetrix’s service offering to include focus on improving organizational culture, manager and team effectiveness, and identifying the key drivers of why people stay and succeed at work.

Through its cloud-based technology platform and advisory services, Talmetrix provides comprehensive talent insight solutions through a variety of organizational, talent and life-cycle surveys. In addition, the company offers research and analytics solutions encompassing talent data integration, mining, reporting, and analysis. The acquisition increases Talmetrix’s scale, while adding experienced management talent with similar client-focused operating strategies.

“Our proprietary technology is built to power the employee feedback and talent analytics needs of our customers,” said Chris Powell, CEO of Talmetrix. “With this acquisition, our customers will now have access to broader advisory and consulting capabilities to guide them in developing talent insight strategies, interpreting their data, and understanding what actions to take to drive positive impact on their business outcomes.”

“Talmetrix has been a partner of ours for many years in providing efficient, scalable HR technology to our clients,” said David Youssefnia, founder and President of Critical Metrics. “It’s a natural fit to bring our capabilities and Talmetrix together to co-create the next generation of talent management, engagement and analytics.” Youssefnia will continue with the company in an advisory capacity through early 2019.

About Talmetrix
Talmetrix is an employee feedback and talent analytics firm focusing on providing technology solutions that help organizations better retain top talent, drive engagement and productivity, and improve their employer brand. Headquartered in Cincinnati, OH, Talmetrix was founded as BlackbookHR in 2008. The company services clients across the U.S., as well as global markets. For more information visit

About Critical Metrics
Founded in 2004, Critical Metrics is a boutique consulting firm focused on helping companies better understand how their employees impact their business through measurement and analytics. Headquartered in Seattle, WA, the company’s cross-industry experience allows them to focus on working with organizations that understand the importance of having a strong culture with an engaged and committed workforce. For more information visit