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Personalized HR software for SMBs
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Who is BambooHR For?

Regardless of the industry they operate in, BambooHR is for small and medium-sized businesses that are already fed up with the time-consuming, labor-intensive and inefficient manual tracking of employee information scattered across various files and mediums. It is specifically designed for HR professionals – ideally, managers and above in the HR field.

BambooHR clients include 99designs.com, Disqus and SecurityMetrics.

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Key Features

  • Human Resource Software, HRMS, HRIS, Employee Database
  • Online Time Off - Leave Tracking - Workflows and Calendar
  • Ad-Hoc Reporting and Report Library
  • Training and Benefit Tracking with Alerts
  • Custom Alert System
  • New Hire Checklist
  • Employee Self Service, Manager Self Service
  • Online Document Storage
  • Custom Fields, Tables - track assets, skills, incidents, etc
  • Custom Dashboard, look and feel, and layout


BambooHR is a leading online HR software for small and medium business that have outgrown using manual processes to track employee data. BambooHR’s easy-to-use program, simplified implementation process and a support team that feels like family ensure a successful transition from spreadsheets to our customizable Human Resource Information System (HRIS). This gives clients more time for meaningful work because that are using BambooHR’s Applicant Tracking System (ATS) and HRIS to manage the entire employee lifecycle. BambooHR clients include innovators like Pinterest, Fitbit, FreshBooks, SoundCloud, Disqus, and Squarespace, among hundreds of others in 70 countries worldwide.

With BambooHR, you can: See all employee information in one location. Spend less time on time off. Control access for different types of users. Generate reports with just a few clicks. Get alerts. Work globally. Integrate applications. Post Jobs. And customize tabs, fields and tables--for free.

Dashboard: The dashboard serves as your home base. Quickly see the recent employees you've added, files uploaded, or reports created. View upcoming employee birthdays or employment anniversaries so you don't miss a chance to celebrate. And, keep an eye on your overall headcount with an eye-popping pie chart!

Custom Tables and Fields and Tabs Oh My!
Can you track shirt size? No problem! How about stock options? Yep! Secondary language? Piece of cake. We know you have specific data that you need in the core system of record. BambooHR customizes fields, tables, and tabs to meet all your data tracking needs. Common customizations that we’ve seen include license and certification data for compliance, asset tracking, skills tracking, and educational history.

Look, Feel, and Layout: BambooHR is YOUR core system of record. So, we added some cool features like the ability for you to design the layout of your site with modular drag-and-drop functionality. Almost every part of the system is created to give you the opportunity to categorize and order the information to help you be most efficient. And if course, it looks great too!

Employee Record: BambooHR helps you track all the standard employee information, including addresses, phone numbers, dependents, emergency contacts, salary and position history, and even notes. But there's more. We can also add custom fields to help you track data that is unique to your company. Favorite candy bar? Easy. Boot or shirt size? No problem.

Employee Self-Service: How many hours a week do you spend chasing down data for an employee? (It's okay, you're not alone.) But that's about to end! Cut down the hours of data administration and let the employee get what they need when they need it including the following info: company documents, time off balances, benefit data, training info, links to key websites, personal info, and more!

Email Alerts: When we help a company go from 35% training compliance to 95%, you know we've done something right. Employees and managers can never say "I didn't know" because our custom alerts will tell them with easy-to-create alerts for benefit eligibility, birthdays, performance reviews, licenses and insurance expirations, and about anything else you can think of.

PTO/Leave Tracking: Say goodbye to your vacation tracking spreadsheets, and say hello to an easy way to track and manage employee leave. Employees can request time off, managers can approve or decline the requests, and BambooHR tracks accruals, balances, and more.

Training Tracking: Staying on top of training requirements for your workforce can be difficult and time consuming. BambooHR makes it super easy to track one-time and renewing training. You can set due dates and alerts to monitor things closely. Plus, we can display the training status for your employees when they log in so they can take responsibility for completing their own requirements. Yep, this will save you a few hours …or a few hundred!

Benefit Tracking: Easily track eligibility and enrollment dates, plans and coverage selected, and employee and company contributions. We also keep a history of all changes made so you see at a glance who signed up for which and when. Oh, and don't forget about our benefit eligibility alerts!

Online Document Storage: Store your company forms, applications, training docs, health forms, employee handbooks, performance reviews, and much more in your own secure, online system. Now all your locations will have the most current version, and managers won't have to call you asking where it is. Plus, you can even share files and documents with employees so they have access to the forms they need, when they need them.



Intended Users
Freelancers, Mid Size Business, Non Profits, Small Business
Devices Supported
Android, iPhone-iPad, Web-based
Supported Countries
Asia, Australia, Canada, Europe, Germany, Latin America, United Kingdom, United States
Supported Languages
Dutch, English, French, German, Portuguese, Spanish
Supported Platforms
Open API
Support Options
FAQs, Forum, Knowledge Base, Phone Support, Video Tutorials
CAN-SPAM, Safe Harbor, TRUSTe


Starting from: $69.00/month
Pricing model: Subscription
Free Trial: Available (No Credit Card required)

Free Trial with no payment information required. $69 per month and up, based on employee size. All features available at all levels. Implementation services additional. No long term contracts, cancel anytime. No price per user, can have as many users as you'd like. No hidden costs.


If your company is still tracking employee data in spreadsheets and needs a more organized method for managing HR processes, BambooHR should be on the shortlist of systems you consider. The software delivers detailed employee records, customized reports, employee self-service and other tools HR professionals need to automate administrative tasks.

This Software-as-a-Service solution provides real-time access to your data and, as a BambooHR client, you will benefit from frequent upgrades and new product releases. What we like best about this software is the super clean interface. The platform is incredibly easy to navigate and learn plus BambooHR is flexible enough to meet the unique needs of all types of companies. Whether you need PTO tracking, assistance with compliance issues, deeper reporting or payroll integration, BambooHR can be tailored to your business needs.

Because it is so easy to use, the solution can be utilized by any member of the organization, from employee to executive, or limited to only those in the company that need it. Any facet of the organization buried under spreadsheets will definitely appreciate its streamlined, intuitive workflow.

Serving industries throughout the northern US and Canada, this software is a great fit for companies with 50 to 500 employees across most vertical markets. It is a particularly good fit for those companies in the non-profit and high tech industries.

Some specific benefits:

Empowerment - Nobody knows your business as well as you! So we give you the ability to make changes to almost every part of the system in the Manage area of your account. No need to call IT, an HR consultant, or anyone else and ask for their assistance! You easily control key company data with a friendly interface that walks you through any change you need to make.

Also, for the more technical oriented organizations - the API is an incredible advantage for In-House Customizations. The BambooHR API allows our customers’ internal technical teams to access employee data to support their internal needs and processes. This solution is also excellent for creating unique internal workflows, business intelligence software syncing, and reporting needs.

In summary, BambooHR drastically reduces the time, cost, and complexity of managing and maintaining your employee data.

User Reviews


Modern, Intuitive HRIS!

HR Specialist (Facilities Services company, 51-200 employees)5th of June, 2014 14:25

I love BambooHR! We moved from a very clunky, outdated system and the ability to figure things out on my own because the tool is so well made makes a huge difference! The tool is intuitive, modern, easy-to-use and employees and managers love the mobile features. From implementation, to support, to feature improvement, BambooHR has been a breath of fresh air for our company!


It's great!

Patricia Dempsey, MBOM HR, Human Resources at Procore Technologies5th of June, 2014 13:56

BambooHR is a great tool. Plus, the customer service is fantastic.


Great and flexible HRIS with great customer service

Human Resources Coordinator (Internet company, 51-200 employees)21st of May, 2014 03:57

We started using BambooHR about two months ago. We used their API in order to import all our existing data, so it didn't take us more than a month to set up the entire system. Our employees have been really happy with the new system, which is easy to use and contains all the information, they (and we) need.


Our Company LOVES BambooHR!

Brandie Lamprou, Executive Assistant Corporate Development at DentalMarketing.Net | 123 Postcards - Owner / Designer at EMarketID20th of May, 2014 14:41

BambooHr was a real "game changer" for our company! It is easy to set up and get implemented across all levels of users. It has changed the way our company hires, tracks training and reviews, and best of all, the way employees request time off and are able to see their vacation time. We use the Company Announcements on the dashboard several times a week and also LOVE the calendar. its a winner!


Best HR system I have evaluated

Bal Cheema, CPA & Quickbooks Proadvisor19th of May, 2014 19:42

Easiest system to implement and start using.

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GetApp Analysis

BambooHR is an online HR software that provides human resource professionals with the necessary tools to successfully transition from manually tracking employee information in paper forms and spreadsheets to managing it with personalized HRIS (human resource information system), leaving them with more time to perform more value-adding tasks.

Especially created for small to medium-sized businesses with employee count ranging from 10 to 500, BambooHR’s main features include time-off management, centralized employee information, customizable user access levels, customizable fields and reports, and usability for global companies.

BambooHR's intuitive and user-friendly interface allows users (HR admins, managers and employees) to focus on important tasks, instead of software intricacies.

What is BambooHR?

BambooHR is an intuitive HR software system that simplifies usual HR tasks like attendance, time-off requests, employee benefits, contact information, trainings and certifications – all facets of the employee lifecycle, essentially. Its in-depth reporting features provide executives and managers insight into vital business indicators like employee retention and turnover rates, and certification and compliance metrics.

From the color scheme to the company logo, from individual tabs to required fields in a report, BambooHR is highly customizable and affords clients the ability to create their own systems based on how they run their HR departments. Customizable and pre-defined alerts keep employees and managers apprised of important dates like anniversaries and birthdays, and due dates for certification expirations and renewals, performance reviews and benefit eligibility.

Even at a glance, BambooHR reports are highly informative. The reports library contains a number of standard reports that you can use right out of the box.

Main Features

Time-Off Management

For BambooHR to automate your time-off management workflow, you will initially need to specify your company’s time-off policies: accrual levels, waiting periods, maximum accruals, carryovers, and so on. Once done, employees will already be able to check their time-off balances, request time-offs from their computers or smart devices, and view a calendar of employees scheduled to be on leave.

When an employee submits a time-off request, their manager is notified through email. Depending on the company’s service level requirements, the amount of time the employee has already accrued, and the number of people scheduled to be out on the requested date/s, the manager can either approve or deny the request via phone or online. The requester then receives an email notifying them of the decision.

The company calendar, which lists all holidays and approved time-off requests on specific dates, can be filtered by department, division, employment status, job title or location.

Centralized Employee Information

Aside from task automation, BambooHR functions as your company’s central repository of essential employee data that includes job and salary history, current work status and responsibilities, location, dependents, emergency contacts, benefits, trainings, and other related information that your HR department keeps on file, including annotations that may protect the company from future litigations. Relevant online documents (applications, company forms, training manuals, performance reviews, handbooks and health forms) can be stored and shared.

BambooHR also has a directory feature that lets you view an employee’s name, job title, employment status, date of hire, and photo. Contact information can be quickly accessed and shared with other members of the organization. The system has basic organizational chart functionalities, but for organizations that need a more robust alternative, BambooHR has built-in integrations with OrgChart Now.

The employee directory makes it easy to search for certain employee records.

Customizable User Access Levels

In order not to put your employee data in jeopardy and make certain that information is shared to only those with authorized user access, BambooHR uses role-based access protocols that let you build custom user groups with access assignments based on their job descriptions. Simply put, the type and amount of information users are allowed to access are entirely up to you.

Using any device, employees can log in to their accounts from anywhere to update their personal information, view their time-off balances, training particulars, benefits data and company documents. Managers, on the other hand, can access reports pertaining to their employees’ paid time-off, trainings, certifications and benefits, without the added strain to their already hectic schedule. This is because everything is automated, and report generation can be done in a few clicks.

To ensure confidential employee information are kept confidential, users are classified into groups and can only access information allowed to their specific groups.

Customizable Fields and Reports

BambooHR understands that every organization is unique, which is why fields, tabs and reports can be customized to reflect the way companies manage their workforce. You want to track your employees’ favorite color or candy bar? Probably not the kind of data businesses usually keep an eye out for, but yes, those can be tracked with BambooHR.

On the reporting side, there are two ways reports can be generated: through customized reporting or using standard reports available in the report library. Standard reports include Additions and Terminations, Age Profile, Benefit Eligibility, Birthdays, EEO-1, Employment Status History, Gender Profile, Job History, Last Pay Change, Salary History, Time-Off Balances and Schedule, among others. For customized reports, the data filter is your best friend.

Employee fields can be customized according to how your HR department functions.

Usability for Global Companies

If you have business offices in various locations around the world, you would naturally want your employees to use the language they are comfortable with. BambooHR currently supports six different languages (English, French Canadian, German, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, and Dutch), which can be adjusted on a per-user basis.

Popular local currencies are likewise supported, and number, timezone and date formats are also provided as an option.

BambooHR supports commonly used local currencies, and timezone, country, date, number and name display formats can be customized.


BambooHR’s native API (application programming interface) client allows integrations with just about any software out there (including those that have been built in-house) to ensure users keep their existing systems, eliminate the need to re-enter business-critical data, and stay working in familiar environments.

BambooHR has ready-made integrations with applicant tracking systems like CATS and HiringThing, NetSuite’s ERP system, performance review solutions like Bullseye Engagement and Small Improvements, payroll software like TRAXPayroll and Simplepay.ca, and time and attendance systems like SwipeClock and NimbleSchedule, among others.


Starting at $69 per month for a maximum of 10 employees, BambooHR’s pricing scales to company size. This price already includes: detailed employee records, employee self-service, report library, manager self-service, training and certification updates, salary and job history, phone support, benefit tracking and email support. The only add-on is the Applicant Tracking System, which is priced at $49 per month, regardless of company size.

Bottom Line

  • Intuitive and user-friendly HR software that simplifies transition of employee information and reports from spreadsheets and other paper forms to a single cloud-based hub
  • Automates common HR workflow and leaves HR professionals with more time to perform more value-adding activities
  • Dynamic mobile accessibility provides employees and management the ability to track relevant information while on the go
  • Supports all popular local currencies and six languages
  • Open API allows seamless integration with other software, including those built in-house

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