BambooHR Pricing, Features, Reviews & Comparison of Alternatives

BambooHR Reviews


Personalized HR software for SMBs

4.65/5 (20 reviews)
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Who is BambooHR For?

  • Experience: All levels. It is designed to be user-friendly so employees and HR managers can use, all the way up to the most advanced IT professional
  • Industry: All
  • Business size: Ideal is 50-1,000 employees, but capable of taking less, and more
  • Departments/Roles: HR Manager, HR Director, VP of HR, HR Specialist/Generalist, HR Coordinator, etc.
  • Budget/price point: Starting at $8 per employee per month, with $99 monthly minimum
  • Example customers: SoundCloud, Fab, Foursquare, Lyft, Shopify, FreshBooks
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BambooHR Category Leaders


#1 in Human Resources (HR)

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BambooHR Screenshots (16)

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BambooHR Pricing

Starting from: $99.00/month

Pricing model: Subscription

Free Trial: Available (No Credit Card required)

Pricing based on number of employees with packages starting at $99/month.

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Key Features of BambooHR

  • Employee profile directory
  • Employee profiles w/ custom fields
  • Training & benefits tracking
  • Job & salary history
  • Online document storage
  • Employee self-service
  • Custom access permissions
  • Time off requests & approval
  • Time off reporting
  • Staff calendar
  • Pre-built & custom reports
  • Custom alerts
  • Applicant tracking system module
  • Basic & advanced recruiting features
  • e-signature of documents
  • Multicurrency payroll data
  • Multiple languages
  • API
  • 3rd party integrations
  • Customizable interface

Security and privacy


Encryption of sensitive data at rest
HTTPS for all pages

Access control

Multi-factor authentication options

Data policy

Data backup in multiple locations/GEO regions
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BambooHR Overview

BambooHR offers a single system to consolidate all employee and human resources related data and to manage a number of human resources activity. The software can be used to build a centralized database of employee profiles that can be accessed by anyone in the company with the access permissions you define. Each profile can store personal information and a photo, as well as details on benefits, salary, time off, documents, training, and more. You can also add custom fields to record important information unique to your company.

Employees can be given self-service access to BambooHR letting them view and update their information whenever they wish. With custom permissions you can define which users have access to which information. Employees can also use the app to request time off, see what days off they are entitled to, and when other members of staff have booked time off. Managers can add time off policies and set accrual levels, approve time-off requests, and generate custom time off reports.

Aside from time off reports, BambooHR offers a range of other custom reports with the ability to filter, group and sort any of data in the system. The software also comes with a selection of pre-built reports such as salary history, age and gender data, turnover rate and more. Data can be pulled from your other 3rd party apps with BambooHR’s API and its integrations with a number of 3rd party benefit enrolment, payroll, and performance reviews software.

BambooHR also comes with an integrated application tracking system (ATS) module. The module can be used to create and publish job openings and record, review and track the status of incoming applications. There are further advanced features of the ATS module available that cover resume commenting, candidate ratings, job postings on social media and more.

BambooHR helps you keep track of all human resources activity not only through reporting, but also through email alerts. You can set up alerts to go to anyone about anything, from birthdays, to performance reviews, to insurance expirations. BambooHR is suitable for global companies with the ability to track payroll in multiple currencies and support for six different languages. BambooHR has a free mobile app for iPhone and Android that syncs in real-time with your Bamboo account.


Intended Users
Freelancers, Mid Size Business, Non Profits, Small Business
Devices Supported
Android, iPhone-iPad, 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
Support Options
FAQs, Forum, Knowledge Base, Phone Support, Video Tutorials


Employee Profiles: Managers can keep track of all employee history and recent information. Employees can update their own data. Co-workers can search the directory and discover each other's profiles.

Applicant Tracking: Create job posts and track applications as they come in. Share and comment on resumes and add star ratings to candidates’ applications.

Time-off Management: Employees can request time off, view the company calendar and track their holiday/ sick days. Managers can approve time off and see time off reports.

HR Reports: Access pre-built reports or create custom reports on all kinds of data, from EEO-1 reports to age and gender profiles. Export reports to Excel, PDF & CSV.

Alerts: Set up email notifications to go to any member of staff to remind them of birthdays, benefit eligibility, license expirations and upcoming reviews.

Custom Permissions: Decide who has access to what within the system by giving specific access permissions to managers, admins and employees.

Globally Compatible: BambooHR supports payroll data in multiple currencies and six different languages.

BambooHR Reviews & Ratings

User ratings


Rating summary

Overall rating
Value for money
Ease of use
Customer support

Intuitive, smart, and effective

Verified Reviewer  17th of December, 2015

Vice President, Talent Management (Investment Banking company, 201-500 employees)
We evaluated 6+ HRIS systems and BambooHR was my top choice. Besides being really pretty and intuitive to use, all the features worked they way you'd expect them to work. We just finished rolling Zenefits which was a nightmare and their support team is seriously lacking. BambooHR experience so far has been stellar. We will be rolling it out early next year.

Pros: ATS Onboarding module Easy to implement Intuitive work flow Great customer support Visually appealing and makes sense Runs reports effortlessly and can export all to Excel Employee Self-Service

Cons: No performance management module (has vendors it partners with) Doesn't synch with our payroll system (PayChex)

Rating breakdown
Value for money
Ease of use
Customer support

Time used

Less than 6 months

I'm currently in the beginning stages of using this product.

Verified Reviewer  2nd of September, 2015

Helen May, Marketing Manager
Make sure you allow adequate time for the rollover or initial set-up. I wasn't as ready as I thought, but they've been generous in extending my time for it. They've been timely on their end, though.

Pros: The transition to Bamboo has been easy. It's gotten things more organized around here. The software is user-friendly and intuitive and has provided the fields we need to track our employees. The on-boarding and set-up of an employee has been the biggest advantage so far. It's something we've needed to take us from spreadsheets and "too many cooks in the kitchen" to all-in-one place.

Cons: I'm still in the initial process in using it, so I haven't discovered any dislikes yet.

Rating breakdown
Value for money
Ease of use
Customer support

Time used

Less than 6 months


Verified Reviewer  18th of August, 2015

Sr. Director, Human Resources (Marketing and Advertising company, 51-200 employees)
I have had BambooHR for 5 weeks. I have been unable to import my employees information into the system, at least 3 times a week the system doesn't recognize my username or password. I have been unable to implement this system due to the fact I can't use it.

Pros: Cheap and could be easy to use.

Cons: It doesn't work. Too many bugs. It takes the customer support team too long to fix basic issues.

Rating breakdown
Value for money
Ease of use
Customer support

Time used

Less than 6 months

Modern, Intuitive HRIS!

Verified Reviewer  5th of June, 2014

HR Specialist (Facilities Services company, 51-200 employees)
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!

Pros: PTO management on the web or the mobile app work great! Customer support is awesome is incredibly friendly and knowledgeable. Reports are a lifesaver and I can quickly send PDF or Excel reports with the click of a button!

Cons: The tool works great for small businesses as it is now but I look forward to further improvements (which they are constantly working on to make it even better).

It's great!

Verified Reviewer  5th of June, 2014

Patricia Dempsey, MBOM HR, HR Professional
BambooHR is a great tool. Plus, the customer service is fantastic.

Pros: Ease of use. Customer Service.

Great and flexible HRIS with great customer service

Verified Reviewer  21st of May, 2014

Human Resources Coordinator (Internet company, 51-200 employees)
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.

Pros: The personal contact with the BambooHR team has been extraordinary good right from the start. Their customer service is great and BambooHR has proven to be a very flexible solution, with custom tables and permissions, which meet our requirements.

Cons: It would be great, to be able to host BambooHR on our own servers, but beside of that there's nothing to dislike.

Our Company LOVES BambooHR!

Verified Reviewer  20th of May, 2014

Brandie Lamprou, Human Resource Director / Corporate Development at DentalMarketing.Net | 123 Postcards - Owner / Designer at EMarketID
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!

Pros: Customer Service, Some Customization Available, Ease of Use, Cost

Cons: Dashboard cannot be customized by adding modules. Some menus also cannot be customized.

Best HR system I have evaluated

Verified Reviewer  19th of May, 2014

Bal Cheema, CPA & Quickbooks Proadvisor
Easiest system to implement and start using.

Pros: Ease of use and flexibility of reports

Cons: does not sync to the intuit full service payroll

BambooHR is the only HRIS for us

Verified Reviewer  19th of May, 2014

Joe Humphries, Director of People Operations at Stack Overflow
When I decided we needed to implement an HRIS, I was afraid the only systems to choose from would be clunky, ugly, and expensive. Then, a handful of my peers suggested BambooHR. After looking at a number of systems, it became clear that BambooHR was the winner.

Pros: - Customization: they can implement almost any custom field or table - Ease of use - "Personality": the system doesn't feel stuffy/corporate. Great for tech startups that are reluctant to admit that they need HR. - Their client service is great!

Cons: At first we were concerned about their data security, but the reps at Bamboo were able to calm our nerves by showing us proof that they were safe and compliant with sensitive data.

No more excel spreadsheets

17th of July, 2013

I am in love with BambooHR. Seriously, I've told our whole company that I love it, that it makes my day at work so much more fun (I know! I said FUN!) + I love telling anyone else in the HR profession that will listen how much I love BambooHR. So why am I in love? Simply put, BambooHR has completely transformed the way I work. No more excel spreadsheets or thinking 'mmm, when did Tom + Sarah start?' no more thinking 'when did we do that?' or 'where am I up to with on-boarding our newbie?'… because all I need to do is login and find out. From the user-friendly interface, the customisable options, the reporting (you have to check out the reporting!) + the permissions capability (just to name are few) has made working in the world of 'people' a really enjoyable experience (& as the Employee Experience Manager at RedBalloon – I know what a good experience at work is all about!) Also the customer experience I have received from BambooHR has been world class. The team has been amazing, always finding solutions, keeping me posted, the quickest response email turnaround times and the addition of smiley faces in their emails (I like this!) has definitely made me a BambooHR fan for many many years to come. Oohh + the integration with Small Improvements – added bonus! Thanks BambooHR – love your work!


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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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’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, and time and attendance systems like SwipeClock and NimbleSchedule, among others.


The professional package costs $8 per employee per month, again with a minimum spend of $99 per month. For this, you get all of the basic features plus employee onboarding, employee self service, benefit tracking, advanced custom reports, custom alerts, 100MB storage per employee, powerful batch editing, and more.

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