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BambooHR

Personalized HR software for SMBs

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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 $6 per employee per month, with $99 monthly minimum
  • Example customers: SoundCloud, Fab, Foursquare, Lyft, Shopify, FreshBooks
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BambooHR Pricing

Starting from: $6.00/month

Pricing model: Subscription

Free Trial: Available (No Credit Card required)

Basic: $6 per employee / per month Basic HRIS Limited Applicant Tracking Service 50 MB Storage / Employee Salary & Job History Basic Reports Employee Directory Professional: $8 per employee / per month All Basic Features + Advanced Features such as: Employee Onboarding, Employee Self Service, Benefit & Training Tracking, Advanced Custom Reports, Custom Alerts, Custom Permissions, Powerful Batch Editing, Custom Approvals,100 MB Storage/Employee, & Enhanced Applicant Tracking.

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

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.
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Specifications

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
Support Options
FAQs, Forum, Knowledge Base, Phone Support, Video Tutorials
Certifications
CAN-SPAM, Safe Harbor, TRUSTe

Benefits

  • 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 User Reviews

    WORST SYSTEM SO FAR

    Verified Reviewer  18th of August 21:19

    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.

    Modern, Intuitive HRIS!

    Verified Reviewer  5th of June, 2014 14:25

    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!

    It's great!

    Verified Reviewer  5th of June, 2014 13:56

    Patricia Dempsey, MBOM HR, Human Resources at Procore Technologies
    BambooHR is a great tool. Plus, the customer service is fantastic.

    Great and flexible HRIS with great customer service

    Verified Reviewer  21st of May, 2014 03:57

    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.

    Our Company LOVES BambooHR!

    Verified Reviewer  20th of May, 2014 14:41

    Brandie Lamprou, Executive Assistant 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!

    Best HR system I have evaluated

    Verified Reviewer  19th of May, 2014 19:42

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

    BambooHR is the only HRIS for us

    Verified Reviewer  19th of May, 2014 13:21

    Joe Humphries, People Team at Stack Exchange
    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.

    No more excel spreadsheets

    17th of July, 2013 18:15

    Megan
    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!

    Great Software at great Price

    17th of July, 2013 13:59

    Kate
    BambooHR has been great to work with from the start. Every member of the team has been super responsive and they are constantly expanding services and functionality based on customer feedback. The system is user friendly and the price blew every other HRIS vendor we looked at out of the water. I definitely recommend working with BambooHR for your HRIS needs.

    Compelling HRIS solution

    16th of July, 2013 10:14

    Ewen Fortune
    BambooHR is a compelling HRIS solution - With a simple and fast setup, intuitive and smart design, any organization can take control of all its human resources information. All this packaged with what I can only describe as the best application support team I've worked with - Highly recommended.

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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.

    Integrations

    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.

    Pricing

    Pricing starts at $6 per employee per month for the basic package, with a minimum spend of $99 per month. This pack offers basic HRIS, limited applicant tracking service, 50MB storage per employee, salary and job history, basic reports, and an employee directory. 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

    FAQs for BambooHR

    Below are some frequently asked questions for BambooHR.

    Q. What are the main features of BambooHR?

    BambooHR offers the following features:

    • 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

    Q. How much does BambooHR cost?

    We have the following pricing information for BambooHR:

    Starting from: $6.00/month
    Pricing model: Subscription
    Free Trial: Available (No Credit Card required)

    Q. Who are the typical users of BambooHR?

    BambooHR has the following typical customers:

    Freelancers, Mid Size Business, Non Profits, Small Business

    Q. What languages does BambooHR support?

    BambooHR supports the following languages:

    Dutch, English, French, German, Portuguese, Spanish

    Q. What type of pricing plans does BambooHR offer?

    BambooHR has the following pricing plans:

    Free Trial, Subscription

    Q. Does BambooHR support mobile devices?

    BambooHR supports the following devices:

    Android, iPhone-iPad

    Q. Does BambooHR offer an API?

    Yes, BambooHR has an API available for use.

    Q. What other apps does BambooHR integrate with?

    BambooHR integrates with the following applications:

    Applicant Tracking, Benefit Enrollment, Payroll, Performance Reviews, Small Improvements, Cornerstone Growth Edition, NimbleSchedule

    Q. What level of support does BambooHR offer?

    BambooHR offers the following support options:

    FAQs, Forum, Knowledge Base, Phone Support, Video Tutorials


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