BambooHR Features

BambooHR

Personalized HR software for SMBs

4.52/5 (1,205 reviews)

BambooHR Feature Summary

  • 3rd party integrations
  • Applicant tracking system module
  • Audit Trail
  • BambooHR Marketplace
  • Basic & advanced recruiting features
  • Benefits Tracking
  • Custom Fields
  • Custom Reporting
  • Custom access permissions
  • Custom alerts
  • Customizable interface
  • Data Exporting
  • Data Visualization
  • Document Storage
  • Electronic Signatures
  • Employee Directory
  • Employee Profiles
  • Employee Records
  • Employee Satisfaction with eNPS
  • Employee profiles w/ custom fields
  • Employee self-service
  • HRIS
  • Information Security
  • Job & salary history
  • Job Application Management
  • Location Management
  • Mobile App
  • Multicurrency payroll data
  • Multiple languages
  • Online Support
  • Online document storage
  • Open API
  • Org Chart
  • PTO Accruals
  • PTO Tracking
  • Payroll
  • People Data
  • Performance Management
  • Phone Support
  • Pre-built & custom reports
  • Reminders
  • Reporting & Analytics
  • Staff calendar
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Time off reporting
  • Time off requests & approval
  • Training Tracking
  • Workflows & Approvals

BambooHR Features In Depth

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.

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Absence Management
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Attendance Management
Attendance Tracking
Audit Trail
Automatic Notifications
Benefits Management
Bonus Management
Calendar Management
Charting
Clock In / Out
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Commenting
Compliance Management
Configurable Workflow
Contact Database
Custom Fields
Customizable Branding
Customizable Reporting
Data Filtering
Data Import
Data Import/Export
Data Visualization
Digital Signature
Document Management
Document Storage
Electronic Signature Capture
Email Alerts
Email Invitations & Reminders
Email Notifications
Email Templates
Employee Database
Employee Management
Employee Onboarding
Employee Portal
Employee Profile
Employee Self Service
Employee Time Tracking
Goal Setting / Tracking
HR Management
Human Resource Integration
Interview Scheduling
Job Application Management
Job Management
Leave Tracking
Multi-Currency
Multi-Language
Organizational Charting
Payroll Integration
Payroll Management
Performance Appraisal
Performance Management
Performance Metrics
Performance Reports
Permission Management
Policy Management
Progress Tracking
Real Time Reporting
Real Time Updates
Receiving
Records Management
Recruitment Management
Reminders
Reporting & Statistics
Role-Based Permissions
Rules-Based Workflow
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Salary History
Secure Data Storage
Self Service Portal
Sick Leave Tracking
Summary Reports
Third Party Integration
Time Off Requests
Training Management
Vacation Tracking
Workflow Management
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360 Degree Feedback
401(k) Tracking
API
Absence Management
Access Control
Activity Dashboard
Applicant Tracking
Applications Management
Approval Process Control
Assessment Management
Attendance Management
Attendance Tracking
Audit Trail
Automatic Notifications
Benefits Management
Bonus Management
Calendar Management
Charting
Clock In / Out
Collaboration Tools
Commenting
Compliance Management
Configurable Workflow
Contact Database
Custom Fields
Customizable Branding
Customizable Reporting
Data Filtering
Data Import
Data Import/Export
Data Visualization
Digital Signature
Document Management
Document Storage
Electronic Signature Capture
Email Alerts
Email Invitations & Reminders
Email Notifications
Email Templates
Employee Database
Employee Management
Employee Onboarding
Employee Portal
Employee Profile
Employee Self Service
Employee Time Tracking
Goal Setting / Tracking
HR Management
Human Resource Integration
Interview Scheduling
Job Application Management
Job Management
Leave Tracking
Multi-Currency
Multi-Language
Organizational Charting
Payroll Integration
Payroll Management
Performance Appraisal
Performance Management
Performance Metrics
Performance Reports
Permission Management
Policy Management
Progress Tracking
Real Time Reporting
Real Time Updates
Receiving
Records Management
Recruitment Management
Reminders
Reporting & Statistics
Role-Based Permissions
Rules-Based Workflow
SSL Security
Salary History
Secure Data Storage
Self Service Portal
Sick Leave Tracking
Summary Reports
Third Party Integration
Time Off Requests
Training Management
Vacation Tracking
Workflow Management
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BambooHR Feature Reviews

25 reviewers had the following to say about BambooHR's features:

Anonymous
(Computer Software company, 501-1000 employees)

good HRIS for small and medium size organizations

2018-09-15

Neutral

Pros

Simple and easy to use UI Single Sign-on with G Suite Applicant Tracking Feature Excellent Employee Onboarding Feature

Cons

Lacks good performance management feature Below average reporting capabilities and it needs lots of customization to fit into specific reporting needs.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

6/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
(Financial Services company, 51-200 employees)

Excellent all-in-one HR platform

2019-05-10

It provides new employees with a great onboarding experience.

Pros

I like the reports for employee and applicant data.

Cons

It took me long to figure out how to export employee data.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Occasionally

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Flynnm Garcia

Intuitive, Smart, and Effective

2016-11-30

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

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Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Software Advice
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Anonymous
Vice President, Talent Management (Investment Banking company, 201-500 employees)
Verified Reviewer

Intuitive, smart, and effective

2015-12-17

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

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Ease of use
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Time used: Free Trial

Source: GetApp
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Dr. Anne Seebach

Powerful HR tool allowing slim processes and a great UX

2019-04-23

* we can track employee engagement, but also people managers' engagement easily and visualise results, respectively * alert / notification function lead to awareness about little things as birthdays or company anniversaries * I love the BambooHR's product team's humor

Pros

* clear structure of all relevant people data * ability to pull reports * employee self service * onboarding & offboarding

Cons

* here and there I am missing the opportunity to fine tune workflows as approvals etc * overall funnel reporting in ATS

Rating breakdown

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Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Irina Serdiukova

Great HRIS for small to medium companies

2018-09-22

Overall, BambooHR saves time of HR Team & employees data organized.

Pros

. - Sufficient Reports section: almost everything is covered by biuld-in reports; and ability to create customizable reports on your own. - Mobile version covers basic needs to find contact of a person, request Time Off and see own personal data. - Fast Customer Support.

Cons

- File Storage is not that big (only 4 GB) - API for integration with other systems is basic.

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Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Wechuli Paul

Feature Full HR Software

2020-04-07

Has almost everything I require in from a fully-featured HR software, no complaints.

Pros

. - Supports SAML for Third-Party Authentication services so you can leverage third-party services such as Azure AD - Easy to use and configure, both for administrators and normal users.

Cons

- The reporting functionality of the software could do with some improvement to provide more granular insights - The mobile application version is not as fully featured as the web companion.

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Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Kirsty Peters

A quality product with the flexibility to customise to meet business needs simply and effectively.

2017-08-09

Compliance, streamlined and faster HR processes and effective records management, more effective communication with employees, .

Pros

Very user friendly and meets 95% of our HR requirements in relation to recruitment, onboarding, offboarding, records management, compliance and reporting, performance management.

Cons

My only wish is that it was currently compatible/integrated with Xero with a more developed timesheet feature to enable online submission of timesheets as simply as booking leave is currently.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
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Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
(Management Consulting company, 51-200 employees)

Great!

2018-03-20

Pros

It allows tracking applicants, timekeeping, an employee onboarding and performance management as well.

Cons

It's hard to be used for beginners and you really need to study how the tool works so you can get the right process.

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Value for money
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Features
Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Keith Stewart

Customized for my needs!

2018-04-09

HR tracking with on-boarding and off-boarding tools.

Pros

Customizable reports, integration with accounting, and notifications for the important things.

Cons

Improvements to the mobile app would be nice as it lacks the many features that would benefit the employee.

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Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Tracey Cooper

BambooHR has been great to work with throughout the whole process

2016-04-15

Pros

From the employee data, timesheets, performance management and employee self service aspect.

Cons

I haven't found anything that I don't like. The product and vendor have satisfied all my needs thus far

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Likelihood to recommend

10/10

Recommendations to others considering BambooHR

In looking at several vendors, services provided and cost were our main objective and BambooHR definitely was at the top of the category

Source: Software Advice
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kiran kumar

Simple and powerful HR software

2018-06-28

Pros

Employee self-service features help reduce HR workload.

Cons

Bamboo Payroll and Bamboo HR are very different and have no integration or importing features of one app data to the other.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Software Advice
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Connor Hayes

HR Management made easy!

2017-08-29

Accurate employee records, easy pto balance & usage management, reporting, easy to use ATS, easy and automatic performance management, accurate benefit enrollment, etc.

Pros

Every single aspect of it makes being an HR Manager easier. All of our supervisors love it and our owner lovers it.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
(Human Resources company, 11-50 employees)

Easily keep track of human resources without the spreadsheet.

2018-12-29

The integration with our applicant tracking system is a huge bonus.

Pros

BambooHR automates many HR processes - it can handle performance management, help you maintain a record of employee data, allow employees to onboard themselves, track time-off or even measure your employee's satisfaction.

Cons

This wouldn't work well for a large organization of over 1000 people. At that point, you will need to look into another solution.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: Free Trial

Frequency of use: Occasionally

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Marina Ivanovic

Leaves A Lot To Be Desired

2020-10-03

Pros

From an employee database perspective - fairly solid.

Cons

There have been almost no updates to the UX/UI and the platforms visuals.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

6/10
Source: Capterra
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Mariia Sirychenko

Easy integration and simple access

2017-09-22

Before we chose BambooHR, I had made a deep research and tested more than 10 different HR soft. BambooHR offers the best solutions, quality and support is overall great.

Pros

Employee self-service feature is cool.

Cons

Also, it would be good to make ATS an optional feature, not included in basic price.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Software Advice
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Talha Anwar

All HR Documents in one place

2019-02-08

Biggest feature is that it eliminates all tedious paperwork

Pros

Very easy and self explanatory portal to gather all new hires documents.

Cons

A little too pricey for a small business

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
(Marketing and Advertising company, 201-500 employees)

BambooHR is the HRM tool for all medium and large businesses

2019-03-05

Saving time, increased efficiencies with employees' forms and great handling of the employees & managers performance reviews.

Pros

You can use it for all different HR aspect, to track new recruits & applicants, to maintain employees' records and managing performance reviews.

Cons

They could improve their announcements function: you will receive an email as a notification, however, after some time it will disappear from the homepage so it won't be easy to find it again.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Jana Vintrova

Sets HR free to finally do what really matters!

2018-04-11

100% recommendation, I cant believe how I could have worked in HR all those years without BambooHR honestly:)

Pros

Very handy reporting tools. Employee self service portal and managers having access to their teams data.

Cons

The Training feature seems to have very limited functionality and not very useful for our organizaiton.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Software Advice
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Rohan Bhat

Amazing HR Software

2018-11-15

An amazing HR management system that helps businesses keep a track of all the details.

Pros

- Leave and Reimbursement Management - Salary and tax management and integration - Employee Details and Information Management - Document Management - Birthday and anniversary reminders

Cons

- Mobile app sometimes crashes when applying for leave

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
(Automotive company, 11-50 employees)

Great for small businesses

2021-02-16

For a very small business, under 50 employees and not looking to hire more than a couple of times a year, this is probably a perfect solution.

Pros

I love the onboarding and self-service portal. it is very impressive as a new hire to be able to see the birthdays, anniversaries, and days off of the team.

Cons

The applicant tracking portion is pretty bad in terms of searching and screening resumes.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

2/10
Source: Capterra
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Sharma Shradha

Applicant tracking System for HR professionals

2018-10-18

Pros

This product has exclusive modules like employee self-onboarding, employee database,etc

Cons

This is so good to be true as it has been awarded the best HR software by various institutions.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: Free Trial

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
(Computer Software company, 201-500 employees)

Easy to use, but integrations lacking

2019-01-07

It has become much easier for employees to find self-serve answers to their questions, and have a single source to go to for their important documents, etc.

Pros

BambooHR has a simple, intuitive UI that makes it easy to get an overview of relevant HR data: vacation days, legal documents, reporting lines, etc.

Cons

As well, there is limited customizability in how relationships between employees can be highlighted, or different teams can be viewed together.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
(Computer Software company, 11-50 employees)

Bamboo4u

2019-03-20

Onboarding was time consuming, but worthwhile once system was adopted.

Pros

Individualized profiles and data sharing

Cons

Document migration into the platform was not self service.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

7/10
Source: Capterra
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Arturo Rojas

It is a good human resources tool for a small company

2018-09-12

It is very good option for small companies, it helps a lot with the management of the employees and request a vacation

Pros

You can practically do all the paperwork that has to do with human resources in this software, reporting and benefits management is good

Cons

Some data is a bit difficult to export because you have to customize the report first.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Software Advice
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