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Overview

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BambooHR brings all your employee, payroll, time, and benefit information together in one place, giving you the data accuracy,...

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All-in-one HR & payroll software solutions that reduce time spent on administrative tasks, allowing you to return your focus...

  • Platforms supported
  • Web-based
  • iPhone app
  • Android app
  • Windows Phone app
  • Typical customers
  • Freelancers
  • Small businesses
  • Mid size businesses
  • Large enterprises
  • Customer support
  • Phone
  • Online
  • Knowledge base
  • Video tutorials
  • Platforms supported
  • Web-based
  • iPhone app
  • Android app
  • Windows Phone app
  • Typical customers
  • Freelancers
  • Small businesses
  • Mid size businesses
  • Large enterprises
  • Customer support
  • Phone
  • Online
  • Knowledge base
  • Video tutorials

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Pricing

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250

Per month

  • Free trial available
  • Credit cardless trial
  • Free account
  • Subscription based

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User reviews

4.6

2.8K

5

4

3

2

1

1.8K

818

106

19

10

  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
97%
would recommend this app

4.3

838

5

4

3

2

1

443

272

80

24

19

  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
92%
would recommend this app

Pros

The software is clean and simple and serves as a great resource for company information, coworker contacts, and a comprehensive company calendar outlining anniversaries, birthdays, and days off.
I hadn't used it until my current company and I am really happy to be able to utilize it. There are so many great features and I love it.
BambooHR has some great integrations (Slack, for instance) that allow me to see when my co-workers are out of the office or even celebrating an anniversary or birthday.

Pros

It was nice that there were PPP reports created to help with the application as well as the forgiveness. They were very helpful while going through those processes.
I like that there are a variety of solutions to help with all of our HR processes. The system is user friendly and common sensical.
Our of the 4 payroll companies that we have used over the last 10 yrs, Paylocity is my favorite. The program is the easiest to use and the employees like it the best.

Cons

Some of the updates would cause havoc on the system and delay some of our onboarding.
The only con I have noticed is from guys in HR complaining that it does not provide in-house payroll management.
At times I struggle with the signing portion of documents.

Cons

If it weren't a hassle to switch systems, I would switch in a heartbeat. This is a terrible platform and I am unimpressed with the company as a whole.
It is hard to give negative feedback about a product that does more than one can fully comprehend. The report writer can be tricky if you are not familiar with how to use it.
The interface is terrible and they are making changes all the time. I have a rotating door of "account managers" and never get ahold of the same person twice.
  • Vendor responds to reviews
  • Last review4 days ago
  • Vendor responds to reviews
  • Last review11 days ago

Key features

  • Total features142
  • 360 Degree Feedback
  • 401(k) Tracking
  • ACA Reporting
  • API
  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Tracking
  • Activity/News Feed
  • Ad hoc Reporting
  • Alerts/Escalation
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Applicant Tracking
  • Application Management
  • Approval Process Control
  • Archiving & Retention
  • Assessment Management
  • Attendance Management
  • Attendance Tracking
  • Audit Trail
  • Automatic Time Capture
  • Background Screening
  • Batch Processing
  • Benchmarking
  • Benefits Dashboard
  • Benefits Management
  • Billable & Non-Billable Hours
  • Billable Items Tracking
  • Billing & Invoicing
  • Calendar Management
  • Candidate Management
  • Candidate Profiles
  • Candidate Tracking
  • Career Development
  • Careers Page
  • Chat/Messaging
  • Check Printing
  • Clock In/Out
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Commenting/Notes
  • Commission Management
  • Compensation Management
  • Compliance Management
  • Configurable Workflow
  • Customizable Branding
  • Customizable Fields
  • Customizable Forms
  • Customizable Reports
  • Customizable Templates
  • Dashboard
  • Data Import/Export
  • Data Visualization
  • Deduction Management
  • Direct Deposit
  • Disability Insurance Administration
  • Document Management
  • Document Storage
  • E-Verify/I-9 Forms
  • Electronic Forms
  • Electronic Signature
  • Email Templates
  • Employee Benefits Administration
  • Employee Database
  • Employee Directory
  • Employee Handbook
  • Employee Management
  • Employee Onboarding
  • Employee Portal
  • Employee Profiles
  • Employee Recognition
  • Employee Reward Programs
  • Employee Scheduling
  • Employee Self Service
  • Employee Time Tracking
  • Engagement Tracking
  • Event Calendar
  • Expense Tracking
  • Feedback Management
  • File Sharing
  • For Accountants
  • For Small Businesses
  • Goal Management
  • Goal Setting/Tracking
  • HIPAA Compliant
  • HR Management
  • HR Metrics Library
  • HSA/FSA Administration
  • Health Insurance Administration
  • Internal HR
  • Interview Management
  • Job Application Management
  • Job Board
  • Job Description Management
  • Job Posting
  • Job Requisition
  • Labor Forecasting
  • Learning & Development
  • Leave Tracking
  • Life Insurance Administration
  • Mass Notifications
  • Mobile Access
  • Mobile App
  • Mobile Time Tracking
  • Multi-Language
  • Multi-State
  • Negative Feedback Management
  • OSHA Compliance
  • Onboarding
  • Ongoing Performance Tracking
  • Online Benefits Enrollment
  • Online Time Clock
  • Online Time Tracking
  • Organizational Charting
  • Orientation Workflow Management
  • Overtime Calculation
  • Payroll Management
  • Payroll Reporting
  • Peer Appraisals
  • Performance Appraisal
  • Performance Management
  • Performance Metrics
  • Performance Review Management
  • Pipeline Management
  • Policy Management
  • Process/Workflow Automation
  • Project Time Tracking
  • Project Tracking
  • Pulse Surveys
  • Question Library
  • Real-Time Analytics
  • Real-Time Reporting
  • Recruitment Management
  • Reminders
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Resume Database
  • Resume Search
  • Resume Storage
  • Retirement Plan Management
  • Review Cycle Tracking
  • Role-Based Permissions
  • Search/Filter
  • Secure Data Storage
  • Self Assessment
  • Self Service Portal
  • Sick Leave Tracking
  • Single Sign On
  • Skills Tracking
  • Summary Reports
  • Surveys & Feedback
  • Talent Acquisition
  • Talent Management
  • Task Management
  • Tax Compliance
  • Third-Party Integrations
  • Time Off Management
  • Time Off Requests
  • Time Tracking
  • Timesheet Management
  • Training Management
  • Trend Analysis
  • Turnover Tracking
  • Vacation/Leave Tracking
  • Variable Workforce
  • Visual Analytics
  • W-2 Preparation
  • Wage Garnishment
  • Web-based Deployment
  • Workflow Management
  • Workstation Tracking
  • Total features100
  • 360 Degree Feedback
  • 401(k) Tracking
  • ACA Reporting
  • API
  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Tracking
  • Activity/News Feed
  • Ad hoc Reporting
  • Alerts/Escalation
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Applicant Tracking
  • Application Management
  • Approval Process Control
  • Archiving & Retention
  • Assessment Management
  • Attendance Management
  • Attendance Tracking
  • Audit Trail
  • Automatic Time Capture
  • Background Screening
  • Batch Processing
  • Benchmarking
  • Benefits Dashboard
  • Benefits Management
  • Billable & Non-Billable Hours
  • Billable Items Tracking
  • Billing & Invoicing
  • Calendar Management
  • Candidate Management
  • Candidate Profiles
  • Candidate Tracking
  • Career Development
  • Careers Page
  • Chat/Messaging
  • Check Printing
  • Clock In/Out
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Commenting/Notes
  • Commission Management
  • Compensation Management
  • Compliance Management
  • Configurable Workflow
  • Customizable Branding
  • Customizable Fields
  • Customizable Forms
  • Customizable Reports
  • Customizable Templates
  • Dashboard
  • Data Import/Export
  • Data Visualization
  • Deduction Management
  • Direct Deposit
  • Disability Insurance Administration
  • Document Management
  • Document Storage
  • E-Verify/I-9 Forms
  • Electronic Forms
  • Electronic Signature
  • Email Templates
  • Employee Benefits Administration
  • Employee Database
  • Employee Directory
  • Employee Handbook
  • Employee Management
  • Employee Onboarding
  • Employee Portal
  • Employee Profiles
  • Employee Recognition
  • Employee Reward Programs
  • Employee Scheduling
  • Employee Self Service
  • Employee Time Tracking
  • Engagement Tracking
  • Event Calendar
  • Expense Tracking
  • Feedback Management
  • File Sharing
  • For Accountants
  • For Small Businesses
  • Goal Management
  • Goal Setting/Tracking
  • HIPAA Compliant
  • HR Management
  • HR Metrics Library
  • HSA/FSA Administration
  • Health Insurance Administration
  • Internal HR
  • Interview Management
  • Job Application Management
  • Job Board
  • Job Description Management
  • Job Posting
  • Job Requisition
  • Labor Forecasting
  • Learning & Development
  • Leave Tracking
  • Life Insurance Administration
  • Mass Notifications
  • Mobile Access
  • Mobile App
  • Mobile Time Tracking
  • Multi-Language
  • Multi-State
  • Negative Feedback Management
  • OSHA Compliance
  • Onboarding
  • Ongoing Performance Tracking
  • Online Benefits Enrollment
  • Online Time Clock
  • Online Time Tracking
  • Organizational Charting
  • Orientation Workflow Management
  • Overtime Calculation
  • Payroll Management
  • Payroll Reporting
  • Peer Appraisals
  • Performance Appraisal
  • Performance Management
  • Performance Metrics
  • Performance Review Management
  • Pipeline Management
  • Policy Management
  • Process/Workflow Automation
  • Project Time Tracking
  • Project Tracking
  • Pulse Surveys
  • Question Library
  • Real-Time Analytics
  • Real-Time Reporting
  • Recruitment Management
  • Reminders
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Resume Database
  • Resume Search
  • Resume Storage
  • Retirement Plan Management
  • Review Cycle Tracking
  • Role-Based Permissions
  • Search/Filter
  • Secure Data Storage
  • Self Assessment
  • Self Service Portal
  • Sick Leave Tracking
  • Single Sign On
  • Skills Tracking
  • Summary Reports
  • Surveys & Feedback
  • Talent Acquisition
  • Talent Management
  • Task Management
  • Tax Compliance
  • Third-Party Integrations
  • Time Off Management
  • Time Off Requests
  • Time Tracking
  • Timesheet Management
  • Training Management
  • Trend Analysis
  • Turnover Tracking
  • Vacation/Leave Tracking
  • Variable Workforce
  • Visual Analytics
  • W-2 Preparation
  • Wage Garnishment
  • Web-based Deployment
  • Workflow Management
  • Workstation Tracking

Integrations

  • Total integrations460
  • ADP Workforce Now
  • BambooHR
  • Gmail
  • Google Calendar
  • Google Workspace
  • Greenhouse
  • Indeed
  • LinkedIn for Business
  • Meta for Business
  • Microsoft 365
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft Teams
  • Okta
  • SAP SuccessFactors HXM Suite
  • Slack
  • Twitter/X
  • Workday HCM
  • Xero
  • Zapier
  • iCIMS Talent Cloud
  • Total integrations123
  • ADP Workforce Now
  • BambooHR
  • Gmail
  • Google Calendar
  • Google Workspace
  • Greenhouse
  • Indeed
  • LinkedIn for Business
  • Meta for Business
  • Microsoft 365
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft Teams
  • Okta
  • SAP SuccessFactors HXM Suite
  • Slack
  • Twitter/X
  • Workday HCM
  • Xero
  • Zapier
  • iCIMS Talent Cloud

User reviews that mention these apps

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Elianne W.

11-50 employees

Used daily for less than 6 months

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  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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BambooHR

Perfect first HRIS choice for this small business.

Reviewed 7 years ago
Pros

- super easy to use and find the things you need - excellent custom reporting feature (especially when coming from paylocity which is the worst for reporting) - great customer service - all the features we need

Cons

No cons were added to this review

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Shaun M.

Health, Wellness and Fitness, 1-10 employees

Used daily for less than 6 months

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  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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BambooHR

New User Learning Curve

Reviewed 4 years ago

So far I've loved it. I'm a few months in and still getting used to the learning curve on some abilities/functionality of the product, but it's been a good experience so far.

Pros

What I liked most about Bamboo was the simplicity in setup. I registered for the product an in minutes new how to data entry employees. After meeting on the phone with one of their reps, I was able to setup a time clock and be ensured that W2 data would be drafted for employees in a place they could login and access. All of this functionality without having to break the bank.

Cons

Some of the system seems almost too rudimentary. I am concerned that the user experience for employees won't be similiar to ADP's self serve nature, ( I loved their back office). But it's definitely a step up from Paylocity.

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Stephen C.

Computer Software, 201-500 employees

Used daily for 1-2 years

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Overall Rating
  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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Paylocity

Review for Paylocity

Reviewed 3 years ago

I am satisfied with the product but the service aspect of it can be improved.

Pros

The product has great payroll ability, and it has been mostly reliable so far. I like that it is easy to maintain data integrity in the system, and the self-service portal is also very helpful. Being able to manage benefits and payroll in one system is a big plus.

Cons

Wish it has more integration such as BambooHR. It also takes a long time to build an integration(3+ month for our 401k vendor). The spending accounts function also needs to be improved as it operates on a separate platform and the employee experience is subpar.

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Lauren C.

Commercial Real Estate, 11-50 employees

Used weekly for 6-12 months

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  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support

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Paylocity

Cannot advise against it enough

Reviewed 2 years ago

I had so many difficult conversations with the implementation specialist and our "dedicated support team" aka 1-800 number. He was a senior specialist and was absolutely incompetent. We switched from BambooHR and they didn't transfer our data correctly- incorrect start dates and direct deposit info. They wanted me to manually collect everyone's bank information then enter it in when we ran the first...

Pros

I liked that it had performance reviews, time tracking, and what I thought was customizable onboarding.

Cons

The teams are too siloed, sending offer letters isn't easy, it's not intuitive.