ADP Workforce Now vs. Bullhorn ATS & CRM

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
ADP Workforce Now
Score 7.9 out of 10
Mid-Size Companies (51-1,000 employees)
ADP Workforce Now is a cloud-based HR platform for mid-sized businesses. It features customizable modules of various HR services that businesses can tailor to their specific needs, as well as regulatory monitoring and alerts to help businesses remain compliant.N/A
Bullhorn ATS & CRM
Score 6.5 out of 10
Small Businesses (1-50 employees)
Bullhorn Recruitment CRM is a SaaS based solution that offers a suite of features typical of applicant tracking systems: a mobile app, batch or mass communication with potential candidates via multiple channels, instantaneous posting to multiple job boards, resume parsing, and data and document uploading.
$99
per month per user
Pricing
ADP Workforce NowBullhorn ATS & CRM
Editions & Modules
Essential
Contact sales team
Enhanced
Contact sales team
Complete
Contact sales team
HR Pro
Contact sales team
Payroll Essentials
Contact sales team
HR Plus
Contact sales team
Hiring Advantage
Contact sales team
Performance Plus
Contact sales team
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
ADP Workforce NowBullhorn ATS & CRM
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
YesYes
Entry-level Setup FeeRequiredNo setup fee
Additional DetailsPlease contact ADP for a product demo and ask about a hands-on "test drive" of Workforce Now.Contact Bullhorn for pricing information
More Pricing Information
Community Pulse
ADP Workforce NowBullhorn ATS & CRM
Considered Both Products
ADP Workforce Now
Chose ADP Workforce Now
I used Bullhorn at my previous position but after leaving the company I have been using ADP. I prefer ADP a lot more as it is more organized and user-friendly. Bullhorn did not update their methods as technology advanced so it felt like I was using Windows 95.
Chose ADP Workforce Now
Well, we will be moving on from ADP. In terms of comparison, Bullhorn has the same shortcomings that ADP had. It's clunky and takes a lot of steps to minimal things. Lots of pretty colors and visual appeal but clunky to use. Akken is probably the worst system I've ever used. …
Chose ADP Workforce Now
I think e-recruit is a little more difficult than ADP. ADP Workforce Now is more user friendly and has an easier way to find information.
Chose ADP Workforce Now
There are much easier to use applications out there that remain in the niche of recruitment and ATS. Workforce Now is very basic in its usage but has the capacity to be so much more so long as they don't try to please everyone in the organization from upper management to …
Bullhorn ATS & CRM

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Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
ADP Workforce NowBullhorn ATS & CRM
Human Resource Management
Comparison of Human Resource Management features of Product A and Product B
ADP Workforce Now
7.6
1021 Ratings
4% below category average
Bullhorn ATS & CRM
-
Ratings
Employee demographic data8.1901 Ratings00 Ratings
Employment history8.2937 Ratings00 Ratings
Job profiles and administration7.9889 Ratings00 Ratings
Workflow for transfers, promotions, pay raises, etc.7.4916 Ratings00 Ratings
Organizational charting6.7641 Ratings00 Ratings
Organization and location management7.5702 Ratings00 Ratings
Compliance data (COBRA, OSHA, etc.)7.4648 Ratings00 Ratings
Payroll Management
Comparison of Payroll Management features of Product A and Product B
ADP Workforce Now
7.9
1033 Ratings
2% below category average
Bullhorn ATS & CRM
-
Ratings
Pay calculation8.6994 Ratings00 Ratings
Support for external payroll vendors7.2389 Ratings00 Ratings
Off-cycle/On-Demand payment7.7293 Ratings00 Ratings
Benefit plan administration7.9796 Ratings00 Ratings
Direct deposit files8.6982 Ratings00 Ratings
Salary revision and increment management7.7768 Ratings00 Ratings
Reimbursement management7.4467 Ratings00 Ratings
Leave and Attendance Management
Comparison of Leave and Attendance Management features of Product A and Product B
ADP Workforce Now
7.6
843 Ratings
7% below category average
Bullhorn ATS & CRM
-
Ratings
Approval workflow7.8765 Ratings00 Ratings
Balance details7.6798 Ratings00 Ratings
Annual carry-forward and encashment7.5646 Ratings00 Ratings
Employee Self Service
Comparison of Employee Self Service features of Product A and Product B
ADP Workforce Now
7.9
1013 Ratings
3% below category average
Bullhorn ATS & CRM
-
Ratings
View and generate pay and benefit information8.2976 Ratings00 Ratings
Update personal information8.5967 Ratings00 Ratings
View company policy documentation8.1781 Ratings00 Ratings
Employee recognition7.0364 Ratings00 Ratings
View job history7.732 Ratings00 Ratings
Asset Management
Comparison of Asset Management features of Product A and Product B
ADP Workforce Now
6.0
12 Ratings
26% below category average
Bullhorn ATS & CRM
-
Ratings
Tracking of all physical assets6.012 Ratings00 Ratings
HR Reporting
Comparison of HR Reporting features of Product A and Product B
ADP Workforce Now
6.9
943 Ratings
10% below category average
Bullhorn ATS & CRM
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Ratings
Report builder7.3926 Ratings00 Ratings
Pre-built reports7.5922 Ratings00 Ratings
Ability to combine HR data with external data6.1549 Ratings00 Ratings
Onboarding
Comparison of Onboarding features of Product A and Product B
ADP Workforce Now
7.0
115 Ratings
14% below category average
Bullhorn ATS & CRM
-
Ratings
New hire portal7.4111 Ratings00 Ratings
Manager tracking tools6.691 Ratings00 Ratings
Performance and Goals
Comparison of Performance and Goals features of Product A and Product B
ADP Workforce Now
7.8
309 Ratings
5% below category average
Bullhorn ATS & CRM
-
Ratings
Corporate goal setting8.0238 Ratings00 Ratings
Individual goal setting8.0289 Ratings00 Ratings
Line-of sight-visibility7.6236 Ratings00 Ratings
Performance tracking7.9282 Ratings00 Ratings
Performance Management
Comparison of Performance Management features of Product A and Product B
ADP Workforce Now
7.3
400 Ratings
9% below category average
Bullhorn ATS & CRM
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Ratings
Performance plans7.3359 Ratings00 Ratings
Performance improvement plans7.3307 Ratings00 Ratings
Review status tracking7.5364 Ratings00 Ratings
Review reminders7.2377 Ratings00 Ratings
Multiple review frequency7.2312 Ratings00 Ratings
Succession Planning
Comparison of Succession Planning features of Product A and Product B
ADP Workforce Now
6.0
7 Ratings
28% below category average
Bullhorn ATS & CRM
-
Ratings
Create succession plans/pools5.86 Ratings00 Ratings
Candidate ranking5.86 Ratings00 Ratings
Candidate search6.37 Ratings00 Ratings
Candidate development6.26 Ratings00 Ratings
Recruiting / ATS
Comparison of Recruiting / ATS features of Product A and Product B
ADP Workforce Now
6.8
420 Ratings
14% below category average
Bullhorn ATS & CRM
5.2
57 Ratings
42% below category average
Job Requisition Management7.5365 Ratings5.456 Ratings
Company Website Posting8.1357 Ratings4.948 Ratings
Publish to Social Media6.9286 Ratings7.222 Ratings
Job Search Site Posting7.2320 Ratings6.027 Ratings
Duplicate Candidate Prevention2.38 Ratings4.554 Ratings
Applicant Tracking7.0361 Ratings5.357 Ratings
Notifications and Alerts8.3382 Ratings4.851 Ratings
Customized Application Form00 Ratings4.439 Ratings
Resume Management00 Ratings5.357 Ratings
Candidate Search00 Ratings5.257 Ratings
Collaboration00 Ratings4.752 Ratings
Task Creation and Delegation00 Ratings4.951 Ratings
Email Templates00 Ratings5.154 Ratings
User Permissions00 Ratings4.848 Ratings
Reporting00 Ratings5.051 Ratings
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Score 9.1 out of 10
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Crelate
Score 9.1 out of 10
Medium-sized Companies
Paypro Workforce Management
Paypro Workforce Management
Score 9.6 out of 10
Paypro Workforce Management
Paypro Workforce Management
Score 9.6 out of 10
Enterprises
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Infor Human Resources
Score 7.2 out of 10
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User Ratings
ADP Workforce NowBullhorn ATS & CRM
Likelihood to Recommend
8.2
(1088 ratings)
5.3
(79 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
7.3
(82 ratings)
2.0
(13 ratings)
Usability
5.2
(79 ratings)
6.7
(6 ratings)
Availability
7.3
(14 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Performance
6.4
(13 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Support Rating
7.0
(462 ratings)
1.0
(10 ratings)
In-Person Training
8.2
(9 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Online Training
5.8
(17 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Implementation Rating
5.0
(34 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Configurability
6.4
(10 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Ease of integration
6.1
(8 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Product Scalability
7.4
(750 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
5.2
(8 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
6.1
(8 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
ADP Workforce NowBullhorn ATS & CRM
Likelihood to Recommend
ADP
If you are looking to automate processes and have the system handle administrative, boring tasks this is the system for you. They are continuing to evolve and are coming out with improvements constantly. Have a suggestion on an improvement they will listen and consider implementing.
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Bullhorn
Bullhorn served as a very reliable and thorough tracking system for contacts, discovering prospects, and maintaining track of all relevant data. There are many customization options, strong search results, and sensible workflows. Excellent reporting tool. When we needed to find new resumes but all we could find were talents who had previously been discovered, it was less appropriate. Job Boards outperformed Bull Horn in terms of speed and quality.
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Pros
ADP
  • HRIS that is personalized for the employee and addresses DE&I needs.
  • Payroll, of course! The system addresses all needs, such as deductions, additional pay, premium OT, and shift differentials.
  • Onboarding is an excellent way to stay in compliance and have all documents completed.
  • Tax and Banking and resolution to any issues.
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Bullhorn
  • It provides the contact details of a candidate relevant to the job. All details are with a user-friendly interface that anyone can use the application.
  • The specific details given by Bullhorn ATS & CRM are unbelievable. One place and you can make a decision about hiring or not hiring.
  • The messaging automation feature again helps to save our time.
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Cons
ADP
  • I would like it if better communication was sent out about new product updates. Sometimes, I go into a screen and things are different and I have to relearn it on the fly.
  • Editing the mobile app - I would like it if what is shown on the desktop version was automatically on the app. WAY more of my employees use the app, but I put the most important information on the desktop version because it is easier to update.
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Bullhorn
  • Reporting: out of the box reporting is not very detailed or easy to navigate. In order to get better detailed and specific reports, you either need their Canvas product or pay for a 3rd party vendor.
  • Customization: will get better with NOVO Experience update, but many users still don't have it. Right now many fields and order are not customizable
  • Many features Bullhorn can do are not apparent to the user, often times you have to call in the figure things out.
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Likelihood to Renew
ADP
Due to the lack of support from the sales and service center we are looking at other options outside of ADP. Again it is a good system, it just lacks the support it deserves from the company employees. It is just unimaginable that you will need to reach out to a service provider several times for the same issue and not get it resolved.
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Bullhorn
We have about 2 years left on our current contract; It would take a major change in the ATS marketplace for us to strongly consider opting out of renewal given the time and effort we have dedicated to building our our Bullhorn system. I will take the time to revisit with some of the competition down the road, but Bullhorn acquired our runner up, MaxHire, about a year back and continues to offer a solid product suite for our current and future needs.
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Usability
ADP
I would give it a 10 however I do not like when ADP does facelifts in Workforce Now which does not add any value other than having to relearn navigation. I am also not a big fan of being forced to refer to the Bridge. We have Google which gives the same results. If I understood the answer I would not contact our Account Rep.
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Bullhorn
It isn't the best ATS out there. It lacks on both the recruitment and sales side. There is no way to differentiate between prospects, candidates, and clients. There isn't a way to merge accounts and names, so there are many duplicates. Too may paid add ons. I had a much longer review written up and the page just deleted it, but I wouldn't recommend Bullhorn first or even third. It feels like it hasn't been fully realized yet. There are certainly some good things about the product, but more areas where they can improve.
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Reliability and Availability
ADP
ADP outages are very rare
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Bullhorn
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Performance
ADP
Overall, I think the functionality of the program works pretty well. Sometimes, certain browsers do not work well for the policy function of ADP, but that is the only issue thus far
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Bullhorn
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Support Rating
ADP
I have contacted support multiple times and have always been happy with the results. ADP's support staff is always helpful and makes easy work of solving problems. I love my Payroll Account Manager, as well as my Enhanced Time Account Manager.
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Bullhorn
It's been a nightmare experience. The initial sales team were brilliant, and the customer service is great from the tech team - they get in touch with you quickly. However; I was often finding workarounds myself, or being advised workarounds instead of having issues resolved (example - The DPA/Non DPA issue - an Excel spreadsheet can do this, yet a CRM cannot?). I was debited on the incorrect date & then when I requested they refund until the due date, I was re-debited again on the correct date. The communication was poor - their billing team are based in the US and there was no acknowledgement of the mistake. My initial consultant chased them down for me, and advised me of their error. Lucky. The product was oversold. For example; I was advised their 'merge docs' feature would allow me to pull data directly from the 'Overview,' 'Work Histories' which later proved to be false. Finally, when I requested to end my contract & transfer my data (I advised a specific date I needed it, when my CRM would be ready) they advised it would take 15 business days & I was to put no further data in my system during that 15 days, and then gave me my data after 3. I now have no CRM for 4 weeks
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In-Person Training
ADP
In-person training was pretty good - I think this significantly depends on the trainer. Our trainer was really good and showed what ADP can do - but I know that all trainers are not the same - and this truly makes such as difference. Overall, our training went pretty well.
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Bullhorn
No answers on this topic
Online Training
ADP
At the time training was not as expansive as it is now. If it could go wrong it did for me so the process was difficult and lengthy. I needed to have more in person walkthroughs of things to ensure the transition was done correctly. Not sure what else I can say, we were part of the initial move to Workforce Now when it was introduced.
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Bullhorn
No answers on this topic
Implementation Rating
ADP
Either assign more than one specialist to the implementation process, or assign less clients to the implementation specialist. The process requires attention to detail and the ability to test and re-test as well as verify the information. It also requires a lot of back and forth between the client ant the implementation specialist, so they need to be readily available during the whole implementation process.
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Bullhorn
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Alternatives Considered
ADP
Although this SAS takes longer to perform the everyday functions related to payroll and HR data input, the difference in this software and our previous software is like night and day. We were on a very old server platform and had too many issues with continuous need for backup.
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Bullhorn
Breathe is a great tool for smaller internal recruitment teams and I have previously used an in-house built system similar however Bullhorn is something you can use across larger businesses and growing SME's it works well for international businesses as everything is updated in real-time. The support function is excellent and the training tools for new starters are super helpful for our L&D team. Your account manager is also great for assisting in personalising sections to make them more business specific.
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Scalability
ADP
We have been able to grow with ADP from just a few hundred employees to over 10,000 so it's actually very scalable for payroll usage. We do not use the benefits and onboarding offerings for most of our employees but they are built to scale easily enough for when our corporate team has over 1,000 FTE.
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Bullhorn
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Return on Investment
ADP
  • ADP WorkforceNow has provided a positive ROI for our company. It has saved me countless hours in the time I used to spend preparing reports, managing benefits, and annual enrollment, recruitment tracking, and much more.
  • The integration with Payscale has allowed our company to take every position in our organization and benchmark it to industries and job titles. This has allowed us to be more competitive on recruitment and retention.
  • We have used the new DE&I dashboard to provide valuable information on the landscape of our workforce, as well as areas of our organization that may not be as diverse.
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Bullhorn
  • Bullhorn has helped with the standardization of data which allows us to track our high, low and in between individuals. It allows for corporate bench marks to be tracked. It also allows for a closer look at all of the data points to make decisions versus making decisions based on perceptions. The data has definitely helped us make better business decisions because of the reporting capabilities.
  • Bullhorn has some great marketplace partners and additional products like VMS Access that help with your VMS clients. This is a real time saver.
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