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Likelihood to Recommend

APS

They are more suited to growing, nimble companies. They are soon adding employee approval to time cards and checkin by facial recognition. Additions and changes to improve functionality might not work for a very large company like GE.
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BambooHR

I would definitely recommend for smaller companies looking for a SaaS HRMS. It’s cost effective and flexible offering makes it ideal for smaller companies.

I would also recommend for larger companies too - role permissions, workflows, etc. can all be set and managed at a global level. Speaking of which, this system is also suitable for a global company as it allows for differentiation between locations for reporting, work calendars, on-boarding, etc.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Human Resource Management

APS
8.5
BambooHR
8.1
Employee demographic data
APS
9.4
BambooHR
8.1
Employment history
APS
8.7
BambooHR
8.2
Job profiles and administration
APS
8.3
BambooHR
8.4
Workflow for transfers, promotions, pay raises, etc.
APS
8.2
BambooHR
8.5
Organizational charting
APS
7.9
BambooHR
7.7
Organization and location management
APS
8.4
BambooHR
7.9
Compliance data (COBRA, OSHA, etc.)
APS
8.4
BambooHR
8.1

Payroll Management

APS
8.5
BambooHR
8.0
Pay calculation
APS
9.2
BambooHR
8.3
Support for external payroll vendors
APS
5.7
BambooHR
6.8
Benefit plan administration
APS
8.2
BambooHR
7.3
Direct deposit files
APS
9.9
BambooHR
8.2
Salary revision and increment management
APS
9.0
BambooHR
8.9
Reimbursement management
APS
9.0
BambooHR
8.4

Leave and Attendance Management

APS
8.7
BambooHR
8.8
Approval workflow
APS
9.4
BambooHR
9.1
Balance details
APS
8.2
BambooHR
8.9
Annual carry-forward and encashment
APS
8.3
BambooHR
8.5

Employee Self Service

APS
8.6
BambooHR
8.4
View and generate pay and benefit information
APS
9.4
BambooHR
7.7
Update personal information
APS
9.5
BambooHR
8.9
View company policy documentation
APS
8.1
BambooHR
8.3
Employee recognition
APS
7.6
BambooHR
8.5
View job history
APS
8.6
BambooHR
8.6

Asset Management

APS
8.0
BambooHR
8.7
Tracking of all physical assets
APS
8.0
BambooHR
8.7

HR Reporting

APS
8.4
BambooHR
8.2
Report builder
APS
9.2
BambooHR
8.4
Pre-built reports
APS
8.6
BambooHR
8.1
Ability to combine HR data with external data
APS
7.4
BambooHR
8.1

Onboarding

APS
9.0
BambooHR
8.2
New hire portal
APS
9.3
BambooHR
8.1
Manager tracking tools
APS
8.7
BambooHR
8.2

Performance and Goals

APS
7.8
BambooHR
8.3
Corporate goal setting
APS
8.1
BambooHR
8.5
Individual goal setting
APS
8.2
BambooHR
8.2
Line-of sight-visibility
APS
8.2
BambooHR
8.5
Performance tracking
APS
6.9
BambooHR
7.9

Performance Management

APS
8.0
BambooHR
8.3
Performance plans
APS
7.9
BambooHR
8.2
Performance improvement plans
APS
7.0
BambooHR
8.0
Review status tracking
APS
8.4
BambooHR
8.4
Review reminders
APS
8.3
BambooHR
8.4
Multiple review frequency
APS
8.5
BambooHR
8.4

Succession Planning

APS
5.0
BambooHR
8.0
Create succession plans/pools
APS
5.0
BambooHR
8.4
Candidate ranking
APS
5.0
BambooHR
7.4
Candidate search
APS
BambooHR
7.6
Candidate development
APS
BambooHR
8.5

Recruiting / ATS

APS
8.8
BambooHR
8.2
Job Requisition Management
APS
9.2
BambooHR
8.5
Company Website Posting
APS
9.2
BambooHR
8.5
Publish to Social Media
APS
9.2
BambooHR
8.3
Job Search Site Posting
APS
8.8
BambooHR
8.7
Duplicate Candidate Prevention
APS
7.6
BambooHR
7.2
Applicant Tracking
APS
8.4
BambooHR
7.7
Notifications and Alerts
APS
9.2
BambooHR
8.4

Pros

  • APS OnLine is a great end user product and very easy for our employees. They have quick access to all their information, their accrual balances, hours worked, etc. They are able to enter their time off requests in the system. Although our prior system had these capabilities, employees had difficulty accessing system. If they couldn't get in, they couldn't use it. More employees logged on to APS in the first two weeks of use than in the prior three years with former system.
  • Integration - Data is real-time. When you enter information in one area of the software, it is immediately present in the rest of the system. No waiting for overnight interface. Change log provides backup for any changes that have been made as well as safeguards in the approval process.
  • Administrative ease - The system is very straight forward, logical, and easy to operate from the administrative end. [There is a] designated representative to address questions as they arise. No sitting on hold.
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  • Intuitive and user friendly UI. They really did a great job with this.
  • Great reporting module. Good set of base reports and ability to easily customize and create your own.
  • Great on-boarding experience. Simplified our workflow and helped automate the process.
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Cons

  • I would like to see a totals column on the page where I enter hours. For example "john" worked 36 regular hours and took 4 vacation hours. I would like a column showing 40 hours.
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  • You are unable to view the Get to Know You emails before they are sent out to all employees - to me this is a huge oversight because you definitely need to be able to view and make sure that the answers are appropriate before they send out.
  • Task list items are only for onboarding and offboarding - which limits the usability. I wish I could create tasks for anyone at anytime or have separate lists for things other than onboarding and offboarding.
  • Customer support is nice but they have gotten more lax with answers. Instead of helping with solutions they often just answer with a simple "no, you can't do that" when I would prefer to be given some ideas of a work around or solution to the issue.
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Likelihood to Renew

APS9.7
Based on 6 answers
Without a doubt, we will stay with APS Online
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Usability

APS9.5
Based on 4 answers
It is very easy to use and you don't have to drill down through too many screens to get to what you need.
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BambooHR9.0
Based on 1 answer
The fact that I could jump in for the first time ever using BambooHR and figure out how to use the system within minutes makes for a high usability rating.
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Reliability and Availability

APS9.0
Based on 1 answer
I haven't had any outages
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Performance

APS9.0
Based on 1 answer
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Support

APS9.9
Based on 3 answers
There is one primary account representative that we contact on a regular basis. If she is unavailable, there are others on her team. It does seem that our implementation was more complex than others that have been installed, so fixes are not as easily remedied.
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In-Person Training

APS9.0
Based on 1 answer
Even if it wasn't in-person on location, we felt like we had our trainer in the room with us.
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Online Training

APS9.0
Based on 1 answer
We had great webinars.
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Implementation

APS8.7
Based on 4 answers
It would have been helpful to understand the phases of the implementation up front so I could have prepared differently for enrollments, billing, and transfer of information to payroll. At the end of the day, I'm happy with the selection and the system and anticipate I will like it better as we go along. We have done a number of other system implementations in the past few years, and this has been pretty painless, however, I've had a few surprises.
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Alternatives Considered

We were previously with ADP and while the functionality improved when we moved to the Workforce Now version, we still wanted an improved and more economical solution for integrating payroll and HR with benefits management. APS Online offers that.
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BambooHr was selected by me because it was at the company before I started work here. However, I have used Bamboo for the past four and a half years and have been very happy. I love that it's user friendly and has a wonderful interface. It makes it fun to work on the platform because it has a clean interface and is not bulky.
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Scalability

APS9.0
Based on 1 answer
I've never had a problem with the system nor in finding the right information.
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Return on Investment

  • Very cost effective way for us to process payroll.
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  • We have been able to expedite the onboarding process by having new hires receive information before their hire date.
  • Bamboo has allowed us to easily track vacation, sick, and personal days. It makes it easy to request for employees and easy for the employer to pull a report.
  • The company directory has been very helpful as we grow and learn new faces.
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Pricing Details

APS

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Required
Additional Pricing Details
Our Payroll solution is offered as a standalone service, but additional solutions must be used in conjunction with our Payroll solution. This ensures the best possible user experience for our customers.

BambooHR

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional
Call for Quote*
1.  company size
Additional Pricing Details