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Score 8.5 out of 100
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Score 9.5 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

BambooHR

First of all, BambooHR is not cost-effective if you do not have a lot of processes that you are looking to streamline. In short, you need to examine what you are currently doing and determine whether BambooHR has an equivalent process that can replace it and help make things smoother. Mid-size companies might have better success with BambooHR given the cost, as well, but smaller companies can manage if the budget is there. If you're looking to provide more self-serve options to employees and free up your HR team/individual to do more on the strategy and development side of HR, BambooHR can definitely help with that. Ultimately, you need to consider the ROI on BambooHR and whether its implementation will provide the right amount of benefits to justify the change overall, which may be harder than it sounds in some cases.
Matt LeMaire, B.A., M.A. | TrustRadius Reviewer

Calamari

The very user-friendly interface encourages our team members to use Calamari regularly. The tool is also very simple to use so all in-house communication is strengthened because of that. The Success team writes back within minutes and helps with literally everything so the communication between us/our team and Calamari is great.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Human Resource Management

BambooHR
7.9
Calamari
Employee demographic data
BambooHR
7.9
Calamari
Employment history
BambooHR
8.3
Calamari
Job profiles and administration
BambooHR
8.0
Calamari
Workflow for transfers, promotions, pay raises, etc.
BambooHR
7.8
Calamari
Organizational charting
BambooHR
7.7
Calamari
Organization and location management
BambooHR
8.2
Calamari
Compliance data (COBRA, OSHA, etc.)
BambooHR
7.1
Calamari

Payroll Management

BambooHR
7.3
Calamari
Pay calculation
BambooHR
7.4
Calamari
Support for external payroll vendors
BambooHR
7.0
Calamari
Off-cycle/On-Demand payment
BambooHR
6.1
Calamari
Benefit plan administration
BambooHR
8.0
Calamari
Direct deposit files
BambooHR
7.9
Calamari
Salary revision and increment management
BambooHR
7.9
Calamari
Reimbursement management
BambooHR
7.0
Calamari

Leave and Attendance Management

BambooHR
8.5
Calamari
Approval workflow
BambooHR
8.8
Calamari
Balance details
BambooHR
8.4
Calamari
Annual carry-forward and encashment
BambooHR
8.3
Calamari

Employee Self Service

BambooHR
8.2
Calamari
View and generate pay and benefit information
BambooHR
7.6
Calamari
Update personal information
BambooHR
8.5
Calamari
View company policy documentation
BambooHR
8.1
Calamari
Employee recognition
BambooHR
8.1
Calamari
View job history
BambooHR
8.6
Calamari

Asset Management

BambooHR
6.7
Calamari
Tracking of all physical assets
BambooHR
6.7
Calamari

HR Reporting

BambooHR
7.3
Calamari
Report builder
BambooHR
7.1
Calamari
Pre-built reports
BambooHR
7.5
Calamari
Ability to combine HR data with external data
BambooHR
7.4
Calamari

Onboarding

BambooHR
8.1
Calamari
New hire portal
BambooHR
8.1
Calamari
Manager tracking tools
BambooHR
8.0
Calamari

Performance and Goals

BambooHR
6.7
Calamari
Corporate goal setting
BambooHR
6.5
Calamari
Individual goal setting
BambooHR
7.1
Calamari
Line-of sight-visibility
BambooHR
6.1
Calamari
Performance tracking
BambooHR
7.1
Calamari

Performance Management

BambooHR
7.4
Calamari
Performance plans
BambooHR
7.5
Calamari
Performance improvement plans
BambooHR
7.2
Calamari
Review status tracking
BambooHR
7.6
Calamari
Review reminders
BambooHR
7.8
Calamari
Multiple review frequency
BambooHR
7.0
Calamari

Succession Planning

BambooHR
7.1
Calamari
Create succession plans/pools
BambooHR
7.0
Calamari
Candidate ranking
BambooHR
7.2
Calamari
Candidate search
BambooHR
7.2
Calamari
Candidate development
BambooHR
7.0
Calamari

Recruiting / ATS

BambooHR
7.0
Calamari
Job Requisition Management
BambooHR
6.9
Calamari
Company Website Posting
BambooHR
6.9
Calamari
Publish to Social Media
BambooHR
7.0
Calamari
Job Search Site Posting
BambooHR
6.9
Calamari
Duplicate Candidate Prevention
BambooHR
6.9
Calamari
Applicant Tracking
BambooHR
7.0
Calamari
Notifications and Alerts
BambooHR
7.6
Calamari

Pros

BambooHR

  • Helpful homepage that includes lots of useful information at a glance. I especially like the "Who's Out" section which shows photos of all the employees not in the office. Because we are a global company with lots of offices in different time zones, it's essential to know who's on vacation for communication purposes.
  • The interface is very user friendly. The functionality felt intuitive the first time I used it: I instantly knew how to request time off, look up other employees, etc.
  • The employee directory is very useful. It displays everyone's title, photo, LinkedIn, contact info, etc. It's easy to search by name, title, department, etc. and to create custom filters.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Calamari

  • Feature rich.
  • Cheap.
  • Professional and helpful support team.
  • Beautiful and clear UI.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

BambooHR

  • I found the playform not so intuitive when it came to customizing user role permissions. Again, I had no formal training, so I suspect this is more user inexperience vs a system issue.
  • Very minor, but to access the main company calendar you have to hover over a particular section of the homepage. Employees would often struggle to find this.
  • I honestly cannot think of anything else. It really is a well thought out and designed platform.
Sonny Spencer, ACA | TrustRadius Reviewer

Calamari

  • Lack of a mobile app.
  • A little tricky at first to use.
  • Need HR-friendly features to add.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

BambooHR

BambooHR 10.0
Based on 1 answer
I like the fact that they keep sending you new information and keep you up to date to interesting Human Resource subjects of what's happening on the market . It is also a very dynamic and "young" platform with easy to read materials. the website, the colors and the front used is also very attractive and make the overall product very desirable.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Calamari

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Usability

BambooHR

BambooHR 9.4
Based on 3 answers
Does not have many problems and this ensures all of users are able to use it reliably. There is a free demo available to illustrate the accurate usage of the platform and even customer support. All of these help in improving the usability of the platform and ensure that all users are comfortable with the platform.
Chris Edwards | TrustRadius Reviewer

Calamari

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

BambooHR

BambooHR 8.4
Based on 26 answers
  • We had had an overall good experience; however, when there have been a handful of times when errors occurred in reports after payroll processing, and it has sometimes been difficult to get responses from support promptly.
  • We had a significant issue with 1099 processing as there was a printing error on Bamboo's side; however, despite our reaching out to check the status, the rep communicated a timeline that was not met. We were not contacted until the day before the IRS deadline that our 1099's were not printed and would not be processed in time. This specific situation has caused us to prepare our 1099's in the future either internally or through another party.
Kendra Zondervan | TrustRadius Reviewer

Calamari

Calamari 10.0
Based on 2 answers
Working with my rep is so easy and has been the selling point on this platform. I like that I don't have to think about it much, love the Slack integrations for my team and how easy it was to transition from our old process into Calamari. It's simple, clear, and for a small team, it has everything I need. The customer support team has always responded promptly when I need anything, and we were even able to extend our trial period in the beginning and converted to a paying customer shortly after.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

BambooHR

BambooHR 10.0
Based on 2 answers
it was very easy to sign up, quick and we could use the site very quickly as well.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Calamari

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

BambooHR

I would say they both have a lot of strengths for sure. Workday manages data on a mass scale a little bit better in my opinion, but Bamboo HR is more user friendly and pleasing to the eyes
Hayden Anderson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Calamari

Our HR department used Excel and paper request forms for our vacation management, and tracking working hours didn't exist. We were only obliged to sign a list when we were entering the office. Calamari is a huge improvement in every aspect of time tracking and vacation management for your company. We're loving it!
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

BambooHR

  • The less time our employees need to go to HR for questions and requests, the faster we are able to move and get things done which allow for people to continue working on their day to day jobs. We have insight into when people will be in and out of the office and can schedule things accordingly. All around insight into employee information is fantastic. Great product.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Calamari

  • Our vacations are accepted by team leaders and the hr department, so it's super easy to plan projects.
  • Clocking in/out helps everyone with punctuality.
  • It's easier to manage overtime hours.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Pricing Details

BambooHR

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional
Call for Quote*

* company size

BambooHR Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

Calamari

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Calamari Editions & Modules

Edition
Leave MgmtStarting at 101
Clock In/Clock OutStarting at 201
Leave Mgmt + Clock In/Clock OutStarting at 301
  1. per month
Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

BambooHR
8.4
Calamari
10.0

Likelihood to Renew

BambooHR
10.0
Calamari

Usability

BambooHR
9.4
Calamari

Support Rating

BambooHR
8.4
Calamari
10.0

Implementation Rating

BambooHR
10.0
Calamari

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