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Score 8.8 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

    Human Resource Management

    8.3

    BambooHR

    83%

    Buddy Punch

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    BambooHR ranks higher in 7/7 features

    Employee demographic data

    8.3
    83%
    62 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Employment history

    9.0
    90%
    68 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Job profiles and administration

    8.7
    87%
    68 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Workflow for transfers, promotions, pay raises, etc.

    8.3
    83%
    61 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Organizational charting

    8.0
    80%
    66 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Organization and location management

    8.3
    83%
    61 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Compliance data (COBRA, OSHA, etc.)

    7.5
    75%
    40 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Payroll Management

    8.4

    BambooHR

    84%

    Buddy Punch

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    BambooHR ranks higher in 7/7 features

    Pay calculation

    8.3
    83%
    35 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Support for external payroll vendors

    8.2
    82%
    30 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Off-cycle/On-Demand payment

    8.6
    86%
    15 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Benefit plan administration

    7.9
    79%
    41 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Direct deposit files

    8.4
    84%
    41 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Salary revision and increment management

    8.6
    86%
    42 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Reimbursement management

    8.8
    88%
    22 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Leave and Attendance Management

    9.1

    BambooHR

    91%

    Buddy Punch

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    BambooHR ranks higher in 3/3 features

    Approval workflow

    9.4
    94%
    67 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Balance details

    9.1
    91%
    59 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Annual carry-forward and encashment

    8.6
    86%
    52 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Employee Self Service

    8.6

    BambooHR

    86%

    Buddy Punch

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    BambooHR ranks higher in 5/5 features

    View and generate pay and benefit information

    9.0
    90%
    47 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Update personal information

    9.0
    90%
    74 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    View company policy documentation

    8.7
    87%
    60 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Employee recognition

    7.2
    72%
    52 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    View job history

    9.2
    92%
    69 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Asset Management

    8.4

    BambooHR

    84%

    Buddy Punch

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    BambooHR ranks higher in 1/1 features

    Tracking of all physical assets

    8.4
    84%
    32 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    HR Reporting

    7.6

    BambooHR

    76%

    Buddy Punch

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    BambooHR ranks higher in 3/3 features

    Report builder

    7.7
    77%
    53 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Pre-built reports

    7.9
    79%
    52 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Ability to combine HR data with external data

    7.3
    73%
    44 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Onboarding

    8.1

    BambooHR

    81%

    Buddy Punch

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    BambooHR ranks higher in 2/2 features

    New hire portal

    8.2
    82%
    55 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Manager tracking tools

    8.0
    80%
    53 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Performance and Goals

    8.1

    BambooHR

    81%

    Buddy Punch

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    BambooHR ranks higher in 4/4 features

    Corporate goal setting

    8.1
    81%
    33 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Individual goal setting

    8.5
    85%
    38 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Line-of sight-visibility

    8.1
    81%
    29 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Performance tracking

    7.8
    78%
    34 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Performance Management

    8.0

    BambooHR

    80%

    Buddy Punch

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    BambooHR ranks higher in 5/5 features

    Performance plans

    7.9
    79%
    39 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Performance improvement plans

    8.1
    81%
    38 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Review status tracking

    7.8
    78%
    39 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Review reminders

    8.4
    84%
    41 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Multiple review frequency

    7.9
    79%
    36 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Succession Planning

    7.8

    BambooHR

    78%

    Buddy Punch

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    BambooHR ranks higher in 4/4 features

    Create succession plans/pools

    7.8
    78%
    23 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Candidate ranking

    7.9
    79%
    27 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Candidate search

    7.8
    78%
    27 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Candidate development

    7.9
    79%
    24 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Recruiting / ATS

    8.1

    BambooHR

    81%

    Buddy Punch

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    BambooHR ranks higher in 7/7 features

    Job Requisition Management

    8.0
    80%
    32 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Company Website Posting

    8.3
    83%
    36 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Publish to Social Media

    7.6
    76%
    33 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Job Search Site Posting

    8.4
    84%
    33 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Duplicate Candidate Prevention

    7.4
    74%
    29 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Applicant Tracking

    8.2
    82%
    40 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Notifications and Alerts

    8.7
    87%
    42 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Attribute Ratings

    • BambooHR is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

    Likelihood to Recommend

    8.9

    BambooHR

    89%
    80 Ratings
    8.8

    Buddy Punch

    88%
    20 Ratings

    Likelihood to Renew

    10.0

    BambooHR

    100%
    3 Ratings

    Buddy Punch

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Usability

    9.1

    BambooHR

    91%
    3 Ratings

    Buddy Punch

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Availability

    10.0

    BambooHR

    100%
    1 Rating

    Buddy Punch

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Performance

    9.0

    BambooHR

    90%
    1 Rating

    Buddy Punch

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Support Rating

    8.4

    BambooHR

    84%
    26 Ratings

    Buddy Punch

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Online Training

    10.0

    BambooHR

    100%
    1 Rating

    Buddy Punch

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Implementation Rating

    10.0

    BambooHR

    100%
    2 Ratings

    Buddy Punch

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Product Scalability

    10.0

    BambooHR

    100%
    1 Rating

    Buddy Punch

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Likelihood to Recommend

    BambooHR

    Overall BambooHr has excelled in satisfying our needs. It performs well as a one-stop-shop for HR challenges. It has benefitted us as an excellent repository for personnel information both in processing prospective and new hires, as well as existing employees. It provides a fairly simple, but [the] straightforward system for managing and using time off. Some areas do need some work, however. There is no ability to set up a default set of time-off types/accruals for a new hire, which means this has to be done manually for each new employee. This creates a lot of opportunities for human error. It also has a very opaque and unhelpful API when it comes to the management of the time data; Whereas the rest of the API is exceptional. Lastly, the ability to request time off only allows for a flat number of hours in a day; it doesn't allow the employee to request specific times. As a result, we rely on the employee and manager to communicate the time successfully in the notes field. There is a big difference between arriving 1 hour late, leaving 1 hour early, and stepping out for an extended lunch.
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    Buddy Punch

    I think that is very convenient as far as tracking your employees when they are punching in or out to ensure they are physically at the location they are supposed to be for that shift. I also think that the option to download this app to your personal phone is amazing, it makes it more convenient to punch in or out when you aren't near a laptop or a residence to use one. The feature of being able to attach a note with your punches explaining possible late punchers or absences is very beneficial to the employee allows show proof if needed.
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    Pros

    BambooHR

    • BambooHR has a top-notch electronic onboarding process. It is fully customizable and works very well with applicants of all technological capabilities. Onboarding allows you to add every step the new employee and the business partners must complete through timed, dated, notifications, digital documents, e-signatures, and a back-end administrative ability to follow up.
    • BambooHR has good applicant tracking system. They currently integrate with indeed and ZipRecruiter. However, it is easy to create links for other platforms with the ability to distinguish where you are getting recruiting traction. In addition the ability to rate, and communicate about an applicant is confidential between the hiring managers and HR. Also, there is an easy way to create a candidate pool of eligible candidates for later passive recruiting, that is called Talent Pools.
    • BambooHR has a unique feature called Announcements. This function allows various announcements to go out via email, through the application, or a combination of both to directed target audiences or the entire company.
    • BambooHR also sends out announcements (customizable) on every new hire. This allows folks to see who is starting and learn a bit about them before they meet them.
    • BambooHR has a great function for tracking time by the task or job. This is great for tracking productivity gaps for administrative positions or job costing for positions that have billable hours.
    • BambooHR also has easy to organize digital documents. You can easily upload documents via drop and drag. Documents can be added to folders and then downloaded later if an employee terminates.
    • Goal in performance management are very good, they follow the SMART methodology but there is no way to attach them to a performance review. They do allow the employee to adjust using a slide bar and you can attach people to a goal. In addition it notifies the supervisor but you cannot shut off notifications.
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    Buddy Punch

    • Their customer service is second to none. We have requested several changes over the years for the web interface and app; I think all the requests we've made were implemented by this point. I only wish this was the case with other companies we utilize.
    • They allow you to set different pay rates based on department which allows us to pay employees more for the skilled jobs they perform versus the more basic work they perform. This is a huge benefit to a small company as it encourages employees to strive for more skilled work and they keep moving up the ladder to become even better assets to the company.
    • The reports you can run are very thorough and work very well for us when it comes time to enter payroll.
    • Having the ability to set alerts has allowed us to cut back on unnecessary overtime as employees can get reminders prior to going over. We can also set reminders for employees to punch in/out for the ones that have a tendency to forget.
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    Cons

    BambooHR

    • Some edge cases aren't as fleshed out. For example, asset inventory management isn't something BambooHR can really excel at currently.
    • Something akin to Google Forms but with the privacy protections of being already in the HRIS would be great for collecting anonymized responses.
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    Buddy Punch

    • Sometimes I need to check back to be sure I'm still punched in.
    • The indicator between punched in and out is not very indicative of if I am or not.
    • I want to total hours not just by the week but by pay periods 1-15 days, 16-end of [the] month.
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    Pricing Details

    BambooHR

    Starting Price

    $59 per month

    Editions & Modules

    BambooHR editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules
    12 Employees$991

    Footnotes

    1. per month

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    Optional Call for Quote

    Additional Details

    After 12 employees, each additional employee is $8.25 each. To run payroll for employees is an additional $75 a month for $10 employees, with each additional employee being $4.25. Adding performance management is $4.25 a month and tracking features are $3.00 a month.

    Buddy Punch

    Starting Price

    $3.49 per month per user

    Editions & Modules

    Buddy Punch editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules
    Time & Attendance3.491
    Time & Attendance + Scheduling4.492
    Enterprise9.493

    Footnotes

    1. per month per user
    2. per month per user
    3. per month per user

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    We offer three plans, each with a monthly or annual payment option. Each plan has a per user price and a base fee of $19. There are no startup, cancellation, support, or additional fees of any kind.

    Likelihood to Renew

    BambooHR

    We have tried other software in the last year and have not found it to be comparable to Bamboo HR especially in relation to the HR functionalities such as workflows, onboarding, automation, user-friendly experience, innovation, timekeeping, and ability to integrate with other 3rd party Payroll processing software. In addition, the employee ease of access and navigation of the platform makes this software crucial within our current culture of multi-site and remote work environments.
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    Buddy Punch

    No answers on this topic

    Usability

    BambooHR

    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.
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    Buddy Punch

    No answers on this topic

    Reliability and Availability

    BambooHR

    Yes, there is a huge team in the back of the online platform or it looks like it because I have never been left without an answer when I have a question or waiting from a response on my chat .... There must be a huge team, this is so great and I always seem to have someone that is very knowledgeable too. So many times in the past I had to leave with customer service that would connect you with someone else because of the expertise, here everyone seems to be some kind of an expert in the HR function.
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    Buddy Punch

    No answers on this topic

    Performance

    BambooHR

    I love BambooHR. Reports are easy to run and download and it usually covers any types of requests I get from the management team. You get excel or .csv downloads/reports and it is fast and simple, not too crowded so it is easy to read through. We don't integrate the tool yet but again, soon we will. we just did not had the time to utilize it yet but that's the plan.
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    Buddy Punch

    No answers on this topic

    Support Rating

    BambooHR

    Support is effective and responsive. During our time with BambooHR we did not experience many issues, but initial support on setup was helpful and allowed for a quick turnaround on getting started. Since then, few needs have arisen for contacting support, but I would not hesitate to do so and would recommend BambooHR based on the quality of their support team.
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    Buddy Punch

    No answers on this topic

    Online Training

    BambooHR

    The online training team is great. Theis is so well done! very user friendly, very nice to go through. Then you get all those exemples and questions to test you and make sure you understand the training as we go along. This is a great asset from the tool, I don't think I have ever been left without understanding because there is help and additional resources to understand or extra windows that explain terms or answer Q&A.
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    Buddy Punch

    No answers on this topic

    Implementation Rating

    BambooHR

    it was very easy to sign up, quick and we could use the site very quickly as well.
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    Buddy Punch

    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
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    Buddy Punch

    We originally scheduled and ran payroll through Homebase, but in the last few months the software became very buggy, customer service was slow and when they did respond, was not helpful. When we cancelled our account they didn't even try to make things right. We are so happy that Buddy Punch is like us--taking care of their clients and really invested in their success!
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    Scalability

    BambooHR

    There is so much you can do with this platform, it is incredible and so welcoming. We don't utilize it 100% yet just because we are growing and the HR team has not been able to concentrate on other areas offered to us but but we will soon. Which is also why we got the product, specifically because what BambooHR can do to help us meet our growing business needs.
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    Buddy Punch

    No answers on this topic

    Return on Investment

    BambooHR

    • There has been an excellent rate of profitability in our work season, especially thanks to the optimization of our operations through BambooHR.
    • Currently estimated gains appear to be 500%, which leaves our ROI at 4, demonstrating that the platform has a high return on investment.
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    Buddy Punch

    • Efficiency has definitely gone up switching to Buddy Punch. Ive never quantified specific hours or time lapse it has given to my personal managerial efficiency. But it has without doubt.
    • I can see a better overview of the employees I need to be concerned with and not have to filter out others not concerning me.
    • Ease of use has decreased mental stress and angst in maneuvering employee time cards.
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