BambooHR vs. Deputy

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
BambooHR
Score 8.3 out of 10
N/A
BambooHR is an on-line human resources solution that provides onboarding, payroll, and benefits management. It also offers automated time-off management and employee self-service.
$250
per month
Deputy
Score 8.6 out of 10
Small Businesses (1-50 employees)
Deputy is a web-based workforce manager solution. Deputy is designed to help users simplify their scheduling, timesheets, tasking, employee communication and administrative tasks. It includes various apps and one click payroll integration that aim to make workforce management easier. The Deputy platform enables users to schedule in line with demand, prepare accurate payroll, and communicate more clearly. Deputy streamlines employee admin, so teams can focus on what…
$2.50
per user
Pricing
BambooHRDeputy
Editions & Modules
Core
$250
per month
Pro
$250
per month
Scheduling Only
$2.50
per user
Scheduling, Time and Attendance
$4.50
per user
Enterprise
Custom pricing for enterprise clients
per user
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
BambooHRDeputy
Free Trial
YesYes
Free/Freemium Version
NoYes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
YesYes
Entry-level Setup FeeOptionalOptional
Additional DetailsNo matter what HR looks like at your company, we have the perfect plan for you!
More Pricing Information
Community Pulse
BambooHRDeputy
Considered Both Products
BambooHR
Chose BambooHR
We have BambooHR because of its great interface and user-friendly design. It meets our employees' needs as well as our employer's needs. We have integrations with some programs where Bonusly isn't able to cover.
Deputy
Chose Deputy
7shifts was not able to provide the integration we needed for our payroll system and no support to integrate with our HR system. It also did not have the ability to create custom reports or create reports in a format that we could use for payroll. The user interface was a bit …
Chose Deputy
Much better for hourly employees. Much more intuitive. But really bad integration with Deputy. It’s actually caused a lot of lost time and inaccuracy to have our payroll system using rates out of bamboo and hours from deputy. Without the rates being sync’d we’ve had lots of …
Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
BambooHRDeputy
Human Resource Management
Comparison of Human Resource Management features of Product A and Product B
BambooHR
8.1
117 Ratings
3% above category average
Deputy
-
Ratings
Employee demographic data7.899 Ratings00 Ratings
Employment history8.7106 Ratings00 Ratings
Job profiles and administration8.4105 Ratings00 Ratings
Workflow for transfers, promotions, pay raises, etc.8.392 Ratings00 Ratings
Organizational charting7.1102 Ratings00 Ratings
Organization and location management8.094 Ratings00 Ratings
Compliance data (COBRA, OSHA, etc.)8.556 Ratings00 Ratings
Payroll Management
Comparison of Payroll Management features of Product A and Product B
BambooHR
8.1
76 Ratings
1% above category average
Deputy
-
Ratings
Pay calculation8.250 Ratings00 Ratings
Support for external payroll vendors8.244 Ratings00 Ratings
Off-cycle/On-Demand payment8.030 Ratings00 Ratings
Benefit plan administration8.859 Ratings00 Ratings
Direct deposit files8.458 Ratings00 Ratings
Salary revision and increment management8.060 Ratings00 Ratings
Reimbursement management6.730 Ratings00 Ratings
Leave and Attendance Management
Comparison of Leave and Attendance Management features of Product A and Product B
BambooHR
8.8
103 Ratings
9% above category average
Deputy
-
Ratings
Approval workflow9.1101 Ratings00 Ratings
Balance details8.994 Ratings00 Ratings
Annual carry-forward and encashment8.484 Ratings00 Ratings
Employee Self Service
Comparison of Employee Self Service features of Product A and Product B
BambooHR
8.7
112 Ratings
7% above category average
Deputy
-
Ratings
View and generate pay and benefit information7.970 Ratings00 Ratings
Update personal information9.2111 Ratings00 Ratings
View company policy documentation9.092 Ratings00 Ratings
Employee recognition8.676 Ratings00 Ratings
View job history9.0105 Ratings00 Ratings
Asset Management
Comparison of Asset Management features of Product A and Product B
BambooHR
7.8
48 Ratings
1% above category average
Deputy
-
Ratings
Tracking of all physical assets7.848 Ratings00 Ratings
HR Reporting
Comparison of HR Reporting features of Product A and Product B
BambooHR
7.7
88 Ratings
1% above category average
Deputy
-
Ratings
Report builder8.184 Ratings00 Ratings
Pre-built reports7.783 Ratings00 Ratings
Ability to combine HR data with external data7.461 Ratings00 Ratings
Onboarding
Comparison of Onboarding features of Product A and Product B
BambooHR
8.6
92 Ratings
7% above category average
Deputy
-
Ratings
New hire portal8.788 Ratings00 Ratings
Manager tracking tools8.682 Ratings00 Ratings
Performance and Goals
Comparison of Performance and Goals features of Product A and Product B
BambooHR
8.2
58 Ratings
1% above category average
Deputy
-
Ratings
Corporate goal setting8.246 Ratings00 Ratings
Individual goal setting8.256 Ratings00 Ratings
Line-of sight-visibility8.245 Ratings00 Ratings
Performance tracking8.152 Ratings00 Ratings
Performance Management
Comparison of Performance Management features of Product A and Product B
BambooHR
7.9
64 Ratings
1% below category average
Deputy
-
Ratings
Performance plans7.657 Ratings00 Ratings
Performance improvement plans8.052 Ratings00 Ratings
Review status tracking7.958 Ratings00 Ratings
Review reminders8.260 Ratings00 Ratings
Multiple review frequency7.855 Ratings00 Ratings
Succession Planning
Comparison of Succession Planning features of Product A and Product B
BambooHR
7.1
44 Ratings
10% below category average
Deputy
-
Ratings
Create succession plans/pools5.831 Ratings00 Ratings
Candidate ranking7.736 Ratings00 Ratings
Candidate search7.138 Ratings00 Ratings
Candidate development8.034 Ratings00 Ratings
Recruiting / ATS
Comparison of Recruiting / ATS features of Product A and Product B
BambooHR
8.1
75 Ratings
4% above category average
Deputy
-
Ratings
Job Requisition Management8.053 Ratings00 Ratings
Company Website Posting8.359 Ratings00 Ratings
Publish to Social Media8.254 Ratings00 Ratings
Job Search Site Posting8.257 Ratings00 Ratings
Duplicate Candidate Prevention7.551 Ratings00 Ratings
Applicant Tracking8.266 Ratings00 Ratings
Notifications and Alerts8.769 Ratings00 Ratings
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Score 9.0 out of 10
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Paypro Workforce Management
Score 9.5 out of 10
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Paypro Workforce Management
Score 9.5 out of 10
Enterprises
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Score 7.3 out of 10
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User Ratings
BambooHRDeputy
Likelihood to Recommend
8.9
(120 ratings)
8.9
(408 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
9.2
(10 ratings)
8.8
(46 ratings)
Usability
8.5
(47 ratings)
8.7
(404 ratings)
Availability
9.3
(5 ratings)
9.5
(5 ratings)
Performance
8.7
(5 ratings)
9.2
(5 ratings)
Support Rating
8.5
(46 ratings)
8.4
(30 ratings)
In-Person Training
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Online Training
9.2
(4 ratings)
10.0
(2 ratings)
Implementation Rating
9.6
(3 ratings)
8.1
(398 ratings)
Configurability
8.6
(4 ratings)
7.8
(6 ratings)
Contract Terms and Pricing Model
8.3
(3 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Ease of integration
9.6
(2 ratings)
6.7
(3 ratings)
Product Scalability
8.9
(5 ratings)
9.3
(5 ratings)
Professional Services
9.2
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
8.9
(4 ratings)
9.0
(5 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
9.1
(4 ratings)
8.8
(5 ratings)
User Testimonials
BambooHRDeputy
Likelihood to Recommend
BambooHR
BambooHR is great for small or medium companies that are using a paper-based system to increase efficiencies. I am the only dedicated HR employee and is great to keep track of all processes. Less appropriate is for small companies that do not have a champion to lead the software or maybe bigger companies with specific requirements and HR processes.
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Deputy
[My own feeling on the subject is] that large teams will probably enjoy the features much more than a smaller team. [In my opinion] I would not have signed up with Deputy had it not been for the integration with my payroll provider. [From my point of view] the cost is not worth it for a small team. [I've found] it has a lot of features geared towards big teams and those are not things you can "opt-out" of from a cost/tier standpoint [as far as I'm concerned].
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Pros
BambooHR
  • Customer Service - The customer service is consistent and the team is always eager to help. They are polite, patient, and there are never terrible interactions.
  • Communication - BambooHR communication channels are simple. There are many different ways to communicate with the team. I prefer e-mail because it helps me keep track of the conversations and they respond within the appropriate time. Also, the e-mail reminders or notifications help tremendously and it's not overbearing.
  • User Interface - It's simple and easy to use!
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Deputy
  • Employee Scheduling - So straightforward and easy to use! Love the copy & past feature!
  • Timekeeping - the App & Kiosk are perfect for employees to clock in and out in a matter of seconds
  • Company Communication - the Newsfeed feature makes it easy to keep everyone up to date on company announcements
  • Task Management - simple to use task lists help keep my team organized
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Cons
BambooHR
  • Reporting - I wish that you could choose a timeframe for all reports. There are times when I need to run a report for information at a point in time, but there is no functionality to complete this (maybe this is an add-on, but seems like it should be a basic function.)
  • ATS - Customizable notifications and making it easier to figure out how to change notification/email settings. I figured it out, but it was difficult to find. I wish you could choose to notify managers of candidates 1/week instead of every time someone applies.
  • Custom Holidays - being able to set up 2 different Holiday policies for different working groups. Some of our team gets a floating holiday, but we can't set that up without doing it for the entire company.
  • Being able to intercept a form that was signed by an employee but not the 2nd signer. We can't access onboarding forms that new hires signed after the 2nd signer left the company. Now we have to have our team resign all their onboarding forms because we cannot access the one with their signature.
  • Delegation for approvals - being able to delegate this when someone is on leave or time away so that Admins don't have to manage.
  • Org chart - being able to customize this feature
  • More broad or customizable EEO categories
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Deputy
  • Integration with various point of sale systems to pull sales data vs. scheduled and/or worked hours.
  • Ability to "re-invite, " change a password or fix an employee-level account if they didn't set things up correctly.
  • An easier way of loading all holidays or facility closure dates for the year. e.g. Google reminds you, Are you open for Thanksgiving this year?
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Likelihood to Renew
BambooHR
Overall we have not had any reason to discontinue our use of BambooHR. We have not found a better solution, and there is no pressing reason that we would want to move away from the product. If they should fail to continue to improve their features over time, I could see this changing down the road, but for now I would say we are very satisfied with them. We would definitely like to see continued growth of their product however.
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Deputy
The basic functionality and overall efficiency it provides is enough to renew. I still would like to see improvements in reporting and leave management, but overall it is absolutely worth it to have the program. I especially like having remote access and supervisors scheduling and approving time sheets of employees
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Usability
BambooHR
It’s a very user-friendly interface. It is modern and easy on the eyes. It is simple and not overloaded with too much detail. It is not overwhelming, and it is visually insightful for all types of learners and workers. The backend is also just as simple to use and visualize.
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Deputy
Deputy is user-friendly and easy to understand for users with basic to moderate computer knowledge. The Employee is simple and easy for employees to understand. Employees get push notifications when shifts are scheduled and can clock in and out easily directly from the phone or kiosk, or using the website. The only challenge we’ve had is the ability for management to assign leave to employees who have not yet requested time off.
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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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Deputy
We have never had a problem with deputy being unavailable
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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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Deputy
Everything is quick and easy
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Support Rating
BambooHR
Implementation was great. We have videos to watch, then we were taken through each task with a Support Person. We implemented our HRIS first, then about 3 months later implemented Payroll. I think it would have been easier to implement them both at the same time, but the timing was our decision, not theirs.
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Deputy
Every time I have contacted support they have answered my question within the hour and solved every problem we have had. They follow up to make sure we are satisfied with our results which has been great when we are busy and get distracted
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In-Person Training
BambooHR
I didn't have in-person training besides teaching my managers how to use the program. However, I couldn't omit this question (maybe a system glitch).
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Deputy
It was super easy and quick
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Online Training
BambooHR
As far as I can recall, everything went well with doing it online and got questions answered. Was thankful to work with a dummy file to get used to some practices prior to getting our own domain within bamboo to then place our personnel information in the system, this helped a lot!
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Deputy
Did a great job of getting us up to speed with their online documentation.
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Implementation Rating
BambooHR
It was some work involved in moving all of our documents from a drive over to the correct folders and creating the system of what folders were needed and what got placed where
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Deputy
It took me a bit to get all my staff input from our previous scheduling software. However, once all the information was there, everything went smoothly and we were able to start implementing Deputy right away. It did not take long to train my staff and have them comfortable with using the system.
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Alternatives Considered
BambooHR
Although there are many products in the marketplace, there is no perfect system. BambooHR is the most economical HRIS for a small business, start-up, or business that has never had HR software. BambooHR was selected for its affordable functionality. However, if they continue to ingore the lack of functionality the pretty package will no longer have any value.
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Deputy
For years we used TimeTrax systems but they were hard to use and required manual downloads of punches, networked setups, and we needed separate setups for each location. When evaluating cloud-based solutions we first tried TSheets, but the higher cost and lack of features made us choose Deputy. Our main complaint about the actual TSheets system was the IPads did not store punches when it first launched so if you lost internet it couldn't store the punches. When we were evaluating the system they were building a police station next door that resulted in intermittent internet outages and the kiosk app basically became a brick until the internet came back on.
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Contract Terms and Pricing Model
BambooHR
Since my organization has dropped with employees, I always find ways to reduce costs. I thought there would be a cheaper option, but I was glad that my package included a lot for the price, and downgrading would cost more. The rep could have let me downgraded and taken me to a higher package. I am thankful that didn't happen.
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Deputy
No answers on this topic
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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Deputy
We have gone from using deputy simply to schedule a couple of members of staff on coffee shop shifts, to also scheduling staff in the retail unit part of our business, to now also scheduling team days and having remote working staff start on schedule shifts to track their working hours.
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Professional Services
BambooHR
VERY professional!
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Deputy
No answers on this topic
Return on Investment
BambooHR
  • It's been a great force multiplier for our HR staff, supplementing their skills to allow them to focus on more complex tasks.
  • Employees enjoy using it and have to talk to HR staff less with the self-service options.
  • You may find as your organization grows that you outgrow a module or BambooHR and will replace with a dedicated solution.
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Deputy
  • Hundreds of man-hours saved monthly that previously was spent on recording hours work.
  • Holiday management is very clear and support fair treatment of staff.
  • The 100% accuracy of timesheets is amazing. Once approved thousands of timesheets just land in our payroll system thanks to the export/import functions.
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ScreenShots

BambooHR Screenshots

Screenshot of BambooHR's Reporting

Deputy Screenshots

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