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Likelihood to Recommend

BambooHR

If you are managing a small/medium-sized organization with up to 500 employees, BambooHR is a great utility. It will automate the entire recruitment and selection process, make time tracking benefit administration highly efficient, and enhance the integrity of annual performance appraisals. It will eliminate nearly all kinds of unnecessary record management and paperwork. All the information about an employee can be accessed at any time of the day. However, for a large organization, the HRIS can erect virtual walls among employees and make management of human resources a daunting task for the HR manager.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Handshake

[Handshake] has all the basic functionality we would want but lacks an easy to use interface and since it is not widely used means that we end up having to use a different interview management system for each college rather than being able to just rely on a single widely used system.
David White | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Human Resource Management

BambooHR
8.5
Handshake
Employee demographic data
BambooHR
8.7
Handshake
Employment history
BambooHR
8.9
Handshake
Job profiles and administration
BambooHR
8.6
Handshake
Workflow for transfers, promotions, pay raises, etc.
BambooHR
8.4
Handshake
Organizational charting
BambooHR
8.3
Handshake
Organization and location management
BambooHR
8.4
Handshake
Compliance data (COBRA, OSHA, etc.)
BambooHR
8.2
Handshake

Payroll Management

BambooHR
8.7
Handshake
Pay calculation
BambooHR
8.5
Handshake
Support for external payroll vendors
BambooHR
8.7
Handshake
Off-cycle/On-Demand payment
BambooHR
8.6
Handshake
Benefit plan administration
BambooHR
9.0
Handshake
Direct deposit files
BambooHR
8.8
Handshake
Salary revision and increment management
BambooHR
8.8
Handshake
Reimbursement management
BambooHR
8.6
Handshake

Leave and Attendance Management

BambooHR
9.2
Handshake
Approval workflow
BambooHR
9.3
Handshake
Balance details
BambooHR
9.2
Handshake
Annual carry-forward and encashment
BambooHR
9.0
Handshake

Employee Self Service

BambooHR
8.8
Handshake
View and generate pay and benefit information
BambooHR
8.8
Handshake
Update personal information
BambooHR
9.0
Handshake
View company policy documentation
BambooHR
8.7
Handshake
Employee recognition
BambooHR
8.7
Handshake
View job history
BambooHR
9.1
Handshake

Asset Management

BambooHR
7.6
Handshake
Tracking of all physical assets
BambooHR
7.6
Handshake

HR Reporting

BambooHR
8.2
Handshake
Report builder
BambooHR
8.2
Handshake
Pre-built reports
BambooHR
8.1
Handshake
Ability to combine HR data with external data
BambooHR
8.2
Handshake

Onboarding

BambooHR
8.6
Handshake
New hire portal
BambooHR
8.6
Handshake
Manager tracking tools
BambooHR
8.6
Handshake

Performance and Goals

BambooHR
8.2
Handshake
Corporate goal setting
BambooHR
8.0
Handshake
Individual goal setting
BambooHR
8.2
Handshake
Line-of sight-visibility
BambooHR
8.1
Handshake
Performance tracking
BambooHR
8.6
Handshake

Performance Management

BambooHR
8.5
Handshake
Performance plans
BambooHR
8.5
Handshake
Performance improvement plans
BambooHR
8.3
Handshake
Review status tracking
BambooHR
8.8
Handshake
Review reminders
BambooHR
8.6
Handshake
Multiple review frequency
BambooHR
8.3
Handshake

Succession Planning

BambooHR
8.1
Handshake
Create succession plans/pools
BambooHR
8.1
Handshake
Candidate ranking
BambooHR
8.0
Handshake
Candidate search
BambooHR
8.2
Handshake
Candidate development
BambooHR
8.1
Handshake

Recruiting / ATS

BambooHR
8.3
Handshake
Job Requisition Management
BambooHR
8.3
Handshake
Company Website Posting
BambooHR
8.2
Handshake
Publish to Social Media
BambooHR
8.4
Handshake
Job Search Site Posting
BambooHR
8.4
Handshake
Duplicate Candidate Prevention
BambooHR
8.1
Handshake
Applicant Tracking
BambooHR
8.2
Handshake
Notifications and Alerts
BambooHR
8.7
Handshake

Pros

BambooHR

  • Helps us prepare our payroll on time and do so in an error-free manner.
  • Implements ATS in our organization and this is crucial in growing our talented workforce.
  • It's stable, and all organizations from small to mid-sized are able to use it efficiently.
Martin Oliver | TrustRadius Reviewer

Handshake

  • I like that I can target specific schools.
  • I like that I can interact with the university's career department to improve my listing, get feedback, and have them help promote internally.
Kristi Porter | TrustRadius Reviewer

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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Handshake

  • From an employer perspective, it is very difficult to navigate and just has a horrible interface.
  • I can send messages but can't tell if they're received or seen. For instance, if a college declines to post a job and I ask why, I usually just hear no reply. I'm not sure why but maybe they don't see it?
  • When I receive an application, it doesn't tell me what school it's from so if I have a job posted to twenty colleges, I have to scroll them all, find it, make sure it's not a duplicate, and then review. It's tedious.
  • There are multiple users in my company who set up the account and used their local office information as opposed to HQ information and I'm unable to change it.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

BambooHR

BambooHR 10.0
Based on 2 answers
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.
Kendra Zondervan | TrustRadius Reviewer

Handshake

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Usability

BambooHR

BambooHR 9.3
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

Handshake

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Reliability and Availability

BambooHR

BambooHR 10.0
Based on 1 answer
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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Handshake

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Performance

BambooHR

BambooHR 9.0
Based on 1 answer
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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Handshake

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

BambooHR

BambooHR 8.4
Based on 28 answers
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.
Matt LeMaire, B.A., M.A. | TrustRadius Reviewer

Handshake

Handshake 7.0
Based on 8 answers
Well, support was a no-go. It seems that our institution put some office guy in charge of the product and we got to call and ask questions if needed. We had some introduction training also. What really annoys me about our implementation of Handshake is that everything seemed like a kludgy work-around to get anything done.
Jason Smith, DPA | TrustRadius Reviewer

Online Training

BambooHR

BambooHR 10.0
Based on 1 answer
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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Handshake

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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

Handshake

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

Handshake

Lever is more of an ATS, while Handshake is a candidate database. It is also essential to be using good ATS when you have Handshake. You can organize your candidates and not forget about any of them. I do wish that Lever and Handshake worked together so that I can automatically input people into Lever from Handshake
Maureen Trattner | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

BambooHR

BambooHR 10.0
Based on 1 answer
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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Handshake

No score
No answers yet
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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Handshake

  • ROI has been greatly improved when planning an event because knowing the number of students that plan to attend helps us to know whether or not the cost involved in creating the event is well spent.
  • The negative impact that Handshake has had on ROI is that we are a bit unsure as to whether a specific campus will be very familiar with Handshake or not. In cases when the campus is not, it implies wasted effort to reach out to non-responsive entities.
  • On the whole, it has been a great supplement to how we integrate ourselves into the world of higher-education, but, as with every platform, the fact that it is not standard practice to use it across the board means that it is still hit or miss.
Mackenzie Rodgers | 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

Handshake

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

BambooHR
8.8
Handshake
5.2

Likelihood to Renew

BambooHR
10.0
Handshake

Usability

BambooHR
9.3
Handshake

Reliability and Availability

BambooHR
10.0
Handshake

Performance

BambooHR
9.0
Handshake

Support Rating

BambooHR
8.4
Handshake
7.0

Online Training

BambooHR
10.0
Handshake

Implementation Rating

BambooHR
10.0
Handshake

Scalability

BambooHR
10.0
Handshake

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