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Feature Set Ratings

    Human Resource Management

    8.3

    BambooHR

    83%

    Harpoon

    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%

    Harpoon

    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

    8.0
    80%
    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%

    Harpoon

    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%

    Harpoon

    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%

    Harpoon

    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%

    Harpoon

    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%

    Harpoon

    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%

    Harpoon

    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

    8.2
    82%
    29 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Performance tracking

    7.8
    78%
    34 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Performance Management

    8.0

    BambooHR

    80%

    Harpoon

    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%

    Harpoon

    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%

    Harpoon

    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

    • Harpoon is rated higher in 2 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Support Rating

    Likelihood to Recommend

    8.9

    BambooHR

    89%
    80 Ratings
    9.0

    Harpoon

    90%
    2 Ratings

    Likelihood to Renew

    10.0

    BambooHR

    100%
    3 Ratings

    Harpoon

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Usability

    9.1

    BambooHR

    91%
    3 Ratings

    Harpoon

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Availability

    10.0

    BambooHR

    100%
    1 Rating

    Harpoon

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Performance

    9.0

    BambooHR

    90%
    1 Rating

    Harpoon

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Support Rating

    8.4

    BambooHR

    84%
    26 Ratings
    10.0

    Harpoon

    100%
    1 Rating

    Online Training

    10.0

    BambooHR

    100%
    1 Rating

    Harpoon

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Implementation Rating

    10.0

    BambooHR

    100%
    2 Ratings

    Harpoon

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Product Scalability

    10.0

    BambooHR

    100%
    1 Rating

    Harpoon

    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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    Harpoon

    I think Harpoon works best for freelancers, consultants, self employed people and smaller companies with less client to bill. For larger enterprises with hundreds or thousands of clients, there are larger, more intricate platforms in the market that are better suited for those needs.
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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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    Harpoon

    • Makes Sending Invoices & Collecting Payment Easy, for Freelancers
    • Tracking Financial Goals (Monthly & Annual) & Projecting Future Results
    • Provides Insights On AR, Earned Income, Top Clients, and other helpful but highly relevant data points.
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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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    Harpoon

    • Sometimes expense reporting bring up duplicate transactions, which may be more of a fault of the API that connects my account, which is Plaid
    • Would be nice if in the future, they can offer ACH as one of the payment options for invoices
    • There are some redundancies that pop up when setting time frames for client work and the projects attached to them. If they aren't aligned, it can cause inaccurate reporting. If it just sent it once and it took care of both functions, it would be easier
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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.

    Harpoon

    Starting Price

    $19 per month

    Editions & Modules

    Harpoon editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules
    Single User - Unlimited Everything191

    Footnotes

    1. per month

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    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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    Harpoon

    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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    Harpoon

    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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    Harpoon

    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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    Harpoon

    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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    Harpoon

    The few times I've needed help or had questions about the platform, the founder got back to me. And fairly fast. The extra effort resonated well with me
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    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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    Harpoon

    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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    Harpoon

    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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    Harpoon

    I've used Less Accounting and & Quickbooks Online. After Less Accounting was acquired, its development was mostly stopped. While the tool was a simple way to manage invoices and expenses, its directional philosophy changed with the new owners. Quickbooks Online was a solid tool, but the company support was unhelpful and hard to work with at times. Harpoon provides a great tool, with a company that cares about its users.
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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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    Harpoon

    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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    Harpoon

    • Clear and precise visibility of my financial status.
    • Projections of how I'm doing today, this month, and this year.
    • Clarity on what needs to happen with client development to reach my goals.
    • It shrinks the amount of time I spend on getting clients to pay my invoices.
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