BambooHR vs. Intuit Online Payroll (discontinued)

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
BambooHR
Score 8.2 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
Intuit Online Payroll (discontinued)
Score 7.8 out of 10
N/A
Intuit Online Payroll was a small business payroll option available as a standalone SaaS solution, that Intuit announced it was discontinuing in favor of Quickbooks Online Payroll, available via Quickbooks.
$22.50
per month
Pricing
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Editions & Modules
Core
$250
per month
Pro
$250
per month
Core
22.50 + $4 per employee
per month
Premium
37.50 + $8 per employee
per month
Elite
62.50+ $10 per employee
per month
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
BambooHRIntuit Online Payroll (discontinued)
Free Trial
YesNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
YesNo
Entry-level Setup FeeOptionalNo setup fee
Additional DetailsNo matter what HR looks like at your company, we have the perfect plan for you!
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Community Pulse
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Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
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Human Resource Management
Comparison of Human Resource Management features of Product A and Product B
BambooHR
8.1
89 Ratings
3% above category average
Intuit Online Payroll (discontinued)
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Ratings
Employee demographic data7.271 Ratings00 Ratings
Employment history8.878 Ratings00 Ratings
Job profiles and administration8.177 Ratings00 Ratings
Workflow for transfers, promotions, pay raises, etc.8.968 Ratings00 Ratings
Organizational charting7.074 Ratings00 Ratings
Organization and location management7.969 Ratings00 Ratings
Compliance data (COBRA, OSHA, etc.)8.746 Ratings00 Ratings
Payroll Management
Comparison of Payroll Management features of Product A and Product B
BambooHR
8.0
59 Ratings
0% below category average
Intuit Online Payroll (discontinued)
7.3
10 Ratings
11% below category average
Pay calculation8.639 Ratings8.99 Ratings
Support for external payroll vendors7.633 Ratings2.26 Ratings
Off-cycle/On-Demand payment8.119 Ratings9.33 Ratings
Benefit plan administration9.145 Ratings8.95 Ratings
Direct deposit files8.644 Ratings3.89 Ratings
Salary revision and increment management8.145 Ratings9.27 Ratings
Reimbursement management5.923 Ratings8.78 Ratings
Leave and Attendance Management
Comparison of Leave and Attendance Management features of Product A and Product B
BambooHR
8.8
77 Ratings
9% above category average
Intuit Online Payroll (discontinued)
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Ratings
Approval workflow9.176 Ratings00 Ratings
Balance details8.868 Ratings00 Ratings
Annual carry-forward and encashment8.660 Ratings00 Ratings
Employee Self Service
Comparison of Employee Self Service features of Product A and Product B
BambooHR
8.7
86 Ratings
7% above category average
Intuit Online Payroll (discontinued)
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Ratings
View and generate pay and benefit information7.755 Ratings00 Ratings
Update personal information9.185 Ratings00 Ratings
View company policy documentation9.169 Ratings00 Ratings
Employee recognition8.659 Ratings00 Ratings
View job history8.979 Ratings00 Ratings
Asset Management
Comparison of Asset Management features of Product A and Product B
BambooHR
7.8
35 Ratings
1% above category average
Intuit Online Payroll (discontinued)
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Ratings
Tracking of all physical assets7.835 Ratings00 Ratings
HR Reporting
Comparison of HR Reporting features of Product A and Product B
BambooHR
7.9
64 Ratings
4% above category average
Intuit Online Payroll (discontinued)
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Ratings
Report builder8.160 Ratings00 Ratings
Pre-built reports8.060 Ratings00 Ratings
Ability to combine HR data with external data7.648 Ratings00 Ratings
Onboarding
Comparison of Onboarding features of Product A and Product B
BambooHR
8.7
67 Ratings
9% above category average
Intuit Online Payroll (discontinued)
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Ratings
New hire portal8.663 Ratings00 Ratings
Manager tracking tools8.861 Ratings00 Ratings
Performance and Goals
Comparison of Performance and Goals features of Product A and Product B
BambooHR
7.8
45 Ratings
4% below category average
Intuit Online Payroll (discontinued)
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Ratings
Corporate goal setting7.737 Ratings00 Ratings
Individual goal setting7.843 Ratings00 Ratings
Line-of sight-visibility8.033 Ratings00 Ratings
Performance tracking7.939 Ratings00 Ratings
Performance Management
Comparison of Performance Management features of Product A and Product B
BambooHR
7.5
51 Ratings
5% below category average
Intuit Online Payroll (discontinued)
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Ratings
Performance plans7.344 Ratings00 Ratings
Performance improvement plans7.741 Ratings00 Ratings
Review status tracking7.545 Ratings00 Ratings
Review reminders7.847 Ratings00 Ratings
Multiple review frequency7.342 Ratings00 Ratings
Succession Planning
Comparison of Succession Planning features of Product A and Product B
BambooHR
6.1
34 Ratings
25% below category average
Intuit Online Payroll (discontinued)
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Ratings
Create succession plans/pools4.424 Ratings00 Ratings
Candidate ranking7.630 Ratings00 Ratings
Candidate search5.930 Ratings00 Ratings
Candidate development6.526 Ratings00 Ratings
Recruiting / ATS
Comparison of Recruiting / ATS features of Product A and Product B
BambooHR
8.1
54 Ratings
4% above category average
Intuit Online Payroll (discontinued)
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Ratings
Job Requisition Management8.037 Ratings00 Ratings
Company Website Posting8.443 Ratings00 Ratings
Publish to Social Media8.239 Ratings00 Ratings
Job Search Site Posting8.339 Ratings00 Ratings
Duplicate Candidate Prevention7.335 Ratings00 Ratings
Applicant Tracking8.347 Ratings00 Ratings
Notifications and Alerts8.449 Ratings00 Ratings
Best Alternatives
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Small Businesses
Patriot Software
Patriot Software
Score 9.0 out of 10
Patriot Software
Patriot Software
Score 9.0 out of 10
Medium-sized Companies
Paypro Workforce Management
Paypro Workforce Management
Score 9.5 out of 10
Paypro Workforce Management
Paypro Workforce Management
Score 9.5 out of 10
Enterprises
Infor Human Resources
Infor Human Resources
Score 7.4 out of 10
Infor Human Resources
Infor Human Resources
Score 7.4 out of 10
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User Ratings
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Likelihood to Recommend
8.8
(92 ratings)
3.1
(17 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
9.0
(5 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Usability
8.8
(17 ratings)
3.8
(2 ratings)
Availability
10.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Performance
9.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Support Rating
8.4
(24 ratings)
1.5
(5 ratings)
Online Training
10.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Implementation Rating
10.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Product Scalability
10.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
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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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Intuit
I believe the ideal scenario is when you are already using the Intuit family of products and the payroll bolts on to your existing QuickBooks infrastructure. Payroll software products have been around a long time, and this is a very competitive niche. Most of the companies do a good job of filing taxes promptly, reporting W-2 items properly, providing good reports, etc. Where you might really get some extra efficiency and benefit is the fact that the payroll is woven into the accounting system, creating one seamless enterprise solution. Also, where it might be less appropriate is in a really simple use case such as a one person company where there aren't complex fringe benefits to deal with. In that scenario, you can set up the ACH debits directly with the state agency and the IRS and possibly file your own 941, 940, W-2/W-3 and state equivalent forms. Of course, if you're willing to do this and are good with details, you can save yourself some money.
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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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Intuit
  • Integration with QuickBooks Desktop. This is the key strength of IP... it is a complete, native integration and let's you maintain all employee records and time keeping in QuickBooks
  • Job Costing. Another key differentiation -- some payroll outsources say they do true job costing (by work or item code). Don't believe them. If its' not integrated with your accounting system, you will not get "TRUE" job costing. You can get costs ASSIGNED to jobs (which may be fine), but you won't get item level detail in QuickBooks from anyone but Intuit.
  • Variety of Payment options. Use Direct Deposit or manual checks... or whatever you want. Since its in QB, you can make payments any way you want.
  • Cash Flow. This is both good and bad, but IP will not take taxes out of your bank account until they are due. That's different than some other providers that want assurance that you have the tax payments available at the moment you push "SUBMIT."
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Cons
BambooHR
  • Have a more robust report builder that has all the data as a filter.
  • Not all reports are able to be downloaded in different formats. I would prefer, csv, excel and PDF for all.
  • More options in the report builder to be able to customize your own reports instead of having to pay at least $200 for a simple report.
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Intuit
  • My biggest issue is that they do continue to raise their prices on a regular basis and it makes people feel stuck when there are so many clients already using the system.
  • They do not support roaming employees, so employees that cross over into various tax jurisdictions in one pay period pose a challenge for calculating taxes and pay.
  • The setup can be a bit daunting still if you are not familiar with the system or the various taxes and requirements for reporting.
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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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Intuit
Works perfectly as advertised. Our simple needs are well taken care of.
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Usability
BambooHR
Our employees have found the software to be very easy to navigate which has been helpful because that allows our team to spend more time on other important tasks and projects. It has been an asset to our company and streamlined our payroll and time tracking process
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Intuit
I would rate it a 0. It gets worse and worse all the time. It seems like every time I go into IOP to run a payroll for one of my clients, I have one more problem.
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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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Intuit
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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Intuit
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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Intuit
The customer support personnel have always walked me through the steps they need to take to assist me. Never rushed through anything. Always exceptionally thorough, answering all my questions and even sharing my screen visually (I have control, not them). It actually helps me to resolve future issues and questions, if they should arise.
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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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Intuit
No answers on this topic
Implementation Rating
BambooHR
I was not apart of the implementation process
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Intuit
No answers on this topic
Alternatives Considered
BambooHR
Lattice offers a much richer performance and meeting management experience, but is of course an entirely separate product to be maintained and for users to understand. It's going to be up to each org but if your performance management plans are not overly complex, BambooHR will be a clear winner.
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Intuit
It's a payroll software with decent customer support readily available and direct integration with my accounting tools. This made it a prime fit for me, and made payment and tax reporting relatively simple, and errors readily correctable. It does not have time tracking, and I still believe that this software is overpriced, but it's the best fit for me right now.
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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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Intuit
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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Intuit
  • Positive: Less of a learning curve to train payroll accountants, as they are already familiar with using Intuit. Also, in general there are a larger pool of candidates who know this system than many of the other "niche" lesser known payroll products.
  • Positive: More options to choose from depending on the level of service needed. For example, there is a Full Service offering if needed. This might apply to an organization that doesn't have the resources available or an internal person who has the time/bandwidth to handle the entire company's payroll. Thus, it is possible to cherry pick the level of service needed depending on the type of company/situation.
  • Positive: Good audit trail. This can be extremely important and cost efficient when a business is going through an external audit by an outside CPA firm and the payroll accounting function is undergoing testing (ie. less time required by the external auditor would likely lower their bill for their services).
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