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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

IBM Kenexa

Kenexa is is well suited for any organization that has more than 3000 employees globally. I would not recommend this to startups or a growing organization with less than 3000 employees. But once you cross this number, Kenexa becomes useful and is a brilliant tool for global operations - recruiting. I would recommend this tool to any organization that has offices in many countries/geographies as well.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Human Resource Management

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

Payroll Management

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

Leave and Attendance Management

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

Employee Self Service

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

Asset Management

BambooHR
7.6
IBM Kenexa
Tracking of all physical assets
BambooHR
7.6
IBM Kenexa

HR Reporting

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

Onboarding

BambooHR
8.6
IBM Kenexa
New hire portal
BambooHR
8.6
IBM Kenexa
Manager tracking tools
BambooHR
8.6
IBM Kenexa

Performance and Goals

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

Performance Management

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

Succession Planning

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

Recruiting / ATS

BambooHR
8.3
IBM Kenexa
2.3
Job Requisition Management
BambooHR
8.3
IBM Kenexa
2.0
Company Website Posting
BambooHR
8.2
IBM Kenexa
2.0
Publish to Social Media
BambooHR
8.4
IBM Kenexa
2.0
Job Search Site Posting
BambooHR
8.4
IBM Kenexa
2.0
Duplicate Candidate Prevention
BambooHR
8.1
IBM Kenexa
2.0
Applicant Tracking
BambooHR
8.2
IBM Kenexa
4.0
Notifications and Alerts
BambooHR
8.7
IBM Kenexa
2.0
Customized Application Form
BambooHR
IBM Kenexa
2.0
Resume Management
BambooHR
IBM Kenexa
2.0
Candidate Search
BambooHR
IBM Kenexa
4.0
Collaboration
BambooHR
IBM Kenexa
2.0
Task Creation and Delegation
BambooHR
IBM Kenexa
2.0
Email Templates
BambooHR
IBM Kenexa
3.0
User Permissions
BambooHR
IBM Kenexa
2.0
Reporting
BambooHR
IBM Kenexa
1.0

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

IBM Kenexa

  • Kenexa allows Boolean key word search within a particular requisition so it makes sifting through a high number of applicants manageable and effective
  • Kenexa can be tailored to meet individual business needs. During the time we’ve had Kenexa here I’ve used it in support of a few different business segments and for each the way the system was used to “position” candidate statuses have varied based on the individual need of the business. One example is when interviewing a high volume of applicants internationally, we were able to send qualified applicants through to the “event manager” and it would enable the candidate to select his/her interview date/time based on previously submitted options inputted by our Kenexa users.
  • Kenexa allows one to customize and score questions for each open requisition that applicants complete as they apply. The system then sorts applicants according to the score of candidate answers allowing for easy sorting of top qualified candidates.
Anonymous | 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

IBM Kenexa

  • BrassRing's application system for candidates is prone to freezing and crashing in the middle of the application causing potential candidates to lose all progress. I filled out the application myself and witnessed these issues first hand, on top of several complaints I received via phone and email from candidates attempting to apply via the BrassRing service. Also, the Parsing system within the application is not capable of pulling any meaningful information out of text documents.
  • Each user must be added to each job in order for that job, and the candidates in it, to show up in relevant searches. This becomes a problem when a new team member joins the account and needs access to all of the previous openings just so that they can find candidates already in the system. The account I was working on involved literally hundreds of new openings a month, meaning that any movement of personnel on or off the account would mean having to update potentially thousands of old positions just to allow them to be able to mine the ATS for candidates. I don't see any particular reason why someone with access to the system should have to be given access to each individual job. If a particular position needs to be kept confidential for whatever reason then that individual position should be able to be set to only show to authorized recruiters. The rest of the positions should automatically be searchable by anyone with appropriate access to the ATS to allow for basic level candidate mining and movement.
Aaron Binkley | 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

IBM Kenexa

IBM Kenexa 6.0
Based on 12 answers
I am confident that the Kenexa product will continue to evolve to meet the needs of our business in an ever changing work environment. The affiliation with IBM also plays a factor as we have a long standing successful relationship with IBM products. We will be looking to integrate other Kenexa products in the near future to streamline our HR processes.
Brett Kummer, PHR | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

IBM Kenexa

IBM Kenexa 7.0
Based on 3 answers
I feel like I am pretty decent with computers and systems. It was fairly easy to use it after about a week or two . But I have seen people struggle with it as well as some people not use it at all. It can be slow at times and not work at times. But Its a fine system.
Dennard Melton | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

IBM Kenexa

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

IBM Kenexa

IBM Kenexa 5.0
Based on 1 answer
Just slow for what we are doing here
Dennard Melton | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

IBM Kenexa

IBM Kenexa 1.8
Based on 2 answers
It is a very basic system. It may be OK for entry level positions only. The practice of removing CVs while the recruitment process is ON is disturbing and there is no one to explain or to inform why it is being done. Even a routine mail is not sent to the client/consultant. I am surprised how this system is continuing without too many complaints.
sanjeev shrivastava | 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

IBM Kenexa

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

IBM Kenexa

IBM Kenexa 2.7
Based on 2 answers
We purchased an out of the box solution and that worked well for us.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

IBM Kenexa

SF ATS was not available at the time and Taleo was thought to be too expensive. In retrospect, given the amount of customization and leveraging of other vendor technology for things like analytics I suspect any cost advantage we realized evaporated
Anonymous | 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

IBM Kenexa

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

IBM Kenexa

  • Kenexa has assisted us in identifying top talent within our target market of applicants.
  • Kenexa may exclude potentially good associates that don't test well.
  • Kenexa clearly defines specific categories and general notes for training, development, & coaching of associates on areas of opportunity.
Daniela Whitfield | 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

IBM Kenexa

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

BambooHR
8.8
IBM Kenexa
4.0

Likelihood to Renew

BambooHR
10.0
IBM Kenexa
6.0

Usability

BambooHR
9.3
IBM Kenexa
7.0

Reliability and Availability

BambooHR
10.0
IBM Kenexa

Performance

BambooHR
9.0
IBM Kenexa
5.0

Support Rating

BambooHR
8.4
IBM Kenexa
1.8

Online Training

BambooHR
10.0
IBM Kenexa

Implementation Rating

BambooHR
10.0
IBM Kenexa
2.7

Scalability

BambooHR
10.0
IBM Kenexa

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