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248 Ratings
59 Ratings

BambooHR

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Score 7.9 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

  • BambooHR ranks higher in 1 feature set: Recruiting / ATS

Human Resource Management

8.3

BambooHR

83%

IBM Kenexa

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%

IBM Kenexa

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

8.1
81%
30 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Off-cycle/On-Demand payment

8.6
86%
15 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Benefit plan administration

7.9
79%
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%

IBM Kenexa

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%

IBM Kenexa

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%

IBM Kenexa

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%

IBM Kenexa

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%

IBM Kenexa

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%

IBM Kenexa

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

8.1
81%
29 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Performance tracking

7.8
78%
34 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Performance Management

8.0

BambooHR

80%

IBM Kenexa

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%

IBM Kenexa

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%
7.2

IBM Kenexa

72%
IBM Kenexa Talent Acquisition Suite ranks higher in 8/15 features

Job Requisition Management

8.0
80%
32 Ratings
7.4
74%
11 Ratings

Company Website Posting

8.3
83%
36 Ratings
7.0
70%
10 Ratings

Publish to Social Media

7.6
76%
33 Ratings
7.4
74%
10 Ratings

Job Search Site Posting

8.4
84%
33 Ratings
7.4
74%
11 Ratings

Duplicate Candidate Prevention

7.4
74%
29 Ratings
6.7
67%
10 Ratings

Applicant Tracking

8.2
82%
40 Ratings
8.0
80%
10 Ratings

Notifications and Alerts

8.7
87%
42 Ratings
7.4
74%
10 Ratings

Customized Application Form

N/A
0 Ratings
6.7
67%
11 Ratings

Resume Management

N/A
0 Ratings
7.0
70%
10 Ratings

Candidate Search

N/A
0 Ratings
8.0
80%
10 Ratings

Collaboration

N/A
0 Ratings
6.7
67%
8 Ratings

Task Creation and Delegation

N/A
0 Ratings
7.0
70%
6 Ratings

Email Templates

N/A
0 Ratings
7.4
74%
10 Ratings

User Permissions

N/A
0 Ratings
7.0
70%
9 Ratings

Reporting

N/A
0 Ratings
6.7
67%
10 Ratings

Attribute Ratings

  • BambooHR is rated higher in 6 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Likelihood to Renew, Usability, Performance, Support Rating, Implementation Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

8.9

BambooHR

89%
80 Ratings
8.0

IBM Kenexa

80%
30 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

10.0

BambooHR

100%
3 Ratings
6.0

IBM Kenexa

60%
12 Ratings

Usability

9.1

BambooHR

91%
3 Ratings
7.0

IBM Kenexa

70%
3 Ratings

Availability

10.0

BambooHR

100%
1 Rating

IBM Kenexa

N/A
0 Ratings

Performance

9.0

BambooHR

90%
1 Rating
5.0

IBM Kenexa

50%
2 Ratings

Support Rating

8.4

BambooHR

84%
26 Ratings
1.8

IBM Kenexa

18%
4 Ratings

Online Training

10.0

BambooHR

100%
1 Rating

IBM Kenexa

N/A
0 Ratings

Implementation Rating

10.0

BambooHR

100%
2 Ratings
2.6

IBM Kenexa

26%
4 Ratings

Product Scalability

10.0

BambooHR

100%
1 Rating

IBM Kenexa

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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IBM

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.
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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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IBM

  • 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.
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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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IBM

  • 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.
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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.

IBM Kenexa

Starting Price

Editions & Modules

IBM Kenexa editions and modules pricing
EditionModules

Footnotes

    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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    IBM

    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.
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    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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    IBM

    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.
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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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    IBM

    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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    IBM

    Just slow for what we are doing here
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    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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    IBM

    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.
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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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    IBM

    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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    IBM

    We purchased an out of the box solution and that worked well for us.
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    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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    IBM

    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
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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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    IBM

    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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    IBM

    • 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.
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