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Feature Set Ratings

  • BambooHR ranks higher in 11 feature sets: Human Resource Management, Payroll Management, Leave and Attendance Management, Employee Self Service, Asset Management, HR Reporting, Onboarding, Performance and Goals, Performance Management, Succession Planning, Recruiting / ATS

Human Resource Management

8.3

BambooHR

83%
6.4

Paylocity

64%
BambooHR ranks higher in 7/7 features

Employee demographic data

8.3
83%
62 Ratings
6.7
67%
182 Ratings

Employment history

9.0
90%
68 Ratings
7.0
70%
182 Ratings

Job profiles and administration

8.7
87%
68 Ratings
6.5
65%
168 Ratings

Workflow for transfers, promotions, pay raises, etc.

8.3
83%
61 Ratings
6.3
63%
165 Ratings

Organizational charting

8.0
80%
66 Ratings
5.7
57%
151 Ratings

Organization and location management

8.3
83%
61 Ratings
6.2
62%
147 Ratings

Compliance data (COBRA, OSHA, etc.)

7.5
75%
40 Ratings
6.4
64%
119 Ratings

Payroll Management

8.4

BambooHR

84%
7.2

Paylocity

72%
BambooHR ranks higher in 7/7 features

Pay calculation

8.3
83%
35 Ratings
7.7
77%
188 Ratings

Support for external payroll vendors

8.2
82%
30 Ratings
5.2
52%
81 Ratings

Off-cycle/On-Demand payment

8.6
86%
15 Ratings
7.8
78%
101 Ratings

Benefit plan administration

8.0
80%
41 Ratings
7.1
71%
123 Ratings

Direct deposit files

8.4
84%
41 Ratings
8.2
82%
187 Ratings

Salary revision and increment management

8.6
86%
42 Ratings
7.2
72%
143 Ratings

Reimbursement management

8.8
88%
22 Ratings
7.2
72%
88 Ratings

Leave and Attendance Management

9.1

BambooHR

91%
6.6

Paylocity

66%
BambooHR ranks higher in 3/3 features

Approval workflow

9.4
94%
67 Ratings
7.3
73%
153 Ratings

Balance details

9.1
91%
59 Ratings
6.3
63%
162 Ratings

Annual carry-forward and encashment

8.6
86%
52 Ratings
6.3
63%
122 Ratings

Employee Self Service

8.6

BambooHR

86%
7.5

Paylocity

75%
BambooHR ranks higher in 4/5 features

View and generate pay and benefit information

9.0
90%
47 Ratings
7.4
74%
192 Ratings

Update personal information

9.0
90%
74 Ratings
8.7
87%
194 Ratings

View company policy documentation

8.7
87%
60 Ratings
6.5
65%
155 Ratings

Employee recognition

7.2
72%
52 Ratings
8.0
80%
135 Ratings

View job history

9.2
92%
69 Ratings
7.0
70%
157 Ratings

Asset Management

8.4

BambooHR

84%
6.9

Paylocity

69%
BambooHR ranks higher in 1/1 features

Tracking of all physical assets

8.4
84%
32 Ratings
6.9
69%
49 Ratings

HR Reporting

7.6

BambooHR

76%
5.8

Paylocity

58%
BambooHR ranks higher in 3/3 features

Report builder

7.7
77%
53 Ratings
5.9
59%
171 Ratings

Pre-built reports

7.9
79%
52 Ratings
6.3
63%
171 Ratings

Ability to combine HR data with external data

7.3
73%
44 Ratings
5.2
52%
112 Ratings

Onboarding

8.1

BambooHR

81%
7.1

Paylocity

71%
BambooHR ranks higher in 2/2 features

New hire portal

8.2
82%
55 Ratings
7.2
72%
155 Ratings

Manager tracking tools

8.0
80%
53 Ratings
6.9
69%
125 Ratings

Performance and Goals

8.1

BambooHR

81%
7.4

Paylocity

74%
BambooHR ranks higher in 4/4 features

Corporate goal setting

8.1
81%
33 Ratings
7.6
76%
69 Ratings

Individual goal setting

8.5
85%
38 Ratings
7.6
76%
77 Ratings

Line-of sight-visibility

8.2
82%
29 Ratings
7.6
76%
60 Ratings

Performance tracking

7.8
78%
34 Ratings
6.8
68%
84 Ratings

Performance Management

8.0

BambooHR

80%
7.0

Paylocity

70%
BambooHR ranks higher in 5/5 features

Performance plans

7.9
79%
39 Ratings
6.9
69%
95 Ratings

Performance improvement plans

8.1
81%
38 Ratings
7.1
71%
85 Ratings

Review status tracking

7.8
78%
39 Ratings
7.6
76%
94 Ratings

Review reminders

8.4
84%
41 Ratings
6.2
62%
99 Ratings

Multiple review frequency

7.9
79%
36 Ratings
7.4
74%
83 Ratings

Succession Planning

7.8

BambooHR

78%
6.3

Paylocity

63%
BambooHR ranks higher in 4/4 features

Create succession plans/pools

7.8
78%
23 Ratings
7.5
75%
40 Ratings

Candidate ranking

7.9
79%
27 Ratings
5.8
58%
52 Ratings

Candidate search

7.8
78%
27 Ratings
6.0
60%
54 Ratings

Candidate development

7.9
79%
24 Ratings
6.0
60%
45 Ratings

Recruiting / ATS

8.1

BambooHR

81%
7.5

Paylocity

75%
BambooHR ranks higher in 6/7 features

Job Requisition Management

8.0
80%
32 Ratings
7.7
77%
82 Ratings

Company Website Posting

8.3
83%
36 Ratings
7.7
77%
87 Ratings

Publish to Social Media

7.6
76%
33 Ratings
7.3
73%
70 Ratings

Job Search Site Posting

8.4
84%
33 Ratings
8.0
80%
86 Ratings

Duplicate Candidate Prevention

7.4
74%
29 Ratings
7.8
78%
70 Ratings

Applicant Tracking

8.2
82%
40 Ratings
7.8
78%
93 Ratings

Notifications and Alerts

8.7
87%
42 Ratings
6.4
64%
94 Ratings

Attribute Ratings

  • BambooHR is rated higher in 7 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Likelihood to Renew, Usability, Availability, Performance, Support Rating, Implementation Rating
  • BambooHR and Paylocity are tied in 1 area: Online Training

Likelihood to Recommend

8.9

BambooHR

89%
80 Ratings
5.0

Paylocity

50%
212 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

10.0

BambooHR

100%
3 Ratings
7.2

Paylocity

72%
14 Ratings

Usability

9.1

BambooHR

91%
3 Ratings
7.7

Paylocity

77%
10 Ratings

Availability

10.0

BambooHR

100%
1 Rating
9.0

Paylocity

90%
2 Ratings

Performance

9.0

BambooHR

90%
1 Rating
5.0

Paylocity

50%
2 Ratings

Support Rating

8.4

BambooHR

84%
26 Ratings
2.3

Paylocity

23%
35 Ratings

Online Training

10.0

BambooHR

100%
1 Rating
10.0

Paylocity

100%
1 Rating

Implementation Rating

10.0

BambooHR

100%
2 Ratings
6.4

Paylocity

64%
4 Ratings

Product Scalability

10.0

BambooHR

100%
1 Rating

Paylocity

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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Paylocity

Overall good product.. just takes a lot of clicks to get something done... 3 approvals for recruiting and sending a job offer. If we approve, another level approves, and yet it doesn't send until we go back again to click again to send the job offer.
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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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Paylocity

  • Integration between modules, so information entered in one place imports into the other modules. The employee & employer don't have to enter duplicate information.
  • Company Administrators can override approvals where needed - if a supervisor can't get to something, we're not stuck!
  • Tech-first support team constantly welcomes suggestions of things that can be built out on the back end to enhance system capabilities.
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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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Paylocity

  • Reporting is okay. It gets you all the information you need, but it's sometimes difficult to navigate their report writing to get exactly what you need and only that.
  • Communication of changes could be improved. Sometimes updates are made but aren't communicated to the company admins.
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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.

Paylocity

Starting Price

$2 Per Employee Per Month

Editions & Modules

Paylocity editions and modules pricing
EditionModules
Paylocity$2.001

Footnotes

  1. Per Employee Per Month

Offerings

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services

Entry-level set up fee?

No setup fee

Additional Details

Pricing Info

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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Paylocity

The transition from my old provider to Paylocity was virtually painless. I always felt well supported by my account rep. I would use Paylocity again, but I'm not in a position to change providers at my current company right now.
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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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Paylocity

Although it is fairly easy to use, there are some processes that just don't make munch sense. For example, if an employee has 2 bank accounts and the funds are returned from one account the process to reissue is TEDIOUS and confusing. Unless you want to PAY for Paylocity to do it for you. I think the manual process should be as easy for us.
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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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Paylocity

Solid network - down for upgrades at late hours during the weekend when I am definitely not in the system to use it. Even if I was, they provide excellent advance notice.
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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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Paylocity

It's so manual, not automated or intuitive.
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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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Paylocity

The frustrations I have with Paylocity customer support are what drove me to leave a review in the first place so I can warn anyone considering purchasing this product. I really like the software and it has a lot of great features, but my complete distrust of their customer service has led me to rue the day I chose Paylocity to be our payroll vendor. For one thing, they are often slow to respond. That alone might be manageable, except even when I do get a response, half the time the answers are incomplete/not helpful, if not completely incorrect! Imagine waiting 90 days and paying thousands of dollars for a corrected W2 only for it to come back more incorrect than it was when you started, and not only that but they also made me question my sanity trying to convince me that they were correct when it was BLATANTLY wrong - and that's just one example! Sometimes you might be lucky to get a decent customer service rep using the chat help feature, but most of the time whoever you talk to does not seem to have any more knowledge of the system than you do. I am a patient person and I have a lot of grace for administrative errors (we're all human) but Paylocity customer service is consistently unreliable and sometimes unprofessional to boot. To their credit, the sales and implementation teams do seem really good. It seems like maybe they just can't retain good customer service reps. We've been through several account managers without ever having a good experience.
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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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Paylocity

very knowledgeable presenters for their webinars and very user friendly; you can learn at your own pace
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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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Paylocity

I would make sure you have a dedicated team at Paylocity to complete the implementation. We had staff from Paylocity quit and things were not completed properly. They dropped the ball so to speak on that portion of it. we have encountered multiple issues since then and are still not using the Time off tracking to its full capabilities.
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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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Paylocity

Both ADP and Paylocity are good programs. However, the personalized service I get from the Support Team with Paylocity far exceeds my expectations. They are quick to answer my call, always helpful, and patience as I learn the processes associated with the functions that my firm uses.
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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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Paylocity

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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Paylocity

  • Reduce errors in processing our payroll due to the in-depth reports we are ale able to run to audit.
  • Improved employee communication throughout the company with the community platform.
  • The compensation tool allows for our managers to have more input on the employee's rate increases versus them manually being keyed by our payroll staff.
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