BambooHR vs. Paylocity

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
Paylocity
Score 7.8 out of 10
N/A
Paylocity provides 24/7 access to your online payroll and human resource data management. Paylocity offers highly customizable payroll functionality, as well as HR, benefits administration, and time and talent management programs.
$2
Per Employee Per Month
Pricing
BambooHRPaylocity
Editions & Modules
Core
$250
per month
Pro
$250
per month
Paylocity
$2.00
Per Employee Per Month
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
BambooHRPaylocity
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!
More Pricing Information
Community Pulse
BambooHRPaylocity
Considered Both Products
BambooHR
Chose BambooHR
Loved BambooHR and was looking to move to them with my last company until I decided to make a job change. Paylocity was very difficult to use and their customer service was abysmal. I did not use the payroll feature. The reporting with Trax was not as robust as we would have …
Chose BambooHR
Although there are many products in the marketplace, there is no perfect system. BambooHR is the most economical HRIS for a small business, start-up, or business that has never had HR software. BambooHR was selected for its affordable functionality. However, if they continue …
Chose BambooHR
I used to use that software but couldn't meet up my demand. But in BambooHR workforce management platform features are really amazing than that. Platforms, content and overall everything of BambooHR is work-worthy.
Chose BambooHR
Other tools with a more unified platform (including a more mature payroll solution) have been much more robust in terms of their data and reporting capabilities. BambooHR, however, has the edge on having a flashier look that may be more appealing to some up-and-coming …
Paylocity
Chose Paylocity
We were considering moving from Paylocity to BambooHR after a demo but with all the issues we have had changing anything with Paylocity, I am frankly too nervous to touch it. If things are this bad now while we are customers, how bad will it get when we try to sever that …
Chose Paylocity
BambooHR had a much nicer interface but it had a lot less capability for our growing business, particularly in reporting.
Chose Paylocity
BambooHR is built for small to medium businesses. Paylocity is more powerful, and it's what we need. Paylocity was in use before our company merged, so it was already running. Our employees like it and find it very helpful. BambooHR is great for what it is. It's like comparing …
Chose Paylocity
Paylocity is FAR better than Paycom, ADP, and Paychex. BambooHR is much more user friendly and "fun" but not quite as robust. I would say for companies over 250 employees that need an all in one, that Paylocity outperforms BambooHR.
Chose Paylocity
Paycom looked very dated but had decent functionality. BambooHR is for smaller companies. Paylocity was a great price and platform switching from ADP TotalSource. Used Paycor at another company I worked for an did not have great customer service experience.
Chose Paylocity
Paylocity has much more functionality than BambooHR. I think BambooHR was simpler to use and had a cleaner look, but it did not have integrated Payroll, and it could not report out at the level that Paylocity reports out on. BambooHR is too barebones for the needs of our …
Chose Paylocity
Paylocity seems to have more functionality.
Chose Paylocity
All HRIS are clunky, some more than others. I like it better than Workday and ADP.
Chose Paylocity
I think it is an easy platform to use and navigate. Great customer service.
Chose Paylocity
Paylocity is so much easier to use and automates many of the daily HR functions allowing me to focus more on individual employees.
Chose Paylocity
Paylocity was the best "bang for our buck" in terms of what the system offered versus what the cost was of implementation and continuous use. We love the mobile features, and Paylocity is great for a company of our size (currently just under 100 employees). We also chose …
Chose Paylocity
I think Paylocity offers a lot more that those companies don't. I love community feature and I know when I used Kronos they had nothing like that and anything that they did have, it was effective or easy to use. A lot of team members struggled to use that system.
Chose Paylocity
We like the ease of use of the modules and how it connects with our Finance ERP. Paylocity is less expensive than some of the other options out there and the ROI has been invaluable. The implementation was the easiest I have been through and I have been through at least six …
Chose Paylocity
Paylocity is a nice middle ground between functionality and cost. You get everything you need and more for a reasonable amount per month. They also don't nickel and dime you for add-ons which we liked. I will say that for over 500 employees, I like UKG the best, but they are …
Chose Paylocity
ADP - HR Powersource and ProBusiness and report writer - doesn't compare to the report writing capabilities. Paylocity does have more functionality with payroll processing which I appreciate and the systems are connected which is helpful as well. SAP SuccessFactors - the …
Chose Paylocity
We selected Paylocity because it was very intuitive to use and at a good price for all the modules we received. The implementation process seemed very straightforward and I really liked my sales rep.
Chose Paylocity
Paylocity does not allow for easy employee file tracking. It doesn't create nice employee files that I can add information to in a functional way and notes in a time stamped way. It would be nice if these features improved as other systems to allow these functions and they are …
Chose Paylocity
Paylocity is more robust. It has everything in one site. Other sites we have used in the past there always seems to be something we need to use another site for, usually this is payroll that we have to have on another service. But paylocity has the payroll function and makes it …
Chose Paylocity
Paylocity is a "best overall" SAAS. For a solid, affordable platform for midsize organizations, this is a good choice.
Chose Paylocity
Paylocity does a lot well, and at a price point that is competitive. They have a great team of support staff who are always willing to help issues to resolution.
Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
BambooHRPaylocity
Human Resource Management
Comparison of Human Resource Management features of Product A and Product B
BambooHR
8.3
77 Ratings
6% above category average
Paylocity
7.8
751 Ratings
0% below category average
Employee demographic data8.262 Ratings8.6705 Ratings
Employment history8.968 Ratings8.2689 Ratings
Job profiles and administration8.868 Ratings7.8631 Ratings
Workflow for transfers, promotions, pay raises, etc.8.361 Ratings7.6640 Ratings
Organizational charting7.966 Ratings7.1589 Ratings
Organization and location management8.461 Ratings7.8573 Ratings
Compliance data (COBRA, OSHA, etc.)7.540 Ratings7.5491 Ratings
Payroll Management
Comparison of Payroll Management features of Product A and Product B
BambooHR
8.3
53 Ratings
3% above category average
Paylocity
8.1
740 Ratings
1% above category average
Pay calculation7.934 Ratings8.6717 Ratings
Support for external payroll vendors8.129 Ratings7.3322 Ratings
Off-cycle/On-Demand payment8.515 Ratings8.5503 Ratings
Benefit plan administration7.740 Ratings7.3493 Ratings
Direct deposit files8.340 Ratings9.0717 Ratings
Salary revision and increment management8.641 Ratings8.2563 Ratings
Reimbursement management8.821 Ratings7.9338 Ratings
Leave and Attendance Management
Comparison of Leave and Attendance Management features of Product A and Product B
BambooHR
8.9
67 Ratings
10% above category average
Paylocity
7.6
615 Ratings
6% below category average
Approval workflow9.467 Ratings8.0540 Ratings
Balance details9.059 Ratings7.5589 Ratings
Annual carry-forward and encashment8.452 Ratings7.4449 Ratings
Employee Self Service
Comparison of Employee Self Service features of Product A and Product B
BambooHR
8.6
75 Ratings
6% above category average
Paylocity
8.4
750 Ratings
3% above category average
View and generate pay and benefit information8.947 Ratings8.5730 Ratings
Update personal information9.074 Ratings8.6742 Ratings
View company policy documentation8.860 Ratings8.0584 Ratings
Employee recognition7.152 Ratings8.3510 Ratings
View job history9.269 Ratings8.3614 Ratings
Asset Management
Comparison of Asset Management features of Product A and Product B
BambooHR
8.7
32 Ratings
11% above category average
Paylocity
7.5
203 Ratings
4% below category average
Tracking of all physical assets8.732 Ratings7.5203 Ratings
HR Reporting
Comparison of HR Reporting features of Product A and Product B
BambooHR
7.6
56 Ratings
0% above category average
Paylocity
7.0
683 Ratings
8% below category average
Report builder7.553 Ratings7.0655 Ratings
Pre-built reports7.952 Ratings7.4667 Ratings
Ability to combine HR data with external data7.444 Ratings6.5387 Ratings
Onboarding
Comparison of Onboarding features of Product A and Product B
BambooHR
7.9
59 Ratings
0% below category average
Paylocity
8.2
631 Ratings
3% above category average
New hire portal8.155 Ratings8.3627 Ratings
Manager tracking tools7.853 Ratings8.0483 Ratings
Performance and Goals
Comparison of Performance and Goals features of Product A and Product B
BambooHR
8.0
40 Ratings
2% below category average
Paylocity
7.4
328 Ratings
9% below category average
Corporate goal setting8.033 Ratings7.5244 Ratings
Individual goal setting8.538 Ratings7.5300 Ratings
Line-of sight-visibility8.129 Ratings7.4211 Ratings
Performance tracking7.534 Ratings7.4304 Ratings
Performance Management
Comparison of Performance Management features of Product A and Product B
BambooHR
7.9
45 Ratings
0% below category average
Paylocity
7.4
421 Ratings
7% below category average
Performance plans7.839 Ratings7.2374 Ratings
Performance improvement plans8.038 Ratings7.2308 Ratings
Review status tracking7.639 Ratings7.5384 Ratings
Review reminders8.341 Ratings7.5387 Ratings
Multiple review frequency7.736 Ratings7.6315 Ratings
Succession Planning
Comparison of Succession Planning features of Product A and Product B
BambooHR
7.8
30 Ratings
1% below category average
Paylocity
7.2
187 Ratings
9% below category average
Create succession plans/pools7.823 Ratings6.8125 Ratings
Candidate ranking8.027 Ratings7.1152 Ratings
Candidate search7.727 Ratings7.4170 Ratings
Candidate development7.824 Ratings7.4140 Ratings
Recruiting / ATS
Comparison of Recruiting / ATS features of Product A and Product B
BambooHR
8.1
47 Ratings
4% above category average
Paylocity
7.7
395 Ratings
1% below category average
Job Requisition Management8.132 Ratings7.8322 Ratings
Company Website Posting8.536 Ratings8.1341 Ratings
Publish to Social Media7.633 Ratings7.7270 Ratings
Job Search Site Posting8.433 Ratings7.7321 Ratings
Duplicate Candidate Prevention7.329 Ratings7.0269 Ratings
Applicant Tracking8.240 Ratings8.1361 Ratings
Notifications and Alerts8.642 Ratings7.9361 Ratings
Best Alternatives
BambooHRPaylocity
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
All AlternativesView all alternativesView all alternatives
User Ratings
BambooHRPaylocity
Likelihood to Recommend
9.1
(80 ratings)
7.7
(783 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
10.0
(3 ratings)
8.8
(67 ratings)
Usability
9.1
(3 ratings)
8.3
(45 ratings)
Availability
10.0
(1 ratings)
7.9
(6 ratings)
Performance
9.0
(1 ratings)
9.0
(6 ratings)
Support Rating
8.3
(14 ratings)
7.3
(64 ratings)
Online Training
10.0
(1 ratings)
7.5
(6 ratings)
Implementation Rating
10.0
(1 ratings)
8.1
(24 ratings)
Configurability
-
(0 ratings)
7.9
(4 ratings)
Contract Terms and Pricing Model
-
(0 ratings)
8.5
(2 ratings)
Ease of integration
-
(0 ratings)
5.3
(4 ratings)
Product Scalability
10.0
(1 ratings)
8.5
(5 ratings)
Professional Services
-
(0 ratings)
9.6
(2 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
-
(0 ratings)
7.1
(4 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(3 ratings)
User Testimonials
BambooHRPaylocity
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.
Read full review
Paylocity
It used to take us 3.5 days and two staff to do payroll. Now, one person does it in 1.5 days. This opens up a lot of hours that this staff can use to work on other tasks that need to be done. I also do not have to worry about payroll returns being late or incorrect and, therefore, avoid penalties.
Read full review
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.
Read full review
Paylocity
  • Paylocity representatives are very responsive to questions, whether through email, chat, or over the phone.
  • Payroll is quite easy through Paylocity. All the information you need is in one platform and integrates very nicely to make the process smooth.
  • I enjoy the automated features Paylocity provides, from sending out surveys to new hires, adding electronically signed documents to HR files, and adding or removing team members from Community groups as needed.
Read full review
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.
Read full review
Paylocity
  • you get an account manager but never can get ahold of them directly and usually have to email or speak with someone who may or may not give you the right information. I have had to call several times to get a person who actually knew what they were talking about.
  • There are some areas of the system the client is unable to update, we used to be able to get updates done over the phone but recently Paylocity reps are advising that we must complete forms for those system changes. IE time off policy months of service needed updating. benefit age tiers set up incorrectly and needed to be updated to get correct premiums for payroll. I had to wait 2-3 days for something that could have been resolved over the phone in 30min or so.
  • When you do updates, especially to how the system looks, it makes some of the functionality go wonky in parts of the system. reports get slower. would recommend focusing on system updates vs how it looks.
Read full review
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.
Read full review
Paylocity
I give a rating of 10 because the transition was flawless, at each step of the way we had a dedicated Paylocity rep helping us during the transition. This gave us peace of mind as we switched over from another payroll provider so we weren't familiar with Paylocity. The transition was smooth
Read full review
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.
Read full review
Paylocity
I've been able to navigate everything on my own and I've been able to figure out almost all of it by myself. I like hands on experience so I only rely on service if I've exhausted all resources to figure something out.
Read full review
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.
Read full review
Paylocity
there are frequent issues with the recruiting module not fully working and there is no rush from paylocity to fix it
Read full review
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.
Read full review
Paylocity
pages load in an acceptable amount of time, reports come back quickly, but integration is very complicated and hasn't been possible
Read full review
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.
Read full review
Paylocity
The nicest thing I can say about Paylocity's support is I run into the same support issues with every payroll company. Paylocity's support is no better or worse. With high turnover rates and employees being stretched across multiple company's it is hard to get good responses. I can usually get responses back to simple questions quickly but when you get to intermediate to difficult questions the support is lacking.
Read full review
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.
Read full review
Paylocity
The training was live online, but was with a group of other companies. We did not receive any personalized training with our team. Whenever we would ask for training, we would be sent a peak article link or a video. It felt like the reps we dealt with didn't know the answer to the questions.
Read full review
Implementation Rating
BambooHR
it was very easy to sign up, quick and we could use the site very quickly as well.
Read full review
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.
Read full review
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
Read full review
Paylocity
I was very familiar with Payroll Systems. It's modules were not as seamlessly connected so it took a lot more work. Paylocity is very straightforward and easy to use. I would recommend Paylocity over Payroll Systems. I also used Paychex for a short time. It caused a huge amount of problems and implementation was horrific. We switched back after 6 payrolls.
Read full review
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.
Read full review
Paylocity
It is simple to use and straight forward
Read full review
Professional Services
BambooHR
No answers on this topic
Paylocity
Support is quick and proffessional
Read full review
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.
Read full review
Paylocity
  • Reduced time expenditures by the HR team for Onboarding, good flow from onboarding to HR&PR.
  • Better data-driven decision-making for employees with benefits, and good visibility to costs per paycheck resulting in fewer errors.
  • More consistent processes, although this is still a work in progress as we add more and more data to the system.
Read full review
ScreenShots

BambooHR Screenshots

Screenshot of BambooHR's Reporting