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Feature Set Ratings

    Human Resource Management

    8.3

    BambooHR

    83%

    Sapling HR

    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%

    Sapling HR

    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

    8.2
    82%
    30 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Off-cycle/On-Demand payment

    8.6
    86%
    15 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Benefit plan administration

    8.0
    80%
    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%

    Sapling HR

    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%

    Sapling HR

    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%

    Sapling HR

    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%

    Sapling HR

    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%

    Sapling HR

    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%

    Sapling HR

    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

    8.2
    82%
    29 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Performance tracking

    7.8
    78%
    34 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Performance Management

    8.0

    BambooHR

    80%

    Sapling HR

    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%

    Sapling HR

    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%

    Sapling HR

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    BambooHR ranks higher in 7/7 features

    Job Requisition Management

    8.0
    80%
    32 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Company Website Posting

    8.3
    83%
    36 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Publish to Social Media

    7.6
    76%
    33 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Job Search Site Posting

    8.4
    84%
    33 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Duplicate Candidate Prevention

    7.4
    74%
    29 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Applicant Tracking

    8.2
    82%
    40 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Notifications and Alerts

    8.7
    87%
    42 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Attribute Ratings

    • BambooHR is rated higher in 4 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Usability, Support Rating, Implementation Rating
    • BambooHR and Sapling HR are tied in 1 area: Likelihood to Renew

    Likelihood to Recommend

    8.9

    BambooHR

    89%
    80 Ratings
    7.1

    Sapling HR

    71%
    6 Ratings

    Likelihood to Renew

    10.0

    BambooHR

    100%
    3 Ratings
    10.0

    Sapling HR

    100%
    1 Rating

    Usability

    9.1

    BambooHR

    91%
    3 Ratings
    7.7

    Sapling HR

    77%
    2 Ratings

    Availability

    10.0

    BambooHR

    100%
    1 Rating

    Sapling HR

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Performance

    9.0

    BambooHR

    90%
    1 Rating

    Sapling HR

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Support Rating

    8.4

    BambooHR

    84%
    26 Ratings
    7.0

    Sapling HR

    70%
    4 Ratings

    Online Training

    10.0

    BambooHR

    100%
    1 Rating

    Sapling HR

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Implementation Rating

    10.0

    BambooHR

    100%
    2 Ratings
    9.0

    Sapling HR

    90%
    1 Rating

    Product Scalability

    10.0

    BambooHR

    100%
    1 Rating

    Sapling HR

    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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    Sapling

    It's a good space to have a high level overview of the organization (especially Org view). Places for improvement include extra levels of complexity when you need to click on the person and you are navigated to the pop-up that is hard to use and only one pop up can be used at a time. I wish there wasn't so much of clicking in and clicking out.
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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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    Sapling

    • Very customizable. Very easy to create new workflows and tasks to meet the unique needs of your organization.
    • The system is easy to navigate, so minimal training is needed for users.
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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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    Sapling

    • Deeper data management/review - dashboard experience could be better and deeper
    • Ability to drill into reports within the tool- right now it takes you out to a sheet to view
    • Org planning/org chart sharing
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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.

    Sapling HR

    Starting Price

    Editions & Modules

    Sapling HR 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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      Sapling

      It is hard to rip out and replace systems and Sapling is doing what we need
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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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      Sapling

      To use this system you need to buy several add-ons. If add-ons do not fit your business model you will have to access platforms from different companies. The system is not easy to use for onboarding. Candidates cannot change and update settings. To use the system a person must click in the correct spots. If not it leads you someplace else. Then you have to start clicking all over again.
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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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      Sapling

      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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      Sapling

      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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      Sapling

      Sapling HR helps my HR team keep track of our personal information like contact information or t-shirt sizes (who doesn't like free shirts), as well as helping new hires onboard. I think it's super simple to use and keeps everything pretty nicely organized.
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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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      Sapling

      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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      Sapling

      If you have someone internally that can run it that definitely helps!
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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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      Sapling

      Sapling [HR] was our first and only HR automation platform. We ran a trial campaign with them and did not compare them to other vendors.
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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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      Sapling

      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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      Sapling

      • We were able to get the system implemented very quickly, which was of great importance to us as we were undergoing rapid growth.
      • The system has helped us keep and stay organized and allowed team members to work collaboratively to get tasks done. Many of these tasks were previously managed with various spreadsheets and other trackers that were quickly becoming unmanageable.
      • Sapling has greatly decreased the time we needed to onboard and employee and has prevented many errors.
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