BambooHR vs. Spark Hire

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
BambooHR
Score 8.3 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
Spark Hire
Score 6.0 out of 10
N/A
Spark Hire is a video interviewing platform. Some key features include: One-Way Interview, Live Interview, Collaboration and Shared Interview.N/A
Pricing
BambooHRSpark Hire
Editions & Modules
Core
$250
per month
Pro
$250
per month
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
BambooHRSpark Hire
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!
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Features
BambooHRSpark Hire
Human Resource Management
Comparison of Human Resource Management features of Product A and Product B
BambooHR
8.1
138 Ratings
3% above category average
Spark Hire
-
Ratings
Employee demographic data8.0116 Ratings00 Ratings
Employment history8.7125 Ratings00 Ratings
Job profiles and administration8.5121 Ratings00 Ratings
Workflow for transfers, promotions, pay raises, etc.8.4108 Ratings00 Ratings
Organizational charting7.1122 Ratings00 Ratings
Organization and location management8.2112 Ratings00 Ratings
Compliance data (COBRA, OSHA, etc.)8.167 Ratings00 Ratings
Payroll Management
Comparison of Payroll Management features of Product A and Product B
BambooHR
8.0
87 Ratings
0% below category average
Spark Hire
-
Ratings
Pay calculation8.259 Ratings00 Ratings
Support for external payroll vendors8.249 Ratings00 Ratings
Off-cycle/On-Demand payment8.036 Ratings00 Ratings
Benefit plan administration8.866 Ratings00 Ratings
Direct deposit files8.564 Ratings00 Ratings
Salary revision and increment management8.069 Ratings00 Ratings
Reimbursement management6.735 Ratings00 Ratings
Leave and Attendance Management
Comparison of Leave and Attendance Management features of Product A and Product B
BambooHR
8.9
119 Ratings
9% above category average
Spark Hire
-
Ratings
Approval workflow9.2117 Ratings00 Ratings
Balance details9.1109 Ratings00 Ratings
Annual carry-forward and encashment8.598 Ratings00 Ratings
Employee Self Service
Comparison of Employee Self Service features of Product A and Product B
BambooHR
8.6
132 Ratings
6% above category average
Spark Hire
-
Ratings
View and generate pay and benefit information8.282 Ratings00 Ratings
Update personal information9.1131 Ratings00 Ratings
View company policy documentation8.9110 Ratings00 Ratings
Employee recognition8.486 Ratings00 Ratings
View job history8.8123 Ratings00 Ratings
Asset Management
Comparison of Asset Management features of Product A and Product B
BambooHR
8.0
54 Ratings
3% above category average
Spark Hire
-
Ratings
Tracking of all physical assets8.054 Ratings00 Ratings
HR Reporting
Comparison of HR Reporting features of Product A and Product B
BambooHR
7.9
106 Ratings
4% above category average
Spark Hire
-
Ratings
Report builder8.3101 Ratings00 Ratings
Pre-built reports8.0100 Ratings00 Ratings
Ability to combine HR data with external data7.471 Ratings00 Ratings
Onboarding
Comparison of Onboarding features of Product A and Product B
BambooHR
8.7
108 Ratings
8% above category average
Spark Hire
-
Ratings
New hire portal8.7102 Ratings00 Ratings
Manager tracking tools8.895 Ratings00 Ratings
Performance and Goals
Comparison of Performance and Goals features of Product A and Product B
BambooHR
8.2
66 Ratings
0% above category average
Spark Hire
-
Ratings
Corporate goal setting8.249 Ratings00 Ratings
Individual goal setting8.264 Ratings00 Ratings
Line-of sight-visibility8.248 Ratings00 Ratings
Performance tracking8.159 Ratings00 Ratings
Performance Management
Comparison of Performance Management features of Product A and Product B
BambooHR
7.8
72 Ratings
2% below category average
Spark Hire
-
Ratings
Performance plans7.564 Ratings00 Ratings
Performance improvement plans7.857 Ratings00 Ratings
Review status tracking7.966 Ratings00 Ratings
Review reminders8.167 Ratings00 Ratings
Multiple review frequency7.863 Ratings00 Ratings
Succession Planning
Comparison of Succession Planning features of Product A and Product B
BambooHR
7.1
53 Ratings
11% below category average
Spark Hire
-
Ratings
Create succession plans/pools5.734 Ratings00 Ratings
Candidate ranking7.743 Ratings00 Ratings
Candidate search7.146 Ratings00 Ratings
Candidate development7.940 Ratings00 Ratings
Recruiting / ATS
Comparison of Recruiting / ATS features of Product A and Product B
BambooHR
8.4
89 Ratings
7% above category average
Spark Hire
-
Ratings
Job Requisition Management8.364 Ratings00 Ratings
Company Website Posting8.670 Ratings00 Ratings
Publish to Social Media8.562 Ratings00 Ratings
Job Search Site Posting8.566 Ratings00 Ratings
Duplicate Candidate Prevention7.360 Ratings00 Ratings
Applicant Tracking8.579 Ratings00 Ratings
Notifications and Alerts8.981 Ratings00 Ratings
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Paypro Workforce Management
Score 9.6 out of 10
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Handshake Talent Engagement Suite
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Infor Human Resources
Score 7.2 out of 10
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User Ratings
BambooHRSpark Hire
Likelihood to Recommend
8.9
(142 ratings)
9.1
(6 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
9.2
(13 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Usability
8.7
(69 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Availability
9.3
(5 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Performance
8.7
(5 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Support Rating
8.5
(61 ratings)
9.8
(3 ratings)
Online Training
9.2
(4 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Implementation Rating
8.8
(6 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Configurability
8.6
(4 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Contract Terms and Pricing Model
8.3
(3 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Ease of integration
9.6
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Product Scalability
8.9
(5 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Professional Services
9.2
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
8.9
(4 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
9.1
(4 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
BambooHRSpark Hire
Likelihood to Recommend
BambooHR
We have used BambooHR since 2021 and we have seen our internal HR services become more professionalized over the years! It's helped smoothly bring on new team members and give candidates great first impressions! BambooHR is always innovating and developing new features for us to get the most out of the software. My absolute favorite new feature has been the benefits package, which made open enrollment a breeze for our team and me!
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Spark Hire
Spark Hire is well suited for the growing organization which hiring managers are always on the move. The chance of physically having an interview is less and even candidate sorting & tracking is tough. In this situation, Spark Hire is the best fit. In addition to this, when you need someone very special for a role this application will come to your help. It will ensure the best candidate is recruited as it will go under the multi layer assessment.
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Pros
BambooHR
  • The Applicant Tracking System is pretty good. Has a couple flaws but over all it's a really great module.
  • The HR management system works really well and we love how much we can customize things we need.
  • The Reporting feature is one of my favorite things about BambooHR. I can create any report I want and I love that.
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Spark Hire
  • The user interface is clear and concise and not distracting. This is a pro because it allows you to focus on the interviewee and what they are saying.
  • It is easy to access interviews, watch, rewatch, etc. The entire process is just so convenient.
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Cons
BambooHR
  • The performance feature is a little clunky and not adjustable, so I would love to have more customizable options.
  • When a candidate signs an offer letter, it would be great if it could show up under the documents tab. Right now, it gets a little buried.
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Spark Hire
  • We'd like more control over certain functionalities within our APS integration.
  • We'd like more control over what actual communications are sent to our candidates.
  • We would like the ability to set a different expiration date for an interview when using our APS - right now our only choices are 7 days and 14 days.
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Likelihood to Renew
BambooHR
There's nothing wrong with this platform. I would recommend it to any business starting with more than 10 employees. I will continue to use the program for as long as I need to, hoping they continue being tremendous and finding other ways to incorporate more technology.
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Spark Hire
No answers on this topic
Usability
BambooHR
Large buttons, easy design, user-friendly for all levels of staff, easy help button with instant assistance, training videos available, and short videos easy for people to watch to assist—saving the HR professional time to train how to use the system.
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Spark Hire
Spark Hire is easy to use for both us and the candidate/interviewee. There is not a huge learning curve to being able to implement the program. Additionally, our clients (who are given access to the interviews) don't find it difficult to use, and our candidates have very few problems when recording their video interviews
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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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Spark Hire
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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Spark Hire
No answers on this topic
Support Rating
BambooHR
I have had a pleasant experience with BambooHR. Customer service was easy, and I answered my questions quickly when I was new to the platform. I have never had a bad experience with Bamboo or the customer care team. There's not much else to say other than that I am pleased.
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Spark Hire
I have not used the support that much with Spark Hire but it seems that there are a lot of features available for support and different resources that are provided on Spark Hire's website. For the most part, the system is very user-friendly and it's easy to navigate and figure out things on your own.
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In-Person Training
BambooHR
I didn't have in-person training besides teaching my managers how to use the program. However, I couldn't omit this question (maybe a system glitch).
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Spark Hire
No answers on this topic
Online Training
BambooHR
As far as I can recall, everything went well with doing it online and got questions answered. Was thankful to work with a dummy file to get used to some practices prior to getting our own domain within bamboo to then place our personnel information in the system, this helped a lot!
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Spark Hire
No answers on this topic
Implementation Rating
BambooHR
We implemented bambooHR in Fall, 2023 then implemented Payroll 1/1/24. A vital piece of information was not known or missed in that we are exempt from State Unemployment Tax and have a Reimbursement Set-up, so bambooHR did not send Payroll Reports to the State. Those reports need to be sent regardless if we are exempt or not.
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Spark Hire
No answers on this topic
Alternatives Considered
BambooHR
When reviewing which HRIS to go with, BambooHR came out on top for a few reasons. One was the cost compared to others and what you get for that cost. It saved the company money versus what we had, including Lever, ADP, Calamari, etc., and condensed it into one system. Next, the UI/UX is great and easy to use, even for those who haven't seen BambooHR before. Lastly, the support, both in implementation and during my time as a customer, has been exceptional, even when the answer isn't what I am hoping for.
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Spark Hire
I can't remember the names of the other companies I reviewed but I chose Spark Hire because I could purchase the service on a monthly basis. This is an important feature for us since we're a small business.
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Contract Terms and Pricing Model
BambooHR
Since my organization has dropped with employees, I always find ways to reduce costs. I thought there would be a cheaper option, but I was glad that my package included a lot for the price, and downgrading would cost more. The rep could have let me downgraded and taken me to a higher package. I am thankful that didn't happen.
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Spark Hire
No answers on this topic
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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Spark Hire
No answers on this topic
Professional Services
BambooHR
VERY professional!
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Spark Hire
No answers on this topic
Return on Investment
BambooHR
  • Improved Onboarding process, saved time with pre-loaded forms like I-9s
  • Tracked clocking, gave accurate info about time worked for non-exempt
  • Allows hiring multiple candidates through one requisition - saving time on reposting positions that we decided to hire more people for
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Spark Hire
  • Best candidate selection over the years
  • Better employee retention rate
  • Improvement in business output
  • Better drive for results among the employees
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ScreenShots

BambooHR Screenshots

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