BambooHR vs. UKG Ready

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
BambooHR
Score 8.1 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
UKG Ready
Score 8.1 out of 10
N/A
Designed for small businesses where everyone wears multiple hats, UKG Ready® is an HR solution that guides users through their day-to-day HR activities. Capabilities span from HR and payroll to talent and time.N/A
Pricing
BambooHRUKG Ready
Editions & Modules
Core
$250
per month
Pro
$250
per month
No answers on this topic
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
BambooHRUKG Ready
Free Trial
YesNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
YesYes
Entry-level Setup FeeOptionalRequired
Additional DetailsNo matter what HR looks like at your company, we have the perfect plan for you!
More Pricing Information
Community Pulse
BambooHRUKG Ready
Considered Both Products
BambooHR

No answer on this topic

UKG Ready
Chose UKG Ready
So far I think the ADP products are competitive in their offerings. The new feel of Bamboo HR is much more appealing, but it doesn't do nearly enough function-wise.
Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
BambooHRUKG Ready
Human Resource Management
Comparison of Human Resource Management features of Product A and Product B
BambooHR
8.2
81 Ratings
5% above category average
UKG Ready
7.6
179 Ratings
3% below category average
Employee demographic data7.765 Ratings8.6155 Ratings
Employment history8.572 Ratings7.4151 Ratings
Job profiles and administration8.272 Ratings7.8151 Ratings
Workflow for transfers, promotions, pay raises, etc.8.565 Ratings7.4141 Ratings
Organizational charting8.669 Ratings6.9113 Ratings
Organization and location management7.665 Ratings7.0134 Ratings
Compliance data (COBRA, OSHA, etc.)8.443 Ratings7.6111 Ratings
Payroll Management
Comparison of Payroll Management features of Product A and Product B
BambooHR
7.9
57 Ratings
1% below category average
UKG Ready
8.0
176 Ratings
0% below category average
Pay calculation8.638 Ratings8.6164 Ratings
Support for external payroll vendors7.632 Ratings7.4102 Ratings
Off-cycle/On-Demand payment8.118 Ratings8.067 Ratings
Benefit plan administration8.844 Ratings7.6125 Ratings
Direct deposit files8.143 Ratings8.8129 Ratings
Salary revision and increment management8.244 Ratings8.0120 Ratings
Reimbursement management5.923 Ratings00 Ratings
Leave and Attendance Management
Comparison of Leave and Attendance Management features of Product A and Product B
BambooHR
8.6
71 Ratings
7% above category average
UKG Ready
7.6
162 Ratings
6% below category average
Approval workflow8.671 Ratings7.9147 Ratings
Balance details8.563 Ratings7.4154 Ratings
Annual carry-forward and encashment8.656 Ratings7.5131 Ratings
Employee Self Service
Comparison of Employee Self Service features of Product A and Product B
BambooHR
8.5
79 Ratings
5% above category average
UKG Ready
8.1
167 Ratings
0% below category average
View and generate pay and benefit information8.551 Ratings8.2147 Ratings
Update personal information8.878 Ratings8.5154 Ratings
View company policy documentation8.764 Ratings7.9127 Ratings
Employee recognition8.356 Ratings00 Ratings
View job history8.373 Ratings7.9130 Ratings
Asset Management
Comparison of Asset Management features of Product A and Product B
BambooHR
7.8
34 Ratings
1% above category average
UKG Ready
8.3
61 Ratings
7% above category average
Tracking of all physical assets7.834 Ratings8.361 Ratings
HR Reporting
Comparison of HR Reporting features of Product A and Product B
BambooHR
7.4
59 Ratings
2% below category average
UKG Ready
7.3
174 Ratings
4% below category average
Report builder7.456 Ratings7.2167 Ratings
Pre-built reports7.255 Ratings7.3168 Ratings
Ability to combine HR data with external data7.647 Ratings00 Ratings
Onboarding
Comparison of Onboarding features of Product A and Product B
BambooHR
8.4
63 Ratings
6% above category average
UKG Ready
7.1
114 Ratings
11% below category average
New hire portal8.359 Ratings7.1112 Ratings
Manager tracking tools8.557 Ratings7.189 Ratings
Performance and Goals
Comparison of Performance and Goals features of Product A and Product B
BambooHR
7.9
42 Ratings
3% below category average
UKG Ready
7.0
64 Ratings
15% below category average
Corporate goal setting8.035 Ratings00 Ratings
Individual goal setting7.740 Ratings7.057 Ratings
Line-of sight-visibility8.031 Ratings00 Ratings
Performance tracking7.936 Ratings7.063 Ratings
Performance Management
Comparison of Performance Management features of Product A and Product B
BambooHR
7.7
48 Ratings
3% below category average
UKG Ready
6.6
81 Ratings
18% below category average
Performance plans7.642 Ratings6.672 Ratings
Performance improvement plans7.641 Ratings6.767 Ratings
Review status tracking7.942 Ratings7.172 Ratings
Review reminders8.144 Ratings6.176 Ratings
Multiple review frequency7.539 Ratings6.661 Ratings
Succession Planning
Comparison of Succession Planning features of Product A and Product B
BambooHR
6.3
32 Ratings
22% below category average
UKG Ready
5.5
23 Ratings
36% below category average
Create succession plans/pools4.524 Ratings6.322 Ratings
Candidate ranking7.629 Ratings7.02 Ratings
Candidate search6.528 Ratings6.63 Ratings
Candidate development6.525 Ratings2.01 Ratings
Recruiting / ATS
Comparison of Recruiting / ATS features of Product A and Product B
BambooHR
7.9
50 Ratings
2% above category average
UKG Ready
6.7
89 Ratings
14% below category average
Job Requisition Management7.635 Ratings6.875 Ratings
Company Website Posting8.139 Ratings6.874 Ratings
Publish to Social Media7.936 Ratings5.652 Ratings
Job Search Site Posting7.436 Ratings6.855 Ratings
Duplicate Candidate Prevention7.832 Ratings6.557 Ratings
Applicant Tracking8.143 Ratings6.977 Ratings
Notifications and Alerts8.245 Ratings7.582 Ratings
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BambooHRUKG Ready
Small Businesses
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Score 9.0 out of 10
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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
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User Ratings
BambooHRUKG Ready
Likelihood to Recommend
8.4
(84 ratings)
8.1
(203 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
10.0
(3 ratings)
7.6
(18 ratings)
Usability
8.7
(7 ratings)
7.4
(85 ratings)
Availability
10.0
(1 ratings)
9.0
(3 ratings)
Performance
9.0
(1 ratings)
9.3
(7 ratings)
Support Rating
8.0
(18 ratings)
8.2
(73 ratings)
In-Person Training
-
(0 ratings)
7.8
(2 ratings)
Online Training
10.0
(1 ratings)
6.6
(4 ratings)
Implementation Rating
10.0
(1 ratings)
6.4
(10 ratings)
Configurability
-
(0 ratings)
8.0
(4 ratings)
Ease of integration
-
(0 ratings)
5.6
(59 ratings)
Product Scalability
10.0
(1 ratings)
8.0
(3 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
-
(0 ratings)
8.0
(3 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
-
(0 ratings)
8.0
(3 ratings)
User Testimonials
BambooHRUKG Ready
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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UKG
UKG Ready is a great time keeping system, it is user friendly and employees that do use the application, do not have many complaints. Its the access and maneuvering around the application to get to where they need to go, or find what they are looking for or accessing the application that is the issue. Once they find the location on where they need to be in order to submit the request, it is quick and easy. We are finding that we are utilizing resources to sit with these employees even after providing in person or virtual training to help navigate to what they want to do.
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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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UKG
  • I find timesheets to be easy to use and provide good details for employees and employers.
  • I love how customizable the dashboard is. This is a time saver for someone working in HR.
  • The payroll process was easy to learn. The steps are simple to follow, and changes can be made to the pay statements with ease.
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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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UKG
  • System is very complicated, which is a plus because it can handle almost any situation but difficult to learn
  • There are often several ways to complete a task and it isn't always clear the most efficient route to follow
  • Reporting can be clumsy to customize
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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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UKG
We plan to renew our support and use of UKG Ready each year unless it becomes unavailable or the district seeks another vendor. As of now, there are no plans to changes vendors. The district staff is now familiar with using UKG. Another vendor will need to meet the same expectations we have come to enjoy with using UKG
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Usability
BambooHR
It is highly intuitive and easy to use. There are many impactful features from both an employer's and an employee's perspective and use cases. The leaves and performance reviews are kept transparent. The organization chart feature helps keep track of people and see who the right person to reach out to is if a situation arises.
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UKG
For the average user they do not struggle. We do have a handful of users who struggle using their own smartphones, and of course, they struggle with any technology. However, we do not let this sway us from helping them learn. Managers have found the system easy to navigate once fully trained.
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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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UKG
The system seems very stable. Being hosted in the cloud, we are vulnerable to internet speeds and busy times. The system has been down a couple times over the 3 months we have been live, but Kronos resolved the issues very quickly. To have access from a desktop, tablet, time clock, or phone app is one of the best features....users have almost NO REASON they can't clock in.
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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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UKG
We were always told that Kronos was the best, but there are reports that we got out of ADP and other payroll providers that we cannot get out of Kronos. One example is a report of Productive/Non-productive hours by department. We also need the dollar amount associated with the hours. This is information that is required on our cost report and we were told that that report is unavailable. It is very frustrating when I can't get what I need.
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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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UKG
If I was only rating support itself that would be a 10. Every support case I have entered has been addressed efficiently and with the desired result. On the implementation and transition to support there were multiple issues that those doing the implementation or transition could not answer or workflows and various settings left undone only to be discovered later. We implemented 3 different modules and the expertise we got for each one varied widely.
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In-Person Training
BambooHR
No answers on this topic
UKG
Our in-person training was a hybrid. Live online training with an instructor. They were very knowledgeable of the product & the area they were training on. I asked several specific questions and if they didn't know the answer immediately they followed up after class.
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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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UKG
Pretty good online training, you have many how to options and can watch them several times. It can be hard at times to dig through the amount of data online but can usually find what you are looking for. Also you can download documentation for setting up the profiles and policies.
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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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UKG
Make sure the people who are doing the build have extensive knowledge on employment law and asking the right questions. I would bet that the people who helped with our builds did not read any of our employment contracts or ordinances; and when I asked questions about how other companies handled certain basic dictates from federal employment laws, they didn't have any idea what FMLA, FLSA, etc were.
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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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UKG
UKG is great for reporting and for having a pleasant UI. I find that Paylocity has a lot more innovation, but sometimes its reach exceeds its grasp when it comes to implementation of those features. ADP is bog standard, and it works pretty well, but there's little interest in looking good, which matters a lot when it comes to the wide variety of users the systems need to handle.
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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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UKG
Thus far we are able to add as many users as necessary, implement 3 different bargaining units, 5 different types of user groups. Very flexible.
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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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UKG
  • Ability to manage all HR activities within one platform
  • Built in Workflows make approval process seamless
  • UKG Ready offers a solid solution and ROI on our investment
  • Easy to navigate Time & Attendance into Payroll, making processing seamless
  • Great customer service offering several methods to contact UKG for support, fast to reply and offer a solution to the issue
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ScreenShots

BambooHR Screenshots

Screenshot of BambooHR's Reporting

UKG Ready Screenshots

Screenshot of UKG Ready® HR - A single solution for employee information that enables comprehensive people analytics and room for HR strategy.Screenshot of UKG Ready® Payroll - Facilitates pay that is quick, simple, and correct.Screenshot of UKG Ready® Time & Attendance - Streamlines time tracking with consistent, fair rules.Screenshot of UKG Ready® Talent - Tools to source, engage, develop and grow people.Screenshot of UKG Ready® Analytics - Offers proactive, practical, and guidance.Screenshot of UKG Ready® Benefits - Right-sizes benefits to match the organization and its people.