BambooHR vs. Workable

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
Workable
Score 7.8 out of 10
N/A
Workable is a recruiting software with HR integrations and AI-powered candidate sourcing. It has SEO-optimized job descriptions and one-click advertising across popular job boards. Workable also features communication tracking, real-time syncing, reporting, and mobile accessibility for collaboration.
$149
per month
Pricing
BambooHRWorkable
Editions & Modules
Core
$250
per month
Pro
$250
per month
Starter
$149.00
per month
Starter
$313.00
per month
Premier
$428.00
per month
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
BambooHRWorkable
Free Trial
YesYes
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
YesNo
Entry-level Setup FeeOptionalOptional
Additional DetailsNo matter what HR looks like at your company, we have the perfect plan for you!The Workable Monthly Plan is priced at $149 per job, per month, offering access to Workable's complete toolset, accommodating up to two active jobs at a time, and providing 200 AI sourcing profile views each month.
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Community Pulse
BambooHRWorkable
Considered Both Products
BambooHR
Chose BambooHR
I think the general usability and cost is what most differentiates BambooHR from its competitors. It offered a very user-friendly platform to manage multiple HR functions, and did so at an affordable cost. The fact that you can also post jobs to Indeed (the only job board that …
Workable
Chose Workable
This software can be implemented in less than 2 weeks. Offers mobile-friendly application forms and users have access to a dedicated account manager and support as needed.
Chose Workable
Workable is not as robust as other applicant tracking system, but what it does, it does well. It is great for smaller businesses or those who won't be recruiting at a high level constantly. I found it very useful for the situation I was in when I had it. But my more recent …
Top Pros
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Features
BambooHRWorkable
Human Resource Management
Comparison of Human Resource Management features of Product A and Product B
BambooHR
8.1
152 Ratings
3% above category average
Workable
-
Ratings
Employee demographic data8.0130 Ratings00 Ratings
Employment history8.7137 Ratings00 Ratings
Job profiles and administration8.5132 Ratings00 Ratings
Workflow for transfers, promotions, pay raises, etc.8.4121 Ratings00 Ratings
Organizational charting7.1135 Ratings00 Ratings
Organization and location management8.2126 Ratings00 Ratings
Compliance data (COBRA, OSHA, etc.)8.173 Ratings00 Ratings
Payroll Management
Comparison of Payroll Management features of Product A and Product B
BambooHR
8.0
93 Ratings
0% below category average
Workable
-
Ratings
Pay calculation8.262 Ratings00 Ratings
Support for external payroll vendors8.251 Ratings00 Ratings
Off-cycle/On-Demand payment8.039 Ratings00 Ratings
Benefit plan administration8.871 Ratings00 Ratings
Direct deposit files8.469 Ratings00 Ratings
Salary revision and increment management7.975 Ratings00 Ratings
Reimbursement management6.737 Ratings00 Ratings
Leave and Attendance Management
Comparison of Leave and Attendance Management features of Product A and Product B
BambooHR
8.9
126 Ratings
9% above category average
Workable
-
Ratings
Approval workflow9.2123 Ratings00 Ratings
Balance details9.1115 Ratings00 Ratings
Annual carry-forward and encashment8.5104 Ratings00 Ratings
Employee Self Service
Comparison of Employee Self Service features of Product A and Product B
BambooHR
8.6
145 Ratings
5% above category average
Workable
-
Ratings
View and generate pay and benefit information8.288 Ratings00 Ratings
Update personal information9.0144 Ratings00 Ratings
View company policy documentation8.8121 Ratings00 Ratings
Employee recognition8.490 Ratings00 Ratings
View job history8.8134 Ratings00 Ratings
Asset Management
Comparison of Asset Management features of Product A and Product B
BambooHR
8.0
60 Ratings
2% above category average
Workable
-
Ratings
Tracking of all physical assets8.060 Ratings00 Ratings
HR Reporting
Comparison of HR Reporting features of Product A and Product B
BambooHR
7.9
118 Ratings
3% above category average
Workable
-
Ratings
Report builder8.3112 Ratings00 Ratings
Pre-built reports7.9111 Ratings00 Ratings
Ability to combine HR data with external data7.479 Ratings00 Ratings
Onboarding
Comparison of Onboarding features of Product A and Product B
BambooHR
8.7
121 Ratings
8% above category average
Workable
-
Ratings
New hire portal8.7115 Ratings00 Ratings
Manager tracking tools8.8106 Ratings00 Ratings
Performance and Goals
Comparison of Performance and Goals features of Product A and Product B
BambooHR
8.2
74 Ratings
0% above category average
Workable
-
Ratings
Corporate goal setting8.252 Ratings00 Ratings
Individual goal setting8.272 Ratings00 Ratings
Line-of sight-visibility8.251 Ratings00 Ratings
Performance tracking8.165 Ratings00 Ratings
Performance Management
Comparison of Performance Management features of Product A and Product B
BambooHR
7.8
82 Ratings
2% below category average
Workable
-
Ratings
Performance plans7.574 Ratings00 Ratings
Performance improvement plans7.862 Ratings00 Ratings
Review status tracking7.973 Ratings00 Ratings
Review reminders8.176 Ratings00 Ratings
Multiple review frequency7.870 Ratings00 Ratings
Succession Planning
Comparison of Succession Planning features of Product A and Product B
BambooHR
7.1
62 Ratings
11% below category average
Workable
-
Ratings
Create succession plans/pools5.736 Ratings00 Ratings
Candidate ranking7.750 Ratings00 Ratings
Candidate search7.051 Ratings00 Ratings
Candidate development7.944 Ratings00 Ratings
Recruiting / ATS
Comparison of Recruiting / ATS features of Product A and Product B
BambooHR
8.4
98 Ratings
7% above category average
Workable
8.3
36 Ratings
6% above category average
Job Requisition Management8.369 Ratings8.130 Ratings
Company Website Posting8.578 Ratings9.032 Ratings
Publish to Social Media8.570 Ratings9.829 Ratings
Job Search Site Posting8.474 Ratings8.934 Ratings
Duplicate Candidate Prevention7.366 Ratings6.831 Ratings
Applicant Tracking8.588 Ratings8.934 Ratings
Notifications and Alerts8.890 Ratings7.933 Ratings
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BambooHRWorkable
Small Businesses
Patriot Software
Patriot Software
Score 9.1 out of 10
Patriot Software
Patriot Software
Score 9.1 out of 10
Medium-sized Companies
Paypro Workforce Management
Paypro Workforce Management
Score 9.6 out of 10
Paypro Workforce Management
Paypro Workforce Management
Score 9.6 out of 10
Enterprises
Infor Human Resources
Infor Human Resources
Score 7.2 out of 10
Infor Human Resources
Infor Human Resources
Score 7.2 out of 10
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User Ratings
BambooHRWorkable
Likelihood to Recommend
8.9
(156 ratings)
8.5
(37 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
9.2
(13 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
Usability
8.7
(83 ratings)
9.0
(2 ratings)
Availability
9.3
(5 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Performance
8.7
(5 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Support Rating
8.5
(70 ratings)
7.3
(2 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
BambooHRWorkable
Likelihood to Recommend
BambooHR
Specifically for Mexican companies, it presents a particular challenge for the platform when trying to comply with Mexican laws and their processes. This includes requirements such as the expiration of vacation days, payroll regulations, mandatory employee benefits, and other legal stipulations. Ensuring adherence to these complex and detailed legal requirements adds an additional layer of difficulty in customizing the platform effectively for the Mexican market.
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Workable
Workable is great at creating job posts and posting them to multiple job boards with a single click and also running paid campaigns on social media platforms to reach passive candidates as well. Workable has a friendly UI and has a very gentle learning curve. It is more appropriate for larger organizations where you need to hire thousands of people a year and need to always have a pipeline of great talent.
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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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Workable
  • The platform allows us to implement a scorecard service through which it is possible to keep track of the quality of nutrition that each prospective employee could bring to the company, so that the decision to hire any of them is as profitable as possible.
  • Communication with candidates is very easy to track, so that it is possible to make sure that the results proposed by each employee in the recruitment area are totally adequate. This is useful to filter possible failures that may occur on the part of the recruitment team.
  • The platform works with recruitment funnels, whose structure allows us to purify the information of real utility for the company by the employees, and where we can even add databases with the information of all prospective employees that are kept in the recruitment process.
  • Using Workable in conjunction with the information provided by their online technical assistants results in a huge improvement in our labor operation, as they know the best strategies to leverage our hiring management. Workable's technical support is active most of the day.
  • Using Workable was no problem for our employees in the human talent development area, mostly because they, despite not having any experience with Workable, were able to adapt to the platform with incredible speed, thanks to the ease of use of Workable and the number of tools it has right out of the box.
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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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Workable
  • The ability to schedule interviews via Workable was great, but it was unable to pull other items from your calendar, so it was easy to end up double booked for appointments if you weren't careful.
  • The reporting leaves a bit to be desired, there is not a lot of customization for what I really needed reports on.
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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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Workable
It's become a part of the fabric of our hiring process and we are growing like crazy! Once we have a working platform in place the cost of the change management typically far out weighs the benefits derived from the change! It's especially hard to change a process with employees who are not key stake holders, they are alway hesitant to invest time in a new product they are only going to use once in a while. With that said if something else came along with benefits far and above workable that we would gain a clear lift in productivity and capabilities we would make the change, we've done it with other parts of our tech stack
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Usability
BambooHR
BambooHR is so easy to use! And if you ever have a question, you can go straight to the help section with easy to navigate articles and even training videos! Chat is also available most general working hours and I never have to wait long! BambooHR is very much set to mimic the social media platforms we are all very used to in today's world.
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Workable
One thing, it just works as advertised. AI integration makes the work more easier, and we will be able to process the applications more faster with the help of AI.
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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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Workable
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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Workable
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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Workable
I have never had to rely on Workable's support team so I cannot attest to this. I have never had to rely on Workable's support team so I cannot attest to this. I have never had to rely on Workable's support team so I cannot attest to this.I have never had to rely on Workable's support team so I cannot attest to this. I have never had to rely on Workable's support team so I cannot attest to this.
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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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Workable
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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Workable
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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Workable
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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Workable
Workable was an excellent tool for our start-up. It was cost effective but very user-friendly. It wasn't a difficult sell to ensure our hiring managers would utilize the tool, and I particularly liked the inbox feature to stay organized. I rated Workable very highly, though as our company grew exponentially, we did go in a different direction.
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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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Workable
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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Workable
No answers on this topic
Professional Services
BambooHR
VERY professional!
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Workable
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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Workable
  • Workable has a had positive ROI on our workflow management, as the basic pay-as-you-go feature for a single role is incredibly affordable ($50/month) for a 2-3 month mid-to-senior level candidate search.
  • The ease of use has helped us move candidates faster as well - our average time to close a role decreased by 22% after our first 6 months of using Workable.
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ScreenShots

BambooHR Screenshots

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Workable Screenshots

Screenshot of Workable's DashboardScreenshot of Workable's Candidate ProfileScreenshot of Workable's People Directory