BambooHR vs. ZipRecruiter

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
ZipRecruiter
Score 6.0 out of 10
N/A
ZipRecruiter (www.ziprecruiter.com) is an online employment marketplace that actively connects people to their next opportunity. ZipRecruiter’s matching technology improves the job search experience for job seekers and helps businesses of all sizes find and hire the right candidates quickly.
$0
per month
Pricing
BambooHRZipRecruiter
Editions & Modules
Core
$250
per month
Pro
$250
per month
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
BambooHRZipRecruiter
Free Trial
YesYes
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!ZipRecruiter offers a variety of pricing plans designed to fit the needs of growing businesses of all sizes. Below is an overview of ZipRecruiter’s job posting products with more details to customize your plan and pricing based on number of job ads you need to post, number of resume downloads, number of user seats, etc. For more information with plans and pricing, call a ZipRecruiter Hiring Specialist at 855-458-3347. ZipRecruiter pricing plans (may use details from or link to this page) Standard - Hire easily on a budget: Smart, easy-to-use dashboard; Distribution to 100+ job sites; Powerful AI to proactively reach candidates Premium - Extended reach and increased access:Everything with Standard; Access to ZipRecruiter’s database of 43 million + resumes (ZipRecruiter Internal Data, January 2023); Up to 6x more candidates on average (Averages based on ZipRecruiter Internal Data, Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 2022.) Pro - Maximum reach and visibility: Everything in Premium; TrafficBoost for urgent and hard-to-fill jobs; Seamless integration with numerous external ATAs
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Community Pulse
BambooHRZipRecruiter
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 …
ZipRecruiter
Chose ZipRecruiter
They are similar, I wouldn't say one is better than the other.
Top Pros
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Features
BambooHRZipRecruiter
Human Resource Management
Comparison of Human Resource Management features of Product A and Product B
BambooHR
8.1
120 Ratings
3% above category average
ZipRecruiter
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Ratings
Employee demographic data7.8102 Ratings00 Ratings
Employment history8.7109 Ratings00 Ratings
Job profiles and administration8.4106 Ratings00 Ratings
Workflow for transfers, promotions, pay raises, etc.8.293 Ratings00 Ratings
Organizational charting7.1105 Ratings00 Ratings
Organization and location management8.096 Ratings00 Ratings
Compliance data (COBRA, OSHA, etc.)8.557 Ratings00 Ratings
Payroll Management
Comparison of Payroll Management features of Product A and Product B
BambooHR
8.1
76 Ratings
1% above category average
ZipRecruiter
-
Ratings
Pay calculation8.250 Ratings00 Ratings
Support for external payroll vendors8.244 Ratings00 Ratings
Off-cycle/On-Demand payment8.030 Ratings00 Ratings
Benefit plan administration8.859 Ratings00 Ratings
Direct deposit files8.458 Ratings00 Ratings
Salary revision and increment management8.060 Ratings00 Ratings
Reimbursement management6.730 Ratings00 Ratings
Leave and Attendance Management
Comparison of Leave and Attendance Management features of Product A and Product B
BambooHR
8.8
104 Ratings
9% above category average
ZipRecruiter
-
Ratings
Approval workflow9.1102 Ratings00 Ratings
Balance details8.995 Ratings00 Ratings
Annual carry-forward and encashment8.485 Ratings00 Ratings
Employee Self Service
Comparison of Employee Self Service features of Product A and Product B
BambooHR
8.7
115 Ratings
7% above category average
ZipRecruiter
-
Ratings
View and generate pay and benefit information7.971 Ratings00 Ratings
Update personal information9.2114 Ratings00 Ratings
View company policy documentation9.094 Ratings00 Ratings
Employee recognition8.677 Ratings00 Ratings
View job history9.0107 Ratings00 Ratings
Asset Management
Comparison of Asset Management features of Product A and Product B
BambooHR
7.8
48 Ratings
1% above category average
ZipRecruiter
-
Ratings
Tracking of all physical assets7.848 Ratings00 Ratings
HR Reporting
Comparison of HR Reporting features of Product A and Product B
BambooHR
7.7
91 Ratings
1% above category average
ZipRecruiter
-
Ratings
Report builder8.187 Ratings00 Ratings
Pre-built reports7.785 Ratings00 Ratings
Ability to combine HR data with external data7.463 Ratings00 Ratings
Onboarding
Comparison of Onboarding features of Product A and Product B
BambooHR
8.6
95 Ratings
7% above category average
ZipRecruiter
-
Ratings
New hire portal8.791 Ratings00 Ratings
Manager tracking tools8.683 Ratings00 Ratings
Performance and Goals
Comparison of Performance and Goals features of Product A and Product B
BambooHR
8.2
59 Ratings
1% above category average
ZipRecruiter
-
Ratings
Corporate goal setting8.246 Ratings00 Ratings
Individual goal setting8.257 Ratings00 Ratings
Line-of sight-visibility8.245 Ratings00 Ratings
Performance tracking8.153 Ratings00 Ratings
Performance Management
Comparison of Performance Management features of Product A and Product B
BambooHR
7.9
65 Ratings
1% below category average
ZipRecruiter
-
Ratings
Performance plans7.658 Ratings00 Ratings
Performance improvement plans8.052 Ratings00 Ratings
Review status tracking7.959 Ratings00 Ratings
Review reminders8.261 Ratings00 Ratings
Multiple review frequency7.856 Ratings00 Ratings
Succession Planning
Comparison of Succession Planning features of Product A and Product B
BambooHR
7.1
45 Ratings
10% below category average
ZipRecruiter
-
Ratings
Create succession plans/pools5.831 Ratings00 Ratings
Candidate ranking7.737 Ratings00 Ratings
Candidate search7.139 Ratings00 Ratings
Candidate development8.035 Ratings00 Ratings
Recruiting / ATS
Comparison of Recruiting / ATS features of Product A and Product B
BambooHR
8.1
78 Ratings
4% above category average
ZipRecruiter
-
Ratings
Job Requisition Management8.055 Ratings00 Ratings
Company Website Posting8.361 Ratings00 Ratings
Publish to Social Media8.256 Ratings00 Ratings
Job Search Site Posting8.259 Ratings00 Ratings
Duplicate Candidate Prevention7.453 Ratings00 Ratings
Applicant Tracking8.268 Ratings00 Ratings
Notifications and Alerts8.672 Ratings00 Ratings
Recruitment Marketing
Comparison of Recruitment Marketing features of Product A and Product B
BambooHR
-
Ratings
ZipRecruiter
6.7
14 Ratings
4% above category average
Passive Recruitment Advertising00 Ratings6.311 Ratings
Active Recruitment Advertising00 Ratings6.512 Ratings
Employer Branding Tools00 Ratings7.311 Ratings
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Score 8.0 out of 10
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User Ratings
BambooHRZipRecruiter
Likelihood to Recommend
8.9
(124 ratings)
5.8
(77 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
9.2
(10 ratings)
9.1
(8 ratings)
Usability
8.5
(51 ratings)
8.2
(4 ratings)
Availability
9.3
(5 ratings)
1.0
(1 ratings)
Performance
8.7
(5 ratings)
8.0
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
8.5
(48 ratings)
1.0
(24 ratings)
Online Training
9.2
(4 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Implementation Rating
9.6
(3 ratings)
1.0
(1 ratings)
Configurability
8.6
(4 ratings)
1.0
(1 ratings)
Contract Terms and Pricing Model
8.3
(3 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Ease of integration
9.6
(2 ratings)
1.0
(1 ratings)
Product Scalability
8.9
(5 ratings)
1.0
(1 ratings)
Professional Services
9.2
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
8.9
(4 ratings)
1.0
(1 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
9.1
(4 ratings)
1.0
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
BambooHRZipRecruiter
Likelihood to Recommend
BambooHR
I think BambooHR is meant for companies that have more than 200 employees, because it is not cheap, but for what they are offering, it is a nice software with some easy UI to understand for everyone at a company. I think for a small company, it is way too big of a software and it is not that worth the price.
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ZipRecruiter
I mainly use ZipRecruiter through an Applicant Tracking System. When used this way for our company, it simply widens the net in terms of applicants that we receive. Generally speaking, with ZipRecruiter, we receive qualified applicants, just not as many as we do using Indeed, for example.
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Pros
BambooHR
  • Customer Service - The customer service is consistent and the team is always eager to help. They are polite, patient, and there are never terrible interactions.
  • Communication - BambooHR communication channels are simple. There are many different ways to communicate with the team. I prefer e-mail because it helps me keep track of the conversations and they respond within the appropriate time. Also, the e-mail reminders or notifications help tremendously and it's not overbearing.
  • User Interface - It's simple and easy to use!
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ZipRecruiter
  • They notify us when there are new candidates that match our requirements
  • They give us the links of the candidates online networks, so it's all right in front of us
  • They have a great messages center, that makes it easy for me to access and reference when needed.
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Cons
BambooHR
  • Reporting - I wish that you could choose a timeframe for all reports. There are times when I need to run a report for information at a point in time, but there is no functionality to complete this (maybe this is an add-on, but seems like it should be a basic function.)
  • ATS - Customizable notifications and making it easier to figure out how to change notification/email settings. I figured it out, but it was difficult to find. I wish you could choose to notify managers of candidates 1/week instead of every time someone applies.
  • Custom Holidays - being able to set up 2 different Holiday policies for different working groups. Some of our team gets a floating holiday, but we can't set that up without doing it for the entire company.
  • Being able to intercept a form that was signed by an employee but not the 2nd signer. We can't access onboarding forms that new hires signed after the 2nd signer left the company. Now we have to have our team resign all their onboarding forms because we cannot access the one with their signature.
  • Delegation for approvals - being able to delegate this when someone is on leave or time away so that Admins don't have to manage.
  • Org chart - being able to customize this feature
  • More broad or customizable EEO categories
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ZipRecruiter
  • Better electronic screening of applicants prior to allowing them to apply for a job (i.e. when licenses are required)
  • When cancelling they require that you call them on the phone (you can't cancel online)
  • I'd prefer that subscriptions were more targeted to my hiring needs
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Likelihood to Renew
BambooHR
Overall we have not had any reason to discontinue our use of BambooHR. We have not found a better solution, and there is no pressing reason that we would want to move away from the product. If they should fail to continue to improve their features over time, I could see this changing down the road, but for now I would say we are very satisfied with them. We would definitely like to see continued growth of their product however.
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ZipRecruiter
Results. The bottom line is the results we are getting. We are seeing not only quality applications, but quality hires that can directly be tied to our use of ZipRecruiter. The ROI is second to none - a simple and easy to use tool that is driving healthcare professionals to my various clients.
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Usability
BambooHR
Is very easy to navigate. All processes once explained, you can actually create an implement process associated to your HR goals. It is like a digital file of your employees, with functionalities that let you be on track on onboarding, performance, information, among others process. Time off approvals are easy to navigate.
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ZipRecruiter
ZipRecruiter is very user-friendly and is extremely reliable when searching for new talent. There are numerous features to help you when you have questions about a posting or your profile. The filtering process is awesome and you have so many ways to find the right talent with the screening questions provided by ZipRecruiter.
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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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ZipRecruiter
big fat zip zilch nada crappy ball of unwanted ear wax
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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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ZipRecruiter
pages load fine ... it's not easy to know where to go -- you have to know to click on this or that because it's not intuitive.
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Support Rating
BambooHR
I have used the help chat function several times and that is easy and great to use. There are also many articles, FAQs sections and an entire learning platform to learn on your own. I believe that is great. I also have used ChatGPT to ask how to do certain functions as well, which were accurately reported.
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ZipRecruiter
Have not had to utilize support recently, but in past instances they have reached out within 12 hours to help rectify any problems or answer any questions about features and functionality. The only issue I ever had with them was trying to clarify, when they previously advertised that they posted on 200+ job boards, if that meant that your job would for sure be posted on each job board. Turns out, by the way, that they only guarantee distribution, not posting
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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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ZipRecruiter
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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ZipRecruiter
No answers on this topic
Implementation Rating
BambooHR
It was some work involved in moving all of our documents from a drive over to the correct folders and creating the system of what folders were needed and what got placed where
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ZipRecruiter
No answers on this topic
Alternatives Considered
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 to ingore the lack of functionality the pretty package will no longer have any value.
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ZipRecruiter
ZipRecruiter is inferior when it comes to comparing it to Indeed. I use both because I want more platforms to advertise my job. However, I find myself obtaining more applicants from Indeed over ZipRecruiter. I don't count ZipRecruiter out, though, because every once in a while, you can find a gem in a haystack.
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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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ZipRecruiter
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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ZipRecruiter
because they did not provide qualified candidates so they cannot be relied upon to do what they say they do
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Professional Services
BambooHR
VERY professional!
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ZipRecruiter
No answers on this topic
Return on Investment
BambooHR
  • It's been a great force multiplier for our HR staff, supplementing their skills to allow them to focus on more complex tasks.
  • Employees enjoy using it and have to talk to HR staff less with the self-service options.
  • You may find as your organization grows that you outgrow a module or BambooHR and will replace with a dedicated solution.
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ZipRecruiter
  • ZipRecruiter helped us to reaching our hiring goals for 2018. We have been able to source, exempt and non-exempt candidates, in a timely fashion for our roles in the NY Metro area.
  • From a cost perspective, ZipRecruiter is more affordable than others that we have used in the past. In the end the results speak for themselves and we have had better success with Zip than other job boards we have used in the past.
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