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Score 9 out of 100
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Score 8.1 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

  • BizMerlin ranks higher in 9 feature sets: Human Resource Management, Leave and Attendance Management, Employee Self Service, HR Reporting, Onboarding, Performance and Goals, Performance Management, Succession Planning, Recruiting / ATS

Human Resource Management

10.0

BizMerlin

100%
8.4

Sage HR

84%
BizMerlin ranks higher in 5/6 features

Employee demographic data

10.0
100%
2 Ratings
8.1
81%
8 Ratings

Employment history

10.0
100%
2 Ratings
8.1
81%
8 Ratings

Job profiles and administration

10.0
100%
2 Ratings
9.1
91%
6 Ratings

Organizational charting

10.0
100%
2 Ratings
9.0
90%
7 Ratings

Organization and location management

10.0
100%
2 Ratings
8.2
82%
6 Ratings

Compliance data (COBRA, OSHA, etc.)

N/A
0 Ratings
7.8
78%
3 Ratings

Payroll Management

10.0

BizMerlin

100%

Sage HR

Feature Set Not Supported
N/A
BizMerlin ranks higher in 2/2 features

Support for external payroll vendors

10.0
100%
1 Rating
N/A
0 Ratings

Benefit plan administration

10.0
100%
1 Rating
N/A
0 Ratings

Leave and Attendance Management

10.0

BizMerlin

100%
6.7

Sage HR

67%
BizMerlin ranks higher in 2/3 features

Balance details

10.0
100%
2 Ratings
7.3
73%
8 Ratings

Annual carry-forward and encashment

10.0
100%
2 Ratings
6.4
64%
5 Ratings

Approval workflow

N/A
0 Ratings
6.4
64%
8 Ratings

Employee Self Service

9.6

BizMerlin

96%
8.9

Sage HR

89%
BizMerlin ranks higher in 4/5 features

View and generate pay and benefit information

9.0
90%
2 Ratings
9.0
90%
2 Ratings

Update personal information

10.0
100%
2 Ratings
9.0
90%
7 Ratings

View company policy documentation

10.0
100%
2 Ratings
8.2
82%
6 Ratings

Employee recognition

9.0
90%
2 Ratings
9.1
91%
5 Ratings

View job history

10.0
100%
2 Ratings
9.1
91%
5 Ratings

HR Reporting

10.0

BizMerlin

100%
6.1

Sage HR

61%
BizMerlin ranks higher in 3/3 features

Report builder

10.0
100%
2 Ratings
6.2
62%
7 Ratings

Pre-built reports

10.0
100%
2 Ratings
6.2
62%
7 Ratings

Ability to combine HR data with external data

10.0
100%
1 Rating
6.0
60%
1 Rating

Onboarding

10.0

BizMerlin

100%
7.9

Sage HR

79%
BizMerlin ranks higher in 2/2 features

New hire portal

10.0
100%
1 Rating
8.0
80%
6 Ratings

Manager tracking tools

10.0
100%
1 Rating
7.9
79%
5 Ratings

Performance and Goals

9.8

BizMerlin

98%
8.1

Sage HR

81%
BizMerlin ranks higher in 4/4 features

Corporate goal setting

10.0
100%
2 Ratings
8.1
81%
5 Ratings

Individual goal setting

10.0
100%
2 Ratings
8.1
81%
5 Ratings

Line-of sight-visibility

9.0
90%
2 Ratings
7.9
79%
5 Ratings

Performance tracking

10.0
100%
2 Ratings
8.1
81%
5 Ratings

Performance Management

9.4

BizMerlin

94%
8.1

Sage HR

81%
BizMerlin ranks higher in 5/5 features

Performance plans

9.0
90%
2 Ratings
8.1
81%
5 Ratings

Performance improvement plans

9.0
90%
2 Ratings
8.1
81%
5 Ratings

Review status tracking

9.0
90%
2 Ratings
8.1
81%
5 Ratings

Review reminders

10.0
100%
2 Ratings
8.1
81%
5 Ratings

Multiple review frequency

10.0
100%
1 Rating
8.1
81%
5 Ratings

Succession Planning

10.0

BizMerlin

100%
9.1

Sage HR

91%
BizMerlin ranks higher in 3/3 features

Create succession plans/pools

10.0
100%
1 Rating
9.1
91%
2 Ratings

Candidate ranking

10.0
100%
1 Rating
N/A
0 Ratings

Candidate development

10.0
100%
1 Rating
9.1
91%
2 Ratings

Recruiting / ATS

10.0

BizMerlin

100%
6.5

Sage HR

65%
BizMerlin ranks higher in 7/7 features

Job Requisition Management

10.0
100%
2 Ratings
7.0
70%
1 Rating

Company Website Posting

10.0
100%
2 Ratings
6.0
60%
1 Rating

Publish to Social Media

10.0
100%
2 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Job Search Site Posting

10.0
100%
2 Ratings
6.0
60%
1 Rating

Duplicate Candidate Prevention

10.0
100%
1 Rating
6.0
60%
1 Rating

Applicant Tracking

10.0
100%
2 Ratings
8.0
80%
1 Rating

Notifications and Alerts

10.0
100%
2 Ratings
6.0
60%
1 Rating

Asset Management

BizMerlin

Feature Set Not Supported
N/A
9.1

Sage HR

91%
Sage HR ranks higher in 1/1 features

Tracking of all physical assets

N/A
0 Ratings
9.1
91%
4 Ratings

Attribute Ratings

  • BizMerlin is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

Likelihood to Recommend

8.0

BizMerlin

80%
2 Ratings
7.3

Sage HR

73%
9 Ratings

Usability

BizMerlin

N/A
0 Ratings
9.1

Sage HR

91%
1 Rating

Support Rating

BizMerlin

N/A
0 Ratings
9.1

Sage HR

91%
9 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

BizMerlin

We took the trial of 3 HR software before going with BizMerlinHR. We wanted to have a comprehensive HR solution to cover our Paperless employee records, employee onboarding, PTO, Timesheets and Employee Performance Management. We were not looking for an Applicant Tracking system and Retention management module, but when we saw the functionality and easy use we were completely sold to those modules as well. It was like add-on but the price of everything was more economical than the other software that we were reviewing
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Sage

Keeping an accurate time off calendar, with specific buckets, is extremely important. It has helped my company grow without having to manage things in Excel. Also, implementing an annual review process by using CakeHR has been very clean and transparent with my employees. This also allows me to see year over year. In years past, we used Word or a Jotform which made it challenging to pull up years past.
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Pros

BizMerlin

  • This software is highly configurable. Very easy to use. Lots of out of box integration.
  • It's got a mobile app and is also cloud based.
  • The goals module is our biggest used module. It also has great features like instant feedback, applicant tracking and onboarding.
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Sage

  • Employee self service - the apps and desktops GUIs are very intuitive.
  • Leave management - this manages itself through the app and system, saves lots of admin.
  • Customization - you can tailor the system more and more to suit your specific needs.
  • Updates and Customer Service - the CakeHR team gave dedicated a lot of time to bring out weekly updates and systems improvements which shows they are dedicated to making this a great product - the fact that they were bought by Se recently is also testament to their ongoing mission.
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Cons

BizMerlin

  • Could be improved by adding more advanced HR practices
  • We wish there was more flexibility for integration
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Sage

  • Updating information in a central location that implements changes across whole system.
  • Custom reporting and history
  • Time off policies tracking and management
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Pricing Details

BizMerlin

Starting Price

Editions & Modules

BizMerlin 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

    Sage HR

    Starting Price

    $1.5 per user, per month

    Editions & Modules

    Sage HR editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules
    Leave Management$5.501
    Performance Management$3.002
    Shift Scheduling$3.003
    Timesheets$3.004
    Expenses Management$1.505
    Recruitment$200.006

    Footnotes

    1. per user, per month
    2. per user, per month
    3. per user, per month
    4. per user, per month
    5. per user, per month
    6. per user, per month

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    Product is module. No hidden fees Cancel anytime No credit card required

    Usability

    BizMerlin

    No answers on this topic

    Sage

    My staff "actually" likes it! I can tell because they are actively in the program almost daily!
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    Support Rating

    BizMerlin

    No answers on this topic

    Sage

    Customer support is amazing. There are times I post a question and I don't get back to support. They will always follow-up with an email to make sure our questions are answered. I even had a call with Julianna who was wonderful and very personable. You definitely get a level us service that exceeds most companies. Keep up the good work CakeHR.
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    Alternatives Considered

    BizMerlin

    We took the trial of 3 HR software before going with BizMerlinHR. We wanted to have a comprehensive HR solution to cover our Paperless employee records, employee onboarding, PTO, Timesheets and Employee Performance Management. We were not looking for an Applicant Tracking system and Retention management module, but when we saw the functionality and easy use we were completely sold to those modules as well. It was like add-on but the price of everything was more economical than the other software that we were reviewing. Also, they really mean when they say "No setup fees" - because they helped us move all of our legacy data into the new system at no extra charge and helped us integrate with QuickBooks online. They definitely provide the best value of money when comparing the same set of features.
    We have been using BizMerlinHR since 2018, and both our HR managers and users are very happy.
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    Sage

    For core HR functionality, this is the only product we use. For ATS, we have experimented with BreezyHR. We've learned that CakeHR is adding an ATS module soon though.
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    Return on Investment

    BizMerlin

    • It's saving us about 40% of what we are spending
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    Sage

    • The system shows us all days off and overtime, so we can manage this and know everything is like agreed in the contract.
    • A simple and affordable system with room to grow.
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