CATS Applicant Tracking System vs. Paylocity

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
CATS ATS
Score 7.7 out of 10
N/A
CATS is a web-based recruiting software. Users can manage the entire recruiting process including custom job applications, posting jobs, resume parsing, custom recruitment workflows, and generating customized reports. Pricing is tiered per user, per month.
$69
per month
Paylocity
Score 7.8 out of 10
N/A
Paylocity provides 24/7 access to your online payroll and human resource data management. Paylocity offers highly customizable payroll functionality, as well as HR, benefits administration, and time and talent management programs.N/A
Pricing
CATS Applicant Tracking SystemPaylocity
Editions & Modules
Annual Pro Plan
$69
per user, per month
Monthly Pro Plan
$99
per user, per month
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
CATS ATSPaylocity
Free Trial
YesNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional DetailsPlease visit the CATS pricing page to compare plans and features
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Community Pulse
CATS Applicant Tracking SystemPaylocity
Considered Both Products
CATS ATS

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Paylocity
Chose Paylocity
Paylocity is so much better than ADP and Paychex Flex. These platforms are much more difficult to navigate and do not even come close with providing things like Community. Their systems are more confusing then Paylocity and there is not as many modules to explore and implement. …
Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
CATS Applicant Tracking SystemPaylocity
Recruiting / ATS
Comparison of Recruiting / ATS features of Product A and Product B
CATS Applicant Tracking System
8.2
19 Ratings
3% above category average
Paylocity
7.7
453 Ratings
1% below category average
Job Requisition Management9.517 Ratings7.8372 Ratings
Company Website Posting9.517 Ratings8.1396 Ratings
Publish to Social Media8.617 Ratings7.7304 Ratings
Job Search Site Posting10.017 Ratings7.7371 Ratings
Customized Application Form9.518 Ratings00 Ratings
Resume Management8.119 Ratings00 Ratings
Duplicate Candidate Prevention4.618 Ratings7.0310 Ratings
Candidate Search6.219 Ratings00 Ratings
Applicant Tracking7.619 Ratings8.0416 Ratings
Collaboration8.612 Ratings00 Ratings
Task Creation and Delegation8.615 Ratings00 Ratings
Email Templates9.519 Ratings00 Ratings
User Permissions8.517 Ratings00 Ratings
Notifications and Alerts9.517 Ratings7.9414 Ratings
Reporting4.718 Ratings00 Ratings
Human Resource Management
Comparison of Human Resource Management features of Product A and Product B
CATS Applicant Tracking System
-
Ratings
Paylocity
7.8
847 Ratings
0% below category average
Employee demographic data00 Ratings8.5798 Ratings
Employment history00 Ratings8.2779 Ratings
Job profiles and administration00 Ratings7.8716 Ratings
Workflow for transfers, promotions, pay raises, etc.00 Ratings7.6727 Ratings
Organizational charting00 Ratings7.1668 Ratings
Organization and location management00 Ratings7.8650 Ratings
Compliance data (COBRA, OSHA, etc.)00 Ratings7.5556 Ratings
Payroll Management
Comparison of Payroll Management features of Product A and Product B
CATS Applicant Tracking System
-
Ratings
Paylocity
8.1
835 Ratings
1% above category average
Pay calculation00 Ratings8.6811 Ratings
Support for external payroll vendors00 Ratings7.3381 Ratings
Off-cycle/On-Demand payment00 Ratings8.5581 Ratings
Benefit plan administration00 Ratings7.2554 Ratings
Direct deposit files00 Ratings8.9810 Ratings
Salary revision and increment management00 Ratings8.2641 Ratings
Reimbursement management00 Ratings7.9395 Ratings
Leave and Attendance Management
Comparison of Leave and Attendance Management features of Product A and Product B
CATS Applicant Tracking System
-
Ratings
Paylocity
7.6
698 Ratings
6% below category average
Approval workflow00 Ratings7.9619 Ratings
Balance details00 Ratings7.4668 Ratings
Annual carry-forward and encashment00 Ratings7.4518 Ratings
Employee Self Service
Comparison of Employee Self Service features of Product A and Product B
CATS Applicant Tracking System
-
Ratings
Paylocity
8.3
847 Ratings
2% above category average
View and generate pay and benefit information00 Ratings8.5824 Ratings
Update personal information00 Ratings8.6838 Ratings
View company policy documentation00 Ratings8.0665 Ratings
Employee recognition00 Ratings8.3581 Ratings
View job history00 Ratings8.3703 Ratings
Asset Management
Comparison of Asset Management features of Product A and Product B
CATS Applicant Tracking System
-
Ratings
Paylocity
7.5
238 Ratings
3% below category average
Tracking of all physical assets00 Ratings7.5238 Ratings
HR Reporting
Comparison of HR Reporting features of Product A and Product B
CATS Applicant Tracking System
-
Ratings
Paylocity
7.0
773 Ratings
8% below category average
Report builder00 Ratings7.0739 Ratings
Pre-built reports00 Ratings7.4753 Ratings
Ability to combine HR data with external data00 Ratings6.5449 Ratings
Onboarding
Comparison of Onboarding features of Product A and Product B
CATS Applicant Tracking System
-
Ratings
Paylocity
8.2
721 Ratings
2% above category average
New hire portal00 Ratings8.3717 Ratings
Manager tracking tools00 Ratings8.0559 Ratings
Performance and Goals
Comparison of Performance and Goals features of Product A and Product B
CATS Applicant Tracking System
-
Ratings
Paylocity
7.4
374 Ratings
10% below category average
Corporate goal setting00 Ratings7.4283 Ratings
Individual goal setting00 Ratings7.4345 Ratings
Line-of sight-visibility00 Ratings7.3244 Ratings
Performance tracking00 Ratings7.4348 Ratings
Performance Management
Comparison of Performance Management features of Product A and Product B
CATS Applicant Tracking System
-
Ratings
Paylocity
7.4
480 Ratings
7% below category average
Performance plans00 Ratings7.2429 Ratings
Performance improvement plans00 Ratings7.2355 Ratings
Review status tracking00 Ratings7.4441 Ratings
Review reminders00 Ratings7.5443 Ratings
Multiple review frequency00 Ratings7.6362 Ratings
Succession Planning
Comparison of Succession Planning features of Product A and Product B
CATS Applicant Tracking System
-
Ratings
Paylocity
7.1
220 Ratings
10% below category average
Create succession plans/pools00 Ratings6.7147 Ratings
Candidate ranking00 Ratings7.1180 Ratings
Candidate search00 Ratings7.4200 Ratings
Candidate development00 Ratings7.4161 Ratings
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User Ratings
CATS Applicant Tracking SystemPaylocity
Likelihood to Recommend
8.1
(28 ratings)
7.7
(882 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
8.4
(10 ratings)
8.9
(82 ratings)
Usability
2.7
(1 ratings)
8.5
(58 ratings)
Availability
9.1
(2 ratings)
8.8
(9 ratings)
Performance
5.9
(2 ratings)
9.4
(9 ratings)
Support Rating
4.5
(1 ratings)
7.2
(79 ratings)
Online Training
-
(0 ratings)
8.3
(10 ratings)
Implementation Rating
9.1
(1 ratings)
8.2
(33 ratings)
Configurability
-
(0 ratings)
8.3
(7 ratings)
Contract Terms and Pricing Model
-
(0 ratings)
8.1
(4 ratings)
Ease of integration
-
(0 ratings)
6.6
(7 ratings)
Product Scalability
-
(0 ratings)
8.8
(8 ratings)
Professional Services
-
(0 ratings)
9.1
(4 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
-
(0 ratings)
7.3
(7 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(6 ratings)
User Testimonials
CATS Applicant Tracking SystemPaylocity
Likelihood to Recommend
CATS Software
It has a great parsing feature and the extension is very helpful. Many ATS systems do not support parsing within LinkedIn...this one does. I was sad to see this option go when we finally transitioned. I would almost keep CATS just for the LinkedIn parsing if I knew I could easily get the information OUT of the system once it was there. A good API/webhook would be great, but sadly the API connections don't work well. Our firm also works with companies with multiple sites all across the US. There was never a way to "nest" a location with a parent company. Because of this, being able to research or report on a true client relationship was not possible. It was a very manual process.
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Paylocity
Paylocity works well for our organization. Ease of use for our managers and employees is very important. Makes it easier for us in HR to manage. Time and attendance works very well. Efficient and effective. Payroll runs very smoothly. We appreciate the performance and compensation module for tracking employees performance, journals and getting feedback and annual compensation.
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Pros
CATS Software
  • Simple to implement, SaaS based tool that needs no in-house IT support or resources
  • Customizable reports, labels, fields, applications
  • Affordable
  • No long term contract, month-to-month with ability to cancel anytime
  • Data backups are simple
  • Email directly from the candidate record with response coming into Outlook is easy to configure and creates record and updates status automatically
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Paylocity
  • Customer Service is always helpful with little wait time.
  • Always improving; for example, the recent change to processing payroll. So much easier.
  • Onboarding makes it simple and the fact that the company can personalize the messaging to new hires allows us to make it more personalized.
  • Having an assigned account manager regardless of company size is definitely a plus.
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Cons
CATS Software
  • I would like to see either an integration with a robust reporting tool that would allow me to design my own custom reports with a data export or more built-in reporting options.
  • Mobile app is currently mostly just a look-up tool. I would like it to have the ability to do more - add tasks, update pipelines, etc.
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Paylocity
  • Recruiting piece/ATS could be improved.
  • A candidate being able to save progress on their application is really a must as they can't leave and come back to their application without having to restart, i.e. if they need to get a phone number for a reference for example.
  • Could use more room in entering the job for internal notes.
  • Quirky when doing cut and paste of job details that leaves spaces that aren't in the document being pasted.
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Likelihood to Renew
CATS Software
Our company has been using it and enjoying the benefits for a few years now. Its a perfect system for our end goal of finding the best candidate effectively and being able to track and write reports on our progress.
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Paylocity
We have had many issues with the way our platform was set up at implementation that still continue to plague us. In addition, our benefits, in particular our FSA, have been mis-managed causing a balance due from an employee (and also a lot of work for our accounting and HR team, as well as stress for the employee). Our service rep continues to answer incorrectly on many fronts (original response is usually check out this paylocity article, vs. helping) and recently our COBRA management was mishandled (not adding Dental to a person on Cobra who had requested it). So- all in all...we are not particularly happy w/ Paylocity
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Usability
CATS Software
not recruiter friendly. workflow is not good
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Paylocity
Overall, in my experience, Paylocity has been easy to use for both staff and administrators. First, the staff has an application and inputting Paid Time Off is easy to do. I then get an alert on my app and I am able to approve it on the spot from my app that gives me access as an employee and an administrator without having to use multiple apps or logins. As an administrator I think the portal is easy to use, Paylocity did a great job showing me tools and rolling out training classes before rollout.
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Reliability and Availability
CATS Software
No answers on this topic
Paylocity
Paylocity support is always available and I never have to wait endlessly on hold. If our dedicated account manage is not available, there is an entire team assigned to our account. Every one of them is knowledgeable about our organization and Paylocity's process.
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Performance
CATS Software
No answers on this topic
Paylocity
pages load in an acceptable amount of time, reports come back quickly, but integration is very complicated and hasn't been possible
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Support Rating
CATS Software
I've had mixed results with asking for support. Sometimes they gave a quick answer and sometimes my emails were never responded to. Some responses were a single word.
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Paylocity
Everyone wants immediate assistance. Awaiting a response from an email only to ask 2-3 more questions is time consuming. Within the first six months of setup, I would rather respond back to the instructors who provided me the training in each category of my contract.
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Online Training
CATS Software
No answers on this topic
Paylocity
The training was live online, but was with a group of other companies. We did not receive any personalized training with our team. Whenever we would ask for training, we would be sent a peak article link or a video. It felt like the reps we dealt with didn't know the answer to the questions.
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Implementation Rating
CATS Software
This is an incredibly easy system to implement. There is no hardware or software required, it's entirely SaaS based. Compared to other systems I've implemented, it's breathtaking. Customization can all be done directly in the tool, there is no need for any involvement of consultants and most of the information you cannot figure out intuitively is covered in the knowledge base
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Paylocity
I had gone through an implementation process of another HR platform (Paycom) in my previous job and was traumatized, it was painful. I was surprised how easy and fast it was with Paylocity, the team was very helpful and set us up for success
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Alternatives Considered
CATS Software
We used to use Sendouts (prior to it being acquired by Bullhorn) - and it wasn't browser based like CATS so instead of being able to access it from a home computer, laptop, mobile phone, etc. you could only use it on the computer with the software uploaded - which is a hindrance. It also wasn't as customizable as CATS. We picked CATS because it the price was right, it was browser-based, had email-integration, and integrates with social media and job posting services to share your jobs
with the public.
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Paylocity
We honestly had a program that only kept track of our Demographics, salaries, etc. then all of our Payroll was done on paper with paper leave slips etc. When I saw Paylocity, I was very excited about how easy it is/would be to use. [...] Our Paylocity rep that I spoke to was super GREAT in the explanation of Paylocity and I didn't even shop around much.
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Contract Terms and Pricing Model
CATS Software
No answers on this topic
Paylocity
I wasn't involved in the sales process. I joined the organization after Paylocity was implemented.
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Scalability
CATS Software
No answers on this topic
Paylocity
You have an account manager assigned to you on a daily basis but that person is barely available to you
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Professional Services
CATS Software
No answers on this topic
Paylocity
Support is quick and proffessional
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Return on Investment
CATS Software
  • We went from Excel spreadsheets to using CATS so honestly anything would be an improvement. But CATS has saved tremendous time on an on-going basis in terms of managing the career portal automatically.
  • Being able to log email conversations with the click of a button from Outlook right into CATS has been a time-saver and also has helped numerous times in providing better follow-through to candidates and providing better tracking of candidate interactions and what they have previously said (or not).
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Paylocity
  • Definitely more consistent processes. Everything is very user friendly and it reduces the amount of time it has taken us in the past before we started using Paylocity. Everything flows super smoothly.
  • We have an improved retention since we have used Paylocity. Before hand, many employees thought it was difficult to find anything like tax forms, pay stubs, benefit elections, etc. when we used other platforms before we implemented our data into Paylocity.
  • Costs have been reduced and the decision-making process has improved and got quicker. Before Paylocity, it would take at least a week to get a salary increase approved, or a job title change approved. Now, it take less than a day and is super easy.
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ScreenShots

CATS ATS Screenshots

Screenshot of Easily view candidates, without leaving the job order, using the candidate preview. Even quickly communicate with candidate via SMS without leaving your current screen.Screenshot of Candidate ProfileScreenshot of Add filters to quickly search and narrow down your candidate database.Screenshot of