CATS Applicant Tracking System vs. PCRecruiter

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
PCRecruiter
Score 6.9 out of 10
N/A
PCRecruiter is a web-based recruiting platform. It supports candidate sourcing and placement via candidate tracking, job advertising, CRM, applicant tracking, and salesforce automation.
$85
per user/per month
Pricing
CATS Applicant Tracking SystemPCRecruiter
Editions & Modules
Annual Pro Plan
$69
per user, per month
Monthly Pro Plan
$99
per user, per month
Basic
$85
per user/per month
Basic
$85
per user/per month
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
CATS ATSPCRecruiter
Free Trial
YesNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoYes
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeRequired
Additional DetailsPlease visit the CATS pricing page to compare plans and featuresDiscounts available based on number of users, affiliations, length of contract, and other needs.
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Top Pros
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Features
CATS Applicant Tracking SystemPCRecruiter
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
PCRecruiter
-
Ratings
Job Requisition Management9.517 Ratings00 Ratings
Company Website Posting9.517 Ratings00 Ratings
Publish to Social Media8.617 Ratings00 Ratings
Job Search Site Posting10.017 Ratings00 Ratings
Customized Application Form9.518 Ratings00 Ratings
Resume Management8.119 Ratings00 Ratings
Duplicate Candidate Prevention4.618 Ratings00 Ratings
Candidate Search6.219 Ratings00 Ratings
Applicant Tracking7.619 Ratings00 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 Ratings00 Ratings
Reporting4.618 Ratings00 Ratings
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User Ratings
CATS Applicant Tracking SystemPCRecruiter
Likelihood to Recommend
8.1
(28 ratings)
6.8
(45 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
8.4
(10 ratings)
2.0
(9 ratings)
Usability
2.7
(1 ratings)
6.8
(6 ratings)
Availability
9.1
(2 ratings)
9.0
(2 ratings)
Performance
5.9
(2 ratings)
9.6
(2 ratings)
Support Rating
4.5
(1 ratings)
10.0
(6 ratings)
Implementation Rating
9.1
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
CATS Applicant Tracking SystemPCRecruiter
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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Main Sequence Technology, Inc.
PCRecruiter is great for staffing and recruiting companies that are looking to organize their database. It is also suitable for companies that are also wanting to organize their recruiting processes. Many companies still receive resumes in paper and do not digitalize them. It is even suitable for sales and marketing departments, since you can do marketing and track sales with it.
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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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Main Sequence Technology, Inc.
  • Applicant tracking is a great tool. We are able to search resumes or search by keyword. This is a definite time saver and will eliminate your filing cabinets.
  • Linking candidates to job orders. We are able to create jobs and link candidates to open job orders. This allows us to see what positions are currently open and also lets us know the length of time the position was open before being filled.
  • Notes: We are able to keep notes on start dates, end dates, call-offs, tardiness, workers comp claims, disciplinary, and anything else that our company needs. This is a great tool when you have workers comp claims, unemployment, or documentation for ending a work assignment.
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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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Main Sequence Technology, Inc.
  • It would be wonderful if once a presentation is made and additional information is added to a candidate's profile that PCRecruiter would update and include that information in the link.
  • Building out the backend of PCRecruiter with letters and setting up the flow of the candidate and moving the candidate through that flow is not intuitive and can be confusing to new users.
  • It would be wonderful if PCR integrated with more company's software when posting on 3rd party sites so that I wouldn't have to parse so many resumes.
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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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Main Sequence Technology, Inc.
I really like using PCRecruiter and give this rating because the product has helped me with all the reports and services I need to make my job easier. I also enjoy the fact that if I do happen to have an issue of some sort, I can either search for the solution or I can contact a technician and they will take care of the issue immediately.
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Usability
CATS Software
not recruiter friendly. workflow is not good
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Main Sequence Technology, Inc.
As the past VP of Recruiting for a boutique search firm. I trained many recruiters on the PCR system. All were using the system like a pro in a week to 10 days tops. PCR does everything a recruiting team will need without being overly complicated to learn or navigate.
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Reliability and Availability
CATS Software
No answers on this topic
Main Sequence Technology, Inc.
I have had little to no downtime with PC Recruiter (except for planned maintenance). Whether I am using it on my laptop or the mobile versions (iPad and Android based phone), I am able to get to my information quickly and easily
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Performance
CATS Software
No answers on this topic
Main Sequence Technology, Inc.
Except for an occassional "bug" in the software the system works very well and has for many years and thru sevewral upgrades.
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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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Main Sequence Technology, Inc.
The technical support team is awesome. Very knowledgeable and if it is something out of the ordinary they will quickly find the answer or someone that has the expertise to help. I have never had a bad experience with PCR technical support services. They are first class.
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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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Main Sequence Technology, Inc.
No answers on this topic
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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Main Sequence Technology, Inc.
PCRecruiter is very effective in the placement of employees and has been able to achieve our vision. My experience with a similar platform was not as effective as with PCRecruiter since the speed of loading web pages is reliable. The cost of deploying PCRecruiter is relatively low as compared to other recruiting software. The support team of this platform is very reliable and can be easily reached at any time.
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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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Main Sequence Technology, Inc.
  • Because I am a solo practitioner, with low volume recruiting, I don't use it to the fullest extent. So I'd say zero impact other than to track my information in case of discrepancies with clients.
  • There is a learning curve, so it does take away time from your day to learn the system.
  • Price is good.
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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

PCRecruiter Screenshots

Screenshot of Adding an appointment to the built-in calendar.Screenshot of Mobile-friendly and fully customizable job board.Screenshot of Mobile app for Recruiters and for Contract Employees