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49 Ratings
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Score 6.8 out of 100
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Score 6.5 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

  • CATS Applicant Tracking System ranks higher in 1 feature set: Recruiting / ATS

Recruiting / ATS

8.1

CATS ATS

81%
7.0

SilkRoad Recruiting

70%
CATS Applicant Tracking System ranks higher in 11/15 features

Job Requisition Management

9.5
95%
17 Ratings
7.4
74%
14 Ratings

Company Website Posting

9.5
95%
17 Ratings
8.1
81%
14 Ratings

Publish to Social Media

8.5
85%
17 Ratings
7.6
76%
12 Ratings

Job Search Site Posting

10.0
100%
17 Ratings
7.6
76%
13 Ratings

Customized Application Form

9.5
95%
18 Ratings
5.4
54%
12 Ratings

Resume Management

8.0
80%
19 Ratings
7.0
70%
14 Ratings

Duplicate Candidate Prevention

4.5
45%
18 Ratings
7.4
74%
13 Ratings

Candidate Search

6.0
60%
19 Ratings
8.1
81%
14 Ratings

Applicant Tracking

7.5
75%
19 Ratings
8.0
80%
14 Ratings

Collaboration

8.5
85%
12 Ratings
8.0
80%
14 Ratings

Task Creation and Delegation

8.5
85%
15 Ratings
7.9
79%
10 Ratings

Email Templates

9.5
95%
19 Ratings
6.8
68%
14 Ratings

User Permissions

8.5
85%
17 Ratings
4.8
48%
14 Ratings

Notifications and Alerts

9.5
95%
17 Ratings
5.8
58%
14 Ratings

Reporting

4.5
45%
18 Ratings
5.8
58%
14 Ratings

Attribute Ratings

  • CATS Applicant Tracking System is rated higher in 3 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Likelihood to Renew, Availability
  • SilkRoad Recruiting is rated higher in 2 areas: Usability, Support Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

8.0

CATS ATS

80%
28 Ratings
6.4

SilkRoad Recruiting

64%
30 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

8.4

CATS ATS

84%
10 Ratings
5.0

SilkRoad Recruiting

50%
12 Ratings

Usability

2.7

CATS ATS

27%
1 Rating
6.0

SilkRoad Recruiting

60%
3 Ratings

Availability

9.1

CATS ATS

91%
4 Ratings
9.0

SilkRoad Recruiting

90%
4 Ratings

Performance

5.9

CATS ATS

59%
4 Ratings

SilkRoad Recruiting

N/A
0 Ratings

Support Rating

4.5

CATS ATS

45%
2 Ratings
5.0

SilkRoad Recruiting

50%
4 Ratings

Implementation Rating

9.1

CATS ATS

91%
2 Ratings

SilkRoad Recruiting

N/A
0 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

CATS ATS

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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SilkRoad Recruiting

I think OpenHire is best for a small company (max about 2500 employees). The more employees you have the more HR people you should have and this can get expensive. I know most larger companies are using more advanced systems as well (Workday). During the selection process be sure to determine how many OpenHire users you would need. Ask whether your managers will be willing to work in the system as well or whether HR would have to own the entire process. If you are EEOC compliant, make sure you ask about diversity posting, APP tracking of applicants, and reporting needs. If you require an onboarding tool, SilkRoad offers RedCarpet. I found it to be very complex and hiring managers refused to use it. If you require an onboarding tool, definitely look into it. The demo may look great but there were a lot of implementation steps done to make it work and it just didn't fit our company culture. So make sure it fits yours.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

CATS ATS

  • 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
Randall Kooistra | TrustRadius Reviewer

SilkRoad Recruiting

  • The ease of use when it comes to create requisitions from a hiring managers side of things is definitely a positive. It's very much user intuitive and the specifications can be completely customized as to what a company would like to appear within said requisition.
  • Candidate correspondence is an absolute breeze as you can custom load templates into the system that can be edited at any time through an administrator in your company instead of having to go through a technical support team on the other side of things.
  • Overall, it's a pretty no muss no fuss system to use as there's not a great layer of complication about it and like most things, spaced practice and consistent exposure to it tend to iron out those rough edges. From an administration standpoint, adding in locations and hiring managers is incredibly simplistic along with reporting functionality.
  • Candidate folders have come a long way in the system and are much more user friendly at this point than when I began using the system some four years ago. It's very easy to shift candidate profiles between folders and edit on the fly.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

CATS ATS

  • 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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SilkRoad Recruiting

  • OpenHire's user roles can create issues depending on how your company's hiring process flows. For example, at one company, the hiring managers were extremely involved in screening candidates yet the system seems very geared towards use of centralized recruiters who distribute candidates. The lack of ability to customize roles and security to match our managers' needs created additional burden on HR as well as frustration from hiring managers.
  • I experienced several problems uploading documents to accompany a candidate's offer. There was a limit on the number, size and type of attachments that could be included, and there was no alternative (as vetted with OpenHire) besides sending a separate correspondence to the candidate. I found this to appear unprofessional to the candidate as well as creating an extra step in the process for HR/recruiting.
  • The requisition process had a few issues which created inefficiencies in the process. Firstly, for times when you need to post a role confidentially outside of your standard process, there was no way to designate the req as 'confidential'. Instead, you had to use the 'executive' status which created issues (ie: inaccurate data in reporting). Secondly, OpenHire was unable to upload the company directory of emails in the requisition approver fields so rather than being able to select from a drop-down or using a 'smart' field, you had to type each approver's email out manually thus increasing the potential for error and delay in the process.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

CATS ATS

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Starting Price

$69 per month

CATS ATS Editions & Modules

Edition
Monthly Pro Plan$991
Annual Pro Plan$691
  1. per user, per month
Additional Pricing Details
Please visit the CATS pricing page to compare plans and features

SilkRoad Recruiting

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Starting Price

SilkRoad Recruiting Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

Likelihood to Renew

CATS ATS

CATS ATS 8.4
Based on 10 answers
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.
Caitlin Hostetter | TrustRadius Reviewer

SilkRoad Recruiting

SilkRoad Recruiting 5.0
Based on 12 answers
It was a great solution for the company in all aspects, especially the cost. The company was not in a position to afford a solution such as Oracle PeopleSoft. The only reason we did not renew OpenHire was we got acquired by a much larger organization and started utilizing the tools that the parent company had available
Oksana Lukash, PHR, CCP (ksusha45@yahoo.com) | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

CATS ATS

CATS ATS 2.7
Based on 1 answer
not recruiter friendly. workflow is not good
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SilkRoad Recruiting

SilkRoad Recruiting 6.0
Based on 3 answers
It's not a bad system to use, there just seems to be so much click through to get one task achieved. Once you know all the little routes and pieces it gets easier.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

CATS ATS

CATS ATS 4.5
Based on 2 answers
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.
Bill Branstetter | TrustRadius Reviewer

SilkRoad Recruiting

SilkRoad Recruiting 5.0
Based on 4 answers
The support for Silkroad is awful. I know they are working on it and it seems to be slightly better but it's still not great. I have had multiple cases I have never heard from them on, others I have had to follow-up multiple times and one that took a year
Erin Seay | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

CATS ATS

CATS ATS 9.1
Based on 2 answers
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
Randall Kooistra | TrustRadius Reviewer

SilkRoad Recruiting

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

CATS ATS

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.
Megan Carty | TrustRadius Reviewer

SilkRoad Recruiting

NeoGov is a more simple system but just being able to require specific documents has been a huge time saver for us. Other elements in NeoGov aren't as robust but still it saves me a lot of time compared to OpenHire.
Diaman Amsler | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

CATS ATS

  • 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).
Dave Murry | TrustRadius Reviewer

SilkRoad Recruiting

  • The cost was very high
  • It made managers more involved in the process
  • It got managers involved earlier than they had been in the past
  • It forced managers to stay involved in their recruiting and not just wait for HR to hire someone
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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