What users are saying about
49 Ratings
11 Ratings
49 Ratings
<a href='https://www.trustradius.com/static/about-trustradius-scoring' target='_blank' rel='nofollow noopener'>trScore algorithm: Learn more.</a>
Score 6.8 out of 100
11 Ratings
<a href='https://www.trustradius.com/static/about-trustradius-scoring' target='_blank' rel='nofollow noopener'>trScore algorithm: Learn more.</a>
Score 8.2 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

    Recruiting / ATS

    8.1

    CATS ATS

    81%

    Spark Hire

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    CATS Applicant Tracking System ranks higher in 15/15 features

    Job Requisition Management

    9.5
    95%
    17 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Company Website Posting

    9.5
    95%
    17 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Publish to Social Media

    8.5
    85%
    17 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Job Search Site Posting

    10.0
    100%
    17 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Customized Application Form

    9.5
    95%
    18 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Resume Management

    8.0
    80%
    19 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Duplicate Candidate Prevention

    4.5
    45%
    18 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Candidate Search

    6.0
    60%
    19 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Applicant Tracking

    7.5
    75%
    19 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Collaboration

    8.5
    85%
    12 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Task Creation and Delegation

    8.5
    85%
    15 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Email Templates

    9.5
    95%
    19 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    User Permissions

    8.5
    85%
    17 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Notifications and Alerts

    9.5
    95%
    17 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Reporting

    4.5
    45%
    18 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Attribute Ratings

    • Spark Hire is rated higher in 3 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Usability, Support Rating

    Likelihood to Recommend

    8.0

    CATS ATS

    80%
    28 Ratings
    9.1

    Spark Hire

    91%
    6 Ratings

    Likelihood to Renew

    8.4

    CATS ATS

    84%
    10 Ratings

    Spark Hire

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Usability

    2.7

    CATS ATS

    27%
    1 Rating
    10.0

    Spark Hire

    100%
    1 Rating

    Availability

    9.1

    CATS ATS

    91%
    4 Ratings

    Spark Hire

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Performance

    5.9

    CATS ATS

    59%
    4 Ratings

    Spark Hire

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Support Rating

    4.5

    CATS ATS

    45%
    2 Ratings
    9.5

    Spark Hire

    95%
    5 Ratings

    Implementation Rating

    9.1

    CATS ATS

    91%
    2 Ratings

    Spark Hire

    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

    Spark Hire

    Spark Hire is well suited for the growing organization which hiring managers are always on the move. The chance of physically having an interview is less and even candidate sorting & tracking is tough. In this situation, Spark Hire is the best fit. In addition to this, when you need someone very special for a role this application will come to your help. It will ensure the best candidate is recruited as it will go under the multi layer assessment.
    Nafisha Labiba | 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

    Spark Hire

    • The user interface is clear and concise and not distracting. This is a pro because it allows you to focus on the interviewee and what they are saying.
    • It is easy to access interviews, watch, rewatch, etc. The entire process is just so convenient.
    Katherine Deighan | 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

    Spark Hire

    • We'd like more control over certain functionalities within our APS integration.
    • We'd like more control over what actual communications are sent to our candidates.
    • We would like the ability to set a different expiration date for an interview when using our APS - right now our only choices are 7 days and 14 days.
    Vicki Floyd | 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

    Spark Hire

    General

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

    Starting Price

    Spark Hire 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

    Spark Hire

    No score
    No answers yet
    No answers on this topic

    Usability

    CATS ATS

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

    Spark Hire

    Spark Hire 10.0
    Based on 1 answer
    Spark Hire is easy to use for both us and the candidate/interviewee. There is not a huge learning curve to being able to implement the program. Additionally, our clients (who are given access to the interviews) don't find it difficult to use, and our candidates have very few problems when recording their video interviews
    Vicki Floyd | 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

    Spark Hire

    Spark Hire 9.5
    Based on 5 answers
    I have not used the support that much with Spark Hire but it seems that there are a lot of features available for support and different resources that are provided on Spark Hire's website. For the most part, the system is very user-friendly and it's easy to navigate and figure out things on your own.
    Michelle Sexton | 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

    Spark Hire

    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

    Spark Hire

    I can't remember the names of the other companies I reviewed but I chose Spark Hire because I could purchase the service on a monthly basis. This is an important feature for us since we're a small business.
    Bree Gurin | 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

    Spark Hire

    • Best candidate selection over the years
    • Better employee retention rate
    • Improvement in business output
    • Better drive for results among the employees
    Nafisha Labiba | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Screenshots

    Add comparison