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What is CATS ATS?

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.

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Simplicity and Ease of Use: Many users have found CATS to be simple to implement and use, with no need for in-house IT support or …
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East to use ATS

8 out of 10
April 27, 2016
CATS is being used by the entire organization to track all open requisitions and candidates. Prior to CATS there was no ATS in place. Now …
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Catsone #1 ATS Hands Down

10 out of 10
June 09, 2015
CATS Applicant Tracking System is super easy to use and much more powerful for our business than hiring another recruiter. From workflows …
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Easy to Use

9 out of 10
May 27, 2015
CATS is being used in the HR department to help us streamline the applicant tracking, job posting, applicant review and applicant contact …
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Customized ATS

10 out of 10
May 27, 2015
We use the CATS Applicant Tracking System for our applicant tracking for our positions throughout the United States. The ATS addresses our …
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Recruiting or Applicant Tracking Software is software used to manage the recruitment process electronically by handling job postings, applicant status, resume management, etc.

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What is CATS ATS?

CATS is a full-featured, web-based recruiting software that is designed to make it easy to track and hire talent. Accessible from any browser or mobile device, users can manage the entire recruiting process from creating custom job applications to posting jobs to leading job sites to generating customized reports. Users can also create highly customizable hosted career portals, keyword search inside resumes, source candidates using the CATS browser extension, and design custom workflows to match their recruiting process.

CATS ATS Features

Recruiting / ATS Features

  • Supported: Job Requisition Management
  • Supported: Company Website Posting
  • Supported: Publish to Social Media
  • Supported: Job Search Site Posting
  • Supported: Customized Application Form
  • Supported: Resume Management
  • Supported: Duplicate Candidate Prevention
  • Supported: Candidate Search
  • Supported: Applicant Tracking
  • Supported: Collaboration
  • Supported: Task Creation and Delegation
  • Supported: Email Templates
  • Supported: User Permissions
  • Supported: Notifications and Alerts
  • Supported: Reporting

CATS ATS Screenshots

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CATS ATS Integrations

CATS ATS Technical Details

Deployment TypesSoftware as a Service (SaaS), Cloud, or Web-Based
Operating SystemsUnspecified
Mobile ApplicationNo
Supported CountriesAsia, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Europe, Germany, India, Latin America, Mexico, United Kingdom, United States
Supported LanguagesEnglish, Dutch, Spanish, German, French, Lithuanian, Arabic, Czech, Chinese (Simplified), Portuguese, Hebrew, Finnish

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

CATS ATS starts at $69.

Greenhouse, Jobvite, and Workable are common alternatives for CATS ATS.

Reviewers rate Job Search Site Posting highest, with a score of 10.

The most common users of CATS ATS are from Small Businesses (1-50 employees).
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Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
I have a background in system design and implementation. When I started my recruitment business about 5 years ago I spent 4 months researching various applicant tracking systems. CATS outperforms all online and on-premise solutions by far! It's probably the most user-friendly system I worked on with amazing capabilities for creating custom fields and workflows. I can't imagine our business running without it!
  • Create customized fields
  • Create workflows that fit your business needs
  • Integrated with MS Office products
  • Nothing I can think of
The system does exactly what it says - "Candidates, Jobs, Companies and Contact Tracking" - fantastic database management with exceptional capabilities to track a Job with all applications.
Score 6 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We are a recruiting company that used CATS for tracking Candidates, Jobs, and Client details. We would use it for individual communication, as well as mass communication. We grew our candidate network up to over 90,000 candidates.
  • Customization of record fields for different record types.
  • Workflow options (if I select "this" then "this" option will appear.
  • Reporting is extremely limited. Practically zero customization, outside of time periods. There are some boxed reports, but they are very general.
  • Database search was difficult to work with. The filters were fine, but if you deal with a large volume of candidates, this is not the software. We had a database of over 90,000 candidates and the system was not able to handle that very well. My searches timed out almost every time. I had to adjust a filter to get the resulting number low enough for it to handle the volume. Then, I had to run the search again with a different filter to include the candidates left off on the first search. I called support multiple times on this issue and they could never give me a reason why.
  • API is very limited. Getting data out of the system was not easy and it did not play well with webhooks.
  • No automation.
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.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We grew the business from self managed applicant tracking to selecting CATS as our solution. We investigated many solutions and settled on CATS. We are happy with that decision and it is used as our primary tool. We use it internally as well as for interfacing with our clients. It is also used for complete candidate lifecycle tracking for my recruiting firm.
  • Excellent trigger email solutions. Customizable and easy to configure.
  • High-End presence and able to customize for specific client's needs. Client doesn't need to fit our flow, we customize for them with CATS flexibility.
  • Friendly and helpful customer service team.
  • More International free job site integrations.
  • Integrated candidate references.
Key points for our selection were:

  • No contract
  • Well priced
  • Extremely customizable, without being confusing
  • Coud based and always available anywhere, including mobile
April 27, 2016

East to use ATS

Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
CATS is being used by the entire organization to track all open requisitions and candidates. Prior to CATS there was no ATS in place. Now we have a database of over 10000 resumes. We also link our website to INDEED so that all of our current openings are advertised. We receive a high number of resumes directly into CATS from INDEED postings.
  • Easy candidate data entry
  • Easy tracking of candidates against requisitions.
  • Good search functions to find prospective candidates in the ATS
  • Reporting function is lacking. Few canned reports that are of any value.
  • CATS should improve the ability to generate ad hoc reports.
CATS is ideal as a 'beginners' ATS. It is good for a smaller organization that does not have a lot of money.
March 16, 2016

Cats ATS Review

Karen Mendelsohn | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
CATS is used by all of our recruiters. We are a recruiting firm specializing in the Restaurant & Hospitality Industry. We find it very useful in the full cycle of recruiting from job postings to placement of candidates
  • We find the add-ons very useful.
  • Customer support is always friendly and helpful.
  • E-mail integration and job postings save us a lot of time.
  • When forwarding resumes if there is a position listed in subject it automatically adds them to a job order. This has caused a lot of confusion for us.
  • E-mail integration is useful but doesn't always seem to work.
  • Sometimes the site is slow.
If you are looking for something that is not too complicated, CATS is perfect.
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
CATS is simple and easy to use. Basically it's an "out of the box" solution that is user friendly and has a great interface. You are able to accept applications and forms for the applicants within the online interface. The ability to post job openings on free job board sites is an incentive for anyone using the software. The software being cloud based means that I can access this from anywhere I want. Customer service was excellent.
  • Cloud Based
  • No special hardware is required
  • Search feature is limited and needs improvement.
  • Regular Updates
The way to go in the digital industry is cloud based platforms. If you're not cloud based yet, keep an open mind and try this.
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We are using CATS to track our candidate applicants, our recruiting efforts, as well as our hired employees.
  • The system streamlines the hiring/approval process by automatically generating emails and tasks for the necessary persons involved.
  • Customer Service is quite prompt and responsive.
  • CATS may be inadequate for all of our needs, but they are making major improvements.
  • The system's user interface is clumsy and not organized very well.
  • CATS is not mobile-friendly.
CATS is difficult to use as a federal contractor, as it does not easily generate the data that we need to provide to meet regulations. We have managed work-arounds by using fields for uses they were not designed, but we are still unable to accurately and automatically generate the data we need.
Randall Kooistra | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We use CATS for all of our applicant tracking and to manage the postings for our corporate website's career page. It's the only tool we use in recruiting to manage candidate information before they are hired (at which point they move to our HR system for employees) and is directly integrated to our public facing careers page.
  • 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
  • System isn't intuitive at all when it comes to combining things like Source when left free form - for example. Considers Indeed and indeed two different sources because one candidate capitalized and one didn't (these can be merged)
  • Resumes forwarded to resume inbox invariably capture source as senders email, even if source is clearly spelled out (can be edited later)
  • Importing resumes has some trouble with addresses and phone numbers with certain file types/configuration
I don't know how appropriate it'd be for large organizations with very large recruiting teams - cost per license might not make sense after a certain point. For small/medium sized businesses, it's absolutely worth a look. It's very affordable, super-easy to use, highly configurable, and set up is an breeze. Knowledge base is decent, and support is generally OK, though it's not necessarily a strength. The product team is engaged with the user community to crowdsource suggestions for updates/improvements and allows users to vote on others ideas that are appealing. Search functionality is solid and documents are instantly indexed as far as I can tell - I've never noticed any delay. It'll push postings out to various free job boards and you can customize to push out to pay boards as well. It will integrate to certain HRIS packages, so if that's of interest, making sure yours is on the supported list would be important. Data backup is super easy and would likely make changing to another ATS down the road pretty simple if the need arises.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
CATS Applicant Tracking System is super easy to use and much more powerful for our business than hiring another recruiter. From workflows to candidate management, it is a really simple solution that takes a lot of work off our plate.
  • Easy to Use
  • Simple to Set Up
  • Powerful Workflow and Reporting
  • None
We are a recruiting agency and it works great for us.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
I am a sole proprietor third party recruiter and use CATS ATS exclusively for the full process recruiting. CATS is very flexible with many options for customization. As such, I have been able to adapt it very specifically to my own business processes and also adapt it as my processes adapt to market conditions or my improvements in process. It has exponentially improved my ability to track contact, pipeline workflow, sourcing etc. I also have a lot of split partners and the customization has allowed me to optimize that process, as well. Being cloud-based (my previous software was not) I can access it outside of the office and normal business hours which is most helpful as, given the nature of my business, many conversations and interactions necessarily take place outside the normal workday / workplace.
  • Custom fields for all entities of any data type let's you track what you care about. Also customizable workflow with triggers can save a ton of time in automating processes and also ensuring steps aren't missed/established processes and protocols are adhered to.
  • Support is extremely responsive, knowledgeable and committed to resolving any issue.
  • Integrations with LinkedIn, job boards etc. is a big time saver and helps bring it all to one place.
  • 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.
I am a sole proprietor doing third party recruiting. For me, it is the perfect solution set without being overkill (for which I would pay with other products). I can't really speak to any scenario other than that. In evaluating it, I HIGHLY recommend playing around with the online demo to see for yourself how you would adapt it to your needs. However, also do not be afraid to ask how to accomplish certain things. There is a LOT of functionality that is not immediately obvious but which support can quickly get you to.
Dave Murry | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
I have been the sole user of CATS at my company since 2007, with the focus on managing the sourcing and hiring process. We hire 50+ full time per year as well as 20-30 offshore.
  • Favorite thing about CATS - it does not disrupt how you work. It is easy to use and simply enhances what you are doing and doesn't bog you down in the technology.
  • Love the one-click download of profiles from all sorts of sites, including LinkedIn.
  • Mass actions are pretty common in ATS systems, but as usual CATS does it very logically and easily. I use mass actions all the time, either sending a bunch of emails, changing candidate status, etc.
  • Reporting has improved over the years but could still be better. It is what I would call "semi-customizable" in terms of what I can generate a report on, but would like full customization capability.
  • Mobile access is OK but not slick. Usually I don't need mobile access but every once in a while I'm out somewhere, need to grab something out of CATS and I can get it but I think there's a good opportunity to make it better.
For any recruiting agency or small to mid-sized firm looking for a good, economical, easy to use ATS then CATS is the best. If you need a complete HRIS system, talent management, payroll, etc., then there may be better options for you.
Travis Lawrence 801-560-5555 | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
I have been using CATS for several years. I was able to obtain my return of investment within 2 months. I would highly recommend a demo. Its ease to implement and ease of use is a benefit for the company that I started.
  • Ease of use
  • Easy to implement
  • Easy to train new users
  • It could search user groups and forms
  • It could have a payroll function
  • It could have a better CRM
It is well suited for data mining and delivery. It is less suited for large organizations where they need an ATS and the payroll system to be connected.
May 27, 2015

Easy to Use

Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
CATS is being used in the HR department to help us streamline the applicant tracking, job posting, applicant review and applicant contact processes. It is a small HR department and prior to implementing in 2009 our processes were entirely manual. CATS has allowed us to save many labor hours in these processes and has improved the candidate experience.
  • Software is easy to use
  • Fast technical support
  • Comprehensive support website
  • Greater reporting functionality
  • The location of some of the features is not intuitive (you have to hunt around for it).
Ensure that you evaluate your needs first and then determine if the various elements of the software match.
Kristen Hoover, MBA | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We use CATS within the Search Group division of ResourceMFG. It is used to manage the pipelines of highly skilled searches we are engaging with across the country with many different skilled recruiters utilizing the system.
  • Easily manage your candidate pipeline
  • Excellent customer service
  • Collect all of your applicants into one centralized location
  • Customization for individual users
  • Reporting functions
CATS Applicant Tracking System is ideal for companies with smaller internal recruiting teams.
May 27, 2015

Customized ATS

Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We use the CATS Applicant Tracking System for our applicant tracking for our positions throughout the United States. The ATS addresses our need to find a customizable product that addresses our need to have multiple divisions and departments and ways to keep track of multiple candidates that apply throughout the week for the various positions that we have available.
  • CATS is great for user friendliness and customization. I have changed numerous things since I started and it is easy to customize.
  • Ability to get answers to my questions.
  • Always looking to improve their product -- they aren't looking to maintain their product, they are always looking for better ways and ways to make the user happy.
  • Ability to keep the status the same but send another email within the log activity function.
  • Ability to change things in an order that is closed.
Know what your needs are and know where your candidates are coming from and know if CATS is integrated with the product.
★ Debbie Duguay, PHR CIR ★ | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 6 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
It is the ATS system used by the recruiting department.
  • Launches jobs to multiple sites
  • Inexpensive
  • Easy to use
  • There is just one report, a job order report, which can have "quick notes, job location, recruiter name, etc. added to the reports. But we need basic reports on individual recruiter productivity, and CATS doesn't offer any. Its weird because we enter the data, but there's just no quick reports to pull the information we've entered and print a simple report on a recruiter's monthly/quarterly/yearly productivity such as placements, interviews, submittals, etc.
If you need recruiter productivity reports, you'll need a different ATS. But as a basic and inexpensive ATS, CATS is great.
May 27, 2015

Great ATS

Tim Bullen | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We are a staffing agency so we use it for our central piece of business software and thus we use it for applicant tracking as well as managing all of our job orders. In addition to this we use it as our customer relationship management tool with all of our clients and client contacts.
  • Very easy to use from a work flow perspective in adding candidates linking them to jobs and following them through the process.
  • Great plugin for browsers, Outlook and Word to easily import resumes and candidate profiles.
  • They are regularly updating the systems so you get ongoing improvements.
  • The CRM capability for business development is just OK.
From a pure ATS standpoint it is very strong. Depending on CRM requirements from a business development standpoint it is something to evaluate closely. Overall for us it is a great system that I would highly recommend given its functionality and price point in the marketplace.
LeQuay Marsh, MHCS, TAS, ECRE | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We are using CATS across the entire organization to manage the entire recruitment life cycle from job posting through hire. CATS has helped us solve many organizational challenges, including finding talent quickly, saving time by automatically posting our jobs to external job boards, and creating a branded career website to be embedded in our company site.
  • Provide its users with robust features that even surpasses many of the largest, most expensive recruitment solutions.
  • Provide a solutions that is highly customizable without having to purchase pricey add-ons. In fact, non-technical users are able to easily customize the solution.
  • It is extremely user friendly and is scalable to meet the needs of growing and shrinking organizations.
  • There is opportunity to continue to increase partnerships; especially with tools like TalentHook, and various resume databases.
It is well suited for both Corporate and Agency recruiters and organizations of varying sizes seeking a robust recruitment solution capable of increasing and managing candidate pipelines for current requisitions and strategic pipeline development for future roles.
Bill Branstetter | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 5 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
CATS is our company's applicant tracking system. All applicants, regardless of which division they are applying for, go through the CATS interface. It starts with the careers portal on our website, takes the applicants through the application, collects their information needed for compliance, and allows the recruiters to move the applicant through the hiring process.
  • It's intuitive. You don't need an instruction manual or extensive training from an implementation team. There are weekly webinars and YouTube videos in case you need additional guidance on how to do something.
  • It has many of the bells and whistles of other, more expensive ATS's.
  • I've had several disappointing interactions with the product support team. Don't expect much from customer service.
  • It's unlikely you will pass an AAP/EEO audit with their limited reporting capability.
CATS has two products - HR and agency. So no matter what kind of recruiting you do, it will work for you. If there's a chance you may be audited by the Department of Labor, you should consider another product with a more detailed reporting capability.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We used CATS Applicant Tracking System for our entire organization starting from resume submission, to the interview process, paperwork and onboarding.
  • It was easy to track the particular applicant.
  • It was was easy to use it for performance appraisals.
  • It was easy to manage onboarding candidates.
  • Vendor could give us mass mailing tool.
  • Price should have been little less.
Depends on client specific feedback on requirements. We used it to analyse candidates very well before we uploaded them in CATS Applicant Tracking System.
Kyle McDowell | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We have used several ATS' throughout the years, and CATS has by far surpassed all previous experiences. Super easy to use and navigate without having to go into 25 different windows... Best of all CATS allows for customization of your workflows, stages, etc... This is probably one of the best attributes of the system. Excellent system, and no hidden pricing. Straight forward and effective.
  • Allows for customization of work flow and processes.
  • Simple, easy to use interface, means less training and directing users where to go or what to do to accomplish a task.
  • Very streamlined and clean. No clunkiness.
  • Allow for company branding (user facing).
  • More syndication avenues for jobs. Cast a wider net.
Works very well for high volume, life cycle recruiting.
February 04, 2015

CATS... It works!

Nathan Clauss | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
CATS is used across my organization and is used to keep track of all candidates that we speak with.
  • CATS is mobile enabled and lets me get candidate information when I'm on the go.
  • CATS also has a very strong support department. Anytime that we've had a problem a real live person has been able to help us resolve the problem and has done so quickly.
  • CATS is very intuitive and allows me to manage my candidates quickly.
  • The safeguard to protect your database from duplicates is absolute trash. It catches duplicates less than half of the time.
  • CATS could definitely do a better job at being able to be sorted by multiple features rather than just one column at a time
I think CATS is best for a small team. A large team using CATS would have too many problems with duplicates.
November 18, 2014

CATS is for YOU

Kelsey Hargreaves | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
CATS Applicant Tracking System is being used at our company to keep our potential candidates organized to easily find and review each individual when necessary. It keeps our cross referencing between BU units very simple, eliminating our servers from an overload of files.
  • Allows you to keep lists of companies or individuals.
  • Stores thousands of databases, lists, candidates and job orders.
  • Quick and thorough responses from Support and eager to help.
  • I would like for old lists to be accessible, I'm unable to see all lists.
  • When uploading names, not all duplicates are found, therefore, CATS can improve on eliminating duplication.
CATS Applicant Tracking System is VERY well suited for an executive search company and helps with cross referencing candidates.
Mike Aubrecht | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We are a small (1 person) recruiting firm that specializes in the Renewable Energy Industry. CATS is used to track, recruit and develop candidates in addition to client communications, job order tracking and marketing.
  • Email integration and tracking
  • Customizable contact, candidate and job order fields
  • Activity tracking and status development
  • I haven't had any issues or problems. They are constantly listening to their customers and creating new updates and improvements.
I've only used the CATS product in a small recruiting firm environment and it works perfectly. I used to manage a National Search firm and I see the product as very adaptable on a large scale as well.
Megan Carty | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
CATS is being used by our entire recruiting staff (both office workers and remote employees) and it allows us to keep our candidates, clients, and job orders organized. It allows us to collaborate no matter where we are and to always know where our candidates are in the hiring process/pipeline.
  • Clean, modern, easy to use, quick to learn
  • Seamlessly integrates with social media and job posting services to share your jobs with the public
  • Being able to customize fields, workflows, and the job portal is the absolute best part of CATS!
  • Missing functionality includes ability to organize and label documents within a candidate's profile - we host technical assessments, resumes, addt'l documents - yet they are almost always marked by CATS as resumes and thus show up in the resume preview window
  • The reporting #s and activity reports have some weird quirks that need to be worked out so we can get accurate #s/reports
I think it's well suited for any size business - it's especially good if you have multiple job openings to fill.
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