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Sage HR

Sage HR
Formerly CakeHR

Starting at $5.50 per month
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What is Sage HR?

Sage HR is HR software for small to medium businesses. The vendor states Sage HR is designed to be easy to use, and automates every step of the human resource process. Sage…

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Popular Features

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  • Approval workflow (10)
  • Employee demographic data (10)
  • Employment history (9)
  • Balance details (10)

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Performance Management


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Shift Scheduling


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Starting price (does not include set up fee)

  • $5.50 per month
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Human Resource Management

Organizing, tracking and providing instant access to critical employee data, job profiles, transfers, promotions, and benefits information.

Avg 7.9

Payroll Management

Provides for pay calculation and benefit plan administration, in addition to managing direct deposit, salary revisions and payroll tracking.

Avg 8.0

Leave and Attendance Management

Streamlines communication between HR and employees and facilitates efficient management of employee leave including requisitions, approvals, balance calculation, and annual carry-forward.

Avg 8.1

Employee Self Service

Employee portal allowing employees to view and update their personal information.

Avg 8.1

Asset Management

Maintaining a record of assets such as laptops, pagers, cell phones, etc. issued to employees. Record typically includes asset type, number, serial number and date of issuance.

Avg 7.8

HR Reporting

Pre-built and custom reports, and integration with external data.

Avg 7.6


Employee onboarding is the process of orienting new hires to the social and performance aspects of their jobs so that they are able to function in their new roles as quickly as possible.

Avg 8.0

Performance and Goals

Goal alignment is the practice of ensuring that all employees have clearly defined goals in support of the overall corporate strategy.

Avg 8.2

Performance Management

Performance management is the process of ensuring employees meet pre-determined objectives and goals through regular check-ins and appraisals.

Avg 8.0

Succession Planning

Succession planning is the identification and development of internal employees with the potential to fill key business leadership positions in the company.

Avg 7.9

Recruiting / ATS

Recruiting or Applicant Tracking Software is software used to manage the recruitment process electronically by handling job postings, applicant status, resume management, etc.

Avg 7.8
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Product Details

What is Sage HR?

Sage HR is HR software for small to medium businesses. The vendor states Sage HR is designed to be easy to use, and automates every step of the human resource process. Sage HR is designed with modular functionality to be customized for users' needs.

According to the vendor, key differentiators include:

1. Easy to use

2. Modular functionality

2. Automates the end-to-end HR process

3. There's a mobile app (iOS & Android)

5. Feature set that will meet the needs of users

Sage HR targets small-to-medium businesses that want to automate their HR process while engaging their employees. Sage HR is cloud based and offers remote access.

Sage HR Features

Human Resource Management Features

  • Supported: Employee demographic data
  • Supported: Employment history
  • Supported: Job profiles and administration
  • Supported: Benefits information
  • Supported: Organizational charting
  • Supported: Organization and location management
  • Supported: Compliance data (COBRA, OSHA, etc.)

Payroll Management Features

  • Supported: Support for external payroll vendors
  • Supported: Reimbursement management

Leave and Attendance Management Features

  • Supported: Approval workflow
  • Supported: Email notifications
  • Supported: Balance details
  • Supported: Travel absence management
  • Supported: Annual carry-forward and encashment

Employee Self Service Features

  • Supported: Employee login
  • Supported: View and generate pay and benefit information
  • Supported: Update personal information
  • Supported: Request time off
  • Supported: View job history
  • Supported: View company policy documentation
  • Supported: View company news and information
  • Supported: Employee recognition

Asset Management Features

  • Supported: Tracking of all physical assets
  • Supported: Asset issue and transfer management
  • Supported: Asset return

HR Reporting Features

  • Supported: Report builder
  • Supported: Pre-built reports
  • Supported: Ability to combine HR data with external data

Integration with other HR capabilities Features

  • Supported: Additional HR capabilities (talent management, LMS, etc.) supplied by different vendor

Performance Management Features

  • Supported: Performance plans
  • Supported: Performance improvement plans
  • Supported: Review status tracking
  • Supported: Review reminders
  • Supported: Multiple review frequency

Succession Planning Features

  • Supported: Create succession plans/pools
  • Supported: Candidate ranking
  • Supported: Candidate search
  • Supported: Candidate development

Onboarding Features

  • Supported: New hire portal
  • Supported: Manager tracking tools

Performance and Goals Features

  • Supported: Corporate goal setting
  • Supported: Individual goal setting
  • Supported: Line-of sight-visibility
  • Supported: Performance tracking

Recruiting / ATS Features

  • Supported: Job Requisition Management
  • Supported: Company Website Posting
  • Supported: Publish to Social Media
  • Supported: Job Search Site Posting
  • Supported: Duplicate Candidate Prevention
  • Supported: Applicant Tracking
  • Supported: Notifications and Alerts

Additional Features

  • Supported: Shift Scheduling
  • Supported: Timesheets
  • Supported: Expenses
  • Supported: Leave Management
  • Supported: Recruitment
  • Supported: Core HR
  • Supported: Mobile HR

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Sage HR Technical Details

Deployment TypesSoftware as a Service (SaaS), Cloud, or Web-Based
Operating SystemsUnspecified
Mobile ApplicationApple iOS, Android, Samsung Knox
Supported CountriesGlobal
Supported LanguagesEnglish, Arabic, Armenian, Czech, Dutch, Estonian, French, Georgian, German, Hebrew, Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Thai

Frequently Asked Questions

Sage HR starts at $5.5.

BambooHR, Access PeopleHR, and Hibob are common alternatives for Sage HR.

Reviewers rate View company policy documentation highest, with a score of 8.2.

The most common users of Sage HR are from Mid-sized Companies (51-1,000 employees).

Sage HR Customer Size Distribution

Small Businesses (1-50 employees)70%
Mid-Size Companies (51-500 employees)30%
Enterprises (more than 500 employees)0%
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Reviews and Ratings


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December 13, 2023

Problems and no Support

Score 1 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • The mobile app is decent.
  • Quick Feedback is good.
  • Time Off policies are confusing to setup and don't work as expected. We've particularly had issues with long-term leave interacting incorrectly with accrued PTO - such that employees on long-term leave had their PTO automatically adjusted incorrectly and we had to resort to complicated manual calculations to determine the correct amount. When we reached out for support around this we never got an answer as to why the system had done the automated adjustment it had done and no advice on how to prevent it from happening again in the future, despite multiple efforts to follow up with them.
  • Performance Reviews are confusing, with many different components housed in different areas but all controlled by the same configuration settings. On the dashboard the Self-Reviews and Peer Reviews look almost exactly the same and HR is constantly having to retrain and help users to complete their reviews.
  • Their support is basically non-existent. Support staff will reply to chat or email, but don't offer any assistance beyond restating what is in the help documentation, which isn't helpful. When real issues arise, such as a system glitch that wiped out the vacation accrual for all staff, they just respond that 'engineering will look into it' without communicating an ETA, or explaining what the problem is.
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • Customization of Templates and Dashboards
  • On-going Employee Performance Tracking
  • Compensation/Timecard Management
  • Updating information in a central location that implements changes across whole system.
  • Custom reporting and history
  • Time off policies tracking and management
March 04, 2020

My thoughts on CakeHR

Michael Gabriele | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • Time off policies are clear and transparent.
  • The review process functionality was extremely easy to use.
  • Support is outstanding . If you ever run into an issue they are always available to help.
  • Onboarding document control is really easy to manage and stays consistent with a growing company.
  • A few more override features for time off. For example, I would like certain people to get notified of PTO. CakeHR can't do this currently. So I had to grant authority to approve, which gave my admin the ability to see the email of approval.
Edward McKay | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • Employee self service - the apps and desktops GUIs are very intuitive.
  • Leave management - this manages itself through the app and system, saves lots of admin.
  • Customization - you can tailor the system more and more to suit your specific needs.
  • Updates and Customer Service - the CakeHR team gave dedicated a lot of time to bring out weekly updates and systems improvements which shows they are dedicated to making this a great product - the fact that they were bought by Se recently is also testament to their ongoing mission.
  • Only minor tweaks to the functionality that they have queued to implement anyway.
  • The recipe functionality can be improved as some of the functions are still a bit buggy.
Kerri Martin | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • It's easy to find when dates previously booked are accepted/denied.
  • It generates the acceptance of time requested off.
  • CakeHR can be requested to remove time off as well.
  • Calendar could be offered in a larger view by week
  • Requesting time and accepting it would be great if linked with our own calendar Bookeo
Maaike van der Kroon | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • Super easy and usable system.
  • Great customer service; listens to feedback and does something with it, answers really quickly.
  • A good overview per team for managers.
  • An app available for every employee to quickly arrange a request.
  • Not all features for an HR system are available in CakeHR, but they are working on it to improve and expand
Tim Henry | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • Amazing customer service. Questions have been answered fast and product updates were even made based on feedback.
  • Requesting time off interface is nice for employees and managers. There is also a native mobile app available too.
  • Priced very reasonably.
  • Some features available in other HR products have not been available in Cake in the past (Performance, ATS), however, these are being rolled out now.
  • The user experience for the Admin interface is not completely intuitive.
  • Overall look and feel could be updated one day.
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