Brightmove - A great ATS & Resume Database...but other options available with more flexible pricing.
May 24, 2022

Brightmove - A great ATS & Resume Database...but other options available with more flexible pricing.

Austin Lin | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with Brightmove

We use Brightmove primarily as a company-wide resume database/repository. We obtained resumes from many sources throughout the year and need a central location to easily store them and search for particular skills and experiences when we have new position openings/requirements from our clients. Brightmove provides a very easy-to-use solution to load and parse resumes which then become very easy to categorize/classify and then search. Brightmove has a lot of functionality like Applicant Tracking and posting to industry job boards, which we have done a few times in the past, but we primarily use it for the resume database/repository features/functions.
  • Parse and store resumes.
  • Resume Classification/Categorization.
  • Resume Search.
  • Resume history and version control.
  • The biggest issue we have now with Brightmove is the cost structure. For the narrow solution, we are looking for and using, their pricing tiers are not very flexible and increased somewhat dramatically recently.
  • The general UI is a bit dated.
  • The iOS app is pretty basic and at one point had issues keeping up with iOS updates.
  • Initially, Brightmove was very cost-effective. With three users, we were paying about $42.00 a month in 2018. Now in 2022, for 1 user we are paying $125 a user/a month.
  • Brightmove definitely works well for us for a resume repository and allows us to have access to the data from nearly anywhere between the website and mobile app. We are very happy with this set of features and functionality. It makes storing and managing resumes much easier.
  • Brightmove provided a nice solution for tracking and posting jobs to major job boards, but we just didn't end up using it enough, given our business model.
Brightmove does all we need from a resume database and ATS and job board posting perspective compared to Zoho Recruit. When we initially started with BM, it was a more cost-effective and simple solution...which is why we chose Brightmove. Ironically, now we are looking at the possibility of moving to Zoho Recruit because their pricing is much better and is more flexible, given that we just need the basic document repository and search capability. Additionally, Zoho has a much larger set of tools if we did ever want to expand into other areas. But again, their pricing seems to have more flexibility for basic users and small companies like ourselves...who are not ready or do not currently need the large suite of tools and related costs.

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If you want a full-service ATS and will use the tool to post jobs and track candidates, Brightmove is a very solid tool. They are adding functionality and making it more robust. In our case, we ended up just using it for resume repository and management and so the solution essentially outgrew us such that the price structure and options are no longer competitive or make as much sense as when we first started using the tool.

Brightmove Feature Ratings

Job Requisition Management
Company Website Posting
Publish to Social Media
Job Search Site Posting
Customized Application Form
Not Rated
Resume Management
Duplicate Candidate Prevention
Candidate Search
Applicant Tracking
Task Creation and Delegation
Email Templates
User Permissions
Notifications and Alerts
Not Rated
Not Rated

Using Brightmove

3 - Everyone using Brightmove in our organization uses it for staffing/recruiting purposes. We load, categorize, update, and search for resumes.
1 - Brightmove is pretty easy to use, and when we have had problems, their support options (via email) have historically been very, very good. Responsive and helpful. The tool needs very little support for our business, but whenever it does, we simply submit a ticket request, and it is resolved quickly.
  • Resume load and phrasing.
  • Resume repository.
  • Resume categorization and classification.
  • Resume search.
  • Nothing really unexpected, but it has been nice to be able to group resumes by key functions.
  • Resume search by keywords and filtering works pretty well.
  • Resume parsing is easy and fast.
  • When we used the ATS and job board posting features the tool worked well.
  • If you really only want a resume database and repository as we do, the current pricing structure isn't going to make sense.
Unfortunately, we probably won't renew unless they provide a better pricing model for our use case. We definitely would renew otherwise. Our use case of resume repository and database is quite narrow, so we cannot justify paying for all the other features (which work well) that we don't use enough.