Your Guide to Applicant Tracking Systems

* For a side-by-side comparison of systems, check the box next to each provider and the box above each of the system attributes you would like to compare.


  ATS Provider


  • General Electric
  • Blackboard
  • Panasonic
  • Unified platform for sourcing, interviewing, selection and onboarding.
  • Uses employees’ social networks to build talent pools of active and passive candidates.
  • Enhances job descriptions with office photos, leader videos, team social profiles and nearby attractions.
  • Enables bulk actions to move candidates into pipelines and progress them to next stages.
  • Reports identify channels generating highest-quality applicants.

ATS OnDemand

  • McKibbon, Sonus Network, Stone Brewing
  • Onboarding Portal
  • Branded Career Pages
  • Free Job Postings
  • Free Payroll Integrations
  • Customized Reporting
  • Client and Applicant Support
  • One Page Apply
  • CRM & Talent Network


  • Disqus
  • Beans & Brews
  • Vino Farms
  • Keeps updated pool of past candidates for future hiring needs.
  • Easy for small companies to transition from spreadsheets to the ATS.
  • Collaborators can leave comments, rate candidates and change applicant status.
  • Mobile-friendly job postings for careers sites, job boards and social media.
  • Onboarding allows new hires to complete forms early and receive welcome e-mails.


  • Medsys
  • Alku
  • Apex Systems
  • Relationship tracking provides view of full candidate contact history.
  • “Fast find” search builds qualified candidate shortlists from databases.
  • Mobile-friendly access to candidate records, interview notes and recruiting reports.
  • Integrates with Microsoft Outlook and Gmail to view e-mail within platform.
  • Onboarding function generates needed forms, auto-populates data fields and enables electronic signature.

CareerBuilder Talentstream Recruit

  • Midas
  • Tegna
  • Wynn Las Vegas
  • Recruitment marketing, sourcing, hiring and metrics on one platform.
  • Automated candidate "re-engagement" enrolls candidates in talent network to receive e-mail communications.
  • Posts listings automatically to job boards, social media and professional networks.
  • Real-time reports identify locations with the biggest supply of target candidates in pay range.
  • Candidates can apply to positions from any mobile device

Clear Company

  • PSCU Financial Services
  • Gateway Engineers
  • Care Mountain
  • Social job sharing tools cast wide distribution net.
  • Flexible application form builder accommodates diverse requirements.
  • Automated screening and assessment tests narrow talent pool.
  • One-click candidate background checks.
  • Employees can easily refer candidates from their own networks.

Cornerstone OnDemand

  • AutomationDirect
  • ResCare
  • New Belgium Brewing
  • Solution built from ground up with cloud tech; single code base gives users one interface and true integration.
  • Latest social recruiting tools, configurable careers sites and candidate-friendly experiences.
  • Tracks key metrics from cost-per-hire to EEO/OFCCP compliance; customizable dashboards.
  • Builds bench strength with good line-of-sight into existing talent pools.
  • Unified platform ties hiring, onboarding and talent management to business strategy.


  • Pinterest
  • Airbnb
  • Evernote
  • Sourcing dashboard tracks real-time performance of key recruiting channels.
  • Identifies patterns of candidates rejected in later rounds, recommending how to filter them out earlier.
  • Open APIs integrate with top point-solution providers.
  • Detailed interview kits prepare interviewers in advance.
  • Profiles show where candidates are in the hiring process and how long at each stage.

IBM Kenexa BrassRing on Cloud

  • Cabela's
  • Shell
  • Configurable, open platform integrates with many HRIS platforms and point solutions.
  • Mobile-friendly job applications, including interview questionnaires.
  • Workflow and rules automation manager streamlines processes from requisition approval to candidate communication.
  • Supports 31 languages and 39 dialects.
  • Administers compliance and data privacy regulations across multiple geographies.

iCIMS Hiring Suite

  • Foot Locker
  • Esurance
  • Enterprise Holdings
  • Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  • End-to-end enterprise recruitment technology platform that integrates into core HR systems.
  • Native recruitment marketing capabilities including optimized job search and posting services, career site design, CRM campaigns and talent pool/talent event management.
  • Mobile-friendly experience.
  • Automated, configurable workflows.
  • Intuitive hiring manager mobile app.
  • Robust recruiting metrics and customizable dashboards.
  • Digital, customizable offer letters and new hire portals.
  • Powerful integrations to nearly 300 partners.

Jazz HR

  • Mashable
  • Red Bull
  • Paint Nite
  • One-click job posting to dozens of popular job boards.
  • Creates and manages companywide employee referral programs.
  • Tracks progression of candidates through recruiting stages.
  • Triggers e-mails and task assignments between recruiting stages to automate repetitive tasks.
  • Syncs e-mail with the platform to receive/reply to urgent messages.

Jobvite Hire

  • Oxfam America
  • Trustwave
  • Greystone Health Network
  • Social connectivity native to platform; employees easily share open jobs to their social networks.
  • CRM function imports and manages candidate data from all channels.
  • Automated and configurable recruiting process workflows.
  • Analytics include real-time sourcing metrics, careers site reviews and referral reports.
  • Automatically feeds openings to free job search engines and a Twitter channel.


  • Netflix
  • Lyft
  • Quora
  • Combines ATS and CRM functions to source, nurture and manage candidates on one platform.
  • Custom reports and interactive dashboards track mission-critical metrics.
  • "Starter" ATS solution provides affordable option for small companies.
  • Uses Chrome sourcing extensions to find and contact candidates across the web.
  • Interview kits improve and standardize the interview process for each role.


  • Cabell Huntington Hospital
  • Precision Castparts
  • British Columbia Assessment
  • Integrated suite of pre-hire and post-hire talent management tools.
  • Scalable and customizable recruiting platform.
  • Mobile-friendly interface and system functionality.
  • Real-time updates on key recruiting metrics.
  • Automates repetitive recruiting tasks.

Newton Software

  • GoPro
  • JellyBelly
  • Bilingual, mobile-friendly job applications.
  • Uses artificial intelligence for stage-specific, automated candidate thank-you letters.
  • Integrates with leading background check providers.
  • Intuitive dashboards track candidate pipelines and critical recruiting metrics.
  • Hiring managers can use e-mail in addition to the ATS to manage recruiting flows.

PC Recruiter

  • Kaye/Bassman
  • Pharmacy Systems
  • Jonathan Scott International
  • Platform manages both passive talent community and current applicants.
  • Boolean searches locate keywords and phrases in resumes, candidate profiles and more.
  • Intuitive "pipeline" tool moves applicants from stage to stage, with automated form letters and history tracking.
  • Automates interview confirmations and compares applicants based on questionnaire scores.
  • Tracks interviews, placements and other key metrics for all requisitions.


  • American Cancer Society
  • Standard Bank
  • Santee Cooper
  • Automates manual processes, freeing recruiters to focus on high-touch hiring duties.
  • Unlimited saved searches provide visibility into large candidate databases.
  • Single-sourcing solution combines contract/contingent and salaried recruiting workflows.
  • Delivers video to candidates, including corporate profiles, employee testimonials and hiring manager introductions.
  • Candidates can apply using profiles from LinkedIn, Dropbox or Google Drive.

PeopleMatter Hire 

  • Kimberton Whole Foods
  • Flash Floods
  • Ruth's Chris Steak House
  • Mobile-optimized, 6-minute screening tools assess candidates for job fit.
  • Hiring checklists, deadline alerts and other forms ensure consistent, compliant recruiting.
  • Enables online completion and storage of onboarding paperwork like I-9s.
  • Configurable and mobile-friendly job application forms.
  • Exports reports in multiple formats for easy sharing of analytics.


  • Olark
  • Wolfram
  • Simplehuman
  • One-click posting to free and paid job boards.
  • Shares internal notes and assigns tasks to recruiting colleagues, eliminating long e-mail exchanges.
  • Structured evaluation templates produce consistent candidate feedback.
  • Integrates workflows with external recruiting agencies.
  • Custom integration option with onboarding software.

SAP SuccessFactors

  • Keolis
  • Jaguar
  • AGCO
  • Posts jobs to sources in more than 80 countries.
  • Intuitive interface aids infrequent users like hiring managers.
  • Data-driven candidate rankings reduce subjectivity in decisions.
  • Maintains contact with candidates who don’t apply the first time they view openings.
  • Provides analytics on critical roles unfilled, candidates attracted to key roles and conversion of referral applicants.

Silkroad Recruiting

  • Makino
  • Rustan Coffee
  • Toro
  • Job distribution feature automatically links to thousands of posting sites.
  • Customizes careers sites with videos, blogs and employee testimonials.
  • Simplifies assessment with built-in candidate pre-screening questions.
  • One-click integration of candidate data with onboarding software.
  • Automatically collects and stores EEO and other compliance data.


  • Skechers
  • Alfresco
  • Marc Jacobs
  • One-click candidate applications and recruiter job postings.
  • Candidate portal allows applicants to follow progress of their applications.
  • Drag-and-drop tools build rich, mobile-responsive careers sites.
  • Consolidated candidate views include resume, interview status, ratings, assessments and background checks.
  • Open API for integrations with top providers.


  • AppSphere
  • Billpay
  • MediFox
  • Streamlines recruiting processes from job posting to onboarding.
  • Reintegrates top candidates who applied but came in second or third for openings.
  • Job ad designer allows users to create custom listings.
  • Status-box feature tracks applicant progress through stages.
  • Rapid pre-screening creates fast, reliable candidate comparisons.


  • Skechers
  • Alfresco
  • Marc Jacobs
  • Visual pipelines provide view of all candidates at every stage of application.
  • Uses Google Chrome extensions to improve sourcing.
  • Provides structured interview kits and candidate scorecards.
  • Syncs with e-mail to manage candidates from desktops or smartphones.
  • Tags and filters help segment candidate databases to create accessible talent pools.

Workday Recruiting

  • Netflix
  • TomTom
  • Hewlett Packard
  • Latest CRM functionality built into platform.
  • Mobile-first design, unified with Workday HCM.
  • "Fly-in-analytics" show where top performers have been sourced.
  • Recommends candidates for jobs based on attributes of top employees in role.
  • Customizable workflows: Hiring teams can add or adjust steps to recruiting process.

Zoho Recruit

  • Manpower
  • Esprit RH
  • Seattle BC Group
  • Uses latest technology to capture and parse resumes.
  • Posts to numerous job boards, customizes careers pages and manages interview scheduling.
  • Enables renaming or creating new modules to customize recruiting workflows.
  • Sources through top social recruiting channels.
  • Dashboards track job status, interviews, candidate profiles and hiring analytics.


Source: Software Advice Inc. and industry estimates.

$ = Free for individuals (under 20 jobs per year) or up to $5K annually

$$ = $5K–$10K annually

$$$ = $10K–$25K annually

$$$$ = $25K–$50K annually

$$$$$ = $50K+ annually

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