Your Guide to Applicant Tracking Systems

Your Guide to Applicant Tracking Systems

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* 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


Preferred for small and medium-sized businesses
  • Foursquare
  • 99 Designs
  • Coursera
$ Easy for small companies to transition from spreadsheets to the system • Works in conjunction with Bamboo HRIS, with new hire information automatically entered into the system • Create custom reports and use a large library of common reports • Rate candidates with an easy-to-use three-star system • Receive alerts as new applications arrive.


Fast-performing software-as-a-service platform
  • Harvey Nash
  • Beacham Group
  • Richard Lloyd
$ Automatically tracks all e-mail activity tied to specific candidate records, including passive candidates • View /edit candidate records with mobile software • Staffing-specific integration with LinkedIn Recruiter; view candidates’ or clients’ LinkedIn records • Accelerator tool captures information from the web and adds it to the ATS • “Fast find” helps build qualified candidate shortlists, Boolean logic and search results based on relevance.

CareerBuilder1 Pre-Hire Platform

Job distribution, sourcing and CRM tools in one platform
  • Wynn Las Vegas
  • Rockwater Energy Solutions
  • Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores
N/A Global, configurable and SAAS-based to handle prehire workflow • Keep previous candidates engaged and informed by notifying them when relevant new jobs come open • Real-time labor market and performance reports help determine locations with the biggest supply of target candidates in pay range • Recruiters can search for candidates across all internal and external sources in one place, managing candidates in one database • Candidates can apply to open positions from any mobile device at any time.

Cornerstone OnDemand

Organically built talent systems
  • Walgreens
  • Virgin Media
  • New Belgium Brewing
$$$ Solutions built from the ground up with cloud tech; single code base gives users one interface and true integration • Strong customer service • Fully integrated talent management suite for recruiting, training, performance management and more • Build bench strength with good line-of-sight into existing talent pools • Configurable career sites.


Recruiting optimization techniques
  • Flatiron
  • Pinterest
  • Golden State Warriors
$$$ Tools that identify patterns of candidates rejected in later rounds, recommending ways to filter them out in earlier stages • Customizable scorecards for candidates • A/B testing lets recruiters know which job posts capture the best candidates • Analytics aggregate candidate sources like referrals, job boards, social media and more into “single view” dashboards • Automated workflow tools, recruiting task management and alerts.

IBM Kenexa BrassRing on Cloud

Global solution with extended language support
  • Cabela's
  • Regus
  • SikaAG
$$$$ Easily administer compliance and data privacy regulations across geographies • Open platform integrates with HRIS and other third parties • RapidHire add-on offers a customized user experience; interface tailored to hiring managers overseeing hourly staff • Equipped for high-volume hiring • Value-added modules include CRM to provide a talent view from lead through hire.

ICIMS Recruit

Software-as-a-service pioneer
  • New Balance
  • Kate Spade
  • DeVry University
$$$ Mobile-friendly branded career portals • SEO on career microsites can boost recruiters’ search engine rankings for open jobs, lessening job board dependence • One-click job sharing to hundreds of social networks • Synchronization with major calendar and e-mail providers on one platform • Integrated video displayed in candidate profiles to speed candidate screening.

Jobvite Hire

Social media recruiting
  • Starbucks
  • Shutterfly
  • Pacific Gas & Electric
$$ Pioneer and leader in job distribution to social networks • Configurable hiring workflows • Automatically feeds current openings to free job search engines and distributes them on Twitter channels • Integrated video for interviewing screening • Companion CRM system enables importing of data from all sourcing activities.


Full suite of pre-hire and post-hire talent tools
  • British Columbia Assessment
  • Precision Castparts
  • Silgan Containers
N/A Functionality for all phases of the HR life cycle: attracting, growing and retaining talent • Unified and scalable • Provides timely information as it happens to better position your brand • Has a mobile-friendly interface • Automated performance appraisal and tracking.

Newton Software

User-friendly, powerful analytics
  • GoPro
  • TreeTop
  • JellyBelly
$ Optimized for use on all smartphones, tablets, browsers and operating systems • “Smart” tools help manage job approvals, interview scheduling and results reporting • Interactive, user-friendly graphs and charts help tell the story behind important recruiting trends • Custom reporting engine with drag and drop tools for easy report creation • Deep integration with leading pre-employment screening services.

Oracle Taleo Recruiting Cloud Service

Single view of talent across platform
  • Davita
  • InfoPrint Solutions
  • United Airlines
$$$$$ Broad-based cloud talent management platform that collects information throughout the employee life cycle • Integrated with Oracle’s cloud-based onboarding, performance management, compensation and learning systems • Single view of talent across processes provides strategic talent insights • Quick-view data summaries on dashboards • Configurable system.


Recruiting "mirror" combines video, collaboration and personalization
  • Motorola
  • Carquest
  • WakeMed
$$$ Single-sourcing solution that combines contract/contingent sourcing and salaried recruiting workflows • Handles high-volume recruiting scenarios • Integrated video platform to create video questionnaires for candidate screening and developing video • Sourcing options including continuous, evergreen post-and-fill, pools and multi-seat requisitions • Sorting features help recruiters review new candidates more efficiently.

PeopleMatter Hire 

Integrated assessments that prescreen and benchmark applicants
  • Applebee's
  • C&L Hospitality
  • Wildflower Bread Co.
$$ Six-minute, mobile-optimized assessments for job applicants; recruiters can screen results immediately • Configurable and mobile-friendly job applications • Hiring checklists, deadline alerts and online forms ensure a compliant and consistent hiring process • Track and store onboarding paperwork online • Export reports in one of 11 formats to quickly share analytics.

SAP SuccessFactors

End-to-end talent acquisition solution
  • AllState
  • ConAgra Foods
  • NASA
$$$$$ HCM suite integrates recruiting with onboarding, workforce planning, succession planning and more • Automated solutions maintain contact with candidates who don’t apply the first time they see a job opportunity • Intuitive user interface aids infrequent users like hiring managers • Integration with SAP Jam for social collaboration • Analytics allow users to see percentage of critical roles still unfilled, candidates attracted to key roles and conversion rate of employee referral applicants.

Silkroad Recruiting

Large job distribution network
  • Toro
  • Starbucks
  • Sanford
$ Customize career sites with video, testimonials and blogs • Automate approval processes, choosing which specific approvers come next and in which order • Apply a uniform approach to all positions with built-in candidate prescreening questions • Automatically collect and store applicant EEO compliance data • Dynamic onboarding converts new hires to employees.


Extensive partner ecosystem
  • AOL
  • General Mills
  • NAPA
$$$$ One click for candidates to apply for jobs; similar for recruiters to post jobs or review candidates • Mobile app available for hiring on the go; mobile-friendly visibility at all stages of the recruiting process • Collaborative hiring: Invite recruiters and colleagues to your hiring team, and share ratings and feedback • Integrates with LinkedIn Recruiter to boost sourcing • Open API available for custom integrations

Workday Recruiting

Boosting hiring team collaboration
  • Flextronics
  • Chiquita
  • CareFusion
$$$$$ Mobile-first design, unified with Workday HCM • Customizable workflows: hiring teams can add or adjust steps to the recruiting process • Recruiters can share real-time feedback from screening interviews with hiring managers • Sources internal and external candidates in a single location • Interview teams track candidate progress and communicate within the system instead of relying on e-mail and impromptu conversations.


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