SHRM’s Guide to: Employee Recognition Vendors

Costs vary.*


Phone: 888-622-3343


Ceridian, Deloitte, Samsung

  • Technology enables social recognition, service awards, recruiting referrals and even sales incentives on one platform.
  • Employees can send videos, e-cards or other electronic communications to recognize colleagues.
  • Social recognition can be forwarded to Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn, and leaderboards allow employees to see how their recognition points compare to colleagues'.
  • Custom reports are sent directly to manager inboxes, and recognition budgeting allows users to easily set point allowances for every level from front line to executive. This allows employees to award points without requiring managerial approval.

Contact the company for a quote.

CSI International
Phone: 855-231-8407


Gilbane, Hubbell, Philadelphia University

  • The CSI Stars program offers celebration packaging, certificates of achievement, and a selection of branded and lifestyle merchandise to recognize career milestones.
  • The service anniversary program stresses presentation of service awards as a key part of the experience.
  • Users can operate the program independently, 24/7, with CSI’s online program administration and ordering system or tie it into an overall total rewards solution.
Contact the company for a quote.


Phone: 888-915-8367


Sportvision, World Health, LUSH Cosmetics

  • Recognition platform and corporate social network engages employees and aligns teams to the corporate culture, ensuring that team-based recognition events and awards are tied to corporate values.
  • Cloud solution with a large feature set and multilanguage offering.
  • Team and personal social walls display kudos activity.
  • Customizable rewards allow users to set point-to-dollar ratios.

Ranges from basic ($2 per-user, per-month for peer-to-peer recognition program) to plus ($4 per-user, per-month including manager-to-employee recognition) to enterprise level (call for pricing).


Phone: 888-830-9830


Jamba Juice, Ohio State University, Kohl's

  • Corporate wellness recognition platform that creates a central hub for employee health, engagement and culture-building initiatives.
  • Offers biometric screenings and a science-based well-being assessment that measures six life dimensions. The dimensions include physical well-being, health risk, emotional well-being, work well-being, capacity for change, and reaching potential.
  • Creates a personalized experience for employees, who earn points and rewards for participating in targeted wellness challenges.
  • Includes more than 80 apps.

Contact the company for a quote.

O.C. Tanner
Phone: 800-828-8902


The Dow Chemical Company, PepsiCo, NorthBay Healthcare

  • Platform integrates performance recognition, career achievement, wellness, service awards, safety and other programs together in the cloud.
  • Incorporates everything from recognition gift cards to brand name awards to customized awards.
  • Brings real-time employee wellness data into recognition programs to make well-being social and mobile.
  • A “Smarts” suite provides analytics to fine-tune programs and better manage talent.

$25,000-$50,000+ per year; this is a comprehensive cost figure that includes per-user license fees and other platform costs.

Phone: 866-473-7571


Hunter Warfield and Lightspeed GMI

  • Offers employee, channel partner and consumer loyalty programs with tailored recognition strategies. Channel partners are organizations that partner with Perks to market and sell its products and services.
  • Analytics and reporting dashboards let managers know what recognition tactics are working and which aren’t so they can make adjustments for improved engagement.
  • Monitors trends across countries and communicates with staff in real time to optimize companywide motivation.
  • Has 5 million active users globally in 140 countries, and resources allow users to scale their programs and incentives globally.

Contact the company for a quote.

*While the cost of employee recognition software varies, pricing is usually on a per-user, per-month basis. For example, Kudos starts prices at $2 per-user, per-month for its peer-to-peer recognition program, a fee that includes basic administration; analytics; access to an online rewards store and integration with Yammer, LinkedIn and more. That price increases to $4 per-user, per-month when manager-to-employee recognition is included. Recognition software costs usually vary based on functionality, language and customer support requirements. Prices also can include one-time fees that cover system design and deployment.