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Best applicant tracking systems that will scale with your startup

Growing a startup requires a heavy focus on talent attraction and recruitment, so when hiring starts to ramp up, it’s time to add an applicant tracking system, or ATS, to your tech stack. The right ATS will improve your ability to hire quickly—with everything from user-friendly job applications and integrated interview scheduling to automated status update emails and offer letters, applicant tracking systems help you stay organized throughout the hiring process while creating a seamless, memorable experience for your candidates.

With so many options to choose from, selecting the right applicant tracking system for your startup can be tricky. We’ve compiled a list of startup-ready, scalable systems and their key features to help you choose the product that will meet your current needs and scale as you grow.

BambooHR

BambooHR offers small and growing companies a human resources management system, or HRIS, that includes an applicant tracking system, payroll processing, benefits administration, employee engagement and satisfaction tools, automated reminders and workforce data analytics to manage all aspects of the employee lifecycle.

Ideal company size 10–200
Pricing model Monthly user fee; contact BambooHR for a free quote
Implementation timeline 30–60 days
Unique features
  • 7-day free trial
  • End-to-end cloud-based HRIS
  • Built-in on-boarding tools
Organizations that use BambooHR Nest Wealth, TIFF, Spartan Bioscience Inc.

What startups are saying:

“Simple, easy to use/navigate—hiring managers say the UI/UX is very straightforward, and it’s easy to review candidates with bulk email and templating, and an easy rating system. I think this is a great tool for 100 or fewer people with moderate hiring needs/goals. If you want a lot of analytics/reporting, keep looking.” –Amanda Smalls, Head of People & Culture, Nest Wealth

“The best feature of  the BambooHR ATS is its integration with the broader BambooHRIS. The ATS feature is relatively limited and could be improved with a more robust candidate search, integrations with external tools, as well as talent pipeline/CRM capability. BambooHR is a good starter ATS for startups from zero to 100, especially if you are looking for an HRIS with a built-in ATS.” – Shane Barnfield, talent acquisition specialist, Spartan Bioscience Inc.

BreezyHR

BreezyHR is an end-to-end recruiting software to help companies attract and hire great employees with less effort.

Ideal company size 1–500+
Pricing model US$399/month for annual Business plan; contact BreezyHR for more information
Implementation timeline 30 days
Unique features
  • 14-day free trial
  • Pipeline view of jobs (Trello-style view)
  • Video interviews included in all plans
  • Candidate texting ($)
Organizations that use BreezyHR eSight, T-Mobile, ChargeSpot

What startups are saying:

“Integrates directly with the company website, LinkedIn and all other free posting sites, and collects all application submissions. Easy-to-use mobile phone app. Low monthly fee. It’s robust enough to handle growth/scale-up (for example, 25 hires per year or for a company size of 200 and possibly more),” – Joy Hwang, director of people + culture, eSight

“The best features of BreezyHR are the candidate experience, recruitment workflows and ease of use. Really good UX/UI, super easy to use, and hiring managers also love it. It has a video interview platform built in to make interviews easy. The reporting capabilities could be more robust. BreezyHR is a great ATS for small to mid-sized startups of up to 500 employees.” – Krishna Kambhampati, HR coordinator, MaRS

Greenhouse

Greenhouse is a recruiting platform that improves entire recruiting processes. For everything from finding, tracking and vetting to hiring the best candidates, Greenhouse makes recruiting the strategic advantage that moves companies forward.

Ideal company size 20–1,000+
Pricing model Modular pricing available; contact Greenhouse for a free quote
Implementation timeline Timeline varies based on customization factors
Unique features
  • Robust data and reports for continuous improvement of your hiring process
  • Diversity, equity and inclusion feature set (included in Enterprise package)
  • Surveys to measure candidate experiences
Organizations that use Greenhouse MaRS, Asana, FreshBooks

What startups are saying:

“The best feature of the ATS is the ability to customize almost all the fields in any form, such as the candidate application and job approval. The dashboard cannot be customized to the user’s preferences. Best fit for a startup of 200-plus with solid growth plans that values reporting and analytics. Greenhouse has great functionality and is mostly user-friendly and easy to navigate, but the tool itself looks outdated.” – Anum Khan, manager of talent acquisition and programs, MaRS

JazzHR

JazzHR is an affordable, user-friendly recruiting solution to help small and medium-size growing businesses find and hire the right talent—fast. Many early-stage startups have began with JazzHR as their first ATS.

Ideal company size 20–1,000+
Pricing model US$329/month (Annual Pro Plan); contact JazzHR for more information
Implementation timeline 2–10 days
Unique features
  • Affordable plans for business of any size
  • Instant access to source candidates
  • Unlimited hiring managers with subscription
  • Candidate texting ($)
Organizations that use JazzHR TED, Clearly, Speck

What startups are saying:

“JazzHR does such a great job of automating hiring tasks that save so much time, especially for smaller teams. For external recruiters, there is a lack of visibility into where their candidates are in the pipeline. Best for a startup of one to 100 people or for larger startups that aren’t looking for in-depth reporting and surveys.” – Mary Papagiannis, head of people, Tread; founder and consultant, Campfire

Jobvite

The Jobvite Applicant Tracking System is an easy-to-use solution that employs automation and intelligence to engage candidates while increasing recruiting speed and quality.

Ideal company size 10–500
Pricing model Contact Jobvite for a free quote
Implementation timeline Timeline varies based on customization factors
Unique features
  • Post to over 15,000 global job boards
  • Amplify job postings on over 300 social media networks
Organizations that use Jobvite Dollar Shave Club, Shutterfly

Lever

Lever is a cloud-based solution that offers ATS and CRM functionality in a single platform to manage the hiring process. It helps teams of all sizes source, nurture and manage their candidates, all in one place.

Ideal company size 20–1,000+
Pricing model Modular pricing available; contact Lever for a free quote
Implementation timeline 2–3 months
Unique features
  • CRM for candidates
  • Lever Nurture creates automated campaigns so you can stay connected to your talent pools
  • Slack integration for the latest recruitment updates
Organizations that use Lever Mysa, Spotify, Netflix, Prodigy

Workable

Workable provides hiring teams with lots of ways to find more qualified candidates and helps them work together to identify and hire the best. They get from requisition to offer letter faster, with automated and AI-powered tools that source and suggest candidates, simplify decision making and streamline the hiring process.

Ideal company size 20–1,000+
Pricing model Modular pricing available; contact Workable for a free quote
Implementation timeline 14–60 days
Unique features
  • 15-day free trial
  • 700+ free SEO-optimized job description templates
  • Top-rated mobile app
Organizations that use Workable Smile.io, Borrowell, Bonsai

What startups are saying:

“Simple and easy to use for both recruiters and hiring managers, and the people search function is great for sourcing. It’s lacking some features that would be useful, such as automatic job application replies and scorecard reminders, and the reporting function isn’t very robust. Best fit for a smaller startup of less than 100.” – Emma Hunt, head of people, Bonsai

Zoho

Zoho Recruit is a cloud-based applicant tracking system that’s built to provide diverse, end-to-end hiring solutions. With its intuitive recruiting software, hiring can be effortless.

Ideal company size 1–500
Pricing model US$50/recruiter/month (Enterprise account); contact Zoho for more information
Implementation timeline 30 days
Unique features
  • Open customizations with no added fees
  • No locked-in contract—upgrade or downgrade your subscription at any time
Organizations that use Zoho BluRoot

Compare Applicant Tracking Systems

BambooHR BreezyHR Greenhouse JazzHR Jobvite Lever Workable Zoho
Branded careers page

Requisition and job approvals

Customizable recruiting workflows

Hiring team rights and roles

Advanced recruiter dashboard

Post to free job boards

Post to premium job boards

Resumé keyword search

AI-powered candidate scoring and recommendations

LinkedIn Recruiter integration

Email and calendar sync

Email only

Auto emails and templates

Interview scheduling

Interview scorecards and kits

Testing and background-check integrations

US only

Offer letters

E-signatures

$

$

On-boarding tools

$ $

Reporting and analytics

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