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The top 11 best Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS)

A list of the best ATS softwares (Teamtailor, JazzHR, Recruitee, Greenhouse...), with their features, pricing and a comparison of pros & cons.
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May 27, 2024
The top 11 best Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS)
André Farah
The top 11 best Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS)
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Are you looking for a new ATS (Applicant Tracking System), a tool for managing your job offers, applications, and job interviews? Are you implementing an ATS for the first time, or are you looking to replace your current software to target features that better fit your needs for hiring processes?

The choice of an ATS can be difficult for a company given the number of solutions available in the market. This article is made for you to identify the best SaaS solution that will allow you to recruit effectively.

The blog post on the top recruitment CRM may interest you also : Best recruitment CRM.

What is an ATS, and why implement it in my company?

The ATS is the tool or software that manages the entire hiring and recruitment process, from the publication of job advertisements to the management of interviews, and the collection of resumes. Note that, unlike a Recruitment CRM, the ATS only covers the Inbound part of recruitment. It will not manage functionalities related to external hunting, sourcing, or the management of an external candidate pool. For more information, see our article ATS vs CRM.

The ATS will allow you to:

  • Track data related to candidates (application, interview, CV, resumes)
  • Save time on application management and candidate tracking
  • Follow the key KPIs of your Inbound recruitment
  • Be GDPR compliant in terms of candidate data traceability

How to choose a market ATS?

The questions that will allow you to select the most suitable ATS (Applicant Tracking System) for your use are as follows:

  • What is my budget? Price is a limiting factor in the choice of an ATS given the disparity between the costs of these softwares
  • What is my annual or monthly recruitment volume? (How many candidates are interviewed, how many profiles are recruited)
  • What features am I looking for?
  • What are the pain points that I find in my hiring process?

What are the main features of an ATS:

We have summarized here the main features found in ATSs ((Applicant Tracking Systems). These are present in most software, being more or less developed.

  • Multicast of job offers and advertisements on job boards
  • Application reception with the candidates' resumes
  • Integration with a career site / Career site creation
  • Sourcing in the internal candidate pool
  • Management and scheduling of interviews with a candidate
  • Data analysis, KPIs and reporting
  • Integration with other tools (Recruitment CRM, …)

All these features are what we call Inbound Recruiting and are tackled by the best Applicant Tracking Systems.

Using a Recruitment CRM instead of an ATS?

Another type of software used to optimize recruitment processes is Recruitment CRM. Unlike the ATS, Recruitment CRM focuses on Outbound Recruiting, that is, everything related to direct candidate sourcing.

The main features are based on improving the sourcing processes. The Recruitment CRM thus allows:

  • Importing profiles from social networks (particularly LinkedIn)
  • Selecting candidates with advanced filters
  • Defining sequences of contact (and automating them)
  • Managing a pool of candidates
  • Monitoring the performance of Outbound Recruiting with key KPIs (number of candidates contacted, response rate, acceptance rate, etc.)

Using a Recruiting CRM will help you:

  • Spend less time sourcing (through automation and better filtering capabilities)
  • Reduce time-to-hire
  • Find more candidates
  • Find candidates for positions where candidates usually don't apply (Business Develpers, Fullstack developers, C-suite...)
  • Increase your response rate from candidates

Recruiters' and companies usually use both Recruiting CRM & ATS to improve their hiring and find the best candidates.

For more information and find what is the best software for your needs, see our dedicated article on the comparison between ATS and CRM: ATS or CRM.

👉 You work at a recruitment agency ? Check our dedicated blog post on the best ATS for staffing agencies

List and comparison of the top ATS in the market

This list includes the main ATS solutions on the market, with the main features offered, as well as our opinion on the advantages and disadvantages of each of these Human Resources dedicated software.

These are the ATS used by top recruiters' around the world.

Wink

Wink is a recruitment software designed for independent recruiters (freelancers), recruitment consultants, and in-house recruiters. It is the perfect Applicant Tracking System for independent recruiters.

Tool Features

  • Application management
  • Multicasting of ads on job boards
  • Candidate search within the pool
  • Analysis of recruitment performance

Advantages

  • Very intuitive software and easy to use
  • Focused on job posting and CV collection

Disadvantages

  • Wink's features are mainly 

Pricing: Available on quote

Lever

Lever is the collaborative recruitment platform that helps organizations prioritize a more human approach to the hiring process. This Applicant Tracking System is often used by start-ups and scale-ups.

Tool Features

  • Application management 
  • Team collaboration 
  • Workflow customization 
  • Integrated communication 

Advantages: 

  • User-friendly, easy-to-use and intuitive interface 
  • Flexible customization of workflows for your business
  • Efficient application management 
  • Seamless integration with calendars and emails

Disadvantages 

  • Limited integrations with other tools

Pricing: Between 6,000 and 12,000 euros per year

Teamtailor

Teamtailor is an application tracking and recruitment and talent management platform that offers an intuitive user experience, customizable features, and smooth integration with other HR tools. It is very suitable for the needs of SMEs (Small and Medium Companies).

Tool Features 

  • Application management 
  • Customizable career pages
  • Team collaboration 
  • Integrations: integration with other HR tools

Advantages 

  • Intuitive user interface 
  • Advanced customization 
  • Smooth integration with other HR tools 
  • Ability to create a strong employer brand 

Disadvantages

  • While integration with other HR tools is possible, some specific integrations may require custom developments to adapt the software to your business

Pricing: About 2,000 euros / year

WelcomeKit

WelcomeKit is an ATS developed by Welcome to the Jungle, it offers a smooth and intuitive user experience, simplifying the management of the recruitment process and offering advanced customization for companies.

Tool Features

  • Complete management of the recruitment process
  • Advanced customization of career pages and recruitment flows 
  • Real-time collaboration among recruitment team members 
  • Dashboard and analytical reports 

Advantages

  • Intuitive user interface
  • Advanced customization to suit the specific needs of each company
  • Seamless integration with other HR and talent management tools
  • Advanced collaboration and communication features

Disadvantages 

  • Only usable via Welcome to the Jungle, it does not allow for the centralization of applications.

Pricing: 300 euros / month / user or 12,000 € / year (unlimited number of profiles)

Recruitee

Recruitee is a recruitment software whose goal is to optimize the recruitment process by promoting stakeholder collaboration. It is the ideal Applicant Tracking System for SMEs.

Tool Features

  • Automation of the recruitment process;
  • Setting up intelligent recruitment campaigns with a wide range of sourcing tools;
  • Management and planning of recruitment interviews;
  • Simplified administrative formalities with electronic signature of documents.

Advantages

  • Unlimited number of users
  • Advanced automation and customization functions for your business
  • Intuitive software

Disadvantages: 

  • Less modern interface
  • Not suitable for major recruitment campaigns(ergonomics, ...)
  • Recruitee is really suitable for small structures and SMEs

Pricing: Starting at 199 €/month for 10 open job offers. Up to 700 €/month.

Greenhouse

Greenhouse is an Applicant Tracking System (ATS) that promotes process transparency for fair recruitment, used by Scale-ups, medium-sized SMEs, and large groups. It is often used by companies that hire more than 50 employees per year.

Tool Features

  • Complete management of the candidate life cycle
  • Customization of recruitment workflows 
  • Effective collaboration and communication among recruitment team members 
  • Integrations 

Advantages

  • Wide range of features
  • Strong integrations with other HR and talent management tools
  • Advanced customization of recruitment workflows 

Disadvantages

  • User interface less intuitive compared to some other platforms
  • The price of Greenhouse is high and not suitable for small businesses

Pricing: High. Around 20,000 - 30,000 €/year

Zoho Recruit

Zoho Recruit offers advanced recruitment features and seamless integration with other Zoho tools.

Tool Features

  • Complete management of the recruitment process
  • Customization of recruitment workflows 
  • Effective communication with candidates and recruitment team members thanks to integrated features such as automated emails and interview reminders.
  • Customizable dashboards and pre-built reports 

Advantages

  • Seamless integration with other Zoho tools, such as Zoho CRM, allowing for centralized management and effective collaboration with other departments.
  • Advanced customization of workflows 
  • Powerful search and filtering features for users

Disadvantages

  • Some advanced reporting and analysis features may be more limited, which can restrict the ability to obtain detailed insights.
  • Some third-party integrations may not be as developed or extensive as those offered by other ATS.

Pricing: Starting from 25€ per

BambooHR

BambooHR offers effective management of the recruitment process as well as advanced employee management features. The range of BambooHR's features is not only limited to the ATS dimension.

Tool Features 

  • Complete management of the recruitment process and HR ((onboarding, team management...)
  • Centralized management of employee data
  • Self-service portal for employees
  • Integrated collaboration and communication tools 

Advantages 

  • Intuitive and aesthetically pleasing user interface
  • Seamless integration with other BambooHR HR management modules
  • Wide range of talent management features, from recruitment to performance management and onboarding, offering a comprehensive approach to HR processes.
  • Excellent customer support and training resources 

Disadvantage

  • Less flexible customization capabilities compared to other ATSs, which may limit adaptability to each company's specific recruitment processes.

Pricing: Available on quote

Flatchr

Flatchr is a complete recruitment management software. It presents itself as a comprehensive, collaborative tool completely dedicated to optimizing the recruitment process. This Applicant Tracking System if often used by Small and Medium Businesses

Features

  • One-click distribution of job offers on different channels;
  • Centralization of applications on a single platform;
  • Simplified tracking of the recruitment budget;
  • Advanced customization and automation options in line with your employer brand.

Advantages:

  • HR solution solely dedicated to recruitment
  • Advanced automation and customization functions
  • Easy to use

Disadvantages:

  • Needs to be oombined with another complete HR software
  • Limited number of slots for job offers (adapted to small businesses)

Pricing: Starting from 49€ per month. 5000 to 6000 € / year for an unlimited number of users.

Cegid Talentsoft

Cegid Talentsoft offers advanced recruitment and talent management features.

Tool Features

  • Complete management of the candidate lifecycle (onboarding, team management...)
  • Customization of recruitment workflows and talent management processes 
  • Efficient collaboration thanks to integrated features such as document sharing, comments, and notifications.
  • Customizable dashboards and analytical reports.

Advantages

  • Wide range of features for recruitment, talent management, and training.
  • Customization capabilities 
  • Solid integrations with other HR systems and third-party tools
  • Reporting and analytical tools to track recruitment performance and assess process efficiency.

Disadvantage

  • Less intuitive user interface for users
  • Expensive for Small Businesses

Pricing: Available on quote

Taleez

Taleez is a comprehensive solution for application management and job posting.

Tool Features 

  • Complete management of the recruitment process
  • Centralized communication with candidates through integrated tools such as automated emails and notifications.
  • Efficient collaboration among recruitment team members 
  • Dashboards and reports to track key recruitment metrics and evaluate process performance.

Advantages 

  • Intuitive user interface for users
  • Centralized applications 
  • Automation of administrative tasks 
  • Easy collaboration among recruitment team members thanks to comment and note sharing tools.

Disadvantage

  • Less extensive customization options compared to some other ATSs
  • Fewer possible integrations with other tools 

Pricing: Starting from 99€ per month / recruiter

JazzHR

JazzHR is an interesting Applicant Tracking Systems solutions designed for Small and Medium Businesses.

Tool Features 

  • Job posting
  • Interviews & Assessments follow-up

Advantages 

  • User friendly and Easy to use
  • Unlimited number of users
  • Integrations with other softwares
  • Price

Disadvantage

  • Limited sourcing capabilties in the candidates pipeline

Pricing: From $49 / month (with 3 open slots) to $359 / month (with unlimited job positions opened)

Looking for a free ATS (Applicant Tracking System) ?

If the price of the solutions above is too expensive for your company, you may be looking for a Free ATS. f you are looking for a list of free Applicant Tracking Systems, you can use:

  • Smart Recruiters is another ATS that has a free version
  • Odoo have a free recruitment software
  • Recruiters also use Notion as a free ATS

You have now a better understanding of the ATS (Applicant Tracking Systems), the most important features and the pricing of each solutions.

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