"Our goal at SSR is to make sure you focus on the best HR and recruiting software vendors, with the right frameworks to make the best decision for your business"
At SSR, we are HR Tech nerds who spend all day long understanding the landscape of ATS's, Payroll Providers, Employee Software, AI, and much more.
We hope our research will save your team time by offering vetted shortlists of vendors, pricing guidelines, tips to get budget, and everything else you need to know when buying HR tools.
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Hi - My name is Phil and I’m a software geek. I’ve been a software engineer, software investor, and software entrepreneur.
I started SSR because it’s getting harder to find and implement the right software. Plus, most of the advice online is very biased or too theoretical.
My hope is that our content will help you buy the right tools, build your organization, and help you progress in your career.
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Our reviews are expert based, and then editorialized into bite sized information that is easy to understand. We believe this is much more useful than hundreds of anonymous reviews you have to wade through, many of which are positively biased.
Additionally, we’re an employee owned company. That means we aren’t beholden to shareholders who will push us to compromise our integrity to drive short term revenues.
Our goal is to save you hours of research when buying new HR and Talent Acquisition software, and point you in the right direction so you partner with the best vendor for your business.
In order to get all the information you need, we start by asking experts and practitioners about their favorite solutions, common pitfalls when buying a given type of software, what questions to ask vendors, and generally speaking what advice people need to know. We also ask the vendors themselves for advice they have for buyers and how their product stacks up.
We spend the time doing this research so that you don’t have to. We’re software nerds and think our analysis is going to be as good as anyone else’s.
We then synthesize this data into easily digestible market landscapes, ROI calculators, videos, and more.
We have several factors that go into the featuring of vendors: recommendations from HR practitioners, product demos, financial health of the business, retention of current customers, transparency, employee growth and satisfaction, as well as our gut :)
We look to feature the “best” vendors in a given category. This typically means listing at least 3, and as many as twenty vendors. We realize in many cases that one vendor will be the best fit for a given company, and another for another company. It’s our goal to showcase the vendors worth taking a look at when considering new software. But, at the end of the day it’s up to each individual company to understand which solution will be the best fit for them.
We’re able to offer our content and advice for free to users because vendors pay us for advertising opportunities. A subset of the vendors featured on our site have some sort of commercial relationship with us through sponsoring of webinars, events, PPC campaigns, or other forms of advertising. If you want an easy way to support our research, please click through to our vendors and get a demo of their software as we may earn a fee for that click. You can see an updated list of our partners here.
No. Out of the hundreds of vendors in a given industry, we only select the very best to highlight on our site. We would never allow vendors on our site that we do not recommend and turn down many each month. Beyond the moral implications, this would betray our readership, and lead to a decline in our business.
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SelectSoftware has been mentioned in many different HR publications including Undercover Recruiter, RecruitingDaily, HR.com, RecruitingBlogs, Workology, Recruiter.com, HR-Gazette and many more. If you’re interested in citing our research, please send us a note and we’d be happy to collaborate or help out in any way that we can.
The information provided on our site is meant to assist in the vendor selection process, but should not replace your own decision making process, merely augment it. You should do your own diligence on vendors before making any purchasing or partnership decision.
Lastly, our business makes money through online advertising. While we only feature companies on our site that we believe in, we do allow these companies to run ads on our site. These ads almost exclusively show up on our "best software" categories and vendor review pages. Advertisers will have some of the most prominent spots on this page, and typically have links back to landing pages on their sites, with UTM codes in the URL to help them track the ROI of their spend.
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