We started SSR in 2018 to help organizations find and buy the right HR and recruiting tools through our in depth reviews and buyer guides.
Our team of editors collectively have over 40 years of using and evaluating HR technologies. Some of us worked in People or TA, or have simply lived HR Tech for years as a technology analyst. We also rely heavily on the input of users and experts to inform the advice we give our readers.
You can read about how we select vendors, check out our HR software buyer guides, or use our many resources for teams looking to buy software around ROI, price negotiations, or how to get buy-in from your boss.
Our business makes money through vendor advertising. If a vendor is selected to be on our site, we allow them to advertise and so we may earn a fee if you click on various vendor links throughout our site. We also typically have advertisers in our newsletter.
Our Editorial team works separately from our sales team. Editorial has 100% control over what is written on the site, and which vendors we share with our audience. Each month we turn down offers to pay to be on our site. We strongly believe that our success aligns with our readers, and the best way to serve readers is by offering objective advice.
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.
We are based in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
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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