Sapling Review 2021: Alternatives, Pricing, Features

Listed in our research on: Best HR Software (HRIS, HRMS) - May 2021

Phil Strazzulla, HR Tech Expert
May 18, 2021

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Sapling’s modern and intuitive platform is one of the only remote-focused HRISs out there. It’s particularly great for onboarding and workflow automation.

What's Inside

Sapling Review

Although they started as an HR onboarding platform, Sapling has quickly grown into a remote-first HRIS with an impressive client list. Their full product keeps garnering zealous users and adding up features, currently offering tools like people admin, an intranet, a survey and feedback module, profile templates, and all sorts of integrations. 

One of Sapling’s main strengths is their workflow automation. Their goal is to help People teams improve the employee experience while saving man hours and bringing remote teams together. 

Sapling Customers

Coupa, Warby Parker, Webflow, Digital Ocean, PagerDuty

Sapling Stats

  • Their research suggests that they're able to save clients 10 hours of work per new hire.
  • They also estimate that their integrations can save 5 hours of work per week for People Ops teams.
  • Working with InVision, they were pivotal in helping the company scale remotely from 100 to 1000 employees.

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Key Sapling Features

  • Employee profile templates: Build unique employee records, starting from a set of templates or from scratch. You can show, hide, or require fields based on each employee's circumstance.
  • Smart emails: Schedule, track, and make a template out of any email that is sent during the employee lifecycle. 
  • Automated onboarding: New hires can update their personal profile, complete all required docs, tasks, and training, without the need of HR's assistance.

Sapling Implementation

Sapling offers two implementation plans (standard & advanced), which are offered depending on your organization's size and modules chosen. Both plans include access to their customer success team who will present a project plan, help configure your account, and share best practices for success.

Sapling Customer Success

All of Sapling’s plans include in-app chat support. Customers also get access to their online help center, how-to documents, videos, and best practices resources.

It is also worth mentioning that Sapling currently holds an SOC2 Type 2 compliance for their handling of customer data. They’ve also been GDPR compliant since May 2018.

Sapling Key Integrations

Sapling integrates with most of the main Applicant Tracking Systems, such as JazzHR, Lever, Workday, and Greenhouse. They also integrate natively with a breadth of other tools from Payroll & Benefits to SSO and learning management systems. If that's not enough, they also have an open API and recently launched webhooks, making it possible to connect Sapling to pretty much any part of your tech stack.

What to be aware of

Sapling Pricing

Sapling's pricing varies depending on which modules you'd get. You can start with the People Operations Platform, and then add the Essential and/or Premium modules. The final price will depend on the applicable platform fee, plus a per-user-per-month fee. To give you an idea, the minimum annual fee is $4,000 USD.

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