Best Applicant Tracking Systems

Applicant tracking systems are numerous to say the least.  To figure out the best fit for your business you need to start wide and quickly narrow down your hit list based on research, and then demos of your top choices.

We wanted to shed some light on the nebulous ATS landscape with a bit of data around marketshare, who’s growing the most, and who’s customers are staying the longest.  Please use this data to widdle down your list to those solutions that are most relevant to your business.  We hope it’ll help you find the best ATS for your company!

The Data Set

Our data set comes from Datanyze, a sales and investing intelligence platform.  While the vast majority of solutions in this set are applicant tracking systems, there are a few where ATS is not their core functionality.  However, in order to preserve the integrity of the dataset, we haven’t removed these solution providers.

Fastest Growing Applicant Tracking Systems

First off, let’s look at who’s growing. Out of the 95 recruiting technology companies in our data set, we found several that are in hyper growth mode.

If you believe markets are efficient, then growth should tell you a lot. The faster a company grows, the more value it should have. Other employers are doing their research and picking these companies, so maybe you should too!

Applicant Tracking Systems with the fastest growth
ATS’s with the fastest growth

Applicant Tracking Systems Who’re Retaining Their Customers

I remember when I got into HRTech several years back. A recurring theme amongst practitioners I talked to was that they weren’t happy with their ATS. Everyone has different workflows, and therefore everyone wishes their ATS was set up a bit differently. Plus many of these systems are full of old data and hard to use due to bad UX/UI decisions.  This all leads to churn.

When we sorted our dataset by companies who’re retaining the most customers each month, we found something kind of funny at first, please see below.  Some of the vendors in this data aren’t really ATS’s and are more in the “recruiting technology” space. While most of the companies in this dataset are in the ATS segment, it’s funny how the ones who’re retaining the most customers aren’t.

Realistically, you have to get down to number 5 with Jazz before you get to a real ATS vendor, and then jump down a few more to Jobvite. Greenhouse was #16 with 8% annualized churn, and Lever was #23 with 13%.

Applicant Tracking Systems with best retention

ATS Market Share

Here’s the landscape broken down by market share. It’s important to note that marketshare is defined by the number of websites that currently have a given company’s technology on them. So, a company like Taleo actually has an even greater share of the market than presented here since they charge more than a vendor like Jazz or Workable which sell to smaller companies for smaller dollars.

TL:DR Taleo is crushing it despite one of the most painful user experiences for both talent acquisition professionals and job seekers.

Ranking Technology Domains Market Share
1 Taleo 12,361 11.22%
2 Taleo Enterprise 7,490 6.80%
3 iCIMS 5,976 5.42%
4 Taleo Business Edition 5,174 4.69%
5 UltiPro 4,146 3.76%
6 SilkRoad 4,024 3.65%
7 Jobs.net 3,479 3.16%
8 Jazz (Resumator) 3,283 2.98%
9 Jobvite 3,258 2.96%
10 ClearCompany (HRMDirect) 2,662 2.42%
11 Workable 2,635 2.39%
12 ZipRecruiter 2,159 1.96%
13 Kenexa 2,030 1.84%
14 Applicant Pro 1,911 1.73%
15 Greenhouse 1,906 1.73%
16 Workday Recruit 1,697 1.54%
17 myStaffingPro 1,676 1.52%
18 SmartRecruiters 1,630 1.48%
19 TalentEd 1,477 1.34%
20 BambooHR 1,444 1.31%
21 Lever 1,432 1.30%
22 Recruiterbox 1,422 1.29%
23 Bullhorn 1,382 1.25%
24 Paycom 1,351 1.23%
25 SuccessFactors (SAP) 1,283 1.16%
26 Zoho Recruit 1,231 1.12%
27 CATS 1,148 1.04%
28 Tenstreet 1,028 0.93%
29 Newton Software 996 0.90%
30 PC Recruiter 924 0.84%
31 Monster ATS 865 0.78%
32 ApplicantStack 861 0.78%
33 JazzHR 826 0.75%
34 Erecruit 825 0.75%
35 ADP Employease Applicant Tracking 816 0.74%
36 JobDiva 784 0.71%
37 Lumesse 768 0.70%
38 OTYS 741 0.67%
39 Lumesse (US only) 722 0.66%
40 iApplicants (ApplicantPro) 658 0.60%
41 ATS OnDemand 630 0.57%
42 PeopleFluent 600 0.54%
43 Jobscore 556 0.50%
44 JobAdder 551 0.50%
45 Umantis 542 0.49%
46 People Matter 530 0.48%
47 CareerBuilder 517 0.47%
48 Kronos 458 0.42%
49 Maxhire 391 0.35%
50 ApplicantPool 382 0.35%
51 Carerix 373 0.34%
52 Avature 366 0.33%
53 Broadbean 357 0.32%
54 Sendouts 343 0.31%
55 SearchSoft 335 0.30%
56 HireBridge 329 0.30%
57 Hireology 329 0.30%
58 BirdDogHR 321 0.29%
59 PageUp People 297 0.27%
60 SmartSearch 274 0.25%
61 MidlandHR 272 0.25%
62 Technomedia (Hodes iQ) 256 0.23%
63 aCloud Recruitment 254 0.23%
64 Hyrell 249 0.23%
65 Health eCareers 248 0.23%
66 Breezy HR (Formerly NimbleHR) 241 0.22%
67 Recruitics 240 0.22%
68 Infor (PeopleAnswers) 239 0.22%
69 ExactHire 237 0.22%
70 TheJobNetwork by RealMatch 235 0.21%
71 Recruitee 231 0.21%
72 HR 4 You 228 0.21%
73 Madgex 220 0.20%
74 The Applicant Manager (TAM) 219 0.20%
75 Eteach 214 0.19%
76 Prevue 213 0.19%
77 GetHired.com 198 0.18%
78 Jobtrain 195 0.18%
79 Talent Clue 192 0.17%
80 Dice 189 0.17%
81 BrightMove 187 0.17%
82 Zywave HR Connection 185 0.17%
83 TalentSoft 170 0.15%
84 Winocular 163 0.15%
85 WCN 158 0.14%
86 Firefish Software 154 0.14%
87 JobApp 153 0.14%
88 AcquireTM 150 0.14%
89 iRecruit 146 0.13%
90 Emply 145 0.13%
91 CareerArc 142 0.13%
92 Njoyn 140 0.13%
93 IBM Kenexa BrassRing 139 0.13%
94 Vacancy Filler 138 0.13%
95 Hirewire 137 0.12%
95 Hirewire 137 0.12%


What’s Suboptimal with this Data

  1. Unfortunately, there are a few flaws in this data set and some are probably obvious. There are a few non-ATS providers in this group. Sure, some companies may use Ziprecruiter as an ATS, but not most, let alone jobs.net.
  2. We can assume a bias in what sites Datanyze crawls as they don’t include every webpage on the internet. Many smaller companies that use services like Jazz may not be in here.  Workable says on their site they have 6k customers vs 2,600 in our data set, and RecruiterBox says 2k vs 1,400.
  3. The growth and churn numbers are based on March 2017 alone. These numbers are what was available. So, if a company had a stellar sales month, or bad churn month, it’s going to greatly magnify the growth/retention numbers presented in our post. We can fix that by providing an update in a few months.

Where to go from here

These numbers are another data point in your search for the best ATS. For what it’s worth, the ones we hear come up again and again are Greenhouse, Smart Recruiters, iCIMS, and Lever. Of course, most of these solutions are for the middle market and not truly enterprise. Fortune 500 companies still have to work with the larger, and clunkier solutions.  Best of luck in your search!

Phil Strazzulla

Founder at NextWave Hire
Phil is a founder of NextWave Hire.Previously, he was a VC at Bessemer, and has a MBA from Harvard, and studied finance at NYU.