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Sage is probably one of the largest companies in the HR industry. They have been in business since 1983 and have more than 6.1 million customers around the world. There are multiple solutions available for different industries. Sage is used by the healthcare, construction, real estate, automotive, and manufacturing industries, to name a few. Sage is also an international company, with its headquarters in the UK.
We found two different products that work well for small- and medium-sized businesses. Sage 50 is the product for small businesses, and takes care of payroll processing for different-sized companies. Sage HRMS is targeted for medium businesses. Generally, Sage sells its products in modules, with tier pricing available for up to 3,000 employees.
Another thing to know about Sage is that they have several sponsorships, including Formula One racing, sponsoring the Marussia F1 team.
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Sage offers a scalable payroll service for its small business customers. Sage 50, which handles payroll for small businesses, is affordable and scalable. We also liked the features of Sage HRMS, which included powerful third-party apps to handle payroll, hiring, training, and more.
Here is what we liked about Sage 50:
We found the Sage HRMS features to include the following:
Sage's recruiting and onboarding easily lets your top applicants become key players within your company. The onboarding process includes assessments, documents, employee handbooks, and other integration tools for new employees. Risk mitigation and compliance features also let your hiring team make sure that key equal opportunity employment criteria are being met by your business, in addition to better understanding the demographics of your applicant pool.
In regards to talent management, Sage provides some good numbers about employee retention. Companies that use Sage's HRMS solution report:
Sage also has unrolled a great benefits management library. The library has information, for both business decision makers and employees, about the latest reforms available through the Affordable Care Act. The library also has a very low monthly cost.
We really liked that Sage has really embraced Open API. If you have a large business, you can enroll your partners in the Sage Development Program. This lets your company IT specialist download the SDK. Sage 50 and Sage HRMS are included in the Sage Development Partnership Program.
Generally, our experience navigating the many different products and features of the HRMS and payroll platforms was an exercise in confusion. We had a hard time finding prices for different products and services. We also struggled to understand the modular approach to Sage's HR approach, as well as the mobile integrations that were available with the company. Also, there are many add-ons through third-party apps. To find out which third-party apps integrate with different Sage HRMS products, you have to visit a different webpage and select the specific Sage system that you want to buy.
We noticed that many Sage point-of-sale products let you easily process payments on your iPhone or iPad, but to use Sage's other products as a manager, you must use the Applianz third-party integration. Also, employee self-service with Sage is a little bit clunky at this time. We found out that your employees have to use their mobile device browser, only with HTML and Java-Script functionality.
Overall, we had a hard time understanding Sage's modular approach because of the website layout. Here are some things that we struggled with on the website:
Another issue that we found with Sage 50 and Sage HRMS is that the user interface is a little bit clunky. On the Sage application, you will find:
Essentially, this translates into a very steep learning curve for your HR management department.
Finally, to round off our list, we feel that Sage is not very transparent in its pricing. We were able to find pricing for Sage 50, but Sage HRMS contains several modules and third-party apps that increase the cost of using this HRMS platform.
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