2018 Editor’s NOTE — We have the updated version for 2018 here:

The Top 100 Applicant Tracking System in 2018

Enjoy! — Rob


Our Ongig team talks to 100’s of people a year about which applicant tracking system they use because the ATS is often directly related to candidate experience and employer branding (things we care deeply about). We’re by no means experts on the best ATS’s, but we’ve learned a bunch on the subject and wanted to share what we know.

Towards that end, below is a list of the top applicant tracking systems used by customers and prospects of Ongig, along with some trends we’ve observed.

Disclaimer: Ongig is not a formal research house. The data in the below pie chart is based on 1,548 ATS customers (prospects and clients of Ongig) and the 55 ATS’s we found they were using; the trends are based on anecdotal conversations with ATS users. 


Applicant Tracking System Market Share

Ok, so first here’s the pie chart of the 55 applicant tracking systems used by Ongig’s 1,548 prospects and customers. Since this data is centered on Ongig’s community (enterprises typically hiring at least 50 positions a year), you may find that some ATS’s have inflated market shares while others have deflated ones. For example, some ATS’s below with less than 1% market share have hundreds or even thousands of customers.

applicant tracking systems, applicant tracking software, taleo, iCims, Brassring, Jobvite

The complete list of the top 55 applicant tracking systems couldn’t fit in the pie chart so below is the full list. To find the best applicant tracking system for you, this is a decent place to start.

  1. Taleo 54.0%
  2. Kenexa-Brassring 12.9%
  3. Jobvite 9.6%
  4. iCims 7.3%
  5. SAP-SuccessFactors 3.9%
  6. Peoplefluent (formerly Peopleclick) 3.7%
  7. ADP 2.3%
  8. Silkroad 1.7%
  9. iRecruitment 1.0%
  10. Greenhouse 0.8%
  11. Newton Software 0.8%
  12. Ultipro 0.8%
  13. Jobscore 0.6%
  14. Lumesse 0.6%
  15. HRDepartment.com 0.4%
  16. Hrsmart 0.3%
  17. TheResumator 0.3%
  18. Ceridian 0.3%
  19. HRMDirect.com 0.3%
  20. Link 0.3%
  21. MyStaffingPro 0.3%
  22. Resumeware 0.3%
  23. Bullhorn 0.2%
  24. ContactHR 0.2%
  25. Force.com 0.2%
  26. HealthCareResource 0.2%
  27. Jobscience 0.2%
  28. Lever 0.2%
  29. PeopleAnswers (Infor) 0.2%
  30. Vitae 0.2%
  31. ApplicantStack 0.1%
  32. Hirebridge 0.1%
  33. Hyrell 0.1%
  34. Luceo 0.1%
  35. PCRecruiter 0.1%
  36. PeopleAdmin 0.1%
  37. Pereless 0.1%
  38. SmartRecruiters 0.1%
  39. Tribepad 0.1%
  40. ApplicantPro (JobMatch) 0.1%
  41. ATS OnDemand 0.1%
  42. CATS ATS 0.1%
  43. eRecruiting 0.1%
  44. TrueBlue 0.1%
  45. HireRabbit 0.1%
  46. iApplicants 0.1%
  47. iRecruit 0.1%
  48. JJ Keller 0.1%
  49. netMedia 0.1%
  50. NovaHire 0.1%
  51. PracticeMatch 0.1%
  52. Recruiting.com 0.1%
  53. SmartSearch 0.1%
  54. Snaphire 0.1%
  55. TeamWorkOnline 0.1%

If you want to dive deeper, there are services out there who do applicant tracking system comparisons for a living, such as SoftwareAdvice.com (you can find their list of the top 10 ATS’s with ratings and reviews at 2014 Top Applicant Tracking Software Comparison), and Capterra (they have a list of 224 ATS’s at Top Applicant Tracking Software Products; on the higher-end there are consulting firms like Bersin by Deloitte who track applicant tracking systems and other HR/recruiting software.

You might also want to check out this List of Application Tracking Systems and Recruitment CRM that has 50+ ATS’s with pricing, number of customers and mentions of free trials.

Applicant Tracking System Trends

[2016 Editor’s NOTE — Check out the Ongig update on this post at The Top 70 Applicant Tracking Systems (2016)

Applicant Tracking Systems for Compliance

If you need to be compliant with the OFCCP, EEOC and other regulatory groups, you will likely be using compliance-oriented ATS’s to allow you to most easily pull the types of reports necessary for compliance. The top ATS by far in this (and all categories) is Taleo (now owned by Oracle), followed by Brassring (owned by IBM), iCims and SAP/SuccessFactors.

Some larger companies use multiple compliance-type ATS’s for their teams such as Amazon (using Taleo for their hourly workers and iCims for their corporate positions) and Best Buy (Taleo for hourly and Brassring for corporate). The reasons for using multiple ATS’s include the fact that it’s hard to roll out an entire enterprise onto one ATS (so some businesses do it by brand or business unit) and also some ATS’s help with compliance on hourly positions (like Taleo) while others provide better social and candidate experience (like iCims).

ATS’s for SMB’s & Tech Try New Things

[2016 Editor’s Note Update: Check out the Ongig update at The Top 70 Applicant Tracking Systems (2016)

Many small businesses, and certain verticals like tech, don’t have to be as concerned with compliance issues and the applicant tracking software for those companies are usually more creative in allowing you new features such as engaging people through social media (Jobvite), focusing more on interviewing (Greenhouse) and getting the hiring manager involved (Lever). We’ve noticed Greenhouse winning away a handful of Jobvite customers (including Marin Software) and Lever competing directly with Greenhouse with Box as their marquis client.

Here’s a great separate breakdown of top ATS’s used by the Wealthfront 100 startups, courtesy of HireNurture.

Top Applicant Tracking System (ATS) for Startups

Free Applicant Tracking Systems

While most of the above applicant tracking systems cost 5 or 6 figures per year (some are part of recruiting software suites costing 7 figures per year!), there are free applicant tracking systems you can try at low volume — they include Jobscore, SmartRecruiters, RecruiterBox and ZOHO Recruit.

The free ATS’s typically start charging you once you reach a threshold of job descriptions or # of users. Some customers stick with these free ATS’s long after they pass the threshold (e.g. Jobscore is used by both IAC (owner of Match.com) and TubeMogul (which recently IPO’d).

For more on Free ATS’s, check out The Top 8 Free Applicant Tracking Systems including one open-source ATS (OpenCats).

The Homegrown ATS

Some companies who are large enough, or have the technical know-how, have developed their own applicant tracking software — they include Apple, UPS, Google, Facebook and LinkedIn. While we didn’t include this group in the ATS Market Share pie chart above, there were 105 of these companies using a homegrown ATS which would account for about 6.4% market share if we had counted it.

Ping us (or our customers) for an opinion on your ATS

Our clients share applicant tracking system comparisons with us on a regular basis and we also know many of the top ATS vendors themselves (Ongig’s talent attraction recruiting software integrates with the top ATS’s). If you want to chat about the best applicant tracking system for your needs, click here and we can have a confidential discussion (a demo of Ongig is not required — we’re just happy to help and get to know you better).

We’re also happy to connect you with a customer of an ATS that you’re considering — we do that all the time.

We know our list of ATS solutions is missing many great vendors — if you want to add one you believe in, please share a comment below. And if you want the full data from the pie chart above, just email me at rob@ongig.com.

And here’s a great resource on ATS Pricing: Applicant Tracking System Pricing — ATS: How Much do they Cost?

***Update on the 2016 Top 70 Applicant Tracking Systems

[2016 Editor’s NOTE — Check out the Ongig update at The Top 70 Applicant Tracking Systems (2016)

It includes additional and updated resources based on more than double the employers (3,302 of them), including ATS trends we we see for the near-term future.


About the Author — Rob is the Co-founder & CEO of Ongig, the first-ever Employer Branding SaaS that allows employers to attract the best talent in the world faster (including by letting candidates and employers make comments to each other in an open dialogue!). Yelp, Autodesk, GoDaddy, Auction.com and BMC Software are among the early customers of the Ongig SaaS.

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Rob Kelly

Co-Founder and CEO at Ongig
Ongig transforms your job descriptions to quality candidates and diversity. Ongig supercharges your job descriptions through video, images, pictures, chat, social sharing, microsite creation and much more. Jobs can be more easily found through Artificial Intelligence-based job search and all pages are Mobile and SEO optimized. Ongig's professional copywriting team will even rewrite your job descriptions. Early clients of Ongig include Salesforce, Yelp, GoDaddy, Verizon, Intel & Autodesk.

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  • Hugo Pereira

    Very good insights and helpful even for vendors. Thanks for the effort in putting this together. I feel that some other European-based application were missing such as Talentsquare (upfront, I work here) or Workable. In the future would also be nice to distinct what type of companies use which system (e.g. Taleo is not for everyone. Most SMEs cannot afford it for example).

    • You’re right, Hugo — we definitely missed some top applicant tracking systems from Europe; and indeed Taleo and other ATS’s can be expensive for some customers. Thanks again!

      • Dipti Singh

        Hi, is there anyway to learn practically about any ATS
        i am a job seeker recruiter and located in Pittsburgh PA, USA

  • Brodie Powell

    Do you know if there is any reliable research on how companies select an ATS? How they prioritize features? Price, design, CRM, etc.

  • Laura Gomez

    Awesome chart. Love your blog. Slight update, Peopleclick is now Peoplefluent.

    • Thanks, Laura. We have now added Peoplefluent in the list of ATS’s section. We appreciate your attention to detail! +r

  • Carl

    TS-TALENT from TECHSO.CA not included in the chart… but take a look at this awesome recruiting software product..

  • Vow! the list is growing rapidly. Some them are too good! Thanks for preparing such a detailed version of ATS’s adoption with their percentages. Kudos.

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  • Hans Hoffmann

    Where does JobDiva fit? My company uses this for ATS and want me to use for CRM. Being a sales guy I think that JobDiva has an outdated UI and is not a true sales CRM tool – probably great for recruiters. I am interested if anyone is familiar with this company and/or tool and can provide feedback. Thanks

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  • Matteo

    Great chart. In-recruiting (http://www.in-recruiting.com/en), a European-based ATS, isn’t included in this article.

  • Rishad Thayankulam Alavi

    Thank you for the article.

    I would like to contribute by listing one more free ATS. Calibrace is a Free Talent Acquisition and Management Product that belongs to the third generation. The
    product provides process automation & integration; and caters to the needs of multiple stakeholders, namely Recruiters, Managers, Employees and Candidates

    It offers a free version, paid version and a 30 days full trial of the paid version. The free version is limited to 5 active Jobs, and there is no cap on resumes. All their premium features like Targeted sourcing, Intuitive validation are available in the free version as well. However, Intelligent reports are limited to only 1 custom report and the advanced referral module called Calibrace Prefer is available in paid version alone.

    Check out How Calibrace work – http://www.calibrace.com/Crs/how-it-works

    • Thank you for the latest ATS addition and its value proposition, Rashid.

    • iainx

      Not good. Now defunct.

  • Brian Petroski

    Can anyone suggest a good ATS for a small search firm? We have been using CATS for a few years. It’s was a good system, simple, inexpensive with okay customer service. This year they increased monthly pricing from $70 to $100 for new features I do not use. Today they cut monthly direct emails from 10,000 to 2,000. I send 3,000 to 7,000+ emails a month. This will now cost $30 for ever extra 1,000 emails. Cost is one thing, now the function is gone.

    • Ouch, Brian. Sorry to hear that the CATS ATS increased pricing and yet decreased email volume. I noticed this article that mentioned CATS versus Bullhorn and some other ATS’s for recruiters:


      I hope someone here has a recommendation for an affordable ATS for a small search firm! Can anyone help Brian!

      • daniel dehaan

        Hey Brian,

        I’m in the same boat. We have 3 recruiters in house, using CATS for over 3 years now. I just hate how “clunky” the search is. I’ve been looking hard at Bullhorn which the sales rep claimed that they invest $1 million per month in updating their search capacity. Keep me posted if you find any solution that works for you. ddehaan at unitedcareerfairs dot com

    • Dave

      Their bread and butter are smaller businesses.

    • Colorado Girl

      We use Crelate and we love it!! They are adding a CRM component soon! Check them out http://www.crelate.com

  • rwz

    thoughts on resumator for my ATS?

    • I don’t have any first-hand experience with TheResumator (which seems like an ATS mostly geared to startups) but you might want to check out these employers that are/were using it: Docker, Balluun, NerdWallet, PulsePoint, Simply Measured and Sensata.

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  • stacycarpenter

    I’d add to this big list one more ATS – http://Jobularity.com is a free Applicant Tracking System that allows recruiters to find better quality candidates through their vetting tools and analytics that make the hiring process fast and efficient.

    • Thanks, Stacy. Folks always like to see free ATS’s as an option.

  • Thanks for the good read.

    I would like to contribute and add one more recruiting software 99ATS (www.99ATS.com) , Designed for Small, mid and large agencies and corporate clients for their recruitment needs which allows you to create jobs, share and manage end to end recruitment at the go. Currently Managing operations in India, USA and Middle East.

    Create your company career portal
    Publish Jobs
    Team Management
    Task Management
    Social Sharing
    End to end recruitment process
    Referral Module

    Offering 15 days trial with on call /text/ email support.one of the best affordable recruitment software available (www.99ats.com)

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  • rupakreddy

    I just wanted to present a new ATS. It is called Vultus Recruit. You can get more information on http://www.vultus.com. It is new and with great user experience and support team.

    –Full Disclosure. I am the Co-Founder of this company.

    • Congrats on the launch, Rupak. Which particular types of clients would Vultus Recruit be the best ATS for?

      • rupakreddy

        Thank you Rob. Vultus Recruit is best suited for all types of Recruiting and Staffing Companies across the globe.

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  • Hi Rob – Nice write-up.

    Adding to the nice mix of solutions here I would like to add JobAdder (https://jobadder.com).

    JobAdder provides applicant tracking software as part of an overall recruitment solution – posting to hundreds of job boards internationally and the ATS is a core component written by us.

    The target audience is small to medium size operations (HR and Recruitment//Staffing agencies globally) – we have a free trail and demo available on request to those interested.

    Please let me know if you require any other details.

  • Serge de Klerk

    Nice list Rob, great effort! Could you perhaps add Connexys to the list? Connexys is the Dutch market leader delivering recruiting software based on Salesforce.com technology and now looking for international expansion. http://www.connexys.com

  • Marilynn Kalman

    Rob you are missing many of the Canadian suppliers of Applicant Tracking Software- ours being one of them. Good article by the way. We are based in Calgary, Alberta – with information on our software at http://www.HireGroundSoftware.com. New pages for our newest release StartDate will be up next week at StartDate.ca. Possibly you can add us to the list. We currently have about 100 clients mostly in Canada.

    StartDate is currently appropriate for mid sized companies but in saying this, many larger companies would suit as well dependent on the job types that they have. It is more about the features needed than the company size — often companies sign and pay for far more features than are needed.

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  • Hey everyone, we updated our ATS report above in this 2016 report: http://blog.ongig.com/recruiting-software/the-top-70-applicant-tracking-systems-2016. It includes some new sections and the latest trends, some great comments and all sorts of other goodies Enjoy!

  • Jay Lartey

    This is a great list of application tracking systems, the benefit of tracking systems is it can save you alot of time. Employer or recruiter can post jobs directly on jobs boards such as http://www.monsterjobs.com, http://www.totallyhired.com, http://www.pure-jobs.com etc, but the use of ATS you only need to post the job once. Some job boards are integrating their own ATS

  • Mike Jones

    This is an excellent read.
    My company’s product development arm just released an update to XpertReview, a Video Interview Platform with ATS integration.

    A demo and information is found on http://www.xpertreview.com.

  • Eline

    A new trend that is occuring is video resumes, for example http://attitudeworks.nl/ provides employees an option for solliciting through video.

  • Nice write-up. I’ve also had a little play with Innago, which is dead easy to use and looks prettier than any other property management software.