Calamari is a cloud-based human resources solution that offers two best-of-breed modules: leave management and clock in or out services. The software is suitable for small to midsize businesses in any industry and offers Android and iOS mobile apps.

Users seeking a leave management system can use Calamari’s online tool, which automates PTO calculations and offers an absence calendar that integrates with Google Apps, Jira, Slack and more. Calamari allows users to configure different workflows for different types of absences and automatically apply their company’s leave policy.

Calamari’s clock in and out module offers a wide range of clocking methods. Users can click a button in a browser, scan a QR code, type a Slack command or even use iBeacons to automate clocking in based on location arrival. Timesheets can be edited and employees can request changes on their timesheet.

Calamari is available on a per employee per year basis. 



201 Reviews of Calamari

Overall rating

4.5 / 5 stars

Showing 1 - 20 of 201 reviews

December 2018

Kamil from Survicate

Company Size: 11-50 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Value for money

5 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

5 of 5

December 2018

Lightwave yet powerful leave management

It helps is with absence management big time

Pros

I like how easy it is to manage from admin point of view, as well as from user pov.

Cons

I really cannot think of anything negative about Calamari. They are doing it right.

December 2018

Artur from Solutions4ad

Company Size: 11-50 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Value for money

5 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

5 of 5

December 2018

Excellent managing tool

We're finally managing - days off - all 'b-days' of our wonderful staff - managing the absence calendar is a great feat which helps planning work with other co-workers which helps running projects smoother than ever

Pros

Apart from alI the functionalities that Calamari has to offer, I greatly appreciate the clarity of the user panel.

Cons

So far I haven't found a downside. Sorry :)

December 2018

Kalina from Tagvenue

Company Size: 11-50 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Functionality

5 of 5

December 2018

Simple and intuitive

Pros

It's really easy to understand and I love the fact it's integrated with Slack - makes it much easier to develop a habit!

Cons

The interface could be a tiny bit more polished and good-looking, but so far so good - it's working well!

December 2018

Anonymous

Verified Reviewer

Company Size: 11-50 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Value for money

5 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

5 of 5

December 2018

Review Calamari

Pros

The ease of use - smooth and fast experience.

Cons

Everybody can see the comments each person add to their leave.

December 2018

Grzegorz from BOOSTNET

Company Size: 2-10 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

3 of 5

Value for money

3 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

3 of 5

December 2018

okts okay but no app for boss

counting moth raports is okay, planing is okay.

Pros

stable and work with no problems. Clock in on tablet is great option.

Cons

not using friendly Evidence scrollbar to view time of working hours, specialy on mobile phone its not using easy. There is no app for boss to see hours - when i pay every day i would like to check in easy way who works for how many hours. i must log in by browser - its very hard to do.

December 2018

Maciek from Ultimo Sp. z o.o.

Company Size: 2-10 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

1 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

2 of 5

December 2018

:(

Due to bad UX I'm really dissapointed.

Pros

Just the fact that it does the work - pure utility I guess

Cons

UX & usability - really not up to 2019 standards totally.

December 2018

Jessica from Metricfire Limited

Company Size: 11-50 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

4 of 5

Value for money

3 of 5

Customer support

3 of 5

Functionality

4 of 5

December 2018

Great Service!

Pros

I like that I don't have to think about it much, love the Slack integrations for my team and how easy it was to transition from our old process into Calamari. It's simple, clear, and for a small team it has everything I need. The customer support team has always responded promptly when I need anything, and we were even able to extend our trial period in the beginning and converted to a paying customer shortly after.

Cons

So the most annoying thing, and this is a small issue, is not being able to select a range of dates on the calendar by clicking on the days themselves. Again, it's a small thing, but it's something I'm used to in other situations, and so I frequently make the mistake of forgetting it's not possible on Calamari. I suppose the other thing is that it's not always immediately clear how to make use of some of the finer features, and so I simply haven't been bothered to find out if they're even there. For example, I spent a little while searching once for whether we could only make it possible for employees to request annual leave in the future if they will have accrued it by the specified date (and not just if they have already accrued it, if that makes sense), but it wasn't obvious how to do so or even if it were possible, so I just kind of left it. These relatively minor complications are the kind of thing that someone in a rush will just leave in the moment, because they've more important things to do, but will be annoying over time.

December 2018

Anonymous

Verified Reviewer

Company Size: 11-50 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Value for money

4 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

4 of 5

December 2018

Fantastic platform

Brilliant service, brilliant customer service. Would highly recommend this to anyone having issues tracking staff and dealing with leave requests.

Pros

Great layout for User experience
Easy to add staff and edit elements
Easy to setup ‘Terminals’
Leave management is clean and functional
Simple set up.

Cons

Slightly buggy with our iBeacons
The fact you have to wait to see when people have clocked out. Not real-time.
You can not disable mobile application start times.
Would like to see where a mobile application check in is geo located to see if staff are honest.

December 2018

Leon from studio 216

Company Size: 2-10 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

4 of 5

Value for money

4 of 5

Customer support

4 of 5

Functionality

5 of 5

December 2018

pros and cons

good

Pros

approval process easy to use
APP is useful

Cons

not able to integrate with payroll software

December 2018

Jacek from Sumo Logic

Company Size: 201-500 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Value for money

5 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

5 of 5

December 2018

Simple, modern days off tracking system

Pros

Integration with Slack and Google Calendar, easy of use,

Cons

I would like be able to select country policy, but currently have to manually setup it.

December 2018

Julie from Big Fish Local

Company Size: 2-10 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Value for money

5 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

4 of 5

December 2018

Incredible level of service

We were using a spreadsheet to track employee leave before we switched to Calamari - we're a small organization, so the spreadsheet worked for a time, but this was a huge upgrade. It has everything we need and more to keep track of leave. Very easy to use, and I love the incredible level of support they offer. Can't wait to check out the time tracking upgrades they are planning to roll out.

Pros

The customer service is some of the best I've experienced. I took a video tour when I was considering the software, and the person who helped me with that was great, following up with me and going out of her way to make sure I had all the information I needed.
The software is easy to use, and if you get stuck they are happy to help you out. They also do a lot of the setup for you, which is wonderful. The pricing is very reasonable, and the leave tool is more than we need for our small organization.

Cons

The time tracking software didn't have all the features I was looking for at the time I was comparing tools, so I only chose to use Calamari for the time tracking tool. I want to reevaluate next year though, because they are adding more features and it'd be great to have everything all in one place.

December 2018

Anonymous

Verified Reviewer

Company Size: 51-200 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Value for money

5 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

4 of 5

December 2018

Great Customer Service!

Wonderful! Our relationship with our representative, Ewelina, is beyond great!

Pros

I like that this program works across multiple countries and allows you to customize so much. Not every feature that we need has been able to be accommodated, but the Customer Service team has gone ABOVE and beyond to help us get to where we need to be or make suggestions to get it close.

Cons

Some functionality changes can take time, but that is a given.

December 2018

Seonhwa from LinkDyn Robotics

Company Size: 2-10 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

4 of 5

Value for money

3 of 5

Customer support

4 of 5

Functionality

4 of 5

December 2018

My experience with Calamari

Pros

It's very easy and convineient to use and we like the UI..that's very simple to understand.

Cons

Cannot check real leaving time.. and sometimes, my app on the phone cannot recognize me in my office.

December 2018

Anonymous

Verified Reviewer

Company Size: 1,001-5,000 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

3 of 5

Value for money

5 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

3 of 5

December 2018

Calamari

This software has streamlined the approval process for time off requests at an affordable cost.

Pros

Leave accounting and other functions are very helpful to a small business.

Cons

The set up is initially a bit complicated. Support was however, very helpful. The time clock function doesn’t have custom features that allows it to calculate overtime according a specified labor laws in the US.

December 2018

Presh from Talent Inc.

Company Size: 51-200 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

4 of 5

Value for money

5 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

4 of 5

December 2018

Review for Calamari

Our experience has been great with Calamari and the customer support has been very efficient and helpful.

Pros

I like that employees can simply clock in and out via slack or through the site. It allows them flexibility.

Cons

What I like least is the fact that we cannot edit the timesheet report before it generates and select which categories we'd like to pull into the report. Example: Hours worked, Breaks, & Overtime only. I also do not like that we cannot tailor our overtime calculation to be over 40hrs in a workweek vs what we have not which is over 8hrs in a work day.

December 2018

Scott from Messiah Lutheran Church and School

Company Size: 51-200 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Value for money

5 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

5 of 5

December 2018

We love Calamari!

Pros

It's very easy to use and the immediate support we get from the programmer/developer is amazingly fast.

Cons

There's very little I don't like about it. It integrates wonderfully with our google calendar and is very easy to set up and use

December 2018

Anonymous

Verified Reviewer

Company Size: 201-500 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Value for money

5 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

4 of 5

December 2018

Calamari makes it easy to approve and submit time off, and their reports are great!

The customer service at Calamari is top notch. They are fast in responding, efficient and very eager to help. They take suggestions to their product team, and during our time working with them we had one of our suggested features be incorporated into the platform. Their reporting capabilities are also incredibly useful, and interface is very intuitive and user-friendly. I highly recommend this software.

Pros

Calamari has integration with Slack, which was a big selling point for our team. Being able to submit requests, and approve/deny straight from Slack made the process so much simpler! Also, reporting was a feature that we used heavily as a company.

Cons

We would love to have seen a team calendar integration with Google, instead of having to login to the platform. Our team relies on Google calendar very heavily for meeting scheduling purposes, and a team calendar integration would have been super helpful!

December 2018

Anonymous

Verified Reviewer

Company Size: 11-50 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

4 of 5

Value for money

4 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

3 of 5

December 2018

Calamari for an HR Consultant

Overall its been a pleasant experience and i know there is more room to grow such as the GPS tracker should apply to breaks and be able to click on the map rather than just a snapshot of the location.

Pros

For our company i found Calamari a simple easy to use application to help track employee attendance. The application is simple to install and link with GSuite which is an asset for us without having employees go through a sign up process. Leave requests are to the point and being able to edit/remove/add erroneous entries is a big plus.

Cons

My main issues is with the lack of flexibility regarding report exporting as the information is dumped into an excel sheet without having an option to include/exclude certain data. Furthermore, breaks should have the option to either include in the total hours worked or deducted automatically as it happens that employees forget to use the app when taking their breaks. Also its important that any administrator that does any changes to an entry should have their name indicated or logged as the modifier.

December 2018

Sara from Showcase Builders LLC

Company Size: 2-10 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Value for money

5 of 5

Functionality

5 of 5

December 2018

Calamari User

Overall, the value is there with the amount spent per employee vs manually tracking accruals and approvals for each employee.

Pros

I love that we can see the calendar with all requests. For our company, we have been tracking time off requests and accruals manually. This has made things much more efficient for our office.

Cons

Setting the entitlement amount was tricky, but I was able to figure it out.

December 2018

Anonymous

Verified Reviewer

Company Size: 11-50 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Value for money

5 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

5 of 5

December 2018

LOVE CALAMARI

We love Calamari and very glad we chose this product! Time savings to managers and accounting!!!

Pros

Ease of us for our employees which is a huge help!
Reports are great and downloading them excel is easy!

Cons

Nothing! We love the product! It have helped our company and saved time!