Top iCIMS Competitors:
The Best iCIMS Alternatives for Your Business

iCIMS is a cloud-based recruiting software solution. It helps both human resources (HR) staff and job seekers through the recruiting process from start to finish by handling sourcing, screening and hiring. iCIMS works well for emerging businesses, as users can purchase the applications they need without having to purchase the whole suite. It’s also a scalable solution—companies can integrate other iCIMS or third-party software applications as their business grows and requirements increase.

The iCIMS Talent Acquisition Software Suite has three offerings to cover all candidate and new employee needs:

  • Recruit: Gives HR staff access to job boards to increase engagement with potential employees and stores information in a centralized applicant tracking system (ATS). The service can be used on any mobile device to search and apply for jobs through well-known job portals.
  • Connect: Works as a marketing tool by allowing recruiters to engage and communicate with candidates through social media. Connect offers a mobile-friendly portal and automated email functionality. It categorizes candidates based on various parameters, making it easy for recruiters to personalize messages for each group.
  • Onboard: An automated onboarding application with resources and objectives for new employees. It creates tasks for both employers and new hires, sends automated reminders and generates reports on the onboarding progress. It also eliminates paperwork with electronic forms and provides online verification with integration of I-9 forms and E-Verify.

iCIMS also offers UniFi, an all-in-one talent acquisition platform that combines the iCIMS Talent Acquisition Software Suite with the iCIMS Marketplace (comprises software vendor partners), iCIMS Connector (enables integrations with partners from Marketplace) and a centralized data repository.

While iCIMS may sound like the complete recruiting package, it may not address all your HR needs. To help you out, we've created this list of the top iCIMS alternatives in the market so that you can find the right solution for your business.

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Most Asked-About iCIMS Alternatives

Our first section includes products that buyers search for most often alongside iCIMS in online searches.

Note: you can learn more about our Alternatives methodology here.


Taleo is offered by Oracle and manages the hiring and onboarding of employees, as well as compensation management. Known as the Oracle Taleo Cloud Service, there are two offerings: Oracle Talent Acquisition Cloud and Oracle Talent Management for Midsize.

Taleo also offers performance management tools and succession planning. It features a social learning platform and allows users to create customized learning plans and track ongoing education credits. In addition, the platform provides integrations to enable recruiting through social networks and enables companies to conduct employee surveys.

According to Software Advice user reviews, Taleo is a “complete/robust platform” that offers a “variety of possibilities to set up/customize processes and pages.”

Taleo has numerous customizable features and options that can some say can be difficult for small businesses to use and maintain. One user says, “It is very difficult to use, almost programmer-like in its requirements for templates and workflows.”

This sentiment is echoed by other users, who say that special IT staff are needed to install and maintain the software. These challenges may make it difficult for smaller businesses to use Taleo.


Jobvite suits small, midsize and enterprise level customers. It is a is cloud-based solution that offers the following applications:

  • Refer: Allows employees to share job openings through social networks. Custom Facebook applications help to identify candidates in employees’ friend lists, while real-time metrics shortlist top referrers for rewards.
  • Engage: Offers candidate relationship management, centralized talent search and storage and automated social network communication.
  • Hire: Includes an ATS, automated email broadcasts, recruitment marketing, the ability to create customized applications and screening forms and a LinkedIn integration.
  • Video: Enables organizations to invite, interview, track, schedule and hire candidates via video. It eliminates the need to screen candidates over the phone or face-to-face and provides a single platform for the complete recruiting process.
  • Brand: Allows companies to promote their corporate culture on a customized career website. The site can be designed and customized on a desktop or mobile device.
  • Onboard: Ensures an easy transition for new hires, as it facilitates communication with hiring managers, HR personnel, facilities managers etc.

Jobvite applications can be integrated with any ATS. Users find that Jobvite is easy to operate, customizable to a company’s needs and integrates with third-party systems. These features are integral for emerging companies that need their systems to scale up as they grow.

On the other hand, users find the customer support lacking. Also, Jobvite’s reporting function downloads data only in Excel, and, according to users, this feature can sometimes make it difficult to manipulate data for creating custom or special reports.

Top User-Rated iCIMS Alternatives

Our second category of iCIMS alternatives showcases highly rated HR software on Software Advice.


This is one of the top user-rated iCIMS alternatives on Software Advice. It can be deployed on the cloud or on-premises.

iSmartRecruit offers several features that make it ideal for small and midsize HR agencies. For example, job postings are automatically added to popular career portals and social media. Open positions are also automatically updated on a business’s website without website managers having to manually update the site for each opening.

iSmartRecruit aims to lower the cost per hire and the number of days to complete hiring. It allows users to search candidate resumes using certain keywords and perform Boolean searches and geographic radius queries. It generates graphical reports to speed up the decision-making process.

The solution is rated highly on all the key parameters, such as, ease of use, customer support, value for money, functionality and quality. One user on Software Advice says:

“This is a great database tool for everything you need regarding clients, candidates, positions, reports etc. iSmartRecruit is constantly developing to make the user experience more enjoyable, easier and to keep everyone at the top of technology.” Robin from Daze Creations

iSmartRecruit is accessible from any device—desktop, laptop, mobile phone or tablet. It integrates with company or department-wide email to allow for quick and easy sharing of updates. It also offers multilingual functionality (in English, Spanish and French).


Lever is also one of the top user-rated alternatives to iCIMS with a high overall rating, as well as across all the key parameters. The platform can be used for applicant tracking by companies of all sizes and is available across the globe. Lever combines candidate relationship management functionality with the ATS, storing information in a centralized location for searching, engaging with and managing candidates.

One user review mentions how Lever meets all their needs:

“We wanted something that could be implemented quickly and with ease, was financially valuable and not over-priced, was easy to use and would allow us to keep track of candidates that prefer to work on contract, so knowing when a candidate's existing contract was up was important. Lever provides all of this.” Karen from Lighthouse Software Solutions

Lever is the winner of Forbes 2016 Cloud 100: Rising Star in HR. One differentiating feature is the Google Chrome extension that allows employees to source and refer candidates. It also enables sending emails and notes from a candidate’s profile so that the whole team is on the same page.

Lever offers a drag-and-drop calendar so staff can easily schedule and reschedule meetings. Also, its interactive, visual dashboards show multiple types of candidate data and allow users to generate custom reports with unique URLs so staff can be up-to-date on crucial tasks.

The Applicant Manager

Our next software solution ties with the other top user-rated solutions in overall and individual parameter-based ratings.

The Applicant Manager (TAM) is a cloud-based solution that doesn’t require installation or any additional IT support expenses. It allows companies to pay per posting or per user, and both options offer the same features and support. Some of the feature and support offerings include:

  • A branded careers page
  • Integration with job boards and social media networks
  • Applicant management via prescreening, tracking, merging duplicates and sorting candidates with table-based tools
  • Evaluating and verifying applicants
  • Advanced and Boolean searches
  • Reports generated based on TAM’s recruiting metrics
  • Electronic onboarding which includes filling out relevant federal forms

Reviewers note that TAM’s customer support is one of its best features.They also mention that TAM is easy to use and focuses on simplicity, ensuring that organizations don’t face any downtime during the implementation or learning stages.

One user says:

“I evaluated several systems and felt that TAM would best meet our needs at a reasonable price. We are a small firm and only hire a handful of candidates each year, so I don't need a lot of bells and whistles. TAM is a straightforward system that I can customize to meet my needs.” Kathy from LimnoTech

TAM suits businesses of all sizes and supports various industries, such as nonprofit organizations, high tech, manufacturing and hospitality.

Next Steps

To learn more about iCIMS, or any of the alternative HR software platforms listed above, take our free online software questionnaire and get free custom price quotes.

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