CakeHR Review

HR Bakery Ltd
HR Bakery Ltd
London, England
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CakeHR At A Glance

Good: Ease of signing up and access; "history of changes made" feature for easier tracking of data changes; and one-click reports on employee time off, HR demographics and other metrics.
Bad: It doesn't offer payroll, benefits or learning management features.
Bottom Line: Cloud-based platform where employees can easily track leave balance and request time off.

Product Overview

CakeHR is a cloud-based HRMS platform for small-to-medium-sized businesses to manage employee leave and other HR tasks. Employees can easily track their sick/vacation leave balance and request time off. Managers can easily approve leave straight from the platform. The built-in calendar integrates to Microsoft Outlook, Google Calendar and Apple iCal, so everyone within the team can see who’s out of the office.

There is also an organizational chart that resembles a flow chart, showing relationships among employees and managers within a team. Clients can create internal team structures and assign their employees to specific teams.

CakeHR is accessible from any device. There is also a dedicated mobile app.

In addition to calendar applications, CakeHR integrates with Google Apps and Slack.


We’ve indicated several features of CakeHR in our check boxes below. However, we want to point out its other key features:

  • Asset management feature that allows users to track company asset loans and returns
  • Employee scheduling and time sheets
  • “History of changes made” feature that lets users track changes they’ve made
  • Managers can receive email notifications of employee time off requests and approve/deny them by email
  • Dynamic, one-click reports on employee time off, HR demographics and other metrics
  • Onboarding and offboarding
  • Document storage
  • Ability to customize user access settings
  • Organizational chart
  • Centralized employee directory and database

CakeHR has recently added a few new features, such as an Unpaid Leave designation on an employee’s profile, the ability to export asset inventory data and the ability for employees to edit their time-off requests.

A new 360-degree performance management feature will be available in a future release.

  • Attendance Management?
  • Benefits Administration?
  • Employee Self-Service?
  • Learning Management System?
  • Mobile Access?
  • Payroll Management?
  • Performance Appraisal?
  • Recruiting Management?

Target Market

CakeHR is intended for small-to-medium-sized businesses in any industry. Its clients span over 1,200 cities worldwide. Here’s a partial list of CakeHR’s clients:

  • AirBaltic
  • Anatomy Next
  • CBS
  • Ernst & Young
  • 4Finance
  • Paperless Post
  • SenseFly
  • Squalio
  • Ubiquisoft Technologies

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CakeHR provides a short implementation process that takes three steps:

  1. Importing client’s employee data (or migrating them from client’s old system)
  2. Customizing the system, such as email alerts, new-hire/termination checklists, configuring leave policies, etc
  3. Deploying it live to entire company

Users can register for a 14-day free trial. CakeHR doesn’t ask for credit card information until the trial is over.

Customer Service & Support

There is a knowledge base for users to get information on CakeHR, such as a Getting Started article collection and articles on specific features.

Users can also contact CakeHR support by email or phone.


CakeHR uses the per-employee/per-month pricing strategy rather than pricing tiers. Companies can purchase the specific modules they need. For example, the leave management module starts at $4.20 per employee per month ($6 if billed monthly). For companies that purchase all the modules together, the price starts at $13.20 per employee per month ($18.90 if billed annually).

There are no additional fees and clients can cancel at any point.


CakeHR doesn’t offer payroll management, benefit administration or learning management features. It does integrate with payroll systems, but not benefit portals or learning management systems.

However, payroll and benefits are in CakeHR’s pipeline for next year.


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In 2012, CakeHR started as an idea for founder Kaspars Upmanis to help manage employee leave at his digital agency. It has been growing steadily in the last few years with a mission of helping small-to-medium-sized businesses efficiently handle their HR tasks.

CakeHR has received recent accolades, such as Cloudswave’s 2016 Top 3 Workforce Management, FinanceOnline’s 2017 Great User Experience and GetRank’s Top 25 in Human Resources.

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