Sage HR Review

Sage HR
Sage HR
Sage HR
London, England
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Sage HR 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

Sage HR (formerly 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.

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

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


Here are several key features of Sage HR:

  • 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
  • Performance management (e.g., 360-degree feedback, one-on-one meetings, goals, surveys)
  • Recruitment (e.g., pipeline management, interview scheduling, careers page, custom scorecards)
  • Expense management

Target Market

Sage HR 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 its clients:

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

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Sage HR 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 30-day free trial. Sage HR 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 Sage HR, such as a Getting Started article collection and articles on specific features.

Users can also contact Sage HR support by email or phone.


Sage HR uses the per-employee/per-month pricing strategy rather than pricing tiers. Its Core HR/Leave Management module starts at $5.50 per employee, per month, and clients can purchase additional modules (e.g., Performance, Shift Scheduling, Expenses, Timesheets, Recruitment) if needed.


Sage HR 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 Sage HR’s pipeline.


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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 was acquired by Sage in 2019 and now goes by the name Sage HR.

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