Review of ClearCompanyHRM

Rating: 3.5/5

ClearCompany HRM is a cloud-based software package containing modules covering applicant tracking, onboarding, performance, and goals. It began life as HRM Direct in 2004 and expanded its SaaS HR offering aimed at small and medium sized businesses over the next decade. It was relaunched as ClearCompany HRM in late 2013, in recognition that it was now also aimed at large companies and enterprises.

While the four modules (Applicant Tracking, Onboarding, Goal Alignment and Performance) are stand-alone, they do integrate into clients’ other systems, such as ERP, Payroll, or HRIS. In addition, there is now a relationship between ClearCompany HRM and Paylocity, with Paylocity offering ClearCompany’s cloud solutions branded as Paylocity Enterprise Recruiting.

There are ClearCompany industry solutions as well, tailor-made and customized for particular sectors. These specialized solutions cover the following verticals:

  • Education
  • Government
  • Manufacturing
  • Skilled Labor
  • Energy
  • Healthcare
  • Non-Profit
  • Technology
  • Financial Services
  • Hospitality
  • Retail

The start of the HR process is Applicant Tracking and Recruiting. ClearCompany attempts to simplify and automate much of this process. The business can easily promote vacancies across social networks, search engines, and job boards. The system can assist with targeting and pre-screening candidates. If your business uses a team of recruiters, they can easily communicate with the program, and each recruiter has easy access to any relevant document as and when they need it. There is full compliance with any OFCCP / AAP requirements.

Once a new employee has been selected it will be time to undertake the Onboarding process. ClearCompany makes this an entirely paperless procedure. The new employee can fill in all the necessary information on-line, and with ClearCompany being cloud-based the employee can do this using any internet-connected device, within the comfort of their home. These smart forms can even use legal electronic signatures. Any information already in the system, for instance, the contents of the new employee’s resume, will automatically be filled in on the relevant forms. With ClearCompany’s seamless integration with most HRIS packages, this data will also propagate throughout the firm’s entire HRIS system.

The firm can use the Goal Alignment module to ensure that it is utilizing its talent to the best of their ability. Managers can easily enter business goals into the system, and these goals are broken down into projects then tasks, with responsibilities allocated for each task. Progress can be monitored and compared to the goals in real-time. This module can work with the Applicant Tracking and Review module to ensure that your recruiting is congruent with your goals.

The Performance Management module ensures that annual reviews and 360s can be readily undertaken. Employees can regularly track their progress towards their goals, updating them as they meet the goals. Reviews can easily be set up, customized and implemented. There is a social collaboration package to keep employees feeling connected.

There is a critical point of difference in relation to support. ClearCompany assigns a dedicated Boston or San Fransisco based Relationship Manager to each client who leads their implementation and remains their primary contact. Support, which can be via phone, instant live chat or email, is free. There are quarterly reviews between the client and their Relationship Manager.

HRM Direct began as an HR Solution for small businesses. Over a decade they expanded their support to include medium-sized businesses. They are now also targeting enterprises, although they still do not encompass all of the features and customization abilities of the products most used by enterprise-sized companies.

The Sales Pitch

HRM Direct is a leading provider of small to mid market (25-15,000 employees) Applicant Tracking Systems and Onboarding technology to HR departments across North America.

HRM Direct is serving thousands of recruiters and over 200 companies from household names including Blackwater Worldwide and the American Hospital Association, to fast-growing startups like Zillow and ZoomInfo, in a variety of industries from manufacturing to retail, hospitality, healthcare, and high technology.

With no setup fees, clear public pricing models and typical deployments completed in 15 days or less, and a fanatical focus on ease-of-use, HRM Direct is dramatically reducing the cost and complexity of implementing recruiting software.


Applicant Tracking, Onboarding, Recruiting, Performance Management, HR Software, Paperless HR

200 companies

Prescient Edge, ATS Inc., Lewiston Public Schools, QPharma Inc., Miller Valentine Group, Continental Carbonic Products, Inc., North American Corporation

Tech Information
Service Name
HRM Direct
Parent Company
HRM Direct
No. of Staff maintaining this service (estimated)
Tiny (10-24 people)
SAS 70 Level II, US-EU Safe Harbor Framework and the US-Swiss Safe Harbor Framework,
Telephone, Online, Email
Mobile Devices
Yes, All major devices using HTML5
Head Office
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