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BambooHR | A Company Favorite | Bradley Rencher

Bradley Rencher


Sandy Sorzano, Director of People + Brand at MMA Design, is highly protective of the company’s much-loved, tight-knit culture. So when inefficient processes started taking more and more time away from the work that builds and preserves that culture, Sandy knew it was time for a change. After implementing BambooHR Benefits Administration, she now has more capacity to give her strategic initiatives the attention they need.

Sandy led the adoption of BambooHR in July 2021 and then launched Payroll just three months later, but it wasn’t until implementing Benefits Administration in time for 2022’s end-of-year open enrollment period that Sandy experienced the exponential time-savings of managing all her pivotal HR processes in one place.

The ability for employees to self-service their benefits selections in BambooHR was the key to changing everything Sandy dreaded about benefits season, making it easier than ever to educate her people on the current benefits package and accurately collect their selections. “Helping make BambooHR a little bit more self-service for me was really meaningful,” says Sandy. “It was incredible actually. … I’m genuinely so grateful to you. You’ve made a huge difference. … I think your team has really designed something very thoughtful. … Hats off to your user experience people!”

BambooHR provides Sandy and MMA a secure, central database for all employee data, with the ability to pull standard and custom reports in an instant and uncover the insights necessary for strategic decision making. Additionally, by ditching her master benefits spreadsheet and incorporating benefits data into the BambooHR database, it’s now easier for Sandy to coordinate with brokers and providers through employer portals while ensuring accuracy.

As the first and sole HR presence at MMA Design, Sandy has been able to define what human resources means for the tight-knit company, and it was the people-first philosophies she found at BambooHR through webinars and other educational materials that ultimately drew her to the all-in-one platform.

“A lot of other HR tools I looked at were like, ‘We do payroll, and then we tacked on all this HR stuff,’ but BambooHR was really like, ‘We do people stuff,’…which was kind of more what I cared about. I always kept coming back to BambooHR.”

BambooHR is a complete human resource solution used by more than 23,500 companies globally. The platform is popular among small and mid-sized companies. It differentiates itself from vendors like Gusto, Rippling, Papaya Global, OnPay and others by focusing on advanced HR features and payroll and compliance.

Founded in 2008, the cloud-based software helps HR managers with all aspects of the employee lifecycle, from recruitment to onboarding, performance reports, time tracking and benefits.

Using an aggressive timeline helped along by clear project milestones from the dedicated implementation team at BambooHR, Indica Labs implemented the software in less than a month. And when it came time to upload all the physical paperwork that had been slowing them down into the system, templates and instructions from BambooHR made going paperless clear and easy.

Indica Labs’ data was scattered across digital files, multiple payroll systems, and physical documents, which turned even the most basic request for information into a complex slog through filing cabinets and spreadsheets. Without an efficient way to access and share a complete view of Indica Labs’ employee and business data, making collaborative, data-driven decisions was functionally inhibited, if not impossible.

In 2019, the team at Indica Labs attended a SHRM event with the express purpose of finding an all-in-one HR and payroll system that could support employees spread across more than 19 states and several global locations, help Indica Labs maintain compliance, and get rid of manual processes.

BambooHR reps were also in attendance at the SHRM event, and as a simple, easy-to-use, all-in-one HR solution, it was a clear choice for Indica Labs. After adoption, Indica Labs was quickly able to resolve its compliance challenges, and everything began to run smoothly. “I’ve done a lot of implementations in my career and there is always something wrong. My biggest surprise with BambooHR is when the data was ready, there was not a single error,” said Jonathon.

When asked to describe the biggest difference between his experience before BambooHR and after, Jonathon said, “It’s easy to tell when things are running smoothly, and with BambooHR, 99.99 percent of the time any issues that arise are due to manual error.”

People are the key to workplace excellence. If you give HR knowledge and time to work with people, they can build the kind of culture, policies, and people practices that set entire organizations free to be better at what they do. And when you give employees the power to help themselves, they feel more valued and capable as contributors rather than simple assets. BambooHR is designed to do both. That’s what makes us different.

Siloed systems, separate sources of employee data, and disconnected workflows create painful processes and add hours of extra work. BambooHR brings together best-in-class solutions, capabilities, and integrations in one platform, using a single source of data.

  • Manage employee data and gather valuable insights.
  • Find, hire, and onboard the best talent.
  • Simplify payroll, track hours, and manage benefits.
  • Measure the employee experience and performance.
  • Connect additional tools through pre-built integrations.

And with new features and integrations added every month, we’re always cooking up new ways to make BambooHR even more helpful, capable, comprehensive, and customizable.

Providing great value isn’t just about being affordable. It’s about knowing what features you need right now and anticipating how you will grow. It’s about making sure you’ve mastered all the tools before you hand them off to your people. And it’s about providing insights—the kind that help you strengthen your culture and make your entire organization more efficient, not just your HR practice. That’s why we rank #1 in providing the best value to HR.

" A lot of other HR tools I looked at were like, ‘We do payroll, and then we tacked on all this HR stuff,’ but BambooHR was really like, ‘We do people stuff,’...which was kind of more what I cared about. I always kept coming back to BambooHR "

Bradley Rencher


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