Unlike some competitors, such as BambooHR or Gusto, Sage excels at serving up an array of digital tools for various business elements at every stage of growth. This all-inclusive concept is known as enterprise resource planning (ERP), although Sage is comparatively more limited than, say, Microsoft Dynamics 365.
In contrast to HR goliaths like ADP or Oracle, Sage exclusively targets small and medium-sized enterprises (SME). This makes the company’s offerings supremely compatible with growing businesses craving a long-term software investment that extends beyond basic human resource management.
However, a deeper analysis of the company’s subscription plans reveals an avalanche of extra fees. For example, the core Sage HR offering doesn’t include payroll, which makes an upgrade to the custom-priced HRMS package or an external pay provider necessary for this feature.
The HRMS suite, in turn, requires premium third-party plugins for many essentials, like I-9 immigration form support. Many of these additions require other paid add-ons or software subscriptions, like Microsoft 365 (which costs upwards of $150 simply for the Sage/Microsoft integration).
This is just the start of Sage’s hidden costs, so you’ll need an extra stack of cash handy before jumping in. Oh, and while researching the company's gadgets, be prepared to wade through a confusing sea of often difficult-to-understand language (more on this below).