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Taleo is the Best Applicant Tracking System

I’ve got about 15 years worth of Applicant Tracking System (ATS) knowledge and experience. Truth is. Taleo is the best. There is a reason why Oracle purchased Taleo for a Bagrillion dollars.  I have demoed almost every one of them. All of them, except Taleo, do a poor job reporting. They all brag about cutting edge features like job distribution modules and social media capabilities, but they don’t always live up to the hype. Plus, keep in mind every ATS provider have Salesmen that will hound you into using their product or stand-alone module. These same sales guys go around pushing job distribution packages and brag about the number of quality hires that come from job postings. Don’t be fooled by them EVEN if they provide “research and analysis” around the quality of external hires through job postings. They just want you to buy their product and once you’re invest in their ATS your resumes will be “locked up” forever. Sure they say you can always port your resumes to another ATS if you decide to leave but they won’t do it for you and they make it nearly impossible for you to port your resumes (in other words you are screwed).

For companies that have 10 or more employees go with Taleo. You won’t be disappointed. They have great customer service and more tracking features than the “other” ATS out there.

And if you would like to learn more about my experience with Taleo or even some of the “other” ATS out there, I will be glad to give you my Pros and Cons for all them. But for now Taleo is the top dog when it comes to Enterprise level Applicant Tracking System.

Happy Friday!

About Michael Glenn

I am a talent acquisition consultant, trainer and motivator for jobseekers and recruiters. I specialize in helping others find opportunities and bringing top talent to companies.

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  1. There’s only 1 thing wrong with Taleo.

    You have to pay for it.

    http://www.ikrut.com – a free applicant tracking system.

  2. Can you tell me the acronym for Taleo’s?

  3. Michael,

    How would you compare Halogen to Taleo, both functionality and pricing?

    Many thanks,


  4. There’s one other problem with Taleo… while you’re focused on tracking candidates, the ones you want applying click “next” at the first hint of its name.

    Search for the name and then ask yourself “who would jump through these hoops.” It’s not top talent.

  5. Taleo is oh soooooo ancient! Let’s think outside the box for a minute. How could taleo possibly be the best when the best is yet to come. http://www.recruitersmap.com. It’s a social applicant tracking system. Think Linkedin on top of the ATS where candidates can update their profiles on the site just like they update their Linkedin. It also has powerful search tools with full network visibility! It’s really a genius idea…. see for yourself.

    The Social Applicant Tracking System

  6. How do you feel about the applicants’ experiences using this Taleo? Is this something that you consider in your evaluation of the product?

    On a related note – how does the information sharing work on Taleo? I know that there are a lot of background check partners who are integrated with the tool. Have you used Taleo in conjunction with one of these background check third parties?

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