Awardco vs Guusto

Awardco

The Bottom Line

An incredibly flexible platform with a massive amount of reward options, but a daunting number of settings and configurations.

Guusto

The Bottom Line

Accessible to all, but the lack of integrations and international rewards makes it impractical for some.

How It Works

Awardco

The types of recognition that can be given by users are divided into "recognition programs", each with its own set of rules, users, rewards, and budget. In monetary programs, earned points can be exchanged for rewards.

Guusto

Users are divided into teams, each with its own admins, settings, and program configuration. In teams with monetary recognition, users can redeem their points for gift cards.

The Good

Awardco

  • Very flexible and almost fully customizable
  • Truly massive rewards catalog
  • Extensive, thoroughly detailed hep center articles

Guusto

  • Has a free tier
  • Recognition can be sent to users outside of the company
  • Very flexible platform

The Bad

Awardco

  • Daunting amount of settings, options, and configurations
  • Many configurations require the involvement of your Client Success Manager
  • Limited pre-made integrations for HRIS and other tools

Guusto

  • Few integrations
  • Very few international rewards merchants
  • Limited reporting, no analytics

Pricing

Awardco

Custom quotes and no public pricing, but we’ve seen quotes in the range of ~3.50 per user per month.

Guusto

$0-$3.00 per user per month, depending on the plan and if paying monthly or annually.

Setup & Onboarding

Awardco

Extensive implementation process with an assigned Implementation Consultant makes launching this complex platform a smooth experience.

Guusto

Their free plan allows anyone to get started, though there are many configuration options and little hand-held guidance. Custom onboarding packages are also available.

UI & UX

Awardco

Awardco homepage

Nice, modern look with some minor clunkiness. Navigation for admins can be overwhelming due to the sheer amount of features.

Guusto

Guusto homepage

Not particularly polished, but gets the job done. Admins may find they need to reference help articles or contact support to figure out some things.

Reward Catalog

Awardco

Near-endless reward catalog with options for Amazon products, Priceline hotels, concert tickets, Awardco's built-in swag store, hundreds of gift cards, and charitable donations.

Guusto

Gift cards, can submit any charity to have them donate on your behalf

Integrations

HRIS

Awardco

BambooHR, Workday, custom HRIS integrations via SFTP

Guusto

Custom HRIS integrations via SFTP

SSO

Awardco

Custom SSO integrations

Guusto

Okta

Common Tool Integrations

Awardco

Slack, Microsoft Teams

Guusto

Microsoft Teams

Additional Integrations

Awardco

open API

Guusto

N/A

Analytics & Reports

Awardco

Reporting dashboard offers a variety of filters to apply, but not many graphs. There are about 20 default reports that can be exported as CSV files.

Guusto

Only the basics, limited graphs

Support

Awardco

Offers chat, email, and phone support with a thoroughly extensive help center. They have five different lines for international callers and all support options are available 24 hours a day Monday through Friday.

Guusto

Primary support channel is chat, email also available, help center doesn't cover features in higher-level plans.

Extra Features

Awardco

Has a progressive web app instead of a mobile app, which is a custom web experience for mobile devices based on the standard desktop experience.

Guusto

Android and Apple mobile apps.

The Bottom Line

Awardco

An incredibly flexible platform with a massive amount of reward options, but a daunting number of settings and configurations.

Guusto

Accessible to all, but the lack of integrations and international rewards makes it impractical for some.