Empuls vs Guusto

Empuls

The Bottom Line

Tons of control over how your recognition program is setup, but excessive for those who need something simple.

Guusto

The Bottom Line

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

How It Works

Empuls

Create pre-defined pieces of recognition that users can distribute, each with its own specific givers, recipients, approvers, point value, and budget. Points from awards can be used to purchase gift cards.

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

Empuls

  • 30-day free trial
  • Configuration options give complete control over your recognition program
  • Very good international rewards options

Guusto

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

The Bad

Empuls

  • Has a learning curve that makes it easy to misconfigure something
  • Limited support options
  • Gift cards are the only reward option

Guusto

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

Pricing

Empuls

$2-$4 per user per month, depending on the the plan and if paying monthly or annually.

Guusto

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

Setup & Onboarding

Empuls

Free trial makes it easy to get started, but the complexity of budgets and awards makes going through their sales and onboarding process more appealing.

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

Empuls

Empuls homepage

Modern, if unremarkable look. Navigation is mostly easy and users have personalized homepages.

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

Empuls

Hundreds of gift cards with plenty of international options.

Guusto

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

Integrations

HRIS

Empuls

Gusto, Zoho People, Freshteam, Keka, custom HRIS integrations via SFTP

Guusto

Custom HRIS integrations via SFTP

SSO

Empuls

OneLogin, Okta, Azure, custom SSO integrations

Guusto

Okta

Common Tool Integrations

Empuls

Microsoft Teams, Slack, Facebook Workplace

Guusto

Microsoft Teams

Additional Integrations

Empuls

N/A

Guusto

N/A

Analytics & Reports

Empuls

Good data visualizations with filters and pivot points to adjust the data, but overall very basic.

Guusto

Only the basics, limited graphs

Support

Empuls

Primary support channel is email. Help center covers entire platform, but lacks depth.

Guusto

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

Extra Features

Empuls

Any user can send feedback survey requests. Admins can send company-wide surveys. Mobile apps for Android and Apple.

Guusto

Android and Apple mobile apps.

The Bottom Line

Empuls

Tons of control over how your recognition program is setup, but excessive for those who need something simple.

Guusto

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