CHROBRUS

Calamari

5 / 5 80 reviews

Who Uses This Software?

Calamari helps all businesses starting from tech start-ups, focused on growth, through the convent small and medium businesses where the remote work and absence tracking is important part of planning.


Average Ratings

80 Reviews
  • 5 / 5
    Overall
  • 5 / 5
    Ease of Use
  • 5 / 5
    Customer Service

Product Details

  • Starting Price
    $1.00/month/user
  • Free Version
    Yes
  • Free Trial
    Yes
  • Deployment
    Cloud, SaaS, Web
    Mobile - Android Native
    Mobile - iOS Native
  • Training
    Documentation
    Live Online
    In Person
  • Support
    Online
    Business Hours

Vendor Details

  • CHROBRUS
  • calamari.io
  • Founded 2014
  • Poland

About This Software

Calamari makes people management easier. It allows you to plan and track all types of vacation, time off and sickness leave. Now you can track your attendance with ibeacons and mobile apps. Calamari supports companies with offices based in multiple countries/locations and supports role based security. We are integrated with project management tools like JIRA, Slack, Office 365, Toggl, G Suite, Basecamp, Asana.


Features Checklist

  • Absence Management
  • Calendar Management
  • Employee Scheduling
  • Employee Time Clock
  • FMLA Tracking
  • Overtime Tracking
  • Self Service Portal
  • Timesheets
  • Vacation / Leave Tracking

Product Reviews

BEST choice for employee vacation tracking !

May 08, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: Great fully automated solution for simple employee vacation tracking & management. Saves me time so i don't have to worry about manually calculating holidays , accruals, and tracking employee vacation activity in a spreadsheet. Everything is calculated by the system and i get an email request when an employee wants time off. Perfect !
Employees appreciate the ability to check their own accruals and qwickly make a vacation request without completing forms. Simply click and submit.
Employees like the Calamari mobile iphone application also.
Highly Recommend Calamari

Cons: Setting up my companies vacation accrual formulas for different employees was a challenge, but Calamari Tech support was quick to respond with the solution and had me running the same day.

Vendor Response

by CHROBRUS on May 09, 2017

Jeff, thanks for a great review.

Useful and convenient way of registration working time

May 05, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Calamari is very useful and convenient system of registration working time. I love its way of applying for leave. I love how it is integrated with Slack and that it uses iBeacons for automatical logging worktime. Customer Support is quick and exact. I would love to use Calamari in our company (and I think soon we will - when it will fit all our needs).

Cons: Calamari doesn't fit all our needs yet. For now, it doesn't have projects integrated with Jira Tempo and it can't export data to our account-HR system (Comarch OPTIMA).

Vendor Response

by CHROBRUS on May 09, 2017

Thanks for the feedback! We're working on improvements on the Jira TEMPO integration recently.

Great product for timetracking and holiday planning

Apr 26, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: We are using calamari now since around 10 month and i am really satisfied about the features & pricing of this product. furthermore it has a great customer support that normally answers within a couple of hours.

We are an online company with around 50 people and we are using google apps too. Botzhwork perfectly togehter for setting up new accounts. The integration is quite easy and for all setup problems we had kamil gave us a great support.

The android app and the mobile friendly web version is one thing that could be improved

We are using Calamari Leave and Clockin.

After a few months of use

Mar 24, 2017
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: clarity - easy to get started

Cons: change request means delete old day and create new.

Overall: Easy start - even without any documentation it would be easy for everybody.
clear layout. 1 small issue with logout - customer service reaction /solution quick and working.

Recommendations to other buyers: nope

Excellent choice for your HR needs!

Mar 24, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: We have been using Calamari for a few months now and we are very pleased with the provided services! The variety of features combined with an excellent support service makes our lives easier. Everything we asked at the start of our cooperation was dealt with very quickly and adequately.

Even a few added features and functions that we need for the future have been included in their Roadmap and we have been given an approximate date that they will be available for us to use.

All in all a very good and highly recommend service.

Great cloud software

Mar 06, 2017
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: easy of use. Fast technical support if needed.

Overall: I use calamari leave software since 2015.
As IT company I was thinking of developing my own leave module to manage employee absences. But calamari came just in time and saved me money and stress of developing my own tool. Calamari has all I want and need from leave management system. It is easy to use and continously equiped with new features and enhancements. And their technical support is just great. I wish other software supliers were so fast. One remarkable example: I had an issue on 31st of December. A few hours before New Year's party. I have posted an issue to calamari team and even didn't expected to have any answer before 2nd or 3rd of January. But I got an anwer within 30 minutes!!! Just great! I really do recomend the software.

Vendor Response

by CHROBRUS on March 06, 2017

Thanks Daniel! We are thrilled working with you, and other customers from Poland! Happy customers are the greatest reward!

Easy and complete way to manage time and time off

Feb 20, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: We installed this product and found it easy to use and it hit all of our needs. Customer support is excellent as well.

Calamari works!

Feb 16, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: The Customer Support has been more than excellent. The improvements in features and functions since we started using it have been excellent as well. We were much more interested in the leave side, as all of our employees are salaried, but the clock side has helped us allocate resources more effectively.

Vendor Response

by CHROBRUS on April 10, 2017

We are thrilled working with you! Happy customers are the greatest reward!

Perfect app for absence management

Jan 25, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: Easy of use app that keeps absence in a company transparent and organized. Everything is adjusted to a company's policies and internal procedures. Works perfectly even if you have your teams spread all over the world. We use it in a US-European company with 70 people in the organization and everyone just love it. It saves a lot of everyone's time and and keep people informed.

Intuitive and excellent product

Jan 18, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: I like Calamari over other absence management products because it is web-based and needs minimal configuration. It is intuitive so everyone can pick up how to use it fairly quickly. It saves me time and I can focus on other work. For the staffs, it is robust, transparent and easy to use. The customer service is excellent, he is always very helpful and respond very quickly. The only issue that I have is sometimes the system is a bit lag behind when refreshing or submitting a request but I still recommend this product, it may sound expensive to some but if you take into consideration of what benefits can give you such as the accuracy, transparency and the time on other work, I still think it worths the money. Disclaimer: we are a architectural company with around 20 employees and use Calamari Leave only.

This program is great but not 1 USD/User/Mounth as indicated, its closer to 3.3.

Jan 18, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: Enjoyed the program easy to setup and great features. We stopped using it since it is somewhat expensive (for a small African startup company).

Vendor Response

by CHROBRUS on January 18, 2017

Jaco, thanks for the great review! The initial package (for 10 users) costs 10$/month, we do also provide the discount for startups. Just contact our customer success team!

Great product, getting better all the time.

Jan 05, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: Calamari is great to keep track of employee days off. They are very responsive to suggestions and are getting better all the time.

Great support and easy to use

Dec 09, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: We've been using Calamari Leave at SpamExperts for almost 2 years now, integrated with Google and Slack, and we are happy with the usability, with the support offered and how much attention is being given to stay updated with the market and with the customer's needs.
I think that a very important point beside the functionality, user experience, user interface, is to also have great customer support, which we had every step of the way. Thanks, I would highly recommend this web app to any HR professionals that are looking for a leave management system.

Great program!

Dec 08, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: We love the program and it made our business PTO tracking extremely efficient. I would recommended it to anyone considering.

Great application limiting bureaucracy

Dec 07, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: pleasant UX
intuitive
easy to use

Cons: nothing

Overall: Advantages:
pleasant UX
intuitive
easy to use
the owners are flexible and willing to adapt to our needs
great communication with the owners
the possibility of new functions
useful reports
calendar of absence
multi-step approval processes
professionalism

Recommendations to other buyers: great contact with the owners! Always helpful

Great tool for time management, great customer support !!

Nov 18, 2016
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: We have been using Calamari for 1.5 months. At the beginning we faced a lot of questions regarding the setting. The CS team of Calamari is very helpful, they help us to investigate and solve the problem patiently. We highly recommend Calamari.

Vendor Response

by CHROBRUS on November 25, 2016

Hello Ringo, Thank you so much for taking the time to post your review. We're glad to hear you guys are happy to work with Calamari.

Great product, exceptional service.

Nov 17, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: After a significant amount of research and deliberating we moved away from our excel based holiday system in favor of a cloud based solution from Chrobrus.

The Calamari system is easy to use and navigate both for the employee and employer. The hotlinks in the admin control panel give you clear and accurate information regarding holiday scheduling.

The support from the Calamari team and in particular Kamil has been superb, any queries/questions we have had have been dealt with speedily and efficiently.

We now have more time to focus our attention on running our business rather than being caught up in excel spreadsheets managing employee holidays.

Thanks all at Calamari.

Vendor Response

by CHROBRUS on November 25, 2016

Hello Sanjai, Thank you so much for taking the time to post your review. We're glad to hear you guys were able to learn Calamari easily. Our mission is to make the HR and people management easier to empower entrepreneurs to develop their businesses.

Excellent support in Configuration

Nov 10, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: I had specific needs to be settled in the configuration. Calamari's customer support was very efficient and reactive to set up my requests. We highly recommend Calamari.

3 Words: Easy to Use

Oct 26, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: It is just very easy to navigate

Overall: We've been using Calamari for over a year, mostly as a way to track PTO. The system is very easy to use and if I've ever had questions, someone always gets back to me quickly. Thank you Calamari!

Simple & Effective

Oct 25, 2016
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: Easy to set up and very simple to use.
What makes this a great system is the customer support.
If you can't find an answer on the tutorial or help section which is very basic, then send an email and quite quickly you will receive a reply with the answer needed.

Best cloud based HR solution.

Oct 24, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: I have tried many, but this is the best so far. Easy to implement and use. Useful integrations, and very good support!

Great tool for time management!

Oct 24, 2016
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: We introduced Calamari into our workflow to enable our distributed team to better respect eachother's time and availabity. Implementation was easy (done in a few hours for a team of 15) and the app is very accessible with built-in slack integrations. We had a few questions that required follow up during onboarding, but the customer service team was super responsive and addressed our questions on the same business day.

Great tool for time management!

Oct 24, 2016
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: We introduced Calamari into our workflow to enable our distributed team to better respect eachother's time and availabity. Implementation was easy (done in a few hours for a team of 15) and the app is very accessible with built-in slack integrations. We had a few questions that required follow up during onboarding, but the customer service team was super responsive and addressed our questions on the same business day.

Customer service

Oct 20, 2016
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: face some problem in calamari get fast reply, the technical team and customer service team both are very polite and efficient.

Great! HR system

Oct 20, 2016
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: The system is friendly to use, I'd like to recommend everyone to try it, Kamil always help us to solve the problems

Happy Happy People

Oct 05, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: - easy
- fast
- well designed
- value for money

Cons: - i want even more features ;)

Overall: the title "Happy happy people" gives 100% the impression me and my employees have after dealing with Calamari - its finally easy and fast to do the chore of leave reporting
on top of that we see our collegues leaves in the calendar - no more questions where is somebody yelled from the second room ;)
integration is seamless - no IT involved
what can i say more - I do recommend Calamari

Excellent leave management app!

Sep 29, 2016
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Nice UI, great support, good price. Integrated with Google Apps (Google for Work).

Cons: Occasional confusion about settings or workflow, help desk provided solutions quickly, though, so not a big deal.

Overall: Calamari is a nice, easy to use leave management app. It has a few quirks in the UI that occasionally confuse, but it's easy to figure out and the support team is fast and friendly. Less expensive than other comparable apps with as nice or a nicer UI.

Great Customer Service

Sep 27, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: We started using Calamari as our first ever PTO system. Previously, we had just been tracking in an excel file. We actually had some unusual bugs at the beginning during the trial period. The customer service was great and helped to get these fixed. The company really seems interested in making this software user friendly and helping ease any problems that happen along the way. It is great for tracking PTO and our company utilizes the calendar feature. The calendar is nice because you can see who all is out in each department and lets others see before they request. I would recommend this system and don't be afraid to ask their customer service department, as they are very helpful.

Excelent application! do the work very well and more!

Sep 26, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: personalization, do the job, uptime

Cons: none

Overall: We use this for our leave mgr and is wonderful! never a problem! always a solution when we need it!

Nice product, easy to use, harder to configure but still very good

Aug 03, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: it has excellent integration with slack, you don't have to have additional login for your employees. The only issue is that the admin configuration is hard, but very flexible.

I totally recommend this product.

Excellent product

Jul 26, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: All of the above

Cons: Would be nice if it could integrate with Asana

Overall: - AMAZING Customer Service

- Easy to use

- Great integrations

- Lovely interface and value for money too

Simple and functional

Jul 25, 2016
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Simplicity and price.

Cons: There is not a lot of reporting functionality.

Overall: Overall the software is very simple to use and most employees understood how to use it right away, without any real tutorial. Our customer service rep is always very responsive and helps immediately whenever we have any issues.

Recommendations to other buyers: Keep making software improvements but please keep the customers informed on the changes. We would really like to see more reporting functionality and the ability to link with MS Outlook calendar.

Vendor Response

by CHROBRUS on August 10, 2016

Thank you for the review, Jessica. Recently, we have added the possibility to integrate Calamari with MS Outlook. On our YouTube channel, you can find the tutorial how to enter you iCal feed into your Outlook Online.

Simple, effective, ease of use.

Jul 13, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: Integration between Calamari and our company was extremely easy and fast. This platform helps us to save a lot of time and make our communications much more effective.

Great Product!

Jul 12, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: This is really very easy to set up. Most of it was just trial and error for me. My colleague needed a little help and the team at Calamari helped very quickly.

Cons: I think that you should make the required fields more known. There were a few employees that I set up that I forgot to enter a hire date. That made it so their time off was not set correctly. You should still be able to bypass it if need be but star the fields that really need to be filled out to make it all run smoothly.

Overall: This is a great product. Coming from using a spreadsheet to keep track of time off. I wish I could rate the customer service higher than 5 stars. They were all wonderful and so helpful!

Coilplus Mexicana

Jul 08, 2016
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: excelent support, easy to use,

Cons: the initial configuration of rules is a little tricky but i think with a more detailed user manual will be without any problem

Overall: easy to use for the users, they are very happy with this app because it has simplify the way that the employees request their vacations

Calamari Leave Review

Jun 21, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Most like the flexibility and very good support for developers. The advantage is the integration with a variety of services, it is very convenient.

Overall: Our company has long been in search of calendar absences. We tested a lot of options, but the flexible functionality they did not find. When we started with the Calamari acquaintance, at first it seemed to us too difficult to set up, but communication with the support solved all our requests. We were able to customize the system entirely to the needs of the company.

Recommendations to other buyers: The team keeps up with the times and constantly adding functionality, we have chosen for this Calamari

day to day update the leave record

Jun 08, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: Pros: Using friendly for applying leave & delivering good customer service to user
Cons: can consider on-line service to quick solve user's problems

great tool

Apr 27, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: This product has been great and easy to use. Calamari developers added new features for us so that leave management has never been easier.

Modern, intuitive and easy to use

Feb 01, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: Very quick to get set up and running. Has been very easy for our staff to adopt, and we're much happier with this than other products we've tried in this space.

Great product, very helpful.

Jan 22, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: This product has been great and easy to use. Customer service is very responsive to questions and your needs.

Calamari has all necessary features for our team

Nov 10, 2015
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: Very good customer service
All questions were quickly solved
I am satisfyed with with Calamari software

Great software for small & medium companies

Aug 10, 2015
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: We are using Calamari for almost a year, and we love it.

Great tool that solved one of our biggest HR problem

Jul 15, 2015
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: In our company every department had its own leave policy and way to manage it (excel, docs, etc) - thanks to Calamari we were able to unify it and now everything works like a charm. Trully recomend it.

Excellent Product!

Jul 10, 2015
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: I was using another solution to track attendance in our company, but this one makes a tremendous difference. Calamari is so light and simple to configure and implement.

All my employees love the way it works and how it looks. The user interface is very intuitive. Calamari developers are constantly adding new great features and customer service is fantastic. Support responding time is unusually short and answers always to the point.

I would recommend this product.

Very Easy of Use and Very Good Customer Service!

Jun 05, 2015
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: We are very happy with the application.

Elegant UI and Really Easy to Use

Jun 03, 2015
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: After testing out a dozen of similar products, I found that Calamari is one of the most cost efficient solution out there. Really easy to use and implement. Elegant and intuitive user interface. I recommend to all company with 50 or less staff.