Colleagues Bank is a human resources solution for businesses. Users can store colleague contact information, skills and work history in one place. Data is sorted into columns, much like an Excel spreadsheet. Users can view basic information, such as name, position and date of birth or click on an employee to view a detailed profile. Profiles provide access to a number of areas related to the employee, including their general information, contacts, experience and skills, related documents, family information, inventory and history. Each page is sorted into similar fields, with headers to help the user find what they need quickly. The application also comes with a built in search function that allows the user to find specific employees by entering their name or ID code rather than browsing all entries.
Colleagues Bank was introduced by Amberg Solutions. The application has been noted on many third party websites. Although it hasn’t received any notable attention from well-read media outlets, it has managed to make its name visible. The service keeps employee management and related tasks simple. The lack of excitement could have something to do with the applications rather lackluster design. Colleagues Bank doesn’t present any functions that are innovative or groundbreaking.
Colleagues Bank doesn’t present anything new to the realm of human resources. The service is practical. Users can manage their workers and save a wealth of data using the application. However there is little to write home about here. Users aren’t treated to a unique, memorable interface. The basic functions serve their purpose, but they do it with no fanfare. If the price doesn’t convince a new user to try Colleagues Bank, then it is doubtful the features list or interface will be able to.
Colleagues Bank suffers from a severe case of bland interface. The service is practical, but the user should expect nothing more than that as they try each feature. There are no unique graphics or modern design elements; the interface is even minimal when it comes to the use of color. A user who wants a barebones, no nonsense interface may appreciate what Colleagues Bank has to offer. Everyone else may find their eyes fighting boredom.
A new user can begin by clicking the large “Subscribe Now” button at the bottom, right side of the homepage. This takes the user to what is supposed to be the subscription page. A list of terms is presented at the top of the page, so the user knows what they are getting themselves into. Users may notice that the bottom half of the page is broken. If the user still wants to sign up, they can visit the very bottom of any page on the Colleagues Bank site and click the “Contact Us” link. As long as that form is working, the use can submit a request and let the developers figure it out.
If the user manages to obtain a Colleagues Bank account, they are required to pay $22.99 per month. This includes unlimited access to all current features. The service doesn’t come with any additional charges. It would be hard to imagine what charges they could add considering the basic design of the service. The fee is economical, but some users may be reluctant to pay after trying the demo and experiencing the glitch website. Curious users can try the demo, which sometimes doesn’t let the user log in right away. If this happens, return to the homepage and try again.
Colleagues Bank is intended for small businesses that need a human resources solution. It is difficult to outright recommend the application to anyone in its current state. The website starts strong with a simple but fun and unique design, but it all starts to break down as the user experiences site malfunctions and gets a dose of the bland application interface. Colleagues Bank has potential, but not until some much needed improvement is introduced.