A cloud-based employee recognition system
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KudosProduct Overview

  1. About Kudos
  2. Pros of Kudos
  3. Cons of Kudos
  4. Breakdown of core features

Kudos product overview

Kudos is an employee recognition system and corporate social network that empowers managers and employees to give recognition in real time. As a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solution, Kudos is scalable and adaptable and is appropriate for all companies regardless of size. Companies can customize Kudos to fit their culture and size. Whether you want to run a recognition-only program, or layer in monetary rewards as well, the choice is entirely yours.

Its a peer-to-peer recognition system designed to engage teams with enhanced communication, collaboration, appreciation, and timely recognition. Kudos can also be used to boost organizational communications and gain more insight into their people and culture data. Currently, Kudos serves clients in over 80 countries, across 24 verticals, and in nine languages.

Pros of Kudos

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A common issue with most rewards and recognition programs is that they put too much focus on points/rewards/perks, and not enough on recognition. With Kudos, whether you decide to use rewards or not, the recognition itself always comes first. This ensures that your employees are thinking about the message of the recognition they receive rather than focusing on the points associated with the message.

Cons of Kudos

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Because Kudos focuses on recognition before rewards, the selection of built-in rewards is limited to virtual gift cards. While the catalog is large and international, some businesses do want physical rewards. While Kudos does offer custom rewards functionality allowing businesses to offer any type of reward, it is on the client to provide and manage their own custom rewards.

Breakdown of core features

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Employee recognition

The platform enables anyone in any organization to send recognition to anyone else. Recognition comes in four types: “Thank You, Good Job, Impressive, and Exceptional.” Every recognition message sent is tied to company values, reinforcing them with every recognition message that is sent.

Culture platform

Kudos includes photo sharing and content storage functionality, giving your organization a single home for its culture documentation, announcements, and more. Host company newsletters, contests, blogs, and much more right within Kudos. Send company-wide notifications using Kudos and see who has viewed specific content such as new employee onboarding materials or company policies.


With Kudos, you can get actionable insights into the health of your workplace culture. Their Culture Biorhythm® analytics give a real-time, granular look into how your organization is living up to its values. For enterprise clients, Kudos’ data science team can provide deep analysis into what your organization’s culture data is telling you and provide recommendations on next steps.

(Last updated on 01/06/2022 by Abby Dykes )

Quick Facts

  • Industry Specialties
    Advertising / Media / Publishing, Architecture / Engineering / Construction, Banking / Accounting / Financial, Computer and Technology, Consulting / Professional Services, Consumer Brands, Customer Service / Call Centers, eCommerce, Education and Training, Enterprise, Hospitality / Entertainment / Travel, Field Services / Maintenance, Financial Services, Food and Beverage, Government / Public Administration, Healthcare, Legal, Marketing / Public Relations, Staffing / Recruiting, Media and Publishing, Non-Profit / Public Sector, Pharmaceutical, Private Security, Real Estate, Retail and Wholesale, Sales, Scientific, Social Commerce, Software / Web Development, Telecommunications, Transportation / Shipping, VAR / VAD / System Integrator
  • Pricing
  • Works Best For
    Enterprise Businesses, Mid Sized Businesses





  • Peer-to-peer recognition
  • Employee awards
  • Optional employee rewards
  • Years-of-service awards/milestones
  • Certificates
  • Photo sharing
  • Lite content management system
  • Culture analytics & reporting
  • Android & iOS apps


  • Microsoft Teams
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Slack
  • ADP Workforce Now
  • Paylocity
  • Workday HCM
  • BambooHR
  • Microsoft Sharepoint
  • Skype
  • Office 365
  • Oracle Identity Cloud
  • Okta
  • Bitium
  • OneLogin
  • Ping Identity
  • SaaSPass
  • Google oAuth
  • LinkedIn oAuth
  • Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Brave, and Firefox web browsers

Pricing Model

  • Kudos Plus
  • Kudos Enterprise


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  • French
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  • Arabic
  • Farsi
  • Japanese
  • Czech
  • Portuguese