If you don’t have the budget for professional organization chart software then there are some pretty decent free options that can be used on a Mac.
We’ve tested and reviewed a range of tools that can create tree diagrams for free on a Mac and offer either unlimited free usage or are free to use with less restrictions than paid software.
If you are intending to use these for corporate or professional use however, bear in mind the following limitations:
Most free tools for creating tree structures only allow very limited free use for personal use only. If you need to use them commercially in a team or add multiple users you will have to pay for a subscription.
Most free tools limit the number of charts you can create.
There are no free tools that offer free HR data integration such as automatic importing from BambooHR and other Employee Management Systems.
Some free options such as The Org also make your organization charts public.
Lucidchart is a Cloud solution that has positioned itself as an alternative to Visio on a Mac to create hierarchies.
Lucidchart is a paid commercial product but you can use a limited free version for up to 3 documents.
Lucidchart has a very simple drag and drop interface which makes it easy to insert elements where you want them to be.
You can add photos to hierarchies and there are lots of customization options when it comes to colors and shapes.
To auto create maps of organizations, Lucidchart can import data from Excel and CSV files. It also has a pretty nifty tool that allows you to paste data it and Lucidchart will automatically create a basic map of your team from it.
If you use BambooHR, Lucidchart also can import employee information from BambooHR to auto populate charts although this is only available in the paid version.
The free version is limited to 60 objects and 3 documents so you’ll need to subscribe if you need to create anything bigger.
The Org is a web based organization directory that allows corporations to publish organization charts for free.
Companies as big as Apple, Samsung and Microsoft have published their company structures on The Org so its a highly respected directory used by some of the biggest enterprises in the World.
The Org is designed for recruitment and talent spotting as much as creating hierarchy maps but its got a lovely slick interface that makes creating organizational charts very easy.
Once you’ve signed-up to The Org, you can start adding personnel and photos along with detailed Bio pages, links to their LinkedIn page and email address.
If you want a publicly listed illustration of your company structure that can be used for recruitment and head hunting, then The Org is an amazing resource covering some of the biggest enterprises in the World.
However, the big drawback is that any charts published on the org are publicly visible so its not suitable for organizations that want to keep things internal.