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Likelihood to Recommend

BambooHR

If you are managing a small/medium-sized organization with up to 500 employees, BambooHR is a great utility. It will automate the entire recruitment and selection process, make time tracking benefit administration highly efficient, and enhance the integrity of annual performance appraisals. It will eliminate nearly all kinds of unnecessary record management and paperwork. All the information about an employee can be accessed at any time of the day. However, for a large organization, the HRIS can erect virtual walls among employees and make management of human resources a daunting task for the HR manager.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Iris HR Software (formerly Octopus HR)

I would definitely recommend Octopus HR if companies need every employee, not just one HR team, to use it. I think it's too much and would suggest something like Taleo for one team to use.Key questions would be: Do you need a simple platform? Are you using this just for your HR team or will everyone need access? Is the way employees request PTO at your company disorganized?
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Human Resource Management

BambooHR
8.5
Iris HR Software (formerly Octopus HR)
Employee demographic data
BambooHR
8.7
Iris HR Software (formerly Octopus HR)
Employment history
BambooHR
8.9
Iris HR Software (formerly Octopus HR)
Job profiles and administration
BambooHR
8.6
Iris HR Software (formerly Octopus HR)
Workflow for transfers, promotions, pay raises, etc.
BambooHR
8.4
Iris HR Software (formerly Octopus HR)
Organizational charting
BambooHR
8.3
Iris HR Software (formerly Octopus HR)
Organization and location management
BambooHR
8.4
Iris HR Software (formerly Octopus HR)
Compliance data (COBRA, OSHA, etc.)
BambooHR
8.2
Iris HR Software (formerly Octopus HR)

Payroll Management

BambooHR
8.7
Iris HR Software (formerly Octopus HR)
Pay calculation
BambooHR
8.5
Iris HR Software (formerly Octopus HR)
Support for external payroll vendors
BambooHR
8.7
Iris HR Software (formerly Octopus HR)
Off-cycle/On-Demand payment
BambooHR
8.6
Iris HR Software (formerly Octopus HR)
Benefit plan administration
BambooHR
9.1
Iris HR Software (formerly Octopus HR)
Direct deposit files
BambooHR
8.8
Iris HR Software (formerly Octopus HR)
Salary revision and increment management
BambooHR
8.8
Iris HR Software (formerly Octopus HR)
Reimbursement management
BambooHR
8.6
Iris HR Software (formerly Octopus HR)

Leave and Attendance Management

BambooHR
9.2
Iris HR Software (formerly Octopus HR)
Approval workflow
BambooHR
9.3
Iris HR Software (formerly Octopus HR)
Balance details
BambooHR
9.2
Iris HR Software (formerly Octopus HR)
Annual carry-forward and encashment
BambooHR
9.0
Iris HR Software (formerly Octopus HR)

Employee Self Service

BambooHR
8.8
Iris HR Software (formerly Octopus HR)
View and generate pay and benefit information
BambooHR
8.8
Iris HR Software (formerly Octopus HR)
Update personal information
BambooHR
9.0
Iris HR Software (formerly Octopus HR)
View company policy documentation
BambooHR
8.7
Iris HR Software (formerly Octopus HR)
Employee recognition
BambooHR
8.7
Iris HR Software (formerly Octopus HR)
View job history
BambooHR
9.1
Iris HR Software (formerly Octopus HR)

Asset Management

BambooHR
7.6
Iris HR Software (formerly Octopus HR)
Tracking of all physical assets
BambooHR
7.6
Iris HR Software (formerly Octopus HR)

HR Reporting

BambooHR
8.2
Iris HR Software (formerly Octopus HR)
Report builder
BambooHR
8.3
Iris HR Software (formerly Octopus HR)
Pre-built reports
BambooHR
8.1
Iris HR Software (formerly Octopus HR)
Ability to combine HR data with external data
BambooHR
8.2
Iris HR Software (formerly Octopus HR)

Onboarding

BambooHR
8.6
Iris HR Software (formerly Octopus HR)
New hire portal
BambooHR
8.6
Iris HR Software (formerly Octopus HR)
Manager tracking tools
BambooHR
8.6
Iris HR Software (formerly Octopus HR)

Performance and Goals

BambooHR
8.2
Iris HR Software (formerly Octopus HR)
Corporate goal setting
BambooHR
8.0
Iris HR Software (formerly Octopus HR)
Individual goal setting
BambooHR
8.2
Iris HR Software (formerly Octopus HR)
Line-of sight-visibility
BambooHR
8.1
Iris HR Software (formerly Octopus HR)
Performance tracking
BambooHR
8.6
Iris HR Software (formerly Octopus HR)

Performance Management

BambooHR
8.5
Iris HR Software (formerly Octopus HR)
Performance plans
BambooHR
8.5
Iris HR Software (formerly Octopus HR)
Performance improvement plans
BambooHR
8.3
Iris HR Software (formerly Octopus HR)
Review status tracking
BambooHR
8.8
Iris HR Software (formerly Octopus HR)
Review reminders
BambooHR
8.6
Iris HR Software (formerly Octopus HR)
Multiple review frequency
BambooHR
8.3
Iris HR Software (formerly Octopus HR)

Succession Planning

BambooHR
8.1
Iris HR Software (formerly Octopus HR)
Create succession plans/pools
BambooHR
8.1
Iris HR Software (formerly Octopus HR)
Candidate ranking
BambooHR
8.0
Iris HR Software (formerly Octopus HR)
Candidate search
BambooHR
8.2
Iris HR Software (formerly Octopus HR)
Candidate development
BambooHR
8.2
Iris HR Software (formerly Octopus HR)

Recruiting / ATS

BambooHR
8.3
Iris HR Software (formerly Octopus HR)
Job Requisition Management
BambooHR
8.3
Iris HR Software (formerly Octopus HR)
Company Website Posting
BambooHR
8.2
Iris HR Software (formerly Octopus HR)
Publish to Social Media
BambooHR
8.4
Iris HR Software (formerly Octopus HR)
Job Search Site Posting
BambooHR
8.4
Iris HR Software (formerly Octopus HR)
Duplicate Candidate Prevention
BambooHR
8.2
Iris HR Software (formerly Octopus HR)
Applicant Tracking
BambooHR
8.2
Iris HR Software (formerly Octopus HR)
Notifications and Alerts
BambooHR
8.7
Iris HR Software (formerly Octopus HR)

Pros

BambooHR

  • Helps us prepare our payroll on time and do so in an error-free manner.
  • Implements ATS in our organization and this is crucial in growing our talented workforce.
  • It's stable, and all organizations from small to mid-sized are able to use it efficiently.
Martin Oliver | TrustRadius Reviewer

Iris HR Software (formerly Octopus HR)

  • It's simple. I really appreciate that the layout of Octopus HR isn't something I have to question. I know where to look for something because it's clearly labeled, that's more than I can say for a lot of other HR systems I've seen.
  • Support. If I ever have a question about setting something up, or if something goes wrong, they're always on top of it. For instance, I had no idea how to set up employee photos on our accounts. I tweeted them and they responded right away, I'm based in LA and they're a UK company, I was impressed that they were able to respond right away. They make sure their customers are taken care of.
  • Great self guide. If there's ever an ordinary question I need answered their "Octopus Guide" is very thorough and walks you through everything.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

BambooHR

  • Some edge cases aren't as fleshed out. For example, asset inventory management isn't something BambooHR can really excel at currently.
  • Something akin to Google Forms but with the privacy protections of being already in the HRIS would be great for collecting anonymized responses.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Iris HR Software (formerly Octopus HR)

  • Adding employee photos. That's definitely something I think is hard to figure out on your own.
  • An easier way for users to retrieve their passwords. Sometimes I notice even when employees put in all the correct information, the system doesn't recognize it.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

BambooHR

BambooHR 10.0
Based on 2 answers
We have tried other software in the last year and have not found it to be comparable to Bamboo HR especially in relation to the HR functionalities such as workflows, onboarding, automation, user-friendly experience, innovation, timekeeping, and ability to integrate with other 3rd party Payroll processing software. In addition, the employee ease of access and navigation of the platform makes this software crucial within our current culture of multi-site and remote work environments.
Kendra Zondervan | TrustRadius Reviewer

Iris HR Software (formerly Octopus HR)

Iris HR Software (formerly Octopus HR) 8.0
Based on 1 answer
Employees don't complain about it! If anything they've commented on how nice of a tool it is to have.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

BambooHR

BambooHR 9.3
Based on 3 answers
Does not have many problems and this ensures all of users are able to use it reliably. There is a free demo available to illustrate the accurate usage of the platform and even customer support. All of these help in improving the usability of the platform and ensure that all users are comfortable with the platform.
Chris Edwards | TrustRadius Reviewer

Iris HR Software (formerly Octopus HR)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Reliability and Availability

BambooHR

BambooHR 10.0
Based on 1 answer
Yes, there is a huge team in the back of the online platform or it looks like it because I have never been left without an answer when I have a question or waiting from a response on my chat .... There must be a huge team, this is so great and I always seem to have someone that is very knowledgeable too. So many times in the past I had to leave with customer service that would connect you with someone else because of the expertise, here everyone seems to be some kind of an expert in the HR function.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Iris HR Software (formerly Octopus HR)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Performance

BambooHR

BambooHR 9.0
Based on 1 answer
I love BambooHR. Reports are easy to run and download and it usually covers any types of requests I get from the management team. You get excel or .csv downloads/reports and it is fast and simple, not too crowded so it is easy to read through. We don't integrate the tool yet but again, soon we will. we just did not had the time to utilize it yet but that's the plan.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Iris HR Software (formerly Octopus HR)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

BambooHR

BambooHR 8.4
Based on 28 answers
Support is effective and responsive. During our time with BambooHR we did not experience many issues, but initial support on setup was helpful and allowed for a quick turnaround on getting started. Since then, few needs have arisen for contacting support, but I would not hesitate to do so and would recommend BambooHR based on the quality of their support team.
Matt LeMaire, B.A., M.A. | TrustRadius Reviewer

Iris HR Software (formerly Octopus HR)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Online Training

BambooHR

BambooHR 10.0
Based on 1 answer
The online training team is great. Theis is so well done! very user friendly, very nice to go through. Then you get all those exemples and questions to test you and make sure you understand the training as we go along. This is a great asset from the tool, I don't think I have ever been left without understanding because there is help and additional resources to understand or extra windows that explain terms or answer Q&A.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Iris HR Software (formerly Octopus HR)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Implementation Rating

BambooHR

BambooHR 10.0
Based on 2 answers
it was very easy to sign up, quick and we could use the site very quickly as well.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Iris HR Software (formerly Octopus HR)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

BambooHR

I would say they both have a lot of strengths for sure. Workday manages data on a mass scale a little bit better in my opinion, but Bamboo HR is more user friendly and pleasing to the eyes
Hayden Anderson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Iris HR Software (formerly Octopus HR)

Very different platforms. You get a lot of bang for your buck using Octopus HR. It's a much more modern and simple layout and that's something forward thinking companies definitely enjoy.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

BambooHR

BambooHR 10.0
Based on 1 answer
There is so much you can do with this platform, it is incredible and so welcoming. We don't utilize it 100% yet just because we are growing and the HR team has not been able to concentrate on other areas offered to us but but we will soon. Which is also why we got the product, specifically because what BambooHR can do to help us meet our growing business needs.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Iris HR Software (formerly Octopus HR)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Return on Investment

BambooHR

  • There has been an excellent rate of profitability in our work season, especially thanks to the optimization of our operations through BambooHR.
  • Currently estimated gains appear to be 500%, which leaves our ROI at 4, demonstrating that the platform has a high return on investment.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Iris HR Software (formerly Octopus HR)

  • Employee efficiency. There's never a question of who I request my time off with. The program sets up line managers who take in all the requests.
  • Less wasted time. Contact info and photo are very visible and easily accessed.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Screenshots

Iris HR Software (formerly Octopus HR)

Pricing Details

BambooHR

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional
Call for Quote*

* company size

BambooHR Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

Iris HR Software (formerly Octopus HR)

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Iris HR Software (formerly Octopus HR) Editions & Modules

Edition
Basic$1.501
  1. Per User Per Month
Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

BambooHR
8.8
Iris HR Software (formerly Octopus HR)
8.0

Likelihood to Renew

BambooHR
10.0
Iris HR Software (formerly Octopus HR)
8.0

Usability

BambooHR
9.3
Iris HR Software (formerly Octopus HR)

Reliability and Availability

BambooHR
10.0
Iris HR Software (formerly Octopus HR)

Performance

BambooHR
9.0
Iris HR Software (formerly Octopus HR)

Support Rating

BambooHR
8.4
Iris HR Software (formerly Octopus HR)

Online Training

BambooHR
10.0
Iris HR Software (formerly Octopus HR)

Implementation Rating

BambooHR
10.0
Iris HR Software (formerly Octopus HR)

Scalability

BambooHR
10.0
Iris HR Software (formerly Octopus HR)

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