BrightHR vs. Iris HR Software

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
BrightHR
Score 8.9 out of 10
N/A
British company BrightHR offers a human resources platform which helps replace paper documents with edocuments and contains features for managing employee scheduling and ROTA, sick leave and tardiness, vacation and holiday shift planning, as well as providing employment law legal advice.
$4.50
Iris HR Software
Score 8.6 out of 10
N/A
Iris HR Software (formerly Octopus HR, acquired by Iris Software Group April 2016) is an HR suite.
$1.50
Per User Per Month
Pricing
BrightHRIris HR Software
Editions & Modules
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Basic
$1.50
Per User Per Month
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
BrightHRIris HR Software
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
YesNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional DetailsPrices start at £4.50 (per employee/per month)
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Features
BrightHRIris HR Software
Human Resource Management
Comparison of Human Resource Management features of Product A and Product B
BrightHR
7.0
1 Ratings
13% below category average
Iris HR Software
8.0
1 Ratings
0% above category average
Employment history8.21 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Job profiles and administration7.31 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Workflow for transfers, promotions, pay raises, etc.5.51 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Organization and location management7.31 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Employee demographic data00 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Organizational charting00 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Compliance data (COBRA, OSHA, etc.)00 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Payroll Management
Comparison of Payroll Management features of Product A and Product B
BrightHR
7.0
1 Ratings
15% below category average
Iris HR Software
8.0
1 Ratings
2% below category average
Pay calculation7.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Support for external payroll vendors7.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Salary revision and increment management7.01 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Benefit plan administration00 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Reimbursement management00 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Leave and Attendance Management
Comparison of Leave and Attendance Management features of Product A and Product B
BrightHR
8.6
12 Ratings
5% above category average
Iris HR Software
8.0
1 Ratings
2% below category average
Approval workflow8.312 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Balance details8.411 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Annual carry-forward and encashment9.02 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Employee Self Service
Comparison of Employee Self Service features of Product A and Product B
BrightHR
8.3
13 Ratings
1% above category average
Iris HR Software
8.3
1 Ratings
1% above category average
View and generate pay and benefit information8.01 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Update personal information8.513 Ratings8.01 Ratings
View company policy documentation8.513 Ratings9.01 Ratings
Employee recognition00 Ratings8.01 Ratings
HR Reporting
Comparison of HR Reporting features of Product A and Product B
BrightHR
9.0
1 Ratings
16% above category average
Iris HR Software
8.0
1 Ratings
4% above category average
Pre-built reports9.01 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Report builder00 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Ability to combine HR data with external data00 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Performance Management
Comparison of Performance Management features of Product A and Product B
BrightHR
8.0
1 Ratings
0% below category average
Iris HR Software
8.0
1 Ratings
0% below category average
Review reminders8.01 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Performance plans00 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Performance improvement plans00 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Review status tracking00 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Multiple review frequency00 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Recruiting / ATS
Comparison of Recruiting / ATS features of Product A and Product B
BrightHR
7.0
1 Ratings
10% below category average
Iris HR Software
8.0
1 Ratings
4% above category average
Notifications and Alerts7.01 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Job Requisition Management00 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Company Website Posting00 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Onboarding
Comparison of Onboarding features of Product A and Product B
BrightHR
-
Ratings
Iris HR Software
8.0
1 Ratings
0% above category average
New hire portal00 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Performance and Goals
Comparison of Performance and Goals features of Product A and Product B
BrightHR
-
Ratings
Iris HR Software
8.0
1 Ratings
3% below category average
Corporate goal setting00 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Individual goal setting00 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Performance tracking00 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Succession Planning
Comparison of Succession Planning features of Product A and Product B
BrightHR
-
Ratings
Iris HR Software
8.0
1 Ratings
1% above category average
Create succession plans/pools00 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Candidate ranking00 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Candidate search00 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Candidate development00 Ratings8.01 Ratings
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User Ratings
BrightHRIris HR Software
Likelihood to Recommend
8.4
(15 ratings)
7.0
(2 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
-
(0 ratings)
8.0
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
BrightHRIris HR Software
Likelihood to Recommend
BrightHR
For a new part of our business, we have input staff details on Bright HR. There have been times when calls have been made to the helpline for guidance. It does not take long to get to know the staff you are speaking to. In relation to the query addressed with a team member today the service was excellent. Matthew has a great depth of knowledge of the system and works through the shift and annual leave calculations at the click of a finger. Thank you Mathew for your support, you are a star!
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IRIS Software Group
Our staff is kept updated with more company policies and we are able to track their holiday and sick days much better. The help and support of their contact support are super good. They reply super fast and are very kind. Also, their sales department isn't pushy like other services they are very knowledgeable and kind.
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Pros
BrightHR
  • When a query has been dealt with via the helpline an email confirming the outcome is often issued which is great for reference at any time.
  • The system is easy to use and the screens are clutter free.
  • The support service offered is easy to access and the staff are friendly and helpful.
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IRIS Software Group
  • 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.
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Cons
BrightHR
  • Direct-dial telephone numbers rather than going through the Peninsula helpline numbers.
  • Setting up annual leave profiles often needs the assistance of a Bright HR representative when staff works quirky shifts. Providing examples of how to set the system up in user guides may help to set the system upright the first time.
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IRIS Software Group
  • It can take some effort to understand
  • Perhaps the price can go down a bit
  • Menu layout
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Likelihood to Renew
BrightHR
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IRIS Software Group
Employees don't complain about it! If anything they've commented on how nice of a tool it is to have.
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Alternatives Considered
BrightHR
I chose BrightHR as it offered a one-stop platform for HR management for which we have dedicated UK and ROI HR specialists who not only give HR advice but also write policies and handbooks, etc. They are a one-stop-shop, which was very important as when I signed the contract I did not have an HR person in my team and they were essentially my back office. Also, by signing up, I got access to Bright Safe too; which is great as again it's a one-stop-shop for Health and Safety in the workplace. So I can roll out toolbox talks, training, and accident management.
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IRIS Software Group
I would say the pricing is good but it could be better. Also, the customer service is amazing they do such a great job and you can tell they know what they are doing. Visually it is very easy to use and looks very professional. It is a quick set up and they do their best to give you what you want and need.
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Return on Investment
BrightHR
  • Saved admin time in filing and then searching for documents.
  • Saved admin time in chasing for managers' approvals for holiday requests.
  • Saved admin time in chasing managers/employees to update their profiles.
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IRIS Software Group
  • 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.
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ScreenShots

BrightHR Screenshots

Screenshot of BrightHR dashboardScreenshot of BrightHR LightningScreenshot of Bright ExchangeScreenshot of BrightSafeScreenshot of BrightBaseScreenshot of PoP by BrightHR