Criterion HCM vs. Iris HR Software

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Criterion HCM
Score 1.0 out of 10
N/A
N/AN/A
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
Criterion HCMIris HR Software
Editions & Modules
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Basic
$1.50
Per User Per Month
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Criterion HCMIris HR Software
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Criterion HCMIris HR Software
Top Pros
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Features
Criterion HCMIris HR Software
Human Resource Management
Comparison of Human Resource Management features of Product A and Product B
Criterion HCM
5.3
1 Ratings
Iris HR Software
8.0
1 Ratings
Employee demographic data5.01 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Employment history5.01 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Workflow for transfers, promotions, pay raises, etc.6.01 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Job profiles and administration00 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Organizational charting00 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Organization and location management00 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
Criterion HCM
5.0
1 Ratings
Iris HR Software
8.0
1 Ratings
Pay calculation5.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Off-cycle/On-Demand payment5.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Benefit plan administration5.01 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Direct deposit files5.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Salary revision and increment management5.01 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
Criterion HCM
4.0
1 Ratings
Iris HR Software
8.0
1 Ratings
Approval workflow4.01 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Balance details4.01 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Annual carry-forward and encashment00 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Employee Self Service
Comparison of Employee Self Service features of Product A and Product B
Criterion HCM
4.0
1 Ratings
Iris HR Software
8.3
1 Ratings
View and generate pay and benefit information4.01 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Update personal information4.01 Ratings8.01 Ratings
View company policy documentation00 Ratings9.01 Ratings
Employee recognition00 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Onboarding
Comparison of Onboarding features of Product A and Product B
Criterion HCM
1.0
1 Ratings
Iris HR Software
8.0
1 Ratings
New hire portal1.01 Ratings8.01 Ratings
HR Reporting
Comparison of HR Reporting features of Product A and Product B
Criterion HCM
-
Ratings
Iris HR Software
8.0
1 Ratings
Report builder00 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Pre-built reports00 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Ability to combine HR data with external data00 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Performance and Goals
Comparison of Performance and Goals features of Product A and Product B
Criterion HCM
-
Ratings
Iris HR Software
8.0
1 Ratings
Corporate goal setting00 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Individual goal setting00 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Performance tracking00 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Performance Management
Comparison of Performance Management features of Product A and Product B
Criterion HCM
-
Ratings
Iris HR Software
8.0
1 Ratings
Performance plans00 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Performance improvement plans00 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Review status tracking00 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Review reminders00 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Multiple review frequency00 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Succession Planning
Comparison of Succession Planning features of Product A and Product B
Criterion HCM
-
Ratings
Iris HR Software
8.0
1 Ratings
Create succession plans/pools00 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Candidate ranking00 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Candidate search00 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Candidate development00 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Recruiting / ATS
Comparison of Recruiting / ATS features of Product A and Product B
Criterion HCM
-
Ratings
Iris HR Software
8.0
1 Ratings
Job Requisition Management00 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Company Website Posting00 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Notifications and Alerts00 Ratings8.01 Ratings
User Ratings
Criterion HCMIris HR Software
Likelihood to Recommend
1.0
(1 ratings)
7.0
(2 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
1.0
(1 ratings)
8.0
(1 ratings)
Usability
1.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Support Rating
1.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Implementation Rating
1.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
Criterion HCMIris HR Software
Likelihood to Recommend
Criterion
We have not been happy with the functionality or reporting reports with this software. Numerous issues with employees not being able to clock in and out of the system. Employees' time sheets disappearing. Quarterly reports not matching to totals on batch payroll reports. Does not have the capability to electronically submit w-2's to state reporting agencies.
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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
Criterion
  • changes in pay rates
  • rehiring employees
  • payroll calculations
  • assisting with PTO accruals
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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
Criterion
  • payroll reports
  • state filing of W-2s
  • support
  • implementation
  • employees access to W-2
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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
Criterion
We are changing to another payroll/HR vendor.
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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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Usability
Criterion
too many instances of errors, unable to access program/time sheets
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IRIS Software Group
No answers on this topic
Support Rating
Criterion
Support is very slow to correct issues. I have actually reported an issue then 2-3 hours later received screen shots where they were able to do what we could not as though we were doing something different that usual. They are quick to say it is user error. Took too long to correct payroll reports and reports still do not reconcile. Very difficult to complete quarterly and annual reporting.
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IRIS Software Group
No answers on this topic
Implementation Rating
Criterion
Had to continually repeat our information. Kept getting us confused with another client.
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IRIS Software Group
No answers on this topic
Alternatives Considered
Criterion
When reviewing the various software before selecting Criterion HCM, it appeared to be the best choice and value. During implementation (which took nine months with us having to do most of the work) we realized we were not given accurate information regarding the software
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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
Criterion
  • does not impact our ROI
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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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