Optimum Solutions HRIS (discontinued) vs. PeopleGuru

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Optimum Solutions HRIS (discontinued)
Score 9.0 out of 10
Mid-Size Companies (51-1,000 employees)
Optimum Solutions, Inc. was a software development company providing Payroll, Human Resources, and Time & Attendance software for both the IBM iSeries (AS/400) and Microsoft Windows platforms or in the cloud. In October 2019 they were acquired by Kronos, Inc (now UKG after merging with Ultimate Software). Former Optimum products are now supported by Kronos / UKG, and are no longer sold available for sale.N/A
PeopleGuru
Score 7.6 out of 10
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PeopleGuru is a cloud-based Human Capital Management solution designed for mid-market organizations. From recruitment to retirement, PeopleGuru HCM manages the entire employee life cycle. PeopleGuru's single platform, single database, solution includes: HR, Payroll, Benefits Management, Onboarding, Recruiting, Reporting and Analytics, ACA Management, Salary Administration, Performance Management, and Social Collaboration Tools. In addition to PeopleGuru's next generation technology, PeopleGuru…N/A
Pricing
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Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
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Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
YesNo
Entry-level Setup FeeRequiredRequired
Additional Details
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Community Pulse
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Top Pros
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Features
Optimum Solutions HRIS (discontinued)PeopleGuru
Payroll Management
Comparison of Payroll Management features of Product A and Product B
Optimum Solutions HRIS (discontinued)
7.5
1 Ratings
10% below category average
PeopleGuru
7.2
11 Ratings
12% below category average
Pay calculation9.11 Ratings7.911 Ratings
Benefit plan administration5.51 Ratings5.78 Ratings
Direct deposit files9.11 Ratings8.210 Ratings
Salary revision and increment management6.41 Ratings7.69 Ratings
Off-cycle/On-Demand payment00 Ratings6.68 Ratings
Reimbursement management00 Ratings7.03 Ratings
Human Resource Management
Comparison of Human Resource Management features of Product A and Product B
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Ratings
PeopleGuru
6.8
12 Ratings
16% below category average
Employee demographic data00 Ratings7.211 Ratings
Employment history00 Ratings6.810 Ratings
Job profiles and administration00 Ratings7.79 Ratings
Workflow for transfers, promotions, pay raises, etc.00 Ratings5.610 Ratings
Organizational charting00 Ratings6.18 Ratings
Organization and location management00 Ratings7.18 Ratings
Compliance data (COBRA, OSHA, etc.)00 Ratings7.09 Ratings
Leave and Attendance Management
Comparison of Leave and Attendance Management features of Product A and Product B
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PeopleGuru
6.4
10 Ratings
24% below category average
Approval workflow00 Ratings6.910 Ratings
Balance details00 Ratings6.110 Ratings
Annual carry-forward and encashment00 Ratings6.28 Ratings
Employee Self Service
Comparison of Employee Self Service features of Product A and Product B
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PeopleGuru
7.4
12 Ratings
10% below category average
View and generate pay and benefit information00 Ratings8.012 Ratings
Update personal information00 Ratings8.112 Ratings
View company policy documentation00 Ratings6.89 Ratings
Employee recognition00 Ratings6.95 Ratings
View job history00 Ratings7.08 Ratings
Asset Management
Comparison of Asset Management features of Product A and Product B
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PeopleGuru
7.3
5 Ratings
7% below category average
Tracking of all physical assets00 Ratings7.35 Ratings
HR Reporting
Comparison of HR Reporting features of Product A and Product B
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PeopleGuru
6.1
12 Ratings
23% below category average
Report builder00 Ratings6.812 Ratings
Pre-built reports00 Ratings6.912 Ratings
Ability to combine HR data with external data00 Ratings4.75 Ratings
Onboarding
Comparison of Onboarding features of Product A and Product B
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PeopleGuru
7.1
9 Ratings
12% below category average
New hire portal00 Ratings7.19 Ratings
Manager tracking tools00 Ratings7.16 Ratings
Performance and Goals
Comparison of Performance and Goals features of Product A and Product B
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PeopleGuru
7.1
2 Ratings
15% below category average
Corporate goal setting00 Ratings6.41 Ratings
Individual goal setting00 Ratings6.42 Ratings
Line-of sight-visibility00 Ratings8.21 Ratings
Performance tracking00 Ratings7.32 Ratings
Performance Management
Comparison of Performance Management features of Product A and Product B
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PeopleGuru
6.4
4 Ratings
22% below category average
Performance plans00 Ratings5.64 Ratings
Performance improvement plans00 Ratings6.93 Ratings
Review status tracking00 Ratings5.64 Ratings
Review reminders00 Ratings6.93 Ratings
Multiple review frequency00 Ratings7.03 Ratings
Succession Planning
Comparison of Succession Planning features of Product A and Product B
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PeopleGuru
6.0
2 Ratings
28% below category average
Create succession plans/pools00 Ratings5.51 Ratings
Candidate ranking00 Ratings6.41 Ratings
Candidate search00 Ratings5.92 Ratings
Candidate development00 Ratings6.41 Ratings
Recruiting / ATS
Comparison of Recruiting / ATS features of Product A and Product B
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Ratings
PeopleGuru
6.4
6 Ratings
19% below category average
Job Requisition Management00 Ratings5.65 Ratings
Company Website Posting00 Ratings7.55 Ratings
Publish to Social Media00 Ratings6.23 Ratings
Job Search Site Posting00 Ratings6.44 Ratings
Duplicate Candidate Prevention00 Ratings7.32 Ratings
Applicant Tracking00 Ratings5.45 Ratings
Notifications and Alerts00 Ratings6.05 Ratings
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Score 9.3 out of 10
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Score 9.3 out of 10
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Paypro Workforce Management
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Score 9.3 out of 10
Paypro Workforce Management
Paypro Workforce Management
Score 9.3 out of 10
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Infor Human Resources
Score 8.8 out of 10
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Score 8.8 out of 10
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User Ratings
Optimum Solutions HRIS (discontinued)PeopleGuru
Likelihood to Recommend
10.0
(3 ratings)
7.5
(12 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
-
(0 ratings)
9.1
(1 ratings)
Usability
-
(0 ratings)
6.4
(2 ratings)
Support Rating
-
(0 ratings)
7.7
(2 ratings)
Online Training
-
(0 ratings)
1.0
(1 ratings)
Implementation Rating
-
(0 ratings)
5.5
(2 ratings)
Configurability
-
(0 ratings)
7.3
(13 ratings)
User Testimonials
Optimum Solutions HRIS (discontinued)PeopleGuru
Likelihood to Recommend
Discontinued Products
Optimum Solutions works very well for all our payroll needs. We run payrolls weekly, semi-monthly, monthly and yearly. The end of year process is lined out very well and webinars are available to go over any new regulations required. We haven't utilized the HR part of the software as much on the iSeries but are planning on changing that once we get converted to the Windows version later this year. The main reason for this is the HR part of the software on the iSeries is separate from payroll.
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PeopleGuru
I'd say PeopleGuru is well suited for most businesses -- a more significant (200+ employees) company may want to use something with a sleeker design. This provider is willing to work with cannabis businesses, which is unusual for payroll providers now.
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Pros
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  • The setup of Optimum HRIS was intense as the software comes as a basic shell and everything is personalized to our organization. All earnings codes, leave time, employee types, job codes, taxes, etc. are set up for each company. While this was almost overwhelming at the beginning, we have so much control over the set up and better grasp of the inner workings of the system.
  • Tax updates come quickly and are easily applied. This is especially welcome at year end.
  • The built-in reporting is robust and offers a lot of options, but the ability to dig in to the database using SQL and Excel allows for very powerful reports that are infinitely personalized.
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PeopleGuru
  • One system for all human resource functions.
  • Easy ticketing function if you have an issue with the software.
  • Cost effective option.
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Cons
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  • When exporting reports to Excel I found the formatting to be difficult to work with and having to reformat the reports can be a nightmare. My company's IT department created its own business tools to make the reporting format more user friendly.
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PeopleGuru
  • Position change future dating
  • Timecard reporting including approval (multiple reports to show timecard with approval)
  • W2 Reconciliation Reports (had to calculate wages to verify accuracy)
  • Benefit Plan effective dating & how it affects the deduction effective dating (results in payroll errors if not careful)
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Likelihood to Renew
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PeopleGuru
The software is cost-effective and exceeds our needs compared to the previous software.
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Usability
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PeopleGuru
The software is intuitive and user friendly.
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Support Rating
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PeopleGuru
The customer service is great for the most part. There are a few issues with tax filings but overall I am pleased with the customer service provided by PeopleGuru.
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Online Training
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PeopleGuru
The trainer was difficult to understand.
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Implementation Rating
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PeopleGuru
The implementation process was cumbersome and stressful. It took an extremely long time to complete this process. We had to learn a lot on the fly because this was the first implementation for all of us. The process would have been a lot easier if there was a third party that could assist with a lot of the work required to transfer and verify data.
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Alternatives Considered
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We evaluated some payroll services but found the ongoing cost greater than the initial cost of purchasing our own software and keeping the payroll process in house. Other payroll software was generally more expensive and we are satisfied with Optimum Solutions. I would say the main reason we stayed with Optimum Solutions, converting from their iSeries version to their Windows version, was because of their outstanding staff and support.
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PeopleGuru
PeopleGuru is better than other cannabis-friendly payroll systems, like CheckWriters or MyPaperlessOffice (companies so small they were not available in your dropdown). It is not as good as bigger companies that are not cannabis-friendly, like ADP or Paylocity. ADP is super expensive but given the choice I would be with Paylocity over PeopleGuru.
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Return on Investment
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  • More accurate payroll processing
  • More accurate tax payments and reporting
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PeopleGuru
  • Less platforms that need to be managed or maintained
  • Less platforms to pay monthly or annual fees for
  • More costly than Gusto
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ScreenShots

Optimum Solutions HRIS (discontinued) Screenshots

Screenshot of Main Employee Screen

PeopleGuru Screenshots

Screenshot of A single employee profile panel stores all employee data including personal documents, PTO requests, banking, skills, certifications, awards, and more.Screenshot of PeopleGuru HCM is delivered with client defined dashboards which can be easily configured and controlled by an employee and/or administrator to improve the employee experience and drive user adoption. All dashboards can be easily exported to Excel.Screenshot of A user experience designed to help employees select the right benefits for themselves, family members, and dependents.Screenshot of The Employee Master makes it easy to manage a large, dynamic workforce. Filter by different locations, departments, or other various structures.Screenshot of Available either via mobile or self-service, employees have access to their pay stubs, W-2s, compensation statements, and PTO management.Screenshot of Unique to PeopleGuru is our Daily Feed- a modern day communication platform to engage, reward, recognize, and collaborate with your people. With the Daily Feed, employees can communicate with work groups, use direct private messaging, and publish posts for their peers.