IRIS HR Professional

by Iris Software Group

Who Uses IRIS HR Professional?

IRIS HR Professional is the ideal HR solution for UK SMEs needing a cost effective and simple-to-use HR solution from 10 to up to 250 employees.

What Is IRIS HR Professional?

Part of IRIS Software Group, IRIS HR Professional (formerly known as Octopus HR and CascadeGo) helps UK SMEs to manage their workforce more efficiently. With IRIS HR Professional you spend less of your time managing day-to-day HR admin and more of your time adding real value to your organisation. IRIS HR Professional provides all of the functionality you'd expect from an award-winning, self-service HR system, and can be customised to the specific needs of your organisation.

IRIS HR Professional Details

Iris Software Group

https://irishr.co.uk/

Founded 2004

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Free Trial

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IRIS HR Professional deployment and support

Support

  • Email/Help Desk
  • FAQs/Forum
  • Knowledge Base
  • Phone Support

Deployment

  • Cloud, SaaS, Web-based
  • Mac (Desktop)
  • Windows (Desktop)
  • Android (Mobile)
  • iPhone (Mobile)
  • iPad (Mobile)

Training

  • In Person
  • Webinars

IRIS HR Professional Features

  • API
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Tracking
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Applicant Tracking
  • Application Management
  • Assessment Management
  • Background Screening
  • Calendar Management
  • Calendar Sync
  • Candidate Profiles
  • Candidate Tracking
  • Careers Page
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Compliance Management
  • Compliance Tracking
  • Configurable Workflow
  • Customisable Branding
  • Customisable Reports
  • Customisable Templates
  • Email Management
  • Email Templates
  • Employee Database
  • Employee Onboarding
  • HR Management
  • Internal HR
  • Interview Scheduling
  • Job Application Management
  • Job Management
  • Job Posting
  • Jobs Board
  • Onboarding
  • Pipeline Management
  • Real Time Reporting
  • Recruiting Firms
  • Recruitment Management
  • Reminders
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Resume Database
  • Resume Parsing
  • Resume Search
  • Resume Storage
  • Self Service Portal
  • Social Media Integration
  • Social Recruiting
  • Tagging
  • Talent Acquisition
  • Task Management
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Workflow Management

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  • Audit Trail
  • Automated Scheduling
  • Biometric Recognition
  • Biometrics
  • Calendar Management
  • Clock In / Out
  • Compliance Management
  • Customisable Reports
  • Document Management
  • Employee Database
  • Employee Management
  • Employee Onboarding
  • Employee Portal
  • Employee Profiles
  • Employee Scheduling
  • Employee Self Service
  • Employee Time Tracking
  • FMLA Administration
  • Leave Tracking
  • Mobile Access
  • Multi-Location
  • Overtime Calculation
  • Payroll Management
  • Project Time Tracking
  • Real Time Data
  • Real Time Notifications
  • Real Time Reporting
  • Real-time Updates
  • Reminders
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Role-Based Permissions
  • Scheduling
  • Self Service Portal
  • Sick Leave Tracking
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Time & Expense Tracking
  • Time Off Requests
  • Time Tracking
  • Timesheet Management
  • Vacation/Leave Tracking
  • Workflow Management

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  • Benefits Management
  • COBRA Administration
  • Compensation Management
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  • Configurable Workflow
  • Customisable Reports
  • Data Import/Export
  • Deduction Management
  • Disability Insurance Administration
  • Document Management
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  • Employee Benefits Administration
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  • Employee Management
  • Employee Onboarding
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  • Employee Self Service
  • FMLA Administration
  • HIPAA Compliant
  • HR Management
  • HSA/FSA Administration
  • Health Insurance Administration
  • Leave Tracking
  • Life Insurance Administration
  • Online Benefits Enrollment
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  • Provider Management
  • Real Time Reporting
  • Recruitment Management
  • Reminders
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  • Retirement Plan Management
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  • Employee Database
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  • HR Management
  • Job Application Management
  • Learning & Development
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  • Performance Appraisal
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  • Reminders
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  • Role-Based Permissions
  • Self Service Portal
  • Sick Leave Tracking
  • Succession Planning
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  • Time & Attendance
  • Time Off Management
  • Time Off Requests
  • Timesheet Management
  • Training Management
  • Vacation/Leave Tracking
  • Workflow Management

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  • 401(k) Tracking
  • API
  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Applicant Tracking
  • Approval Process Control
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  • Attendance Tracking
  • Benefits Management
  • Calendar Management
  • Check Printing
  • Compensation Management
  • Compliance Management
  • Customisable Reports
  • Data Import/Export
  • Direct Deposit
  • Document Management
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  • Employee Database
  • Employee Management
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  • Employee Portal
  • Employee Profiles
  • Employee Self Service
  • Employee Time Tracking
  • Expense Tracking
  • Leave Tracking
  • Multi-Country
  • Multi-State
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  • Payroll Outsourcing
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  • Reminders
  • Reporting & Statistics
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  • Sick Leave Tracking
  • Tax Compliance
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Time Off Requests
  • Time Tracking
  • Timesheet Management
  • Training Management
  • Vacation/Leave Tracking
  • W-2 Preparation
  • Wage Garnishment
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  • Compensation Management
  • Competency Management
  • Customisable Forms
  • Customisable Reports
  • Customisable Templates
  • Customization
  • Document Management
  • Employee Database
  • Employee Management
  • Employee Onboarding
  • Employee Portal
  • Employee Profiles
  • Employee Self Service
  • Goal Setting / Tracking
  • HR Management
  • Individual Development Plans
  • Leave Tracking
  • On-going Performance Tracking
  • Organisational Charting
  • Peer Appraisals
  • Performance Appraisal
  • Performance Management
  • Performance Metrics
  • Performance Review Management
  • Progress Tracking
  • Ratings / Reviews
  • Real Time Analytics
  • Real Time Data
  • Real Time Reporting
  • Recruitment Management
  • Reminders
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Review Cycle Tracking
  • Self Assessment
  • Self Service Portal
  • Skills Assessment
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  • Collaboration Tools
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  • Email Management
  • Email Marketing
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  • Internal Chat Integration
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  • Mobile Access
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  • Resume Parsing
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  • Customisable Branding
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  • Billable Items Tracking
  • Billing & Invoicing
  • Budgeting/Forecasting
  • Calendar Management
  • Customisable Reports
  • Customizable Fields
  • Data Import/Export
  • Employee Management
  • Estimating
  • Expense Tracking
  • Invoice Management
  • Leave Tracking
  • Mobile App
  • Multi-Currency
  • Payroll Management
  • Progress Tracking
  • Project Time Tracking
  • Project Tracking
  • Projections
  • QuickBooks Integration
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  • Real Time Notifications
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  • Real-time Updates
  • Reimbursement Management
  • Reminders
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Resource Allocation & Planning
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  • Task Management
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  • Assessment Management
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  • Built-in LMS
  • Certification & Licensing
  • Compliance Management
  • Contact Management
  • Content Library
  • Content Management
  • Corporate/Business
  • Course Authoring
  • Course Management
  • Customisable Branding
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  • Gamification
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  • Learner Portal
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IRIS HR Professional Reviews for UK Users

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Overall rating

4/5

Average score

Ease of Use 3.9
Customer Service 3.8
Features 3.9
Value for Money 3.1

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Leigh-ann M.
HR Officer
Telecommunications
Used the Software for: 2+ years
  • Overall Rating
  • Ease of Use
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    Unrated
  • Likelihood to Recommend
    10/10
  • Reviewer Source 
  • Source: SoftwareAdvice
  • Reviewed on 29/04/2016

"User friendly with top notch support!"

Pros: Being able to centralise everything in to one system is ideal for a company of our size. It gives us visibility of the details we need at all levels whilst also being user friendly for all users.

Cons: Not many things. The where clause stuff can be a bit fiddly but the team are always updating and improving things (where clause builder was released recently) and the support team are always quick to respond and help with issues. Even when there have been the odd tricky bits, they have always been resolved.
Exports on more of the analytical information could be "punchier" in graph styles, although admittedly I have not had to use these functions to their fullest so this may just be may limited experience.

  • Reviewer Source 
  • Source: SoftwareAdvice
  • Reviewed on 29/04/2016
Fiona M.
HR Manager
Accounting, 51-200 Employees
Used the Software for: 6-12 months
  • Overall Rating
  • Ease of Use
  • Features & Functionality
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  • Value for Money
  • Likelihood to Recommend
    7/10
  • Reviewer Source 
  • Source: SoftwareAdvice
  • Reviewed on 07/04/2017

"Octopus HR / Cascade Go - SME professional services firm"

Comments: Good cloud-based and self service software. Back end for HR Admin is a bit complicated with "where clauses" etc. to get to grips with but since they were acquired by the Cascade/Iris software group there is a larger support team to help with this.

Pros: The self service elements are excellent and are employees picked up using a self-serve HRIS well and without a lot of teething problems. The tracking of holidays, absences, the inbuilt total reward statement and uploading of documents is proving very useful - we no longer get loads of requests for paper appraisal forms each appraisal season. We also use the e-recruitment module which helps us with applicant tracking and vacancy management.

Cons: The training we got, to begin with, was not great as it was very in-depth but we were told not to take notes as it was all covered in user guides. This was not really the case so my advice would take lots of notes in your training! Since then the software support team has grown and we have found our needs better supported. We are still struggling to use payroll features for seamless payroll integration.

  • Reviewer Source 
  • Source: SoftwareAdvice
  • Reviewed on 07/04/2017
Sarah H.
HR Manager
Airlines/Aviation, 51-200 Employees
Used the Software for: 6-12 months
  • Overall Rating
  • Ease of Use
  • Features & Functionality
  • Customer Support
  • Value for Money
  • Likelihood to Recommend
    0/10
  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 02/12/2020

"Very Poor Service"

Comments: Very poor, it is dissapointing that a system with so much potential is lacking the customer skills.

Pros: The software is user friendly for the user nut not the admin, looks professional with company branding, quick to set up and use.

Cons: Poor customer service, lack of training for Admin and expected to find out for yourself which is not helpful when implementing across the board, sales people will promise the system can do things that it cant and if it can your expected to pay charges you were not told about, account managers change constantly without notifiying the user so you dont get a response when emailing, the system for admin is very complex and half of the things dont work.

  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 02/12/2020
Kelly B.
HR Administrator
Banking, 201-500 Employees
Used the Software for: 1+ year
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  • Value for Money
  • Likelihood to Recommend
    10/10
  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 20/08/2016

"First Class Customer Service"

Comments: Since using Octopus I have received the best customer experience ever. I must contact customer service on a daily basis asking questions and get a very quick response with brilliant guidance. All members of the team are exceptionally patient.

Pros: Visually its very simplistic and ease of use

Cons: It would be brilliant to have help guides which could aid members of staff around the system. Our company is encouraging managers to self service but I can only find help guides for the Administrators.

Vendor Response

by Octopus on 22/08/2016

Thanks for your great feedback Kelly.

We're working on some user guide videos from an employee's point of view, they should be available soon, will let you know when they've launched.

  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 20/08/2016
Rita F.
HR Administrator
Philanthropy, 51-200 Employees
Used the Software for: 1+ year
  • Overall Rating
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  • Value for Money
  • Likelihood to Recommend
    7/10
  • Reviewer Source 
  • Source: SoftwareAdvice
  • Reviewed on 09/08/2017

"Great experience and prompt responses to enquiries"

Comments: No hesitation in recommending OCTOPUSHR.

Pros: From the first phone call to every phone call there after, they are the most knowledgeable people about their products. No pushy sales people. They give you just what you need to run your business efficiently. Ease of use and the speed at which bugs get fixed. Support staff helpful and attentive; The best customer service.

  • Reviewer Source 
  • Source: SoftwareAdvice
  • Reviewed on 09/08/2017