Enterprise Software

Review: OrangeHRM human resource management tool

Orange HRM is a resource management tool for any SMB or enterprise looking for a cost-effective tool to manage a large number of human resource tasks.

Human Resource Management is a key need for any business -- no matter the size. For some companies a simple spreadsheet will suffice. But for other companies, much more information is necessary. For those larger companies it is crucial to keep track of numerous areas for employees. Personal data, work history, benefits, time, attendance, leave, as well as personnel recruitment are all critical to keep employee/staff management working like a well-oiled machine. But how do you manage such a task? Fortunately there are plenty of HRM (Human Resource Management) tools available. One of those tools is OrangeHRM, which is one of the world's leading open source HRM tools.

Specifications

Who's it for?

Orange HRM is a resource management tool for any SMB or enterprise looking for a cost-effective tool to manage a large number of human resources tasks in a Web-based, user-friendly tool. And with the ability to purchase support, add-ons, customizations, and even hosted services, OrangeHRM should appeal to any size business.

What problem does it solve?

OrangeHRM solves the often daunting task of managing all aspects of employees/staff and does so without the usual steep learning curve associated with many HRM tools.

Standout Features

  • Easy installation/administration
  • Personal information module
  • Employee self-service module
  • Report generation
  • Leave module
  • Time/attendance module
  • Benefits module
  • Recruitment module
  • Support available for purchase
  • Customizations available for purchase

What's Wrong?

The biggest hurdle to Orange HRM is so many enterprises will see it labeled open source and turn away from it. This should not be a make or break defining point, but for many it will be. The ability to integrate into an accounting package would also make Orange HRM a seriously player in the enterprise world. Unfortunately, out of the box, there is no accounting integration.

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Bottom Line for Business

OrangeHRM is quickly becoming the de facto standard for open source human resource management tools. No matter the size of your business, your human resources department could easily benefit from an OrangeHRM installation.

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6 comments
mmraja83
mmraja83

All is Okay because it is a open source and they have developed orange hrm with "Symfony" framework. But if you go with the Customization for your company or a client company, to change the orange hrm logo or orangehrm links then you will feel that it is not easy one. And i am sure that there is no proper documentation for orangehrm. So all you have to do, you need to refer symfony framework documentation only. Please suggest if i wrong on this.

madhuav
madhuav

hi, i am using orange hrm for last three years and interested to help any one in installation and function can contact me at madhuav-at-gmail.com madhu

vanaconsulting
vanaconsulting

You should look at VanaHRM - an software-as-a-service, on-demand human resource and talent management solution for small business starting at $19 per month. A complete full-suite solution, no software installed, and configurable. http://www.vanaconsulting.com/vanahrm.html

Mark W. Kaelin
Mark W. Kaelin

What application or system do you use for human resource management in your organization? How effective and efficient is it?

Mark W. Kaelin
Mark W. Kaelin

Can you send me a license or provide a time-limited access code or similar so we can give it a test drive?

ivan
ivan

Old thread but this may be useful for someone. I have not been able to find a whole lot of add-ons for this software but it is open source and fully customizable. I created an add-on that draws organizational charts from the OrangeHRM database. This software runs alongside OrangeHRM, it does not modify any code. Demo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-EAEduMAUTU Sandbox: http://hrm.bliskavka.com/charts