Top 9 Free Human Resource Management Software for 2020 – G2

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October 7, 2020
The human resource (HR) department has proved time and again that they are a very essential cog in the corporate world. 
In today’s virtual and remote employment scenario, organizations have a greater need to make their HR departments’ workloads easier with highly efficient management techniques and applications. Human resource management software allows you to manage high priority HR functionalities like recruitment, performance reviews, employee onboarding, and training. They are essentially modular in nature, allowing organizations to scale up and customize as they grow.
Let’s take a look at the best human resources management software available for free or on a free trial basis. 
The list below contains real user reviews from the best free project management software on the market. To be included in this list, not only do you have to offer a free trial period or be a free application, but you also must: 
* This list is based on G2 data collected on October 6, 2020. Some reviews may have been edited for clarity.
BambooHR provides small and medium-sized businesses an affordable cloud-based system to track and manage essential employee information in a personalized human resource information system. It provides an affordable way for efficient HR functionalities with a mobile application option as well. The software boasts of easy installation and methodical customer support.
“The self-service functionality! The intuitive interface is very easy to learn from the administrative side. It is also very easy to deploy to computer savvy users and those that are learning. The BambooHR development team listens and sometimes it seems the tweaks and improvements that they make are perfectly timed with our needs. Custom fields are quickly created and the ease of submitting support requests from within the app with two clicks speaks volumes about their customer service. The responsiveness from support is consistently reliable and prompt.”
BambooHR Review, Darren S.
“While applying leaves, the system does not detect a user’s location and country automatically. As a result, the user needs to manually add/remove national holidays that may be applicable to them.”
BambooHR Review, Prathamesh S.
Saba TalentSpace recognizes and reinforces employee performance across a variety of criteria such as performance management, learning and development, succession and leadership, compensation, and recruiting. It provides options to tailor industry-specific solutions for your company’s unique requirements and challenges spanning in multiple industries such as healthcare, professional services, manufacturing, the public sector, and more.
“The talent management suite is easily administered, and it does not require great knowledge to understand the operation of tasks, activities, and configurations. The social collaboration between the members of the platform is very complete; they can send messages, interact, collaborate, and think. All of this encourages teamwork, which is essential within a platform of this style. Custom badges are a good way to encourage the desire to participate since employees want to know how to get them and want to get that extra prize. It’s a good incentive to increase productivity.”
Saba TalentSpace Review, Ray M.
“What can you do with the review information? There is no way to really compare people in current roles, length of stay, level in their career, etc. It collects information but then doesn’t really make the info work for you. If what you need is just a formalized way to make sure regular reviews are happening, this is the tool for you. If you need a system to make recommendations of current employees and what to do with you, then this is not the tool for you.”
Saba TalentSpace Review, Camille N.
Odoo ERP is an all-in-one customizable solution for CRM, inventory, manufacturing, project, and accounting. The software is modular and integrated seamlessly to reduce manual effort and processes by automating input methodologies. Regardless of the company size and budget, Odoo helps keep all business functions in one place for better collaboration between teams.   
“The main reason we switched to Odoo over Monday, Quickbooks, and Jobber (what we currently had) was for cohesion as well as overall ease of customization. We had to have invoices in Jobber sync up for transactions made in Quickbooks which often led to many man-hours used in fruitless consolidating. Many updates in Jobber had to also be made in Quickbooks. Leads on Monday would be slow after years of documents being uploaded to it. Switching to Odoo made this a one-stop shop for all of our CRM, Accounting, Invoicing, and overall business needs. Being able to customize the layout of the ERP has been great. There is a learning curve but it is WELL worth the time put in.”
Odoo ERP Review, Corey S.
“If you have an issue, the support team is not in the U.S. and can take a while to respond. I’ve noticed it has been getting better. It doesn’t really have a traditional CRM.”
Odoo ERP Review, Dan B.
GoCo is an easy-to-use, modern management system that can be used to automate HR processes like payroll delivery, employee onboarding, PTO, and benefits administration. It’s also a highly secure platform used to store and send confidential HR documents.
“GoCo is a user-friendly platform with clear instructions for onboarding. I really like the onboarding workflow that it provides for our new employees. In addition, GoCo has many partners that they can recommend to you for benefits and other lines of coverage. It’s a versatile tool without becoming too robust or confusing to navigate and administer, making it a perfect fit for our small team. The cost compared to other HRIS is not as risky allowing you to see if it is indeed a good fit for your organization. GoCo also provides great resources outside of the HRIS platform itself with HR-focused webinars and a blog that stays relevant to the times.”
GoCo Review, Michelle L.O.
“I think one of the downfalls of GoCo would be the way employee documents are done. Recently we had an employee who tried to update some of the tax forms and the way GoCo had the Federal W-4 set up was extremely confusing. They also added another form, OR W-4 that we were not notified about. Another thing that I dislike about GoCo is that it doesn’t update time-off right away when an employee deletes or amends their request for time off. The user will usually have to login and logout a couple of times. The last thing that I wasn’t too happy with was GoCo not catching duplicate requests for time off.”
GoCo Review , Terell W.
People HR is designed for small and medium-sized businesses as a platform for various HR functionalities like applicant tracking, personnel tracking, and performance review. It provides a secure employee tracking database for keeping updated records. People HR provides a strong module for applicant tracking, reducing the effort for creating and managing new job profiles and also created custom pages for job descriptions matching the company’s branding.
“It has many features that can be used without having a lot of knowledge, so I think one of its best things is simplicity. In the case of the creation and preparation of reports, it should also be noted that they can be used using information previously introduced in the system, speeding up its creation and subsequent analysis. Requesting a free day or making a suggestion or request through PeopleHR is also easy. Employees can access and request information without having to spend a lot of time researching options within the software.”
People HR Review, Elliot O.
“Some of the UI and UX is tough to navigate. The left-hand menu could do with some defining and some more logic applied. Very rarely I click the right option the first time without clicking around multiple options to find what I was looking for.”
People HR Review, Nick S.
OrangeHRM provides a modular solution for companies of all sizes and provides a cloud infrastructure with a pay-per-employee pricing model. It is a scalable platform with seamless integrations and outsourced customer support. It is highly affordable and is preferred for pricing customization.
“This is one of the best products for payroll services that you will have more control and effectiveness. It offers full control over employee registration, in addition to economic data. You can find all the sheets, details of bonus payments and in exactly the same window for all commands. This is one of the most effective payroll options your department will achieve. It offers full control over worker registration, as well as economic information.”
OrangeHRM Review, Bestalia H.
“I’ve felt that the application still needs a lot of work. The team should understand the target audience and their expectations better. As a user who manages employees, I’d like to see all of the performance feedback given to an employee on their profile page. I feel that OrangeHRM lacks the edge in user experience compared to other products in the market.”
OrangeHRM Review, Sidharth A.
Sage People leverages Salesforce reports and dashboards to help make smarter workforce decisions. It helps to automate key tasks and create new workflows through user configuration. Sage People also creates better employee engagement activities by using user insights from its vast cloud-based database.
“I like that the home page is completely modifiable and so it can be clean and organized and designed however relevant for your company. It also has a mobile version so you can do everything from your phone. It’s very convenient to have all the benefit information in one place including health care documents, policies, etc. Everything is straightforward and organized. You can also review and acknowledge review of company policies on this platform which cuts down on paper waste and increases efficiency.”
Sage People Review, Katelyn D.
“The biggest challenge has been to supplement the core implementation services with additional training and change management delivery and materials. Because the system is so configurable, there are no standard off the shelf training documents and materials we could use straight off.”
Sage People Review, Stacie A.
Skilo helps streamlining the employee performance management process. It enables companies to plan, review, and develop goals and competencies for optimum results.
“Simplicity, effectiveness, user-friendly interface, highly configurable reporting module, integration with Active Directory and SSO. They have done a great job on understanding our requirements and building a world-class competency review solution. By making a positive decision on Skilo, you are not only buying a great tool but having access to very smart resources that can help you build any process that will involve performance reviews.”
Skilo Review, Divya V.
“Some icons such as the one on saving a review (currently it is a floppy disk) or the inconsistency on how stars get displayed on a review (the display at the top is a star and a number up to 4 while a user is expected to give the rating out of 4 available stars) could be improved for better user experience.”
Skilo Review, Burak F.
BrioHR helps companies digitize HR processes such as recruitment and ATS, onboarding, performance management, leave management, payroll, and employee files. It also boasts live support and extreme scalability and affordability.
“I like that it is all one app and it is designed for all and not limited for HR personnels only. I have seen and used HRMS like EasyPay, Workday, Deskera, Sage People, and a couple of others. I must say that for a startup like BrioHR, they are clear on how a competitive HRMS should be, and I love it how the price is at an affordable price for all size of organization. BrioHR is luxurious and yet it is accessible for all sizes of customers.”
BrioHR Review, Priscilla A.
“They always enhance the system to let the users have a better experience, thus we constantly have to learn new things from their portal. Sometimes we may not have the time to do so.”
BrioHR Review, Cindy C.
With these highly scalable and modular human resource management software solutions at your disposal, managing and streamlining common HR processes should be easy and straightforward. You can schedule manual and repetitive tasks, store and manage confidential employee information, and have your entire employee database within reach.
In addition, factoHR has identified that among the global HR executives, about ⅔ believe in experiencing a massive digital transformation in the field, of which only 40% possess any actionable planning at hand. And moreover, investments are expected to increase in the next two years, especially in the areas of HR analytics, AI, and process automation.
As we move ahead in a unique corporate environment, human resource management has been amped up to a completely different level of importance to manage remote employees and reform organizational policies. Learn more about the essential functions of human resource management.
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Dibyani is a former Content Marketing Specialist at G2. In her free time, you can find her scribbling fanfiction and brushing up her knowledge on various fandoms (Harry Potter, mostly).
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