OrangeHRM Software Review

Secaucus, NJ
Deployment Model:
Free Trial:
5 million users
Cloud, On-Premise
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OrangeHRM At A Glance

Good: Flexibility of open source or paid version, robust and scalable features.
Bad: Payroll module is not offered, benefits module is only available for U.S. customers.
Bottom Line: All-in-one HRIS solution for all organization sizes and industries.

Product Overview

OrangeHRM is one of the few human resource management systems (HRMS) on the market with an open-source platform. It includes HR administrations and other common features, such as time-off management, recruitment and performance management. OrangeHRM also has a paid package (Advanced) for companies that require advanced functionality.


Each of OrangeHRM’s packages have similar Core HR features.

The Starter (open source) packages gives the basics for handling HR administrative tasks, while the Advanced package provides advanced features.

The Starter package can be deployed either in the cloud or on premise. It includes basic HRMS features, such as:

  • Custom user roles
  • Notifications
  • A mobile app
  • Dashboard
  • Employee database and profiles
  • A corporate directory
  • Custom reports
  • Job postings
  • The ability to integrate OrangeHRM with company website
  • 360-degree performance reviews
  • Time-off request and approval
  • Advanced leave configuration
  • Time tracking (e.g., clock-in/clock-out, timesheets)
  • Support and maintenance

The Advanced package includes all of the features of the Starter package, plus:

  • Audit trail
  • Asset tracking
  • The ability to share news and HR policies
  • Organizational charts
  • Document management
  • Disciplinary tracking
  • Graphical reports
  • Report extraction
  • Custom application forms
  • Automated interview assistant
  • Onboarding/offboarding
  • Custom review questions
  • Goal tracking
  • Career development
  • Basic learning management system (LMS) functionality (e.g., content library, attendee tracking)
  • Integration with third-party payroll software
  • A PTO calendar
  • Automated PTO accruals
  • Pay policies and overtime
  • Add-on request desk and travel and expense modules
  • Application programming interface (API)


Target Market

With the platform for a global audience, the functionality for all essential HR tasks, and a free open-source suite, OrangeHRM has a very fond customer base.

Many universities around the world use OrangeHRM in classes for technology and management education.

Start-ups are strongly attracted to the software as well to get a taste of basic HRIS capabilities.

Enterprise-sized businesses recognize and trust the brand name also, allowing OrangeHRM to reach an expansive market.

  • Urbanizadora del Bajío
  • Redhat
  • Diona
  • Stanley Black & Decor
  • University of Belize
  • Food for the Hungry
  • Greenpeace
  • Zomato
  • Ministry of Education - Jamaica
  • Josiah Venture

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Implementation is described in a five-step process:

  • Data collection,
  • System configuration,
  • Training,
  • Rollout, and
  • Consultaion & HelpDesk.

OrangeHRM offers on-site and online implementation. Online training is delivered through Cisco Webex, while on-site training brings OrangeHRM staff to your company site. Flexible course scheduling works around the company’s productivity, and materials are adjusted to fit individual needs.

Customer Service & Support

OrangeHRM has a community forum for its open-source users. For users on its Advanced package, it also offers an in-app ticketing system, a help portal, phone support and email support.


OrangeHRM doesn’t publicly release pricing information for the Advanced package, so you’ll have to contact the vendor directly for a quote.


OrangeHRM doesn’t have a payroll module, but it can integrate with some payroll systems. Also, the benefits module is only available for U.S. customers.


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OrangeHRM was founded in 2005 by Sujee Saparamadu as an open-source HR solution. The software is meant to be highly scalable, with full-service HR functionality, and priced for any sized company on a tight budget.

Over five million users around the world choose OrangeHRM for its flexibility and strong relationship to the open-source community.

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