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Question

What HRIS platform is used in the power industry?

I'm new to the utilities industry and I'm curious what HRIS platforms other co-ops utilize. I have previously used Netchex and Paychex.

Answers

I had the same question when I started in the industry. I have used BambooHR, NEOGOV and NISC is coming out with an HR persona. My advice would be to look at the current platform that your organization is currently using and see if there is an HR-side. There's no reason to start with a new platform if the one everyone is already using has what you need for HR.

 

Good luck!

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Kelly Heroman on Aug 28, 2020

Thanks! I'm glad to hear about NISC HR Persona. I will look into it.

Utilities are all over the map on this and I don’t believe there is a particular tool of preference. We are an SAP shop, Success Factors and have bounced through the typical payroll vendors.

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Kelly Heroman on Aug 28, 2020

Thanks!

When I worked at Eversource Energy 10 year ago, we used some customized in-house legacy systems along with parts of the Passport Platform (aka "the Bagel").  While I was a Dominion employee about 20 years ago, we used SAP.  My current employer is a University and we're implementing the Workday platform.

Good luck!

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Kelly Heroman on Aug 28, 2020

Thanks!

In addition to the other solutions suggested by the previous replies, consider looking at Oracle's Human Capital Management offering as well. We are seeing many utility companies replacing their legacy solutions or augmenting aspects of their HR needs with capabilities from the cloud solution so they can see value faster than full scale rip and replace projects. Those are happening too and are often tied to ERP projects as well. But if you are just looking for payroll, performance, recruiting or learning solutions now and want to expand to a full platform later, you can go that route as well. Check it out here:  

 

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Kelly Heroman on Aug 28, 2020

Thanks! I will look into it.

I am not at a Co-op, but one of the large utilities.  We use PeopleSoft PLUS which is an ORACLE software package.  We will be moving soon to a Cloud-based HRIS platform.  The main players in that space are SAP SuccessFactors, Workday, and ORACLE HCM.  SAP SuccessFactors is the most popular I am aware of inside the utility industry.  But really if you look, there are many options and find the one that meets the needs of co-op.  Plenty of cloud based solutions so need need to provide servers and support, but then you lose the ability to customize it to fit your specific needs.  

Good Luck.

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Kelly Heroman on Aug 28, 2020

Thanks!

Over the past serval years, I have used a variety of HRIS platforms: ADP, Paycor, iSolved, etc.  My company is currently small/medium company and utilize a company called Dominion Payroll Services that uses the iSolved platform. We are able to integrate payroll, performance reviews (one of my executives said this is one of the easiest performance review systems he has ever used), applicant tracking, onboarding, background checks, some assessments and benefit administration under one roof.  They have been fantastic to work with and have always had great customer service. 

Other platforms that I would not recommend are ADP and Paycor.  ADP just has terrible customer service and Paycor is just horrible.  I have a long diatribe about Paycor (bad service to taxes not being filed correctly) if you are interested.

I hope you find the best product that fits your organization.  Let me know if you have any questions.

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Kelly Heroman on Aug 28, 2020

Thanks!

We use Infor/Lawson for our HRIS currently, Taleo Business Edition for our ATS, and a few other solutions to round out the HR tech stack. 

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