ERIN is an employees first referral software that utilizes automation and engagement with the modern and ever expanding Web and Mobile app. Employeereferrals.com is focused more on administration and has seemingly abandoned the mobile market, with a mobile app that hasn’t been updated in over 4 years.
At first glance, ERIN and EmployeeReferrals.com are very similar solutions to manage your employee referral policy. However, there are several fundamental differences in functionality, design, support, and licensing between the two platforms. As you evaluate ERIN and EmployeeReferrals.com for use with your employees, consider the questions below.
6 Questions to Consider When Comparing ERIN and EmployeeReferrals.com
1. Are you buying an employee referral software for your admins or your employees?
You’ve already accomplished the hardest step; creating jobs. Your employee referral policy has also been created. So why aren’t your positions being filled? Referrals help you to find the best person to fill your recruiting pipeline This means the employee referral software you chose should be focused on the experience for both the admin and the employee, not one or the other.
Looking at employeereferrals.com their automation is good, but overall they fall short when it comes to engagement. Employeereferrals.com offers features aimed to help manage the tracking of employee referrals. This can be great for the talent acquisition team, but the design introduces unnecessary complexity for employees to make referrals. When features are focused purely on management, employees get left out. This equates to a negligible increase in the number of referrals made.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, ERIN has adopted an employee-first, mobile-first approach. ERIN offers a native mobile app for iOS and Android that allows the employees to be notified when jobs are added. Then with a single tap the referral is made. With the use of smart referrals employees will receive recommendations on who they should refer for a position. Employee functionality is available in the ERIN mobile app and every function takes between 1-3 clicks. Engaging employees to participate in your referral program has never been easier thanks to automation benefiting both the employee and admin.
2. Do you need mobile referrals?
Unless all of your employees work from a computer with consistent computer access, referrals aren’t as convenient as they could be with mobility. Think about how your employees are making referrals and the time it takes to submit the candidate.
Do all of your employees work 100% on their computers and in the office? Even if they do, will they be bothered to log in to a separate website? Employeereferrals.com does offer a mobile app for employees to view jobs and make referrals, and requires them to navigate to a separate website to sign in and participate. This can be interruptive and cumbersome for your employees, and nearly impossible for employees without regular access to a computer for their job. It’s also fair to keep in mind that Employeereferrals.com hasn’t updated their mobile app in over four years. What you see is what you get, and it’s going to stay that way for a while.
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ERIN allows employees to use the mobile app, and stay signed in, removing the requirement to be on a computer and to pull up a separate website. This allows employees to make referrals on their lunch break, at dinner, at trade shows, on the road, and from their couch. Mobile referrals keep your employees engaged in recruitment without interrupting their day job.
3. What communication problems do you have?
Typically businesses adopting employee referral software have two painful communication issues with their employees: they can’t keep them up to date on new positions, and they find it cumbersome (or impossible) to let them know what happens after the referral is made.
EmployeeReferrals.com will allow you to understand and report on who you’re engaging with but can fall short with the actual notifications and employee transparency.
Alternatively, ERIN will not only provide engagement reporting, but it also allows you to target notifications based on selective criteria meaning you can only notify specific employees of new positions but also stir up old candidates. Additionally, we visually display the current status of the referral, removing the “what’s going on with my referral” questions that come up after a referral is made.
4. Is “off the shelf” software good enough to support your policy?
Your business is unique. Your employee referral policy is unique to your business. Will off-the-shelf software be able to account for the unique aspects of your policy and still maximize success? One-off features are traditionally very difficult to implement with SaaS products, and EmployeeReferrals.com may not be able to introduce small customizations for you at a cost-effective rate.
Alternatively, ERIN has a “custom feature” discussion with every Enterprise client that comes on. We know that even the smallest tweak, even if it’s completely unique to your business, can have the biggest impact on the results that you get. Our development team is dedicated to bringing your employee referral visions to life within the ERIN product.
Customizations range from modifying candidate statuses to a completely whitelabeled version of ERIN. We’ve even gone as far as adapting our software to work for RPOs in specific instances.
5. Will your employees spend more than 30-seconds recruiting for you?
How often are your employees making referrals for you? A big reason that employees do not participate in employee referrals is that it’s simply too much effort. They have a job they are dedicated to, so why take that time away to make a referral? The easier you can make referrals, the more likely you are to engage employees.
EmployeeReferrals.com offers a web interface for employees but may require a separate login on a separate website to participate. Additionally, the interface may not be ideal for “speed” as it can be cumbersome to find positions and to submit a referral. It’s a separate task in your employees day and isn’t much of a change compared to the existing job on your website.
Alternatively, ERIN offers the fastest and simplest way to make referrals. Making a referral takes no longer than 30 seconds regardless of whether you’re using theERIN mobile web app, iPhone app, iPad app, or Android app. Not only can you receive push notifications with updates on the latest jobs added, but you can also view all open jobs, make referrals on the go, track both referrals and bonuses, and more! We believe mobility and simplicity are key when it comes to your employee referral software.
6. Is pricing a factor?
You’re already spending a lot of money on your Applicant Tracking System, no need to spend the same (or more) on your employee referral software.
While pricing can vary based on size and need, and quotes from other vendors such as EmployeeReferrals.com are “custom”, ERIN offers competitive pricing that comes in around 50% cheaper than EmployeeReferrals.com. Don’t believe us? Get a quote and see for yourself!