Human Resources Information Software (HRIS) is critical to business operations, but they tend to be fairly expensive with rigid contracts, and choosing the wrong one can be an operational disaster (not to mention bad for your reputation around the office).
The job of an HRIS is to be the unified system to handle all people processes. This includes TA/recruiting, compensation, leave management, organizational management, and sometimes more.
This guide covers everything you need to know to make a highly-informed choice if you’re in the market. We discuss cost, contracts, common pitfalls, ROI, and tips for product demos.
We will also bring in the voices of three expert contributors: Phil Strazzulla (our founder and CEO), Stacey Richey (VP of People at Corvus Insurance, 18+ years in HR) and Danielle Jones (CEO of Pinnacle Consulting Services, 10+ years in business and HR).
Best HRIS Systems
To choose the best HRIS, we meet with vendors for product demos and ask tough questions based on user research statistics, expert feedback from HR thought leaders and the real-world expertise of our editorial team.
The crucial features on which we evaluate HRIS systems include scalability, integration, self-service functionality, compliance and security, and total cost.
Scalability: We test each HRIS system’s capacity to handle rapidly growing teams by looking for features such as single sign-on, enterprise system integration, batch processes, and automations.
Integration Capabilities: Integration is critical for an HRIS. Each of our top picks integrates with existing systems such as payroll, talent management, or recruitment software to ensure seamless data sharing.
Reporting and Analytics: The best HRIS systems feature robust reporting and analytics capabilities and provide actionable insights into employee data, HR metrics such as employee growth and retention, and workforce trends such as the number of female executives.
Employee Self-Service: Each HRIS is evaluated by our experts for the quality of their self-service functionality. These critical features empower employees to access and update their own information, request time off, view pay stubs, and participate in performance management processes.
Information Security: It is crucial that HRIS vendors undergo regular audits such as SOC2. In addition to ensuring measures were in place to protect sensitive employee data, we also evaluated each platform’s approach to compliance with relevant employment laws and data protection regulations.
Total Cost of Ownership: It is important to know the overall cost of implementing and maintaining an HRIS system, including licensing fees, customization, training, and ongoing support costs.
To gain deeper insights into how we build these lists, check out this article about how we evaluate HR tech vendors.
BambooHR has been one of the go-to HR software for SMBs for years: It comes with stellar customer support, is easy to use, and gives companies some flexibility in purchasing the modules they want.
- Flexible packaging means you can pick out one or two packages and have other modules included as add-ons based on your needs.
- Straightforward platform that’s easy to navigate and customize.
- All plans/packages have custom pricing that most users think is reasonable.
- Integrates with some LMSs.
- Smooth onboarding workflow with many automation features.
- Has free trials.
- Flexible packaging and custom pricing is the way they roll. You can pick out one or two packages and pick other modules as add-ons based on your needs.
- Very simple and straightforward tool, easy to use.
- Payroll functionality is only available for US-based workers.
- Some popular integrations, such as QuickBooks, are missing from the platform.
- Customer support is excellent, but it is only accessible during business hours in U.S. time zones
- Desirable features like time monitoring, performance evaluation, and employee surveys can only be accessed as add-ons.
- According to some user reports, nothing prevents employees from scheduling vacation in excess of their allotted time
- Payroll is only available for US-based employees
- Customer support is only offered during US business hours.
- Some modules like time tracking, performance management, and surveys are only available as add-ons.
BambooHR’s platform has consistently been among the top choices for HR professionals in the US and beyond for over ten years. We gather this has to do with the fact that BambooHR spans the entire employee lifecycle. Aside from the Core HR functions like ATS, leave management, employee records, and a company calendar, they also have recruiting and performance management, and payroll available as add-ons. That said, the HRIS is offered as a small business package.
On top of their platform, BambooHR also has an app marketplace with integration options for dozens of HR/recruiting tools, as well as an HR glossary. They also host HR events from time to time.
Among the 20,000+ companies that use BambooHR, you’d find names like Quora, Universal Group, Reddit, Asana, Change.org, University of Maryland, and Grammarly.
- BambooHR uses the per-employee-per-month pricing model to charge teams with more than 20 employees and a monthly flat rate for ones having 20 employees or less.
- From our research, the HRIS cost is between $6 and 12 per employee per month plus 5-15% of the annual software cost as their one-time implementation fee.
- Volume discounts and free trials are available. No annual contract is required.
Pro tip: The team is open to extending the demo upon request or even giving you a free demo of advanced features.
US-based SMBs looking for a customizable HR product with pricing that reflects their needs. The platform is also quite popular among teams that are partially or even fully remote.
BambooHR is an essential part of our workflow at the office. We use BambooHR on a daily basis for reducing manual paperwork and quickly tracking employee information. BambooHR helps to ensure that our manager and team members are up-to-date on records such as shift changes, vacation requests, and job roles. This helps make hiring and onboarding new employees easy, fast, and efficient. BambooHR also allows us to easily track employee performance reviews and keep tabs on employee attendance. Its comprehensive search capabilities enable us to quickly find important documents when needed. BambooHR has been an invaluable tool for improving overall workplace organization and productivity, helping us run our business with fewer manual processes efficiently and effectively.
- BambooHR is an incredibly user-friendly HR platform that has made it easier than ever to manage employee data.
- it makes onboarding new employees a breeze, allowing us to quickly and accurately collect important documents with just a few clicks.
- The powerful analytics BambooHR provides are also great for keeping tabs on performance, compensation, and attendance.
We chose BambooHR as our Human Resources software because of its expansive, easy-to-use capabilities. We wanted to automate HR processes and initially used Zoho but we found a problem integrating Zoho to meet our expectations since Zoho requires knowledge of IT. BambooHR allows us to easily manage employee timesheets, track new hire onboarding processes, create interactive checklists, and track performance goals with ease. We have been using BambooHR for almost two years now and have seen a great ROI. BambooHR has moved our HR processes into the 21st century and enabled us to make changes quickly while keeping track of valuable data that would have taken us significantly longer to include manually.
- BambooHR does not offer a significant number of options when it comes to customizing your dashboard or user profiles.
- BambooHR lacks many advanced reporting features.
- BambooHR does not currently offer the ability to track vacation hours for individual employees.
Its strong suite of features make it stand out from similar tools. BambooHR simplifies the onboarding process by helping to manage employee data, providing an effective way to track hours and attendance, or designing custom workflows for tasks like vacation requests. What I particularly appreciate about BambooHR is its ability to create employee reports that are fast, intuitive, and easy to use. BambooHR also integrates seamlessly with other software such as payroll, benefits management, and mailing services. Overall in comparison to other HR tools available today, BambooHR stands above many of them. Its intuitive design and robust functionality make it my preferred choice for managing my HR processes; it gives me everything I need in one place without any hassle.
When considering BambooHR as the right software solution for your business, there are several key criteria to consider. Thoughtful evaluation of factors such as cost and implementation time frame should be taken into account to make BambooHR fits into your business plans and operations. Additionally, it’s important to understand BambooHR's functionality and its capacity for automation to guarantee you’re getting the most out of the software in terms of streamlining tasks and increasing efficiency.
By consistently listening to customer feedback, BambooHR continues to evolve and grow along with its users' needs. BambooHR now provides software solutions that allow companies to streamline their mundane, yet essential HR processes like record-keeping, onboarding, and more. BambooHR has also added more robust analytics and reporting functionality to offer real-time visibility into human capital metrics.
BambooHR is an incredibly valuable tool for businesses of all sizes looking to streamline their HR processes. It makes it simple to store employee information, set access permissions, and track important past and present data. From small independent businesses just getting started with their HR needs, to large organizations that have much more complicated paperwork requirements. because the software offers a high range of features and prices that can fit any type of business.
BambooHR may not be suitable for certain users and organizations due to its specialization in Human Resources. BambooHR’s core focus is streamlining the payroll, hiring, performance reviews, and goals-tracking processes for medium-sized businesses. As such, BambooHR may not be the ideal choice for companies that prioritize a large range of features outside of conventional HR setup or are unwilling to invest time into learning the platform’s unique services. BambooHR also does not have an international presence, so global organizations looking for a comprehensive HR system may need to look elsewhere.
Deel is a fantastic (did we mention free?) HRIS for remote and international teams that need a way to compensate their employees, and a system for record.
- Their HRIS is literally free
- You can pay employees and contractors globally through one system
- Employee experience features such as 1:1's and pulse surveys
- One of the best features of Deel is its customer service. They offer 24/7 in-app support and the fastest-in-class onboarding speed of 2-3 days. Users get access to local payroll experts in each jurisdiction, and support is available for contractors facing challenges setting themselves up as an LLC.
- Integrates seamlessly with common platforms like Quickbooks, Bamboo, Greenhouse, and more. They also offer custom integrations to automate and sync processes.
- Self-service approach; tech-enabled features so customers can jump in quickly and easily. Our user researchers found it quite easy to set up: the identity verification process consistently took less than 24 hours, and in some cases, it took mere minutes.
- Automated invoices, which are a breeze to do as long as they’re in English, both on the company and the contractor or employee’s side.
- This system can be expensive if you are a small remote team and using it to pay international employees (for example if you're a 10 person team with colleagues in 10 different countries, it will be close to $50k/yr, but this is the cost of paying people compliantly)
- Their HR suite is new, and therefore lacks a lot of features that you would expect in a Bamboo, Bob or other solution that's been on the market for years
- Some of Deel’s best and most powerful services, like onboarding automation, appear to be add-ons, which might be too costly for some companies
- There is little to no flexibility when it comes to altering their contracts or service agreements, so many changes would require an addendum.
- There is a $5 fee per payout
- As far as we’ve seen, it’s not possible to generate invoices in another language.
We added Deel's HRIS to this page as it's really the first free HRIS with a global focus. Deel has a number of very large companies (Nike, DropBox, Shopify) using their global payroll platform. However, we view this HRIS as more focused on SMB and mid market companies that need a solution for a global team. This is different than their global payroll solution which companies of all sizes can leverage.
Deel is a leader in the global payroll space, and this new HRIS functionality allows them to go deeper into the HR Tech stack of smaller companies. It's an easy, free, and adequate solution. That said, it reminds us of Gusto a bit in that the functionality isn't as robust as many HRIS's. Just like Gusto added some HRIS like features to their payroll offering, Deel is doing the same.
So - this is great for companies that are global, smaller, cost conscious. But, there will be tradeoffs with more robust systems (which of course will cost a lot more!).
Pricing for Deel's HRIS is completely free! However, they do make money as a business, mostly on their global payroll offering:
- Contractors: At $49 per contractor per month, Deel takes care of payroll and compliance for contracts in 150 countries.
- Full-time: From $500, this plan lets you hire full-time employees in a new country without having to set up a legal entity there. Deel becomes an Employer of Record and hires the employee for you.
Their HRIS is best for smaller companies that have global payroll needs.
We use Deel to pay our international contractors. When we process our bi-weekly payroll for our company, we run a separate payroll in Deel for these individuals. We have contractors in multiple countries, such as Jamaica, Brazil, Dominican Republic, and Uruguay. The tool is used by myself as the Head of People as well as our Controller and Assistant Controller.
Deel makes it easy for us to pay our international contractors. It ensures we are adhering to each country's legal and compliance standards. It is very easy to process separate payroll along with our regular payroll system. The tool is affordable and straightforward, and it only charges us for what we use each month.
We implemented Deel in order to pay our international contractors. The software we were using did not offer international payroll services and it became a necessity for us to look for one that offered such a feature. In addition, we also had to adhere to the compliance and pay standards of other countries, so we needed a third-party payroll system. We've been using Deel for over 2 years now, helping us solve all the problems we had before.
It does not integrate with our HRIS, Rippling. It does integrate with several other HRIS tools, however. No other negative feedback to share.
I like how simple Deel is. I can create contracts and payment schedules for contracts easily. I can terminate a contractor quickly and I feel confident that I am doing so in a compliant way. It is easy for new admins to be added to the tool so my finance team is involved with payments and contracts.
You should use Deel if you have international contractors. If your current payroll tool does not offer an easy or affordable way to pay global employees, consider using Deel.
Some new features I've seen in the tool include an onboarding tracker and a global payroll feature with more robust offerings. They add new countries as well and service 90+ countries currently.
One with global contractors.
If you do not have international employees or contractors, you would not benefit from this tool.
Rippling is an HRIS platform with a pleasing design and thoughtful UX that handles everything between onboarding and offboarding.
- All-in-one HRIS platform for employee management, PEO services, and IT management.
- 500 integrations.
- US and global full-service payroll.
- Responsive chat support.
- Straightforward payroll function.
- Has a mobile app.
- Does a great job catching compliance issues.
- All-in-one platform for employee management + PEO services offered, and even a suite of other IT products
- With 500 integrations, it’s very likely that they integrate with other key tools from your tech stack.
- Operates globally with any currency
- Workflow automation
- Analytics opportunities
- Provides a holistic view of company outflows—headcount costs included
- Very SMB-oriented.
- No phone support.
- Decent prices for the core HR tools, yet extra features (sold as add-ons) can be too pricey for some.
- The reporting function is not the most user-friendly.
- Some shortcomings are reported with benefit carriers, and users are limited to their partner ecosystem.
- Total buy-in to Rippling is essential
- Very SMB-oriented, in case you’re a larger company.
- New features tend to be buggy in ways that tech teams are not accustomed to fixing
Rippling has gained traction with their product that focuses on helping SMBs manage HR and IT news with one platform.
Rippling’s focus is on automation and ease of use. In response to user feedback about problematic UX/UI, Rippling made significant improvements to the design of the web and app-based versions. The new design is a massive improvement and a big hit with our user testers.
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Rippling pricing starts at $8 per user per month. Rippling uses a per-employee-per-month pricing subscription model and has monthly base fees for some of its products.
Rippling works best for small and mid-sized businesses looking to manage HR, IT, and payroll in one place. The HRIS’s average customer size is between 25-150 employees.
We mainly used it for W2 and 1099 payroll, onboarding, offboarding, and reporting. For an added fee, you can utilize some of their workflow automation tools to optimize some of the more manual workflows.
- Domestic U.S. payroll: Rippling is recommended for a predominantly salaried workforce. There is a very basic timekeeping system that we utilized for our hourly non-exempt workforce for time off tracking and 1099 contractors. The salaried payroll is very easy to use; however, the state registration for payroll can be a bit complex. Reaching a payroll support person can also be a bit of a headache, especially during a payroll crunch, but there are also many helpful payroll support people. You can utilize chat, or they can call you to resolve issues. One of the biggest challenges we have faced was opening a payroll ticket and taking days, up to weeks, for it to close if it was a complicated issue. You do not get a dedicated customer support representative so definitely take that into consideration.
- International payroll: International Payroll: International Payroll is not supported, however, you can store HR Information for international employees. It's a bit more of a hassle to keep their information and turn off their payroll info, but helpful for having a full scope of the employee base.
- Onboarding / offboarding: The integration for onboarding with greenhouse ATS was a bit clunky. Names and basic information would transfer over from Greenhouse, but you would have to search the name on the Rippling end. Creating the onboarding packet was not too difficult, the user interface is pretty basic, but easy to set-up and administer for e-signature. Offboarding can be done in advance of a departure, and access points, notifying IT, etc. can be set up in an easy to use workflow. Departed employees can still access a limited version of their employee portal to see their W2s and Paystubs via Rippling after they've departed the company which is extremely useful.
- Laptop Inventory Management: We originally had paid for this service as we were a small HR team of 2 with no IT department at first. It's helpful to have as a service, but unfortunately it over promises and under delivers. There are frequent inventory shortages for laptops, so the best thing to do is purchase in bulk or purchase laptops to have on-site and send them out to new employees outside of the system. If you have your own IT department, in-house is a better way to go since this does cost a significant amount of additional charge.
- I liked that Rippling provides robust reporting across their different functionalities.
- Rippling does a great job at making a user-friendly interface to navigate.
- I like that it has all the bells and whistles you need for a small to medium sized business.
We started off using Gusto as our Payroll/HRIS. Our team grew from under 50 to about 110 in 6 months. Unfortunately, we quickly outgrew Gusto's Benefits, Reporting, and HRIS capabilities.
A nearly all-in-one system is difficult to find. Coming from Gusto, we knew we wanted to keep our benefits, payroll, and HR information in one system, with great functional reporting across these data points. This cross functional data helped us create great reports that helped us visualize our YoY growth, retention rates, benefit enrollment data, headcount, and much more.
- They nickel and dime every part of the platform, so you'll end up with hidden costs for unlocking parts of the platform that are usually included in others, and you'll end up with a larger cost than you originally thought. Ask for an upfront detailed overview of the costs of all the modules.
- Subpar customer service with not a lot of dedicated support.
Overall, it's a good competitor for small to medium-sized HRIS solutions because it includes HRIS/Payroll capabilities. They extend into all facets of HCM, but they do payroll, benefits, and reporting best. I appreciate they delve into different avenues, but a perfect all-in-one is impossible, so it's best to stay with what you're best at. In terms of an "all-in-one" solution, if your team is under <500 employees, it's a decent solution. The platform and company is still growing, so be patient with changes and bugs. But overall, 7/10 experience utilizing Rippling. They do listen to customers, advocate for change within the system, and move quickly.
- Budget - Rippling can start off inexpensive, but when you add the bells and whistles, it can get quite expensive. Make sure to ask what each module costs independently.
- Payroll Audience - If your population includes a significant population of hourly time keeping needs, this may not be the best platform. You can also integrate various time tracking tools as well.
- All-in-One - Unfortunately, there still isn't a perfect solution. It's important to know which modules to prioritize. If you care about your payroll, HRIS, and benefits admin in one, this is a good system for a small to medium-sized company.
- Customer Support - If you need significant customer support, Rippling may not be the best fit. It was a challenge getting a hold of our reps at times. For payroll support, you don't get a dedicated person so it can be a challenge. If you prefer to have white-glove service here, this may not be the best unless things have changed.
- App Integrations - Rippling is a closed environment, meaning you cannot create your own integrations. However, they do have a lot of APIs available for many of the largely popular apps/tools. Most of our tech stack was already aligned to what we used within Rippling so it wasn't too difficult, but it's a serious point to consider for things like your accounting system, time tracking system, expense management, etc.
Since the time we started utilizing Rippling, they have implemented significant changes to their platform. They added PEO services, global payroll, LMS, pulse surveys, and a few other new functionalities. They truly are innovating to become the all-in-one mid-enterprise platform.
I believe Rippling is great for companies under 500 employees with a predominantly salaried workforce. This tends to be more common in tech centered environments. Also when you have a lean team around Payroll/HR, it can be a great system to utilize.
A predominantly hourly non-exempt workforce. I think the platform would not be great for 500+ or <50 employees. It would be expensive for <50 employees, and be too manual for 500+, even with its workflow automation because of the integrations not working properly.
Bob is a global platform that can streamline pretty much everything an HR department needs to do, in a highly customizable manner.
- Offers excellent customization options for managing international operations, allowing seamless handling of diverse workflows such as time off requests, parental or other types of leave, and employment types across multiple countries.
- Notably, it includes intranet-like features that users appreciate, like posting 'shout-outs' and sharing content on a company home page.
- Robust integration capabilities enable the connection with other essential business tools.
- They have tons of modules, which makes them a real one-stop shop. Beyond Core HR, they have modules for most things People Ops-related.
- Bob is a fast-growing company and their product looks the part, as it has one of the sleekest-looking platforms in the HRMS space right now.
- Their payroll hub allows you to connect all your payroll systems, which works great if you want to pay people in multiple locations without switching providers.
- While functional, the reporting capabilities of Bob can be considered limited for an HRIS.
- As an HRIS, some users feel that certain modules, such as performance management and surveys, could benefit from more extensive options and customizable parameters.
- The user interface can be less intuitive in certain areas, requiring a slight learning curve for optimal utilization.
- Customer support is only offered via a chatbot and email.
- As to implementation, several users commented that they felt there could be more attention via personal walkthroughs provided at the beginning. Many had to resort to reading documentation and watching videos or just figuring things out by themselves.
- Pricing is only custom and available upon request, so you can’t just sign up, pay, and start using the tool.
Bob, or HiBob, is a really interesting contender in the HRMS space. Their philosophy is to put the employee first, and you can see that in how easy the product is to use. Also, in various ways, this solution engages employees to better understand and cultivate culture. This is a great fit for forward-thinking HR departments that need tools like onboarding, time-tracking, payroll reports, time-off management, surveys, benefits, and much more.
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Bob offers custom pricing. They have flexible plans for growing companies and will work with you to offer the best possible cost.
Bob offers custom pricing. They have flexible plans for growing companies and will work with you to offer the best possible cost.
Modern and user-friendly, the Sapling platform stands out as one of the few HRISs tailored to meet the needs of remote workplaces. Two standout elements are its exceptional onboarding capabilities and efficient workflow automation.
- The platform maintains a comprehensive record of all HR process changes, making it invaluable for audits and data compliance needs.
- It enables talent development through e-learning modules and gamified courses.
- The platform offers remarkable flexibility which makes it a great fit for small and scaling teams.
- The platform keeps track of all changes done to HR processes; useful in case of audits and to ensure data compliance.
- Includes talent-development features through the e-learning module, such as gamification of certain courses.
- Good bet for small and scaling teams given the flexibility of the platform.
- The tool also has remote team-focused features process auto-assigning.
- Some reports suggest the support team is slow to respond
- Users occasionally encountered troubles with integrations
- Integrations are somewhat limited and must be handled by staff that is comfortable working with the API or webhooks
- Several users have reported that the support team can be slow to respond to requests for assistance.
- Although it might not be completely on Sapling's hands, other users during are research reported troubles with the integrations to software like ADP.
- Additionally, the integrations are somewhat limited and you need to work with either an API or webhooks with some of the most trusted HR tools out there.
Although they started as an HR onboarding platform, Sapling has quickly grown into a remote-first HRIS with an impressive client list. Their full product keeps garnering zealous users and adding up features, currently offering tools like people admin, an intranet, a survey and feedback module, profile templates, and all sorts of integrations.
One of Sapling’s main strengths is their workflow automation. Their goal is to help People teams improve the employee experience while saving man hours and bringing remote teams together.
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Sapling's pricing varies depending on which modules you'd get. You can start with the People Operations Platform, and then add the Essential and/or Premium modules. The final price will depend on the applicable platform fee, plus a per-user-per-month fee. To give you an idea, the minimum annual fee is $4,000 USD.
Sapling is aimed primarily at mid-sized organizations (50-2000 employees) distributed internationally.
We picked Ultimate Kronos Group (UKG) because their platform represents decades of collective experience in HR ops and tech. UKG was the company formed from the merger of two well-established HR titans: Ultimate Software and Kronos Incorporated.
- Highly reliable, robust, well-thought-out suite of HR tools and 70 years cumulative experience in people tech
- Deep knowledge and context related to HCM and workforce management technology.
- Super robust product, packing years of experience with HCM and Workforce Management technology
- Since they offer UKG Pro for HRMS and UKG Ready for workforce management, you could arrive at a combination of products that suits many of your HR needs from the same set of tools.
- Lacks a unique selling point or specific focus compared to newer tools, making it less suitable for highly specialized or niche businesses.
- Relatively pricey, particularly for businesses with limited budgets.
- Most features are built for standard business operations, so niche industries or one-off needs cannot be accommodated.
- The platform may be overwhelming for those seeking a limited set of specific use cases
- Compared to newer tools, UKG Pro and UKG Ready tend to miss a unique selling point or a specific focus on a certain type of business. While they work great for bigger companies in all sorts of industries, very niche operations might have a hard time adapting to the tool.
- Similarly, UKG offers many solutions under one umbrella, so it's not the best fit if you're looking for only a handful of specific use cases.
Specializing in core HR management functions, UKG is a highly renowned and widely adopted HCM suite. Over the years, it has undergone extensive testing and continuous development, resulting in an impressive array of modules that fully cover the standard set of HR tech necessities, such as payroll, benefits management, onboarding, and time-tracking.
This tool is highly configurable, allowing users to customize the platform to their specific administrative needs. This adaptability, coupled with the reliable support from the Ultimate Community, are the characteristics that impressed us most.
Admin users will appreciate the fine-grained control over user access, which enables robust data security by enabling tailored access permissions for different individuals and user groups.
Overall, the UI is visually appealing, but new users may be overwhelmed by option-saturated screens. To their credit, this overabundance of the interface signals a wealth of features and options.
The Ultimate Community feature offers a massive repository of information and insights drawn from the questions and answers of other users. Beyond being a simple record, it also allows users to seek assistance and interact with other current platform users, fostering a sense of collaboration.
This platform is great for most businesses with typical HR ops needs, but it is unable to address the needs of highly specialized teams. This shortcoming applies to edge cases, but lacking this adaptability means they cannot compete with some of the newer, more agile tools in this space.
It follows that the cost of the platform is aligned with their typical customer: the standardized organization operating in a well-known field. Some reports indicate that the starting price for every 5 users is approximately $600 annually, but with no pricing info available online we were unable to confirm.
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- Pricing for UKG is not available on their website. However, it is usually per-employee-per-month, either billed annually or monthly.
- Based on our research, UKG Pro licenses start around $600.00 per year for every 5 users.
- For detailed pricing information and a personalized quote, it is recommended to reach out to a sales representative at UKG Pro.
UKG is an excellent HR solution specifically designed for companies with a minimum of 51 employees in the Americas, EMEA, and Asia/Pacific regions.
I personally use the tool every day. The main thing I use the tool for is pulling reports about employee information. I use these reports to provide talent metrics to our executive leadership team. I also use the tool daily to review the org chart. This assists in integrating employees into other programs we use, like Officevibe and Linkedin Learning, which UKG does not directly integrate into. One other workflow we use UKG for is assigning HR tasks. You can create custom tasks, so we use it to keep track of tasks that are not related to UKG, like removing people from other programs when they are offboarded.
Honestly, I do not like UKG, but these are 3 pros:
- The org chart is nice to be able to see who each person reports to (although only HR is able to see it)
- The HR checklist tasks are useful to keep track of tasks.
- The ability to filter reports before exporting is useful.
Our organization bought UKG to replace our old HRIS. We previously were with BambooHR but moved to UKG so that we could move payroll internally. We have been using the tool for one year. This tool provides the bare minimum needed for an HRIS as we have the basic version. We have used the tool for one year, but we are already looking for a new HRIS to move to because we have had a very bad experience with both the tool and customer support. I personally use the tool daily to run reports and review the organization chart.
- Pulling reports is so complicated. It is not streamlined at all.
- When conducting payroll, we get LOTS of error flags that we have to go through (and by LOTS I mean 75-100)
- The org chart is only accessible by the HR dept.
- It is just not user-friendly. I often have to hold the hands of our employees to show them how to submit a PTO request, change their personal info, etc.
This tool is much worse than similar tools in my opinion. The reason we switched was so that we could have an internal payroll solution, but after just 1 year we are already looking for a different tool.
The first criteria people should consider is whether the tool meets all of their requirements. That is the reason we switched to UKG because our old system did not meet our new requirements. Next, people should consider whether it has add-ons that support their business. We are looking for a system that has a built-in performance management solution, as well as L&D functions.
No. The customer support has not been helpful to us.
Small companies that want to do internal payroll but do not need all of the bells and whistles (and who do not mind spending a lot of time on payroll and pulling reports). I do not recommend the tool.
Most organizations. Any org that wants additional tools beyond the bare minimum. Any org that is big enough to need an org chart. We are at 250 and it is already an inefficient tool for us.
OnPay has transparent pricing and is quite affordable for a solution that combines payroll, HR, and benefits. You get the setup and employee data migration for free. The platform won’t ever charge additional fees except when you add more employees.
- The employee self-service portal allows employees to view and manage basic payroll preferences, review HR documents, and request time off.
- Six permission levels allow you to grant specific users certain access to the software’s data.
- Automated onboarding within the employee self-service portal.
- Built-in essential HR tools include e-signing, customizable offer letters, I-9 and W-4 forms, HR guides, and legal templates.
- Auto centralizes employee database and company documents.
- Benefits include health and dental benefits in 50 states, in-house licensed brokers to handle life, vision, and disability insurance, and integrated 401(k) plans.
- Compensation management features unlimited monthly pay runs, multiple pay rates and schedules, and various options to pay employees with no extra fee.
- Accounting and time tracking are available when using third-party integrations.
- The mobile app version for employees is poorly rated for its incompetency.
- Limited integration options.
- No available features for learning management, recruiting functions, and training.
OnPay is an excellent option for teams with up to 500 employees due to its wealth of features and simple, affordable pricing. With one monthly fee, you get HR management, benefits administration, and payroll services.
Our favorite feature of the software is its compensation and benefits management capabilities. You don't have to calculate state and federal taxes and withholdings, as the platform will do it for you in compliance with regulations automatically. We encountered no issues when testing the software's payroll features, but what impresses us even more is its tax accuracy guarantee. If an OnPay error occurs, the platform takes responsibility for all the work with the tax agency, penalties, and fees to resolve the issue. We also used OnPay for tax form filing and payments and found it to be highly reliable. As for benefits tools, the platform is an excellent licensed health insurance broker and can help you select the right plans in all 50 states. We also noticed some well-known names, such as Vestwell and Guideline, listed as OnPay's 401(k) providers if you need retirement benefits for your employees.
OnPay's HR features include e-signing, sending offer letters, customizable checklists, PTO management, and self-onboarding, covering most essential HR tools. However, it lacks a native time tracking system, so you'll need to integrate it with software such as Deputy or QuickBooks Time for that capability. Another limitation to note is its integration options. Apart from the two time tracking tools mentioned, the software only connects to a few others: Xero, When I Work, Mineral, PosterElite, and Magnify.
- OnPay pricing consists of a base fee of $40 and $6 per employee per month.
- Software setup and employee data migration are offered for free.
- There’s a price calculator on the website for you to get the estimated cost.
- OnPay also has a one-month free trial.
SMBs looking for a budget-friendly solution that handles essential HR functions, advanced payroll, and benefits — simply and well. Agriculture businesses, churches, clergy, and nonprofits will likely get the most out of the software’s special payroll services for businesses in such industries.
Paycor is a robust mid-market HR software for leaders at US-based companies that want their teams to save time with HR transactional tasks.
- Paycor web app and mobile version have been easy for employees to use.
- The employee self-service portal has good functionalities and is easy to navigate.
- Straightforward payroll processing.
- Scalable product with multiple plans for businesses with under 50 employees and custom plans for bigger teams.
- Frequently runs discount programs that cover setup fees.
- Paycor payroll solution and mobile app are both straightforward to use.
- Intuitive self-service employee portal.
- Offers multiple modules for small businesses and custom plans for teams with 50-1000 employees.
- Unlimited payrolls.
- Offers discounts frequently. Though not listed on their site, a free trial is available to those who contact the support team directly.
- On-demand pay is available for all plans.
- With the acquisition of the people development platform Verb, it has improved its employee learning experience.
- Customer support can be slow to respond.
- Recruiting tool is underdeveloped compared to other similar products.
- Undisclosed pricing. Free trial is available, but you have to reach out and request.
- Reporting and analytics capabilities are limited on lower-priced plans.
- Undisclosed pricing.
- Customer support is reported to be slow at times.
- It is not a good fit for teams with 1000+ employees or those requiring advanced customization to meet their unique requirements.
Paycor ticks all the boxes for the features we look for in an HRIS. The employee self-service portal is excellent; it makes tasks like reviewing or signing contracts or choosing benefits straightforward. Admin users are automatically informed about any updates to sensitive employee information.
They didn’t invent the wheel by offering mobile apps, but they are well-built and well-liked. They make it easy to access payroll, time and attendance, and other HR features while on the go.
Though large enterprises can use Paycor, we feel it’s best for SMBs to use it in conjunction with other core HR tools as they grow. Paycor offers multiple plan options for companies with fewer than 50 employees, so whether you only need a payroll solution or a full HR suite, Paycor may have a plan for you.
But our biggest concern about the software is customer reports that support can be quite slow to respond. We’ve also found the reporting capabilities for the lower-tier plans are limited. However, Paycor recently acquired Verb, a behavioral microlearning platform. In addition to bolstering its training and development capabilities, we hope to see improvements across the board in the following months.
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The pricing of Paycor isn’t disclosed upfront. Contact a sales representative to get a custom quote.
While Paycor has features for global teams, it is a better option for companies in the U.S. with up to 1,000 employees, specifically those in manufacturing, healthcare, food and beverage, nonprofits, and professional sports organizations.
We use Paycor for attendance tracking, which includes a scheduling and punch clock functionality. This is important for us as most of our employees are hourly. We also use Paycor for time off management, benefit accrual tracking, and payroll.
- Our employees find their interface user-friendly
- Employment taxes are filed without any effort from us (the employer)
- It's one of the only HR software suites that has functionality for hourly employees
We bought Paycor when we needed a payroll solution that would work with employees in multiple states. Paycor allows us to process multi-state payroll, and they file the necessary taxes in each state and municipality.
We decided on Paycor for these reasons, and our staff found the UI to be the easiest to navigate. We have been using the platform for 4 years.
A great many things, unfortunately.
- Support is practically non-existent
- The payroll workflow is jumbled and doesn't make sense. Instead of a seamless flow in which you approve time card and move on to payroll in the same workflow, you do these things separately
- Their punch clock isn't very intelligent. I have to manually fix several punches a week that shouldn't have been allowed in the first place (e.g. an employee has two punch-in records in a row, with no punch-out record in between)
- There are a lot of reports, which is great. But, ironically, I can never find a report for what I need.
- It's impossible to manage what I would consider basic configurations. For example, our office manager retired last year, but she remains the manager for all employees in Paycor because the setting cannot be changed, even though her Paycor employee profile is no longer active
- Did I mention that support doesn't exist? Send in a ticket and you're unlikely to get a response.
The biggest difference we found is that Paycor has functionality (or modules) for a wide variety of employment situations. In our case, it was one of the only suites that could accommodate hourly employees, meaning it has punch clock and scheduling features.
My staff believes their UI is better, too. However, I don't believe that to be the case from an employer standpoint.
Firstly, if needed, are you prepared to wait for a response from support that may never come? Because that is a reality of Paycor.
Secondly, what functionality do you need? There are a lot of HR suites, and Paycor was our choice because it had functionality that many others did not. If you don't need time management (punch clock) or scheduling, then you should take the time to compare all of your options. Paycor may not be right for you.
Thirdly is the cost. In our second year, they changed their entire price structure. They gave us 30 days' notice. Our monthly costs went up, but we could do little as it takes many months to evaluate other options and several more months to facilitate the migration. The point being, we were stuck and had to deal with the rate change.
I would say very little during the four years we have used Paycor. They've made some UI changes but nothing impactful.
I am sure there is a scenario in which Paycor is a suitable solution for companies of all sizes. Their suite has a lot to offer and can accommodate a variety of employment situations. That said, based on my experience, I wouldn't think Paycor is best suited for companies with many employees. I have a hard enough time managing five employees in Paycor.
Companies with many employees or companies that employ people only in one state. There are certainly better options for employers who don't need multi-state payroll.
Sage People is a scalable and highly configurable cloud HR solution that helps manage People processes for global workforces. The tool features a recruitment module as well automation for essential HR workflows.
- Good range of workflows for globally-distributed teams
- Lots of local expertise from payroll and compliance consultants
- Good range of workflows for globally-distributed teams
- Lots of local expertise from payroll and compliance consultants
- Not many integrations
- Some users have found the mobile app to lack core functionalities
- Not many integrations
- Some users have found the mobile app to lack core functionalities
Sage's HRIS is a customizable core HR suite built on top of Salesforce. Their product covers applicants through alumni and is a great option for companies in the small to medium enterprise range (150 - 5k employees) that have a global presence. They boast a 95% retention rate across their 500 customers, the result of a broad product that also integrates with the rest of Sage's ERP suite.
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While the pricing for Sage People isn't disclosed, you can take an interactive tour and see the tool for yourself. Afterwards, you can get in touch with their team to get a customized quote.
SMBs with a distributed team, especially those that use Salesforce. Also medium enterprises with a global workforce.
I use Sage People,
- to record employees and all their employment history.
- to give employees access to their own information page.
- to provide various reports for internal teams and human resources teams.
- to feed databases and generate human resources dashboards.
- for managing employee databases from various countries and integration with other internal applications like DocuSign, Bonusly, payroll, etc.
I like Sage People,
- as it has many features for example it generates extremely comprehensive and complete reports.
- as it has tools that allow me to batch-load data in a very easy and practical way.
- because it has very complete and functional support available to the user.
The tool was acquired for the registration database of employees. It was necessary to have a tool that could globally attend several countries. The tool had to be integrated with several applications like slack, DocuSign, financial force, etc. The system needs to be very complete in terms of reports and automation. I have been using the system for more than 1 year and 3 months.
Despite being complete the system has some limitations and in some countries with specific legislation is difficult to adapt to local rules. I can say that the system is quite complex and therefore some activities are quite difficult to perform and require some steps of attention.
I can say that the system has a lot of integrations with several other applications and platforms. Sage also stands out for its complete functionality in terms of reports. I also see the support offered to understand the system as a great differential, it is very complete.
Take into consideration a tool that can be globally adapted to many countries. Consider a tool that is widely possible to connect to other human resources applications and systems such as benefits, payroll, and other applications. Also, consider a tool that is easy to use and has a potential range of reports to generate.
I highlight that SAGE has released an updated version that can be used in parallel to the classic version, they call it Lightening with a more modern interface and some improved features.
In my point of view this tool is ideal for global organizations, with a human resources department that looks and takes care of your database and needs consistency and a reliable system with the ability to manage large volumes of data and generate practical reports and dashboards and requires integration with other internal systems in the company.
Small companies that do not need such a complex and complete system may not make much sense to use SAGE.
Namely’s comprehensive HR software packs features for onboarding, talent management, time-off tracking, and performance management. On top of that, companies can opt for their managed services for payroll and benefits administration.
- The majority of users can navigate Namely without any issues. They find the UI to be intuitive and clean, even though the platform has lots of features.
- Namely’s employee onboarding module gets a lot of praise from users. It features an easy-to-follow wizard, which helps new hires get on quickly and be clear on what they need to do.
- Besides the platform’s built-in features for data management, recruiting, onboarding, time off tracking, payroll, and benefits administration, there are also managed payroll and benefits administration services you can opt for to reduce the burden on your internal teams.
- The majority of users are able to navigate Namely without any issues. They find the UI to be intuitive and clean, despite the fact that the platform has lots of features.
- Namely’s employee onboarding module gets a alot of praise from users. It features an easy-to-follow wizard, which helps new hires get on quickly and be clear on what they need to do.
- Besides the platform’s built in features for data management, recruiting, onboarding, time off tracking, payroll and benefits administration, there are also managed payroll and benefits administration services you can opt for to reduce the burden on your internal teams.
- Namely primarily operates in the U.S., so if you’re looking for a global payroll and benefits provider, this platform isn’t for you.
- Though many praise the platform’s ease of use, implementing it takes a long time. Namely’s own team says that an average implementation takes between 6-8 weeks.
- For a platform of Namely’s size, there currently aren’t any features that focus on employee development such as skill training, career pathing, succession planning, etc.
- You’ll need to check beforehand if Namely can work with your existing benefits provider if you have one. There have been a few reports (but not few enough to ignore) about Namely’s team convincing customers to change their benefits provider to providers that charged them more.
- Namely primarily operates in the U.S., which means if you’re looking for a global payroll and benefits provider, this platform isn’t for you.
- Though many praise the platform’s ease of use, it does take long to implement it. Namely’s own team says that an average implementation takes between 6-8 weeks.
- For a platform of Namely’s size, there currently aren’t any features that focus on employee development such as skill training, career pathing, succession planning etc.
- You’ll need to check beforehand if Namely can work with your existing benefits provider, if you have one. There have been a few reports (but not few enough to ignore) about Namely’s team convincing customers to change their benefits provider to providers that charged them more.
Namely has quickly become a top HR software for the mid-market. With built-in modules, Namely facilitates several HR processes, including employee data management, payroll processing, benefits administration, time and attendance tracking, and performance management. This integrated approach increases efficiency and reduces the need for multiple systems.
Besides what’s visible from the employer or admin side, Namely empowers employees to access and update their information, request time off, and view pay stubs through a dedicated employee self-service portal. Another near thing about Namely is its robust reporting and analytics module, giving you the reports you need and insights on the latest market trends.
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Namely’s pricing varies according to the modules you want to use. Their Sales team can give you a breakdown of how much it’ll cost you if you book a demo.
Mid-sized companies in any industry, but mostly in the United States.
Zenefits is oriented to businesses in the US market. The platform carries almost anything a startup or small team can ask for in an HRIS with an intuitive design and a very reasonable cost.
- Provides full-service management of employee records, automated payroll, and benefits.
- Eye-pleasing UI that is also highly rated for its ease of use.
- The pricing plans allow you to pay and add certain modules when you need them or eliminate them if you don’t.
- Relatively cheap compared to similar products.
- Payroll works for full-time employees, part-time employees, and 1099s.
- Offers a free trial and no setup fee.
- Has a mobile app.
- It’s one of the top names in HR tech and payroll software for American small businesses.
- Their platform is one of the best-looking and easiest to figure out among the sector.
- Zenefits can grow with you. Its pricing plans allow you to pay and tweak as you go, add certain modules when you need them, or get rid of them if you don’t.
- Oriented to small businesses in the US.
- Payroll with unlimited pay runs is offered as an add-on.
- Basic customization and integration options.
- Tax filings, at times, don’t work well for multi-state teams.
- Doesn’t provide phone support or dedicated account managers. Response time on customer service can be too lengthy.
- As oriented to small businesses as the tool is, it doesn’t give you the chance to create a custom bundle of the services and/or modules you’d like to have. For instance, Zenefits does not offer a standalone ACA module. Therefore, you will need to purchase an entire HRIS plan if you want to access that offering.
- In addition, Zenefits focuses on small to mid sized companies. If you're an enterprise organization, you may want to consider another option.
- Zenefits is also rather focused on the US market at this point. So, if your team is mostly in another country and you need more of a local know-how, it might not be the best bet for certain modules like payroll and benefits.
Zenefits can take care of HR processes like onboarding, offboarding, benefits, payroll, and performance reviews.
The HR software’s average customer size is under 50 employees, which means that the user experience is thought out not only for human resources staff but is easy and quick enough for managers or executives who need to take care of some HR tasks.
One of our favorite parts about demoing Zenefits was noticing the simplicity of the HRIS and its helpful employee directory. Zenefits is also known among small teams for its affordable price. While the software doesn’t offer a custom plan, it provides users with multiple add-on services, from Recruiting to Payroll, at a transparent price to enhance the platform’s base plan.
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Zenefits has three base plans. When billed annually:
- Essentials plan costs $8 per month per employee.
- Growth plan costs $16 per month per employee.
- Zen plan costs $21 per month per employee.
- Add-ons are available at $5 per month per employee.
Zenefits is made for US-based startups and SMBs that are looking for a budget-friendly HRIS that can carry several HR services.
I use Zenefits at least once a week to update employee information. I approve vacations and time off for staff. The HR team adds new employees by setting up basic information. I sit with new hires to learn the system. I also manage processing 1099s/W2s with the company.
Zenefits is easy to use. The mobile app is very convenient and popular with employees. The platform is also very affordable.
We purchased Zenefits to handle onboarding for new employees. Zenefits allows you to manage many of the processes required for employees. Zenefits has a mobile app that streamlined access for staff to information like PTO, insurance information, and timekeeping. I have used the service for 3 years.
Zenefits relies on chat assistance and it can be inconvenient to wait for a response. The payroll processing can be a little tricky as you have to recheck data. Email notifications can be improved as they sometimes don't send at the appropriate time.
Zenefits is a great tool and comparable to others like Gusto and BambooHR. I feel that there are more comprehensive programs but the price point is very fair.
Do you want a simple program that handles all major HR, Benefit and Payroll needs? Do you need consistent access to tech support? Do you have a dedicated person to troubleshoot and verify data?
Zenefits has improved their app and their processing time for updates in the system.
Zenefits is best for small/mid sized businesses and independent contractors.
It is not a good fit for large or multinational businesses.
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