With millions in VC money, a slick, web-based platform, and an innovative business model that allows it to offer its HR product for free to companies looking for a comprehensive benefits, payroll, time, and compliance tool, Zenefits has grown like gangbusters.
In fact, in 2015, it was named the fastest-growing Silicon Valley company. That’s some rarified air to be breathing.
Reviewers cite how easy-to-use and well-designed the software is, and they praise Zenefits’ constant updates and new feature rollouts.
But it may not be the perfect fit for every organization. If your company wants a tool with different features, or just an alternative to Zenefits that better maps to your existing processes, there are options out there.
To help you do your due diligence, I’ve put together a list of five Zenefits competitors, based on search volume and similarity in offering. I also took into consideration ranking and popularity with users. The list has been organized alphabetically.
ADP reporting dashboard
ADP is big. It’s the enterprise HR and payroll platform that many look to as the legacy industry standard. Yet it serves businesses of every size, from one to 49 employees, all the way up to businesses with 1000+ employees. ADP covers everything from payroll and tax, to benefits, talent management, and compliance. If you want a time-tested, comprehensive platform, you could do worse than a giant such as ADP.
In reviews on Capterra, users find that ADP has great customer service, answering questions and following up in a timely manner. Reviewers also find the software easy to use on both desktop and mobile versions.
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BambooHR user info
Another cloud-based HR tool, BambooHR targets the smaller end of the market. The offering includes time tracking, training, and benefits.
BambooHR is unique in that it partners with a lot of other software vendors and an array of apps to provide seamless integrations with payroll, applicant tracking, and performance review tools.
According to Capterra reviewers, BambooHR is a huge help with organization and time management. Users also like the clean interface, the easy learning curve, and the real-time reporting features.
The onboarding features in particular have been called “very efficient.”
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Gusto Welcome page on mobile and computer views
Formerly known as ZenPayroll, Gusto focuses on the mall to mid end of the market (pricing is $39 a month plus $6 per employee).
It also aims to be streamlined, targeting payroll and benefits functionality almost exclusively. Features such as automated tax filing and payroll, and employee self-enrollment help lean organizations save time, and integrations with small-business accounting platforms such as FreshBooks, QuickBooks, and Xero, mean you don’t have to alter your existing processes.
Reviewers say that Gusto is easy to use, turning long tasks into just a few clicks. Employee reviewers love that they can access their own materials without having to go through HR, and admin users love how easy it is to make changes.
More than one reviewer refers to Gusto as fun or enjoyable—surprising words for payroll!
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Paycor user profile
Combining payroll and HR, Paycor is another popular Zenefits alternative.
What makes Paycor different is its focus on compliance, so if you’re trying to be more compliant, maintain compliance, or add new benefits to your staff’s packages, Paycor’s got you covered. It has a feature that automatically connects the software to your health insurance providers, so you can avoid a complex emailing process.
Its website even offers a short quiz you can take to see what Paycor package best fits your business.
Paycor users reviewing the software on Capterra mention how quick Paycor makes formerly time-consuming tasks such as payroll and asset management. Reviewers love that the entire process is digital, so no scanning is needed. Paycor’s customer service is also reviewed as being fast, knowledgeable, and thorough.
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UltiPro main page
UltiPro bundles training, payroll, and benefits management, all with a focus on ease of use for the employee.
UltiPro considers itself a people-first company, and it appears to deliver on this. Mentions of the company’s responsive customer service appear throughout Capterra’s reviews.
Users of UtiliPro love its design, especially how it eliminates unnecessary steps to streamline tasks. According to users, updates, W-2s, paystubs, and direct deposit features are all straightforward and very fast. Users also love the value of the product, with some commenting that they hope they never have to use another system again.
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Others Zenefits alternatives?
Are there any other Zenefits competitors you’d include on this list? Have you had experience with any of the above? How do they compare?
Add your thoughts in the comments or tweet me @CapterraHalden.
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