Our Top Picks

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ADP
  • Deployment: Web-based, cloud, SaaS, iPhone/iPad, Android
  • Customer service: Phone during business hours, online
  • Integrations

ADP offers one of the most recognized and reputable HRIS software suites on the market today. It contains an enormous amount of services to help businesses manage their employees' payroll, benefits, vacation time, and more. ADP has permanently established itself as a leading choice for small, medium, and large businesses alike. Users can manage and process payroll, track and implement time and attendance, and even recruit new talent as needed and onboard them when hired. Managing a business can be tough; compliance can be even tougher. With ADP's award-winning support, any question is easily answered through expert knowledge and dedicated support staff. Users can also export payroll data to QuickBooks, among other vital business integrations.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Robust HRIS
  • Experience and company tenure

Cons

  • Can be more expensive than some other services

Summary

  • Starting Price
    • $10-$23/employee
  • Free Trial/Demo
    Free Demo
  • Deployment
    Web-Based, Cloud, SaaS
    iPhone / iPad
    Android
  • Support Options
    Business Hours
    Online
  • Compensation Management
    Yes
Features
  • Deployment: Web-based, cloud, SaaS, iPhone/iPad, Android
  • Customer service: Phone during business hours, online
  • Integrations
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Bamboo HR
  • Deployment: Mac, Windows, web-based, cloud, SaaS, iPhone/iPad, Android
  • Customer service: Phone during business hours, online
  • Compensation management

Bamboo HR calls itself "software with heart." It's also the software used by more than 20,000 companies, including Zip Recruiter, Postmates, and the Jacksonville Jaguars. A single database with an advanced reporting system keeps employee information, no matter what it is, at the business' fingertips. Users can utilize Bamboo HR's hiring system to track, evaluate, and hire outstanding team members, even on the go. A full suite of onboarding tools helps complete the hiring process faster and more efficiently. Bamboo HR also includes a robust offering of innovative performance management tools to ensure team members can continue to grow and prosper.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Used by many large and multinational companies all around the world
  • Provides an enormous amount of features
  • Powerful onboarding features

Cons

  • Pricing data not available without a custom quote

Summary

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Bamboo HR
  • Starting Price
    • Custom quote
  • Free Trial/Demo
    Free Trial
  • Deployment
    Installed - Mac
    Installed - Windows
    Web-Based, Cloud, SaaS
    iPhone / iPad
    Android
  • Support Options
    Business Hours
    Online
  • Compensation Management
    Yes
Features
  • Deployment: Mac, Windows, web-based, cloud, SaaS, iPhone/iPad, Android
  • Customer service: Phone during business hours, online
  • Compensation management
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Ceridian
  • Deployment: Web-based, cloud, SaaS, iPhone/iPad, Android
  • Customer service: 24/7 (live rep), online
  • Integrations

Ceridian provides a powerful approach to HRIS software. We loved the fact that, unlike many competing software systems, payroll managers are able to access current payroll information at any time without waiting for pay periods to end. Its robust workforce management system allows HR managers to set complex labor rules to increase operational efficiency. Quickly locate and develop new talent with software that's focused on the individual. Ceridian also offers a learning management system to further employee development through preformatted or customized training possibilities.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • One of the most affordable HRIS around
  • Talent acquisition features are outstanding
  • Built-in LMS

Cons

  • Initial software setup could be daunting for new or inexperienced users

Summary

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Ceridian
  • Starting Price
    • $2.30/month/worker
  • Free Trial/Demo
    Free Demo
  • Deployment
    Web-Based, Cloud, SaaS
    iPhone / iPad
    Android
  • Support Options
    24/7 (Live Rep)
    Online
  • Compensation Management
    Yes
Features
  • Deployment: Web-based, cloud, SaaS, iPhone/iPad, Android
  • Customer service: 24/7 (live rep), online
  • Integrations
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Gusto
  • Deployment: Web-based, cloud, SaaS
  • Customer service: Phone during business hours
  • Reports

Gusto is a newer software offering in the HRIS space, but don't misunderstand — Gusto has gusto. Onboarding an employee takes minutes to hours instead of days with Gusto's innovative, easy-to-use system. Create PTO policies, track employee time card punches, and manage time-off requests. Users can also deliver awesome employee benefits like healthcare, automatic savings programs, and 401(k)s. If and when more help is needed, Gusto is there for you, with access to experienced and professional HR alumni along with a heap of useful support information. Gusto not only works great for businesses looking to better manage their human resources, it's also amazing for accountants seeking a powerful and efficient system for handling their clients' HR affairs.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Beautifully designed user interface
  • Simple and easy to use

Cons

  • One of the more expensive options if users are managing benefits for many employees

Summary

  • Starting Price
    • Concierge: $149/month base price, plus $12/month/person
    • Complete: $39/month base price, plus $12/month/person
    • Core: $39/month base price, plus $6/month/person
    • Basic: $19/month base price, plus $6/month/person
  • Free Trial/Demo
    Free Demo
  • Deployment
    Web-Based, Cloud, SaaS
  • Support Options
    Business Hours
  • Compensation Management
    Yes
Features
  • Deployment: Web-based, cloud, SaaS
  • Customer service: Phone during business hours
  • Reports
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Namely
  • Deployment: Web-based, cloud, SaaS, iPhone/iPad
  • Customer service: 24/7 (live rep)
  • Compensation management

Namely is an award-winning HRIS software built on a multi-cloud stack that can expand to accommodate businesses of all sizes. Best for mid-sized businesses of around 50 or more employees, the software offers a number of excellent features to take businesses to new HR plateaus. For starters, payroll is a breeze thanks to automatic benefits deductions, simple tax filing, and detailed reporting with time integration. Employees can stay in the know with mobile accessibility to payroll information, time-off request approval, and more. Namely also offers talent management tools to help find, train, and retain the team members.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Covers most HR needs well
  • Mobile access for employees and managers

Cons

  • One of the most expensive plans per employee due to implementation fees

Summary

  • Starting Price
    • $15-$30/month/employee
    • One-time implementation fee: $50-$80/employee
  • Free Trial/Demo
    Free Trial
  • Deployment
    Web-Based, Cloud, SaaS
    iPhone / iPad
  • Support Options
    24/7 (Live Rep)
  • Compensation Management
    Yes
Features
  • Deployment: Web-based, cloud, SaaS, iPhone/iPad
  • Customer service: 24/7 (live rep)
  • Compensation management
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Paycor
  • Deployment: Web-based, cloud, SaaS, iPhone/iPad, Android
  • Customer service: Phone during business hours, online
  • Time/attendance management

Paycor's approach to HRIS software is all-inclusive and delivers a multitude of business-centric features to empower business management and efficiency. From HR and benefits to recruiting and onboarding, this software offers a log of bang for the buck. Paycor also incorporates a full-fledged learning management system (LMS) to create training, educational development, or anything employees could need to grow. There's also an included employee scheduling software as well as a robust set of time and attendance features. Paycor also handles all payroll needs, from independent contractors to standard employee W2s.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Most HR features covered
  • Built-in LMS

Cons

  • No entry-level plans for smaller businesses

Summary

  • Starting Price
    • $99/month
  • Free Trial/Demo
    Free Demo
  • Deployment
    Web-Based, Cloud, SaaS
    iPhone / iPad
    Android
  • Support Options
    Business Hours
    Online
  • Compensation Management
    Yes
Features
  • Deployment: Web-based, cloud, SaaS, iPhone/iPad, Android
  • Customer service: Phone during business hours, online
  • Time/attendance management
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Rippling
  • Deployment: Mac, Windows, web-based, cloud, SaaS, iPhone/iPad, Android
  • Customer service: Phone during business hours, online
  • Integrations

Ripping, the "employee management platform," offers all-in-one employee management automation software to make quick work of the often complex tasks of managing HR. Going beyond standard payroll and benefits software, Rippling also offers some exciting features for employee application and device management. For example, users can grant, restrict, or revoke employee access to company apps like G Suite and Slack. Users can also manage employees' computers, software, security features, and more. Rippling is confident that it's the best value in HRIS, touting an incredible average annual savings of $1,775 per employee versus the competition.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • IT management features tied directly to the employee database
  • All-in-one solutions

Cons

  • Some features may not be utilized by smaller companies

Summary

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Rippling
  • Starting Price
    • $8/month/user
  • Free Trial/Demo
    Free Trial
  • Deployment
    Installed - Mac
    Installed - Windows
    Web-Based, Cloud, SaaS
    iPhone / iPad
    Android
  • Support Options
    Business Hours
    Online
  • Compensation Management
    Yes
Features
  • Deployment: Mac, Windows, web-based, cloud, SaaS, iPhone/iPad, Android
  • Customer service: Phone during business hours, online
  • Integrations
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UKG (Ultimate Kronos Group)
  • Deployment: Web-based, cloud, SaaS, iPhone/iPad, Android
  • Customer service: 24/7 (live rep), phone during business hours, online
  • Reports

With more than 70 years of experience between Ultimate Software and Kronos, the two companies have successfully merged to create UKG (Ultimate Kronos Group). Having joined forces, the merged business offers an extensive range of HR tools to handle just about any task. Kronos was originally known for its powerful time and attendance functionality as well as in-depth scheduling tools, and that trend continues today. Ultimate Software was known for its powerful employee management features and payroll capabilities — that also holds true. From employee onboarding and dynamic reporting to a responsive, mobile experience for employees and managers alike, one thing is certain: This is very powerful software.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Over 70 years of combined software experience
  • Software options for just about all business scenarios

Cons

  • One of the most robust time and attendance software systems on the market

Summary

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UKG (Ultimate Kronos Group)
  • Starting Price
    • UltiPro: $600/year/team of 5
  • Free Trial/Demo
    Free Demo
  • Deployment
    Web-Based, Cloud, SaaS
    iPhone / iPad
    Android
  • Support Options
    24/7 (Live Rep)
    Business Hours
    Online
  • Compensation Management
    Yes
Features
  • Deployment: Web-based, cloud, SaaS, iPhone/iPad, Android
  • Customer service: 24/7 (live rep), phone during business hours, online
  • Reports
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Workday
  • Deployment: Web-based, cloud, SaaS, iPhone/iPad, Android
  • Customer service: 24/7 (live rep), phone during business hours, online
  • Onboarding

Workday offers HRIS software that works for companies day in and day out. Delivering a cloud-based architecture with a beautiful user interface, HR has never been easier or more efficient to use. Powerful and competent reporting is delivered to an easy-to-understand dashboard for quick access to critical HR data points. Workday also includes some truly innovative finance features that allow businesses to make informed decisions, see trending financial data, and manage business happenings as a company or from a per-location basis. Users should be pleased with the wealth of efficiency gained from Workday as a total business and HR solution.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Beautifully designed user interface
  • An all-in-one approach to HR software

Cons

  • Pricing is not transparent and requires a sales quote

Summary

  • Starting Price
    • Custom quote
  • Free Trial/Demo
    Free Demo
  • Deployment
    Web-Based, Cloud, SaaS
    iPhone / iPad
    Android
  • Support Options
    24/7 (Live Rep)
    Business Hours
    Online
  • Compensation Management
    Yes
Features
  • Deployment: Web-based, cloud, SaaS, iPhone/iPad, Android
  • Customer service: 24/7 (live rep), phone during business hours, online
  • Onboarding
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Zenefits
  • Deployment: Mac, Windows, web-based, cloud, SaaS, iPhone/iPad, Android
  • Customer service: Phone during business hours, online
  • Employee database

Zenefits is an HRIS that attempts to leverage the complex nature of HR into a simple and easy-to-use package. Focusing on five core competencies — HR, payroll, benefits, time tracking, and advisory services —it's truly carved out a special niche in the world of must-have business tools. Users can streamline the hiring process, including onboarding and employee management anywhere. Tracking time and PTO requests are completed in just moments with an excellent suite of time and attendance features. Zenefits also includes many available integrations to keep all business data cohesive and working together.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Lots of potential business integrations
  • Easy to use interface

Cons

  • Missing some built-in features like LMS

Summary

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Zenefits
  • Starting Price
    • Essentials: $8/month/employee
    • Growth: $14/month/employee
    • Zen: $21/month/employee
  • Free Trial/Demo
    Free Trial
  • Deployment
    Installed - Mac
    Installed - Windows
    Web-Based, Cloud, SaaS
    iPhone / iPad
    Android
  • Support Options
    Business Hours
    Online
  • Compensation Management
    Yes
Features
  • Deployment: Mac, Windows, web-based, cloud, SaaS, iPhone/iPad, Android
  • Customer service: Phone during business hours, online
  • Employee database

How We Chose the Best HRIS Systems

Business comes with its own set of challenges — human resources shouldn't be one of them. HRIS, or human resources information systems, are the lifeblood of any modern business's HR plan. Gone are the days of manual check writing and calling in each employees' insurance and benefits information; most of these essential features are now built into software systems as standard features. While there are many different HR systems on the market, we've done the research and concluded that three key factors take software from good enough to great.

HR Management Features

From managing payroll to onboarding fresh new hires, a great HRIS has these features and many more. Almost all the software on this list includes just about anything users could need for successful HR management.

Integrations

Integrations to other essential business apps like Slack and G Suite are essential for a lot of businesses. Other great integrations to have, such as Zapier for connecting and automating repetitive tasks, could prove advantageous if the software has them.

Reports

Some would say reporting is the lifeblood of a business. Knowing the who, what, when, and where of a business's HR efforts is crucial to business success and employee retention.