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Paychex Flex

Paychex Flex is a human capital management solution that's designed using web-based modular technology and a dedicated service center to help meet the HR needs of employers of any size and industry. With a single login, users can ...Read more

4.08 (1145 reviews)

119 recommendations

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Paycom

Paycom offers user-friendly HR and employee-driven payroll technology to enhance the employee life cycle, in a single software. Paycom drives efficiencies, increases data integrity and gives employees power over their HR informat...Read more

4.34 (649 reviews)

92 recommendations

Rippling

Rippling makes it easy to manage your company's payroll, benefits, HR, and IT—all in one, modern platform. It brings all of your employee systems and data together and helps automate your busy work, such as onboarding. With Rippli...Read more

4.89 (1441 reviews)

84 recommendations

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ClearCompany

Since 2004, ClearCompany has empowered thousands of companies to attract, screen, and hire better talent, engage their team, and use strategic insights to keep their recruiting competitive.The ClearCompany Talent Management Platfo...Read more

4.39 (284 reviews)

79 recommendations

TimeClock Plus

TimeClock Plus is a cloud-based workforce management solution designed to make the day-to-day of your organization more efficient. TimeClock Plus also offers dynamic scheduling and job costing features that can be configured to an...Read more

4.38 (186 reviews)

78 recommendations

Zenefits

Zenefits is an all-encompassing HR SaaS platform designed specifically for small to midsize businesses. The Zenefits People Platform includes a robust offering spanning HR, Benefits, Payroll, Well-being and Performance apps that c...Read more

4.20 (791 reviews)

72 recommendations

WorkforceHub Time & Attendance

WorkforceHub is a cloud-based time, attendance, and leave management system for small to mid-size businesses. This software can capture time data from web-based clocks or physical clocks for employees onsite, mobile, and working a...Read more

4.50 (28 reviews)

47 recommendations

Dayforce HCM

Dayforce, provided by Ceridian, is a solution for payroll, benefits, workforce management, human resources, talent management, document management, and analytics. As a single application, Dayforce provides organizations with acces...Read more

4.26 (672 reviews)

46 recommendations

BambooHR

BambooHR offers small and growing companies a human resource information system (HRIS) that includes an applicant tracking system (ATS), time tracking, payroll processing, employee engagement and employee satisfaction tools, autom...Read more

4.58 (1655 reviews)

45 recommendations

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EasyWorkforce

EasyWorkforce is a workforce management solution for companies of all sizes. It was specifically designed to focus on time and attendance of employees and their productivity. The software offers employers and HR departments the ne...Read more

3.92 (12 reviews)

38 recommendations

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Subscription models

  • Per employee/per month: This model allows you to pay a monthly fee for each of your employees.
  • Per user/per month: Users pay a monthly fee for users—normally administrative users—rather than all employees.

Perpetual license

  • This involves paying an upfront sum for the license to own the software and use it indefinitely.
  • This is the more traditional model and is most common with on-premise applications and with larger businesses.

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The Applicant Manager

The Applicant Manager (TAM) is a cloud-based applicant tracking solution that helps recruiting agencies and teams to streamline their hiring and onboarding process. The solution lets users track job postings and actively engage qu...Read more

4.63 (127 reviews)

31 recommendations

Compease

Compease is a complete cloud-based salary administration solution used by businesses of all sizes across industries such as retail and manufacturing. The solution allows HR teams to facilitate the analysis, design and execution of...Read more

4.90 (67 reviews)

28 recommendations

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Cornerstone HR

Cornerstone HR is a new way to manage people that quickly and cost effectively centralizes employee data, simplifies administrative processes, and engages employees through self-service. By having accurate information about your t...Read more

4.10 (20 reviews)

23 recommendations

Replicon

Replicon's advanced timesheet functionality lets businesses track valuable information including check-ins/outs, task progress, and billable/non-billable hours. The invoice module allows users to build custom invoices, examine pay...Read more

4.51 (433 reviews)

22 recommendations

PurelyHR

PurelyHR is powerful modular HR software for small to medium-sized businesses. Our cloud-based platform simplifies your everyday HR tasks including leave management, employee directory and onboarding, time tracking, performance ma...Read more

4.52 (322 reviews)

19 recommendations

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Culture Amp

Culture Amp's Employee Effectiveness is a cloud-based 360-degree feedback management solution for managers, individuals and teams, that helps them to receive and provide feedback. The solution is designed by data scientists and or...Read more

4.73 (64 reviews)

19 recommendations

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TimeIPS

TimeIPS is a time and attendance system for companies in a wide range of industries. The solution is designed to help small and midsize companies manage time-tracking and attendance operations as well as generate payrolls for empl...Read more

3.69 (13 reviews)

19 recommendations

Deluxe Payroll and HR

Deluxe's online payroll solution provides your business with comprehensive, full-service payroll and HR solutions with dedicated customer service. ...Read more

4.47 (97 reviews)

18 recommendations

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Workzoom

Workzoom is the all-in-one Workforce, Payroll and Talent solution that consolidates and automates your people management. Bring your whole team together with a centralized hub for accessing personal information, company updates an...Read more

4.50 (4 reviews)

17 recommendations

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Trakstar Performance Management

Learn how leading mid size companies use Trakstar to quantify the soft side of HR. Uncover better prospects, train top performers, reduce employee turnover. Connect hiring, performance and learning to develop an engaged and produc...Read more

4.44 (284 reviews)

16 recommendations

Buyers Guide

Last Updated: May 24, 2022

As a professional employer organization (PEO), HR isn't just an important facet of your business; it's your business, period. Client companies rely on you to handle all of their important employee management needs, and if you can't deliver a stress-free experience, they'll go to your competitor or hire staff to do their HR in-house.

You need to be able to execute efficiently on important HR tasks and keep clients happy at the same time. In other words, you need software. But maybe you're not sure what options are out there, or which system will best fit your needs.

We're here to help.

In this Buyer's Guide, we'll go over everything you need to know about PEO software to help you make a more informed purchase decision.

Here's what we'll cover:

What Is PEO Software?
Common PEO Software Features
How Much Does PEO Software Cost?
Key Considerations When Purchasing PEO Software
Additional PEO Software Resources

What Is PEO Software?

PEO software helps PEOs and administrative services organizations (ASOs) perform HR duties for client businesses. Along with functionality to manage your customers' core HR needs—things like payroll, benefits enrollment and compliance reporting, for example—PEO software systems also allow you to create custom invoices and bill clients for services rendered.

Dashboard in PEO software offering Worklio

PEO dashboard in Worklio

Being a PEO doesn't necessarily mean you need to buy a product solely dedicated to the PEO/ASO audience, though they do exist (e.g., PrismHR). Many popular HR systems offer the functionality PEOs need and cater to both in-house HR departments and outsourced HR service providers (e.g., Paylocity).

Common PEO Software Features

PEOs need to make sure that any software they adopt has the functionality to support the services they offer. Here are some common features buyers should look out for when evaluating different PEO software systems:

Payroll Manage wage and salary rates for employees. Automatically calculate and run payroll, pay workers, run reports and export payroll costs to the company accounting ledger.
Benefits administration Allow workers to enroll in benefits plans or change options on existing enrollments themselves. Run reports and track program costs.
Time and attendance Monitor employee paid time off and hours worked. Automatically port hours into payroll to calculate accurate compensation.
Applicant tracking Post job openings, create candidate profiles and manage applicants through client hiring workflows.
Onboarding Automatically walk new hires through client onboarding processes. Important paperwork can be signed and stored digitally.
Compliance management Track client compliance with local, state and federal employment laws (e.g., ACA, EEOC, OSHA etc.).
Billing and invoicing Correctly bill clients for services offered. Send customizable invoices and track accounts receivable.
Client and employee portals Gives workers and HR personnel access within the system to view information and perform tasks such as running reports.

Some PEOs may elect to buy separate HR systems with all the functionality they need and integrate them together, but we recommend investing in one comprehensive solution, if possible.

A comprehensive solution mitigates the risk of data becoming lost or corrupted while transferring between applications, and provides a better experience for clients, who only have to learn and log in to one system.

How Much Does PEO Software Cost?

It would be great if all PEO software systems were priced the same way, but unfortunately that's not the case. Here are some common pricing structures you can expect to run into:

  • Perpetual license. This is more common with on-premise systems that are hosted on your own server (as opposed to cloud-based software, which is hosted by the vendor and accessed through a web browser). You pay one large upfront cost to own the software indefinitely.
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  • Subscription (per employee, per month or per user, per month). Vendors may charge based on the number of employees in your organization or the number of employees total across all of your clients, so be sure to ask what they mean by "per employee."
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  • Freemium. Some vendors offer a basic version of their platform for free, then charge for extra functionality. Open source software is also "free" in the sense that it doesn't cost any money to get access to the code, but there is still a significant investment here in terms of IT deployment and maintenance.

Key Considerations When Purchasing PEO Software

Before you talk to a single PEO software vendor, you first have to ask important questions internally about your goals and constraints.

These include: Which features do you need and which ones do you merely want? What's your budget? If you're replacing an existing system, what have been the most significant pain points you want to remedy? What's your deadline to be up-and-running with new software?

Once you have answers to these important questions and pare down your options, it's time to do demos. Here are some key considerations to keep in mind when evaluating different PEO software systems:

  • User interface is critical. With an in-house system, you might be able to get away with a clunky interface, if it gets the job done. Not so if you're a PEO. Clients are going to be using your system too, so it's vital that whatever software you choose be intuitive and easy to use.
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  • Will your software play nice with client systems? Clients may have their own accounting or time tracking systems they want to use. If they can't easily integrate with your software, that will lead to headaches down the road.
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  • Evaluate the support behind the software too. Talk to vendors extensively about the support options they offer and their associated cost. Also be sure to understand how they will handle updates. The last thing you need is a client being unexpectedly locked out of the system during maintenance.

Additional PEO Software Resources

A PEO software purchase isn't something that should be taken lightly. Whatever product you choose will have a profound effect on the quality of service you offer.

This guide offers basic advice, but if you want to learn more, here are some additional resources: