The 10 Best HRIS Systems for Growing Companies

Discover the top 10 HRIS systems for growing companies with OutSail: From BambooHR for small firms to Ceridian for larger ones, find the perfect HRIS fit for your scaling business

Brett Ungashick
OutSail HRIS Advisor
July 4, 2023
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OutSail works with companies of all shapes and sizes, helping their HR leaders to find the right HRIS system.

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One common feature that OutSail clients is that they are often scaling, high-growth companies. Finding the right HRIS partner is extremely important in these scenarios, since the HRIS needs to be immediately impactful while still leaving room for the company to grow into it as they continue to scale.

In this article, you can learn about the 10 best HRIS vendors for scaling, high-growth companies.

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For Early Stage Companies (10-100 employees)

1.) BambooHR

Average Customer Size: 25-350 employees

Founded in 2008, BambooHR has steadily risen to become a market leader in the SMB and Mid-Market. Bamboo offers a modern user interface and a wide breadth of modules - performance, recruiting, onboarding - all at a competitive price point. While Bamboo owns a payroll company, called Trax, many customers will use their own payroll / ben admin tools and use Bamboo for more employee-facing activities. Bamboo is also open to integrating with a variety of 3rd party HR tools

  • Modules Offered: HRIS, Payroll, Time & Attendance, ATS, Onboarding, Performance, Engagement
  • Not included: Ben Admin, Learning, Compensation
  • Price range: $9-15 PEPM

2.) Hibob

Average Customer Size: 50-500 employees

Vendor Snapshot: Hibob is a great solution for modern companies that want culture at the center of their organization. Unlike most HRIS's that began as payroll vendors, Hibob started with performance, engagement and compensation at the core of their product. The emphasis on employee engagement leads to high usage from employees and better reporting for companies. Additionally, Bob is a global company and their solution is a strong fit for multi-national companies.

  • Modules offered: HRIS, Performance, Engagement, Onboarding, Time & Attendance
  • Not included: Payroll, Ben Admin, ATS
  • Price range: $8-12 PEPM

3.) Rippling

Average Customer Size: 25-300 employees

Vendor Snapshot: Rippling is the fastest growing companies in the HRIS industry today. Rippling takes a very modern approach to the market by emphasizing employee experience, integrations and people management. Rippling's integrations go beyond HR point solutions and can also work with tools like Slack, Teams, Salesforce and more. This can save IT hours of headaches, especially at companies with white collar workforces that use many business apps.

  • Modules offered: HRIS, Ben Admin, Payroll, Onboarding, Time & Attendance, Learning, ATS
  • Not included: Performance, Engagement
  • Price range: $20-27 PEPM

For Mid-Sized Companies (101-300 employees)

4.) Paycor

Average Customer Size: 50-750 employees

Vendor Snapshot: Paycor went public in 2021 symbolizing their transition from regional payroll solution, to a large national player. Paycor has acquired cutting edge ATS, Performance and Engagement platforms to help grow their system. Being able to offer advanced talent acquisition and talent management tools, is a big advantage in today's labor market. Paycor is typically a cost-effective option and has landed well in industries like the nonprofit sector where their price point and scheduling capabilities are prioritized

  • Modules offered: HRIS, Ben Admin, Payroll, Onboarding, Performance, Time & Attendance, Learning, ATS
  • Price range: $17-23 PEPM

5.) Paycom

Average Customer Size: 50-500 employees

Vendor Snapshot: Paycom is designed to be a one-stop-shop for mid-sized organizations, covering everything from payroll, benefits & HR to recruiting, onboarding, performance & learning. Paycom prioritizes employee self-service with the goal of having administrators do the least amount of work possible in the system. Paycom does not typically acquire or partner with 3rd parties to grow their capabilities, making the technology more integrated than peers in their space. This can lead to downstream advantages with reporting and reduction in manual re-entry

  • Modules offered: HRIS, Ben Admin, Payroll, Onboarding, Performance, Time & Attendance, Learning, ATS
  • Price range: $23-31 PEPM

6.) Paylocity

Average Customer Size: 50-500 employees

Vendor Snapshot: Paylocity started off as a payroll vendor and has the second most payroll clients (behind only ADP). Over time, however, they have developed a full suite HRIS system that can serve as a one-stop-shop for companies. The system is designed for mid-market companies and gets above average reviews for ease of use. Paylocity is strong in integrations and can support companies with global workforces too.

  • Modules offered: HRIS, Ben Admin, Payroll, Onboarding, Performance, Time & Attendance, Learning, ATS
  • Price range: $19-24 PEPM

For Early Enterprises (301-600 employees)

7.) UKG Ready (formerly Kronos)

Average Customer Size: 200-5,000 employees

Vendor Snapshot: Kronos is well-known in the market for their workforce management tools (time collection, scheduling, workforce forecasting). These capabilities have served as the foundation for their HRIS platform which makes it highly effective for companies with large hourly workforces. The Kronos platform is often competitively priced an their support teams are broken out by industry, so the support you receive can be knowledgeable to your business.

  • Modules offered: HRIS, Ben Admin, Payroll, Onboarding, Performance, Time & Attendance, ATS
  • Not included: Learning
  • Price range: $18-23 PEPM


8.) ADP Workforce Now

Average Customer Size: 50-2,500 employees

Vendor Snapshot: ADP Workforce Now is a full suite HRIS system that has end-to-end capabilities, covering everything from payroll, benefits and HR to recruiting, onboarding, performance and learning. Workforce Now is utilized by companies of all shapes and sizes, but their strongest audience is in the Mid-Market. ADP is known for their strengths around payroll and tax filing, and also provides expertise to support virtually any business scenario. ADP also has a unique outsourced service, called Comp Services, that allows companies to put their payroll processing and benefits management on auto-pilot.

  • Modules offered: HRIS, Ben Admin, Payroll, Onboarding, Performance, Time & Attendance, Learning, ATS
  • Price range: $20-26 PEPM

9.) UKG Pro (formerly UltiPro)

Average Customer Size: 250-10,000 employees

Vendor Snapshot: UKG Pro (formerly UltiPro) is the leading HRIS platform in the upper mid-market. UKG Pro is utilized by companies as small as 100 employees and as large as 100,000, but has developed a strong presence in the 500-5,000 employee range. UKG Pro is known for it's strengths around HR and Talent Management. While many of their peers developed payroll first and HR after, UKG has made HR their core competency from the get go, providing strengths around recruiting, engagement and employee development. UKG also has a loyal following from many of their customers due to their 'partners for life' philosophy.

  • Modules offered: HRIS, Ben Admin, Payroll, Onboarding, Performance, Time & Attendance, Learning, ATS
  • Price range: $25-33 PEPM

10.) Ceridian

Average Customer Size: 250-10,000 employees

Vendor Snapshot: Ceridian Dayforce is an all-in-one HCM offering that can cover every need from hire-to-retire. Ceridian Dayforce is a popular choice in the upper mid-market with an average customer size around ~700 employees. Ceridian is known for it's strengths around Payroll and Workforce Management. Ceridian has long been a top competitor to ADP in the payroll space, and in 2012, they acquired Dayforce, a leading Workforce Management platform. Since then, Dayforce has become their flagship offering and is a great solution for companies with complex payroll, time & attendance, scheduling and tax needs.

  • Modules offered: HRIS, Ben Admin, Payroll, Onboarding, Performance, Time & Attendance, Learning, ATS
  • Price range: $22-29 PEPM
FAQs
What criteria were used to select the top 10 HRIS systems for growing companies?

The selection criteria included factors such as vendor reputation, customer reviews, scalability, range of modules offered, pricing, and suitability for growing companies.

What are the key features and modules offered by each HRIS system?

Each HRIS system offers a range of modules covering HRIS, payroll, benefits administration, onboarding, performance management, time & attendance, learning, applicant tracking, and more. Specific modules and features vary by vendor.

What is the pricing range for these HRIS systems?

Pricing ranges from approximately $8 to $33 per employee per month (PEPM), depending on the vendor and the modules selected. Prices may vary based on factors such as company size, modules required, and customization options.

Are there any HRIS systems specifically tailored for early-stage companies?

Yes, HRIS systems like BambooHR, Hibob, and Rippling are well-suited for early-stage companies with 10-100 employees due to their scalability, modern interface, and competitive pricing.

Which HRIS systems are recommended for mid-sized companies?

Paycor, Paycom, and Paylocity are recommended for mid-sized companies with 101-300 employees due to their comprehensive suite of HRIS solutions, including payroll, benefits administration, performance management, and more.

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Brett Ungashick
OutSail HRIS Advisor
Brett Ungashick, the friendly face behind OutSail, started his career at LinkedIn, selling HR software. This experience sparked an idea, leading him to create OutSail in 2018. Based in Denver, OutSail simplifies the HR software selection process, and Brett's hands-on approach has already helped over 1,000 companies, including SalesLoft, Hudl and DoorDash. He's a go-to guy for all things HR Tech, supporting companies in every industry and across 20+ countries. When he's not demystifying HR tech, you'll find Brett enjoying a round of golf or skiing down Colorado's slopes, always happy to chat about work or play.

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