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The Most Popular HRIS Systems in 2022

February 15, 2021
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Brett Ungashick
Founder

The HRIS industry's landscape is constantly shifting. Some providers are growing rapidly, some are being acquired, some are missing the mark for clients and some are delighting. This list covers the 10 most popular HRIS systems on the market today.

OutSail works with hundreds of businesses each year helping them buy new HRIS systems. Working with companies of all shapes and sizes allows OutSail to have a clear view into which vendors are rising and which are falling.

In this article, you can learn about the 10 most popular HRIS systems at the halfway point of 2022.

If you want more information on these vendors, you can request a free HRIS vendor report from our team. Each report is custom built to match your requirements and includes pricing, pros & cons, integration info & more

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1.) BambooHR

Average Customer Size: 25-350 employees

Vendor Snapshot: BambooHR has been a market leader for the past decade in creating easy-to-use HR tools for SMB companies. Traditionally, they have not offered a payroll solution, but they’ve recently started rolling this option out to new customers. Some aspects of BambooHR’s talent management suite are fairly lean (ATS and performance) or non-existent (learning and comp/succession). However, they have pre-built integrations with market leaders to accommodate a best-in-breed approach. Additionally, the biggest drawbacks for BambooHR would be that their payroll integration is still in its early stages and that a 3rd party would be required for your benefits admin.

  • Modules Offered: HRIS, Payroll, Time & Attendance, ATS, Onboarding, Performance, Engagement
  • Not included: Ben Admin, Learning, Compensation
  • Price range: $8-14 PEPM

2.) Hibob

Average Customer Size: 50-500 employees

Vendor Snapshot: For companies that are highly focused on developing, engaging and retaining their workforce, Bob can offer a unique HRIS offering. The platform is intuitive and puts employees at the center of the experience. By creating a one-stop-shop for employees to request time, do performance reviews and give recognition, the engagement levels are high in Bob which leads to better reporting.  Bob does not offer a payroll / ben admin tool, but does have a strong relationship with ADP on that side, and the majority of their customers use ADP for payroll and benefits. Bob is also relatively new to the US market and their expansion has been slowed a bit by internal turnover.

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

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3.) Rippling

Average Customer Size: 25-300 employees

Vendor Snapshot: If you’re looking for the most advanced technology in the HR space, Rippling is a really interesting choice. Rippling can integrate with just about any of your existing tools, while drastically simplifying your onboarding, payroll and ben admin experience. A few drawbacks with Rippling are their limited functionality (limited timekeeping and no performance or learning) and the uncertainty around the platform’s scalability. Finally, Rippling’s founding team’s track record with Zenefits is another thing to keep in mind.

  • Modules offered: HRIS, Ben Admin, Payroll, Onboarding, Time & Attendance, Learning, ATS
  • Not included: Performance, Engagement
  • Price range: $19-26 PEPM

Blog: How Long Does it Take To Buy and Implement an HRIS

4.) Paycor

Average Customer Size: 25-350 employees

Vendor Snapshot: Paycor offers a full suite of HR tools that can help manage the entire employee lifecycle from hire to retire. Like many HCM companies, Paycor began as a payroll tool, but unlike many of their peers, they also have strong capabilities in performance and recruiting too, due to their acquisitions. Their ATS is one of the strongest ATS natively available in an HRIS. Some challenges with Paycor are that their system isn’t fully unified which can lead to an inconsistent user experience and delays in real-time data for reporting. Additionally, Paycor has traditionally been more of a small business solution so the product is a bit lean in some areas (such as compensation), but they are hoping to move up-market by acquiring 3rd party tools and making an investment in customer success.

  • 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 a true single database solution, which isn’t always common in the HRIS space. They offer a modern-feeling platform that can make end users comfortable on their own, while still being robust enough to support most HR needs. The platform can be implemented quickly and they have a strong product roadmap for the future of their platform. The biggest drawbacks with Paycom are that their integration capabilities are fairly basic and, although Paycom provides direct support, it is not always the most experienced. Additionally, their pricing is higher than most of their peers and also less predictable due to their billing model

  • Modules offered: HRIS, Ben Admin, Payroll, Onboarding, Performance, Time & Attendance, Learning, ATS
  • Price range: $24-30 PEPM

6.) Paylocity

Average Customer Size: 50-500 employees

Vendor Snapshot: Paylocity is a strong platform for mid-sized companies. They have become known for their strong Core HR offering, but have continued to build new functionality to layer on top of the core. Paylocity also continues to make strategic investments to become more global, more integration friendly and more user friendly. The biggest drawbacks with Paylocity are: (1) support, as their implementations have gotten very poor reviews of late and (2) admin experience, which can be choppy for users, especially when Paylocity opts to use 3rd parties for benefits and time.

  • Modules offered: HRIS, Ben Admin, Payroll, Onboarding, Performance, Time & Attendance, Learning, ATS
  • Price range: $19-25 PEPM

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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 is a household name, and many buyers find it to be a safe choice. ADP often does well with core HR (payroll, ben admin, and time & attendance), and they are one of the few companies that can fully outsource things like payroll & benefits. ADP, unfortunately, is known to have below average customer support. Also, due to the structure of the system, users find they don’t have a great deal of control over how processes are set-up and how integrations work. This can lead users to being forced to adopt ADP’s processes and workflows.

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

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9.) UKG Pro (formerly UltiPro)

Average Customer Size: 250-10,000 employees

Vendor Snapshot: UKG has a long track record of delivering smart automations to complex, global companies. They offer a robust, highly capable and reliable HCM platform that can scale with any organization's growth. Despite being a full featured system, UKG’s user interface is still accessible and intuitive for admins and employees alike. A few drawbacks with UKG are that the system’s back-end isn’t as modern as their peers and some of their modules are provided by 3rd parties. Additionally, while the merger with Kronos is going smooth, there are additional questions to be asked during evaluations to get comfortable with those changes

  • Modules offered: HRIS, Ben Admin, Payroll, Onboarding, Performance, Time & Attendance, Learning, ATS
  • Price range: $26-34 PEPM

10.) Ceridian

Average Customer Size: 250-10,000 employees

Vendor Snapshot: Ceridian’s platform is arguably the most powerful Core HR platform on the market. Their technology has been built on a single database and offers the most real-time data and highest accuracy in the space. They also offer a very comprehensive global payroll offering. For end users, Ceridian’s platform is straightforward and intuitive but not the most sleek and modern interface. In particular, the talent management module does not always deliver a new age user experience. Finally, one challenge with Ceridian is that their implementations can be slower and more costly than some of their peers

  • Modules offered: HRIS, Ben Admin, Payroll, Onboarding, Performance, Time & Attendance, Learning, ATS
  • Price range: $22-29 PEPM

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Brett Ungashick
Founder
Brett is the founder of OutSail. He spent the early part of his career selling HR software before switching sides and going to work for the people buying the software.

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