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Paycom offers combined payroll and human resources software that is well-suited for the needs of medium-sized businesses. But its drawbacks include a lack of direct integrations with accounting and other types of business software, only one software package and a user interface that online reviews say can be hard to navigate.
These competitors to Paycom address some of those shortcomings. Most of them do not offer pricing information, like Paycom, so you have to talk to a sales representative to get a quote. They also offer tax filing services, employee self-service portals, onboarding and other common payroll and HR features.
Rippling: Best overall competitor
Price: Quote-based, starting at $8 per person per month.
Over 500 integrations, including with popular accounting software.
Ease of use.
Offers custom packages for your business.
Offers professional employer organization, or PEO, option.
Ability to pay employees and contractors located overseas.
Mixed reviews of customer support.
Why we like it: Rippling stands out because its software allows you to manage HR, payroll and IT for your business. But Rippling allows you to customize your plan, which means you don’t have to get everything it offers. The core plan includes employee management features, such as automatic onboarding and offboarding. Rippling also integrates with more than 500 business software providers and offers deep integrations with many, such as with accounting software Sage Intacct. To manage your benefits, Rippling lets you add an existing employee benefits broker or recommends one. It can also serve as a PEO for your business. One drawback noted on online review sites is that Rippling makes it hard to reach a human being for customer support.
Paylocity: Good for employee engagement
Offers uncommon employee benefit: access to earned wages before payday.
Social collaboration tool.
Employee recognition feature.
Only one plan.
No direct integrations with accounting software.
Not intuitive, according to online reviews.
Customer support can be slow, according to online reviews.
Why we like it: Paylocity stands apart for its employee engagement features, such as a tool for employees to connect called Community and a feature where employees can show each other appreciation for good work. However, its drawbacks make it similar to Paycom, such as one all-inclusive plan and no integration with popular accounting software. It does have integrations with other types of software for managing benefits, time and attendance and onboarding.
Namely: Good for customization
Interface is easy to use.
No direct integrations with accounting software.
Can be expensive.
Why we like it: Namely offers three pricing plans to scale with your business. Its mid-tier option, called HR Complete, includes payroll, benefits administration and time and attendance features. Online reviews call out its customizability: You can design several levels of user access and customize the look of your dashboard. Namely also shows a social media news feed of HR announcements. Although pricing information isn’t available on its site, online reviews say Namely can be more expensive than other companies.
Paycor: Good for scalability
Price: Payroll plans start at $99 per month for fewer than 40 employees; quote-based for businesses with 40 or more employees.
No direct integration with popular accounting software.
Bad customer support reviews.
Why we like it: Paycor offers many levels of scalability: it has three payroll pricing plans for companies with fewer than 40 employees and customizable plans for those with 40 or more employees. It’s also the only one on this list that shares some pricing information on its website. A key drawback is Paycor’s customer support, which does not have good reviews on online websites.
ADP Workforce Now and Paychex Flex: Good for integration
ADP Workforce Now
Integrates with other types of business software.
Add-ons can be expensive.
Why we like it: ADP Workforce Now is ADP’s combined HR and payroll software for businesses with 50 or more employees. It has four plans to choose from, starting with Payroll Essentials, which does not include any HR features, to Performance Plus, which includes benefits administration and enhanced analytics reports. ADP Workforce Now is similar to Paycom in terms of features and online ratings, but like others on this list, it offers more flexibility in its custom plans and allows for direct integration with accounting software such as QuickBooks Online. Reviewers note that while its platform is easier to navigate than Paycom, it is still hard to understand.
Integrates with popular accounting software.
Offers in-house benefits and PEO option.
Setup can be time-consuming.
Why we like it: Paychex is a well-known brand in payroll and its Flex platform includes payroll and HR features. Paychex has two tiers of Flex: Select and Enterprise, which are geared toward companies with fewer than 49 employees and with 50 or more employees, respectively. (Paychex also has a lower payroll tier called Go, aimed at very small businesses.) Paychex Flex offers direct integrations with accounting software, unlike Paycom. Paychex Flex also has in-house benefits for retirement plans, health savings accounts and more. One drawback is that payroll setup can be time consuming, ranging from a few days to a few weeks.