Kronos Workforce Ready Payroll Review

Workforce Rdy Payroll
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Workforce Rdy Payroll At A Glance

Good: Flexible pay rules engine that suits a business' unique needs, mobile app for employee self service, Paycheck Analysis feature for reporting on total payroll expenses.
Bad: Payroll functionality is only a US feature, it isn't available globally.
Bottom Line: Cloud-based payroll module that helps ease the administrative burden of payroll processing and distribution.

Product Overview

This review focuses on the Kronos Workforce Ready Payroll module. To learn about the Workforce Ready HR solution, check out our HRMS review here.

The Workforce Ready Payroll solution is a module within the Workforce Ready product suite. It’s a cloud-based solution designed to help administrators process payroll more efficiently.

There are several benefits of Workforce Ready Payroll, including:

  • More accurate payroll processing and tax withholding due to automation
  • Access to real-time payroll data at any time
  • Flexible pay rules engine that supports a business’ needs, with the ability to accommodate shift work, multiple locations and bonuses/commissions
  • Mobile app that provides self-service tools (e.g., viewing pay history) to employees
  • Year-end processing tools that help administrators with end-of-year tax tasks to avoid any fees or penalties

For companies that choose not to manage tax filing, garnishments or check printing/direct deposits in-house, there’s an integrated payroll service called Workforce Ready Payroll Services.


Here are several key features of the Workforce Ready Payroll solution:

  • Step-by-step payroll guidance during payroll processing with alerts for issues
  • Standard and ad-hoc reporting tools with the ability to sort, filter and customize content
  • Paycheck Analysis feature with at-a-glance summary of total payroll liability and a 12-month snapshot of trending payroll expenses for future budget planning
  • Mobile app with self-service tools for employees, such as viewing pay records, printing W-2 forms or editing direct deposit details
  • Precise tax calculations by geographic region
  • Individual/bulk edits of employee payroll information
  • Supports check printing and direct deposit
  • Integrates with existing general ledger codes

  • Benefits Management?
  • Direct Deposit?
  • Employee Self-Service?
  • Mobile Functionality?
  • Payroll Processing?
  • Reporting?
  • Tax Management?
  • Time & Attendance?

Target Market

Kronos Workforce Ready is used in various industries, including health care, state and local government, education, distribution, retail, financial services and manufacturing.

The Workforce Ready HR and Payroll solutions serve many subdivisions of larger enterprise companies, managing 100 to 10,000 employee pools.

We’ve listed 10 customers below:

  • YMCA
  • Aker
  • Advanced Home Care
  • AdvancePierre Foods
  • Prairie State Generating
  • Aztec Shops
  • LindenGrove
  • Washington County School District
  • Kansas Heart Hospital
  • Wexford Health Services

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Kronos offers its software through a cloud delivery model for full access to updates and time-clock synchronization.

Implementation is a six-step process:

  • Planning
  • Assessment
  • Solution Build
  • Test and Train
  • Go Live
  • Transition to Support

The process begins by establishing clients’ expectations from the software, and it moves forward by evaluating employee data. Employee information and payroll history are then added and formatted within the system. After testing is finished, the software is ready for day-to-day use.

Customer Service & Support

Customer support includes help for time-clock hardware and IT troubleshooting for software. There are multiple ways of getting in touch with support services, including:

  • Phone support
  • Kronos Community
  • eCase technical support and education services


Kronos doesn’t publicly release its pricing information. Please contact the vendor directly for a price quote.


Payroll functionality is only a US feature, it isn’t available globally.


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Kronos’ history started with MIT graduate Mark S. Ain patenting the microprocessor-based time-clock in 1979 — the first of its kind for recording workforce data.

In the mid-1980s, Kronos came out with its first time-clock management solution for PCs as a counterpart to the company’s time-clock hardware.

Following the company’s North American success, Kronos expanded its customer base internationally into Mexico, Australia and the UK. There are many Kronos locations worldwide.

Kronos employs over 5,000 employees worldwide, referred to as “Kronites” within the company’s close-knit workforce. The company has received numerous awards, such as Boston Business Journal’s 2016 Best Place to Work, Glassdoor’s 2016 Employees Choice Awards for Highest-Rated CEOs and Ventana Research Global Workforce Management Market Leader.

More than 40 million people use Kronos technology every day.

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