Zenefits Payroll Review

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Zenefits At A Glance

Good: An easy-to-use platform with features that automate many payroll functions, like deduction calculations and tax filings.
Bad: Customer support can be difficult to reach, especially after the implementation process.
Bottom Line: A full-service payroll system that connects to all HR solutions to streamline tasks and sync critical information.

Product Overview

Zenefits is an all-encompassing, cloud-based HR suite that improves efficiency by automating key tasks related to payroll, benefits, performance, compliance and more. This review will focus on the features and benefits of Zenefits’ payroll system. For more information about Zenefits’ full HR functionality, read our Zenefits HRMS Review.

Zenefits’ payroll system connects to all your HR solutions. The system automatically syncs any changes you make while managing employee information to reduce errors in critical payroll and tax documents.

Zenefits has launched a new program called In It Together to help small businesses impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. New clients that sign up for any of Zenefits’ paid plans will have free payroll features for 12 months. It also applies to current Zenefits customers that aren’t signed up for payroll features. Clients that currently pay for payroll functionality will be upgraded to the Zen plan at no extra cost. The Zen plan offers the Well being app.

Features

Zenefits automates its payroll features so the software can practically run on its own. This allows your team to focus more on performance instead of correcting errors or making tedious calculations.

Some of Zenefits’ key payroll features include:

  • Automatic Pay Runs – Figure out the best payroll schedule for your company, and Zenefits will automatically run it for you.
  • Automatic Tax Filings – For no additional cost, Zenefits can process your W-2s and file your taxes in all 50 states.
  • Automatic On/Off Boarding – Zenefits will automatically add a new hire’s data to payroll and calculate all deductions. Zenefits will also prorate the person’s first and last pay checks with your company.
  • Automatic Upkeep – Payroll is integrated with all of your Zenefits solutions, so any updates and changes made to employee information are automatically synced.

Zenefits also has features that give you and your employees full visibility for payroll functions, allowing you to better understand when and why updates or changes were made. Those are:

  • Payroll Timeline – A complete visual history of the events that change payroll ( like start date, life changing event, etc.), which help employers answer employees’ questions.
  • Smart Stubs – To help employees understand their paychecks better, this breaks them down into a clearer format.
  • Easy Comp – Easily collaborate with your team to coordinate bonuses and commissions for each employee on a single-platform dashboard.
  • Pay Preview – Preview and manage a paycheck before the pay run to make sure everything’s correct. You’re able to edit ledgers, dig deeper into deductions and more with this overview tool.

Target Market

Zenefits has helped over 11,000 HR departments become more efficient through its all-encompassing, online dashboard.

Zenefits has a customer base ranging from start-up to mid-sized and, like Workday, aims to cover a growing list of industries, from retail to IT to healthcare and more. Some of its customers are provided below.

  • Agency EA
  • Coney Island Prep
  • Fireclay Tiles
  • Goals for Autism
  • Impact
  • Lensrentals
  • MeUndies
  • Narvar
  • Strada
  • Ylabs

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Implementation/Integration

After sending a request to Zenefits (providing your name and a work email), the support team will work with companies one on one to start the implementation process.

Each company is assigned a support representative as a main contact. The company will continue to work with that representative from the initial set-up process to launch and training to periodic software/account maintenance.

Customer Service & Support

Zenefits offers various support options to fit a customer’s needs via its online Help Center, which includes guidance on various topics and telephone support.

If a company chooses to manage its benefits through Zenefits, a benefits representative will be assigned to the company for a consistent point of contact.

Pricing

Zenefits offers three levels of pricing: Essentials, Growth and Zen. Customers can be billed monthly or yearly.

Essentials: This plan is $10 per employee, per month ($8 for yearly billing) and includes the HR platform, time and attendance, scheduling, compliance, mobile app, PTO tracking and app connect (i.e., the ability to integrate Zenefits to third-party applications).

Growth: This plan costs $18 per employee, per month ($14 for yearly billing) and has all the features in the Essentials plan, plus compensation management and performance management.

Zen: This plan is $27 per employee, per month ($21 for yearly billing) and includes all the features in the Growth plan, plus Well-being (a feature that help companies measure and improve employees’ well being).

Zenefits also offers optional features, such as:

  • Payroll – Payroll is free to new clients under the In It Together program, which supplies free payroll for 12 months.
  • Benefits – This feature costs $5 per employee, per month if a company wants to use their existing broker and, it’s free for companies that use a broker from Zenefits’ partner network.
  • Advisory services – These services are $10 per employee, per month ($8 for yearly billing) and include access to certified HR and payroll experts for questions or issues.

Shortcomings

Zenefits is a growing company that recognizes its software limitations, and it’s diligently working to expand its features. Once bugs are found in the software, the support team quickly sets to work to fix the issues.

That said, some customers reported that their assigned representatives were difficult to reach during implementation, resulting in missed deadlines for insurance open enrollment. Other customers mentioned that Zenefits’ initial implementation support was good, but representatives became distant after launch.

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About

Co-founded by Parker Conrad and Laks Srini in 2013, Zenefits has been dubbed as one of the fastest SaaS start-ups in Silicon Valley.

With its “hub and spoke” business model, Zenefits offers an online dashboard, including all the bells and whistles to alleviate HR headaches. In 2017, it pivoted from being a digital broker to partnering with leading brokers who use its HR platform, and in 2018, it began offering advanced HR features.

Zenefits is headquartered in San Francisco, and has additional offices in Tempe (AZ), Charlotte (NC) and Vancouver (British Columbia).

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Zenefits Needs Payroll Help

on 2019-09-06 11:13:29

We have not used Zenefits payroll in 3 years, however--we were given the boot overnight due to Zenefits not being able to pay taxes in a state we operated in. In addition because we are a govt. contractor we found somethings that were not DCAA compliant which was a hard work around for us.



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Wrought with issues

on 2019-06-26 09:45:34

Zenefits platform is user friendly and easy to navigate which makes it great with exception of no electronic signatures (documents must be signed with your finger and the pad on the keyboard, making for an illegible and inconsistent signature). The biggest problem is that if you are using another vendor for payroll such as ADP, or you are allowing to Zenefits to manage your health plans, enrollments and terminations, etc. you will likely experience many frustrations. The exports or data loads to ADP are sporatic, they stopped working consistently and Zenefits never bothered to alert their customers of the issues. We are now forced to do double entries. When the data loads do happen major issues occur that cannot be corrected by ADP. When we allowed them to handle our benefits enrollments it was a nightmare, employees not enrolled, enrolled incorrectly missing dependents, not terminated timely. They failed at all promises to shop our benefits and provide competitive plans, we never did receive a renewal quote from the existing vendor and were forced to quickly get into the only plan they offered. The list goes on.

Their customer service has improved, they have added text communication, one business day email response which used to take several days to a week and phone support. I'd say they still have a long way to go to be a reliable service that I could recommend.