Find out which HR solution is best for your business, Zenefits or Paycor

Zenefits vs Paycor

Zenefits is purpose-built for small and medium businesses. Paycor is an enterprise-grade system with price points to match.


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Zenefits takes a no-surprises approach to pricing, with a simple, subscription based pricing structure that protects you from hidden charges.
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With Zenefits, pricing is posted on our website and is simple to understand. With Paycor, some of your fees can be charged per month, others per payroll run, others at year-end, and still others as specific functionality is used. Good luck budgeting for that!

Employee experience

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Zenefits gives your employees control over their HR experience. Our intuitive, award-winning mobile app allows your employees to clock in, request PTO, access insurance cards, update benefits and even check the status of performance reviews. It’s all in one easy-to-use app.
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Zenefits is natively built across the entire platform, giving you seamless interoperability and a consistent user experience. With Paycor you need to set ups separate logins for HR and Payroll just to use the tools, and the user experience only get more complicated from there.


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With its simple, robust mobile app, Zenefits was built for the modern working world. No work arounds, no bridges, just a comprehensive, native HR, payroll, benefits and compliance system, all with a single login that eliminates the need for cumbersome file imports and exports.

Zenefits’ award-winning onboarding syncs automatically with other essential business applications, including Gmail, Salesforce and Slack.
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Zenefits is custom-built to serve small and medium businesses, while Paycor is focused on large companies. Need Benefits for your company? If you have fewer than 200 employees, Paycor’s Benefits product can’t support you, meaning that you’ll enroll on paper - requiring manual data entry to sync with your HR system and leading to errors.


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Zenefits is mobile from the ground up, with an all-in-one system that simplifies HR, payroll, benefits and compliance—including time and attendance, scheduling, performance and supplementary benefits. Zenefits gives employees maximum control over their own HR and makes it easy for administrators to do the rest.
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Zenefits provides a best-in-class user experience on both web and mobile. Paycor has prioritized enterprise-grade functionality at the expense of user experience, leading to a system that is overpowered for small and medium businesses and offers poor usability.


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Contact our support team —by phone, email or chat—whenever you need help. We’re ready to help you solve the problem and get things moving again. Of course, the best thing is a system that just works, and our top priority is solving problems before they even get to you.
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The Zenefits platform is natively built and truly all-in-one, meaning that you have one single implementation, service, and support organization to help you with any issues you face. Paycor front line customer service reps have minimal product knowledge since the Paycor platform is built from multiple technologies, and often must reroute customers to resolve issues.


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With a simple, powerful mobile app, Zenefits lets your team access everything they need, everywhere they go.
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Zenefits is natively built across the entire platform on both web and mobile, ensuring a consistent, seamless user experience. Paycor is built from multiple different technologies and even supports three different apps in the app store for your team to have to navigate.


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With intelligent deadline tracking from Zenefits Compliance Assistant, tax and COBRA support, and a fully integrated platform to reduce errors, Zenefits is built for compliance.
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The Zenefits HR Library compliance tool is available for free for all customers and compliance safeguards are built into workflows throughout the product, from on-boarding to time tracking to document storage and signing. Paycor only offers HR document templates and access to its HR Support Center for customers paying up for its two most expensive small business HR packages.
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Here's what our customers say about us...

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  • Industry Non-profit
  • Location San Francisco
  • Customer since 2016
  • Employees 150
Paychex' process was weird, expensive and I couldn't run the reports we needed. By contrast, I felt so comfortable with the Zenefits process.
BZ Petroff
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  • Industry Technology
  • Location Indiana
  • Customer since 2018
  • Employees 5
We switched from a big, known player to Zenefits after six months. We saved four times the cost.
Ganesan Gandhieswaran
Fireclay Tile
  • Industry Tile Manufacturing
  • Location San Francisco
  • Customer since 2015
  • Employees 150
Historically, we've had ADP managing our payroll and Zenefits managing our people. Now Zenefits Payroll can fulfill all our needs, we're happy to have everything all in one place.
Eric Edelson