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

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Zenefits vs PEO

Professional Employer Organizations own your employees, and don’t provide easy-to-use technology the way Zenefits does.

Pricing

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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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In many cases, Professional Employer Organizations (PEO) rates include unpredictable administrative fees, which can become a ball-and-chain holding your company back from growing as quickly as possible. Worse, every PEO is different, so you’ll have to wade through nuances like long-term fee schedules and the ability to scale… and still miss some key elements.

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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PEOs remove the headache of HR...and the connection and loyalty of true employees. Because PEOs act as the legal employers of the people who work for you, you have limited ability to shape their HR experiences. While PEOs vary widely, they frequently rely on outdated HR portals with limited self-service and little or no mobile capabilities. The result: a disconnected and malcontented team.

Product

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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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PEOs stand between you and your team. As the legal employers of the people who work for you, PEOs perform all of your HR functions, leaving little room for oversight, often resulting in avoidable expenses and unhappy team members.

Technology

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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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PEOs vary widely in their offerings, but the trend is toward older systems in which multiple 3rd party apps are bolted together with weak integrations.

Service

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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 PEO promise is a high-touch service, but the experience often falls short. Your business, and your employees, are just numbers aggregated among countless others.

Mobile

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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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PEOs are not technology companies, and they rarely offer all-in-one mobile apps.

Compliance

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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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PEOs vary widely in their compliance support, but in many cases, compliance services take the form of generalized information and handbooks.
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Here’s what our customers say about us
Internet Archive
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
Head of HR and Administration
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
Head of HR and Administration
Internet Archive
Industry Non-profit
Location San Francisco
Customer since 2016
Employees 150
Internet Archive
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
Head of HR and Administration
ThickStat
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
CEO