Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Paychex Flex
Score 6.6 out of 10
N/A
Paychex Flex, of Paychex' Online Payroll Services, is a cloud-based human resource management and payroll platform. Paychex offers core and specialized services, and scales to meet the needs of small businesses, SMBs, and large enterprises.
$59
per month/+$4 per employee
Sling
Score 8.4 out of 10
N/A
Sling, from the company of the same name in Brooklyn, is presented by the vendor as an easy way to schedule and communicate with non-desk employees. It allows users to organize, communicate, and administer all aspects of a business, to stay on top of things and keep everything in one place without juggling multiple platforms.
$2
per month
Pricing
Paychex FlexSling
Editions & Modules
Paychex Go
$59
per month/+$4 per employee
Paychex Flex Service
Contact sales team
Paychex Flex Enterprise
Contact sales team
Premium
$2.00
per user, per month
Business
$4.00
per user, per month
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Paychex FlexSling
Free Trial
NoYes
Free/Freemium Version
NoYes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeRequiredNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Community Pulse
Paychex FlexSling
Top Pros

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Top Cons

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Features
Paychex FlexSling
Human Resource Management
Comparison of Human Resource Management features of Product A and Product B
Paychex Flex
6.6
247 Ratings
18% below category average
Sling
-
Ratings
Employee demographic data7.9197 Ratings00 Ratings
Employment history8.1220 Ratings00 Ratings
Job profiles and administration6.8155 Ratings00 Ratings
Workflow for transfers, promotions, pay raises, etc.7.2154 Ratings00 Ratings
Organizational charting1.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Organization and location management7.8138 Ratings00 Ratings
Compliance data (COBRA, OSHA, etc.)7.4132 Ratings00 Ratings
Payroll Management
Comparison of Payroll Management features of Product A and Product B
Paychex Flex
8.5
288 Ratings
6% above category average
Sling
-
Ratings
Pay calculation8.9271 Ratings00 Ratings
Off-cycle/On-Demand payment9.2136 Ratings00 Ratings
Benefit plan administration7.2156 Ratings00 Ratings
Direct deposit files9.2270 Ratings00 Ratings
Salary revision and increment management8.5193 Ratings00 Ratings
Reimbursement management8.0105 Ratings00 Ratings
Leave and Attendance Management
Comparison of Leave and Attendance Management features of Product A and Product B
Paychex Flex
7.0
144 Ratings
15% below category average
Sling
-
Ratings
Approval workflow6.2102 Ratings00 Ratings
Balance details7.4136 Ratings00 Ratings
Annual carry-forward and encashment7.2110 Ratings00 Ratings
Employee Self Service
Comparison of Employee Self Service features of Product A and Product B
Paychex Flex
8.5
249 Ratings
4% above category average
Sling
-
Ratings
View and generate pay and benefit information8.5228 Ratings00 Ratings
Update personal information9.0239 Ratings00 Ratings
View company policy documentation7.7111 Ratings00 Ratings
View job history8.7168 Ratings00 Ratings
Asset Management
Comparison of Asset Management features of Product A and Product B
Paychex Flex
7.7
40 Ratings
1% below category average
Sling
-
Ratings
Tracking of all physical assets7.740 Ratings00 Ratings
HR Reporting
Comparison of HR Reporting features of Product A and Product B
Paychex Flex
5.8
164 Ratings
27% below category average
Sling
-
Ratings
Report builder5.5134 Ratings00 Ratings
Pre-built reports6.6154 Ratings00 Ratings
Ability to combine HR data with external data5.383 Ratings00 Ratings
Onboarding
Comparison of Onboarding features of Product A and Product B
Paychex Flex
7.9
158 Ratings
2% below category average
Sling
-
Ratings
New hire portal8.0151 Ratings00 Ratings
Manager tracking tools7.8100 Ratings00 Ratings
Recruiting / ATS
Comparison of Recruiting / ATS features of Product A and Product B
Paychex Flex
8.4
59 Ratings
7% above category average
Sling
-
Ratings
Job Requisition Management9.732 Ratings00 Ratings
Company Website Posting9.830 Ratings00 Ratings
Publish to Social Media6.623 Ratings00 Ratings
Job Search Site Posting6.630 Ratings00 Ratings
Duplicate Candidate Prevention6.728 Ratings00 Ratings
Applicant Tracking9.733 Ratings00 Ratings
Notifications and Alerts9.853 Ratings00 Ratings
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User Ratings
Paychex FlexSling
Likelihood to Recommend
7.6
(298 ratings)
8.0
(3 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
9.0
(42 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Usability
7.9
(240 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Availability
9.3
(10 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Performance
9.1
(10 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Support Rating
7.6
(245 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
In-Person Training
4.5
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Online Training
7.1
(4 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Implementation Rating
9.4
(11 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Configurability
7.6
(8 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Ease of integration
9.1
(3 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Product Scalability
9.3
(10 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
8.9
(31 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
9.2
(32 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
Paychex FlexSling
Likelihood to Recommend
Paychex, Inc.
In my experience, Paychex Flex is well suited for small to medium sized businesses. It has been helpful in streamlining the onboarding process and it is easy to update and maintain employee profiles and records. It has worked will in a non-profit environment where there is clergy pay and housing, which can get quite complicated. I cannot think of a scenario where it would be less appropriate.
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Sling, Inc
Sling offers enough customization I can see it working in most any scheduling scenarios. The ability to build job types into each employee gives you the control to match employee skills with the need for any particular position. Time of day templates makes it easy to select various shift times.
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Pros
Paychex, Inc.
  • I like I can enter payroll and if I need to leave the program, I can resume at a later time and my information is saved.
  • I like the analytics & reports features.
  • I like how all my employees have easy access to their portal.
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Sling, Inc
  • Ease of access for managers & employees alike.
  • Sling staff always reply almost right away when I have had questions in the past.
  • We love utilizing the different colors for the schedule, so it's easier to see who's what and where/when.
  • Easy for staff to apply for shifts.
  • Free version does everything we need it to!
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Cons
Paychex, Inc.
  • Reporting writing is difficult to figure out
  • Employee turnover inside Paychex was a problem, until we were assigned to Neil Williams - since that time it has settled down
  • Pressure to convert personal connection with payroll advisor to using automated service
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Sling, Inc
  • Notification system is weird
  • Limited features for free
  • Confusing layout at first
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Likelihood to Renew
Paychex, Inc.
Overall I like the features that Paychex Flex offers. I am sure that there are other features that I am unaware of, so I am excited to see if there is more that Flex is capable of to make my job easier. The basic features are really user friendly and easy to access. If there ever is an issue customer service is great
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Sling, Inc
No answers on this topic
Usability
Paychex, Inc.
Some things could be streamlined. For example, we could do custom options for the "add items" tab which has so many options that we never use. "Medical Pay" could be something that the system remembers for the applicable employees. Salaried employees' salaries should definitely be auto-filled. Overall the system works well but I think it could be improved to be easier to use and read.
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Sling, Inc
No answers on this topic
Reliability and Availability
Paychex, Inc.
We have not experienced any difficulties with unplanned outages. Notifications are always made for outages, and they do not effect normal business operations.
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Sling, Inc
No answers on this topic
Performance
Paychex, Inc.
Unless there is lag time within the internet, the Paychex Flex website loads exceptional fast, pages load quickly and reports that I need to print or download load quickly. If I need to create a specialized report, once I complete it I receive an e-mail telling me my report is ready to be downloaded. Changing between web pages is fast as well.
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Sling, Inc
No answers on this topic
Support Rating
Paychex, Inc.
Our dedicated representative is one of the main reasons we are sticking with Paychex Flex. If it were not for this person, other platforms could provide the same/similar functionality. It is the ability to speak with someone that understands our business and is willing to get questions answered in a timely fashion that keeps us with Paychex Flex.
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Sling, Inc
No answers on this topic
In-Person Training
Paychex, Inc.
We did online training only
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Sling, Inc
No answers on this topic
Online Training
Paychex, Inc.
It was easy to understand and follow along. I do like the informational videos that we can utilize before we opt to call in for customer service support. It has made a difference since sometimes that resolves the issue I may have had and saved myself a phone call to Paychex support.
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Sling, Inc
No answers on this topic
Implementation Rating
Paychex, Inc.
Implementation was very smooth. The most cumbersome task was entering the current employees into the system during initial set up, but Paychex staff handled most of that and verified against prior system reports as well as internal reports provided to ensure 100% accuracy.
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Sling, Inc
No answers on this topic
Alternatives Considered
Paychex, Inc.
We still use QB Desktop Pro to maintain a Check Register / Overall Balance for the company, but once having tried QB Payroll Online for about 3 months prior to finding Paychex Flex I can tell you that there's just no comparison. QB online is VERY EXPENSIVE and not so user-friendly. I hated every minute of those 6 payrolls we ran through QB online.
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Sling, Inc
(it has been 3+ years since I evaluated other programs, I don't recall the names)
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Scalability
Paychex, Inc.
Employees can log in at home and get up to date information on their FSA balance and any medical bill reimbursements they may have uploaded. At renewal time they have the ability to make changes to their FSA or for new employees star the enrollment.
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Sling, Inc
No answers on this topic
Return on Investment
Paychex, Inc.
  • I do not believe we have saved anything additionally. The time we've had to spend to get things to hopefully work is sad. This is the reason we've had to turn off all extra "products" of Paychex Flex. Time and Attendance is horrible. Benefits management is horrible. The user experience is horrible.
  • One thing I do not understand is why are updates for states, cities, counties, school districts, etc. not automatically updated? Should we not get a big red flag if we have an employee living/working, being paid in CA, but they aren't set up for CA sick time? If it is required to be on the paycheck stub to show the balance of the sick time, why would we not be notified that we are out of compliance?
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Sling, Inc
  • It has been much easier to fill shifts faster
  • It's easy to train new staff on with ease
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