Paylocity vs. UKG Ready

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Paylocity
Score 7.9 out of 10
N/A
Paylocity provides 24/7 access to your online payroll and human resource data management. Paylocity offers highly customizable payroll functionality, as well as HR, benefits administration, and time and talent management programs.N/A
UKG Ready
Score 8.0 out of 10
N/A
Designed for small businesses where everyone wears multiple hats, UKG Ready® is an HR solution that guides users through their day-to-day HR activities. Capabilities span from HR and payroll to talent and time.N/A
Pricing
PaylocityUKG Ready
Editions & Modules
No answers on this topic
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
PaylocityUKG Ready
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoYes
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeRequired
Additional Details
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Community Pulse
PaylocityUKG Ready
Considered Both Products
Paylocity
Chose Paylocity
Pricing and ease of use were much better with Paylocity.
Chose Paylocity
I have been with my current employer for less than a year. Coming into a Paylocity environment for the 1st time I am impressed with what Paylocity has to offer.
I would like to see Paylocity offer an in person "Meeting of the Minds" style meeting for networking and learning …
Chose Paylocity
UKG was very robust and customizable but expensive and hard to manage without a very experienced HRIS/IT person on staff.
ADP was archaic and choppy.
Chose Paylocity
UKG and Paylocity were fairly similar, but we thought the user experience seemed simpler with Paylocity. Paycom did not have as great of customer service and was much more expensive.
Chose Paylocity
We left ADP because of their horrific customer service. Although Paylocity's can certainly improve, I would say it's easier to communicate with their support staff than with ADP. The only thing I miss from ADP is our time off balances were never affected by the fact we pay …
Chose Paylocity
Paylocity by far has the best reporting, during a time import it can break out into multiple payrates, I really like the ACA reporting.

GoCo Had a really good clint management system would meet on a weekly bases.
Chose Paylocity
Paylocity was a good value for our agency and we wish the recruiting and applicant tracking was more robust, but given the value of the product, we have chosen to work around that area.
Chose Paylocity
I felt like Paylocity had more to offer and would be more intuitive for our employees at the time. I do like UKG's platform and have seriously considered it. Paylocity was levels above Paychex when I used that.
Chose Paylocity
Paylocity is easily the worst one. It's clunky and the modules do not talk to each other well. It requires a lot of manual work, the user interface is horrible, and the system is glitchy.
UKG Ready
Chose UKG Ready
Not allowing me to list Ultimate Software (most likely due to the merger), but there is a comparison to be had. UKG Ready HR management is a great product and stacks up above Paylocity. I would say it is similar to Ultimate software (not listed as I assume that you are …
Chose UKG Ready
UKG is great for reporting and for having a pleasant UI. I find that Paylocity has a lot more innovation, but sometimes its reach exceeds its grasp when it comes to implementation of those features. ADP is bog standard, and it works pretty well, but there's little interest in …
Chose UKG Ready
UKG Ready reporting is one of their best features. If you enter data into the system you can run a report on it and export it in multiple formats. It is an invaluable tool which most other payroll/HR platforms lack.
Chose UKG Ready
A huge benefit to having Kronos is the Resources available. Our organization has received so much assistance from Michelle.
Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
PaylocityUKG Ready
Human Resource Management
Comparison of Human Resource Management features of Product A and Product B
Paylocity
7.8
979 Ratings
1% below category average
UKG Ready
7.7
187 Ratings
2% below category average
Employee demographic data8.5926 Ratings8.7163 Ratings
Employment history8.2894 Ratings7.5158 Ratings
Job profiles and administration7.9831 Ratings8.0159 Ratings
Workflow for transfers, promotions, pay raises, etc.7.6845 Ratings7.6149 Ratings
Organizational charting7.1776 Ratings7.2121 Ratings
Organization and location management7.8757 Ratings7.2142 Ratings
Compliance data (COBRA, OSHA, etc.)7.6648 Ratings7.8118 Ratings
Payroll Management
Comparison of Payroll Management features of Product A and Product B
Paylocity
8.2
954 Ratings
2% above category average
UKG Ready
8.2
185 Ratings
2% above category average
Pay calculation8.6928 Ratings8.6173 Ratings
Support for external payroll vendors7.4456 Ratings7.6109 Ratings
Off-cycle/On-Demand payment8.6684 Ratings7.975 Ratings
Benefit plan administration7.4648 Ratings7.9133 Ratings
Direct deposit files9.0924 Ratings8.9137 Ratings
Salary revision and increment management8.2737 Ratings8.2128 Ratings
Reimbursement management8.0459 Ratings00 Ratings
Leave and Attendance Management
Comparison of Leave and Attendance Management features of Product A and Product B
Paylocity
7.6
805 Ratings
7% below category average
UKG Ready
7.8
169 Ratings
4% below category average
Approval workflow7.9718 Ratings8.1154 Ratings
Balance details7.5767 Ratings7.5161 Ratings
Annual carry-forward and encashment7.5599 Ratings7.7138 Ratings
Employee Self Service
Comparison of Employee Self Service features of Product A and Product B
Paylocity
8.4
968 Ratings
3% above category average
UKG Ready
8.3
175 Ratings
2% above category average
View and generate pay and benefit information8.6942 Ratings8.4155 Ratings
Update personal information8.7959 Ratings8.6162 Ratings
View company policy documentation8.1763 Ratings8.0135 Ratings
Employee recognition8.3680 Ratings00 Ratings
View job history8.4816 Ratings8.1138 Ratings
Asset Management
Comparison of Asset Management features of Product A and Product B
Paylocity
7.4
288 Ratings
5% below category average
UKG Ready
8.4
64 Ratings
7% above category average
Tracking of all physical assets7.4288 Ratings8.464 Ratings
HR Reporting
Comparison of HR Reporting features of Product A and Product B
Paylocity
7.1
887 Ratings
7% below category average
UKG Ready
7.5
182 Ratings
2% below category average
Report builder7.1848 Ratings7.4175 Ratings
Pre-built reports7.5864 Ratings7.6176 Ratings
Ability to combine HR data with external data6.7538 Ratings00 Ratings
Onboarding
Comparison of Onboarding features of Product A and Product B
Paylocity
8.2
831 Ratings
2% above category average
UKG Ready
7.3
122 Ratings
10% below category average
New hire portal8.4825 Ratings7.3120 Ratings
Manager tracking tools8.1652 Ratings7.397 Ratings
Performance and Goals
Comparison of Performance and Goals features of Product A and Product B
Paylocity
7.5
452 Ratings
9% below category average
UKG Ready
7.3
69 Ratings
12% below category average
Corporate goal setting7.5348 Ratings00 Ratings
Individual goal setting7.6415 Ratings7.362 Ratings
Line-of sight-visibility7.5304 Ratings00 Ratings
Performance tracking7.5418 Ratings7.368 Ratings
Performance Management
Comparison of Performance Management features of Product A and Product B
Paylocity
7.4
574 Ratings
8% below category average
UKG Ready
6.9
87 Ratings
15% below category average
Performance plans7.3514 Ratings6.978 Ratings
Performance improvement plans7.3435 Ratings7.073 Ratings
Review status tracking7.4527 Ratings7.578 Ratings
Review reminders7.6532 Ratings5.981 Ratings
Multiple review frequency7.6438 Ratings7.167 Ratings
Succession Planning
Comparison of Succession Planning features of Product A and Product B
Paylocity
7.4
284 Ratings
7% below category average
UKG Ready
7.5
26 Ratings
6% below category average
Create succession plans/pools7.0191 Ratings6.625 Ratings
Candidate ranking7.3231 Ratings8.25 Ratings
Candidate search7.6257 Ratings7.86 Ratings
Candidate development7.5206 Ratings7.24 Ratings
Recruiting / ATS
Comparison of Recruiting / ATS features of Product A and Product B
Paylocity
7.8
545 Ratings
1% below category average
UKG Ready
6.8
94 Ratings
14% below category average
Job Requisition Management7.9457 Ratings6.880 Ratings
Company Website Posting8.1480 Ratings6.979 Ratings
Publish to Social Media7.8374 Ratings5.857 Ratings
Job Search Site Posting7.8455 Ratings6.960 Ratings
Duplicate Candidate Prevention7.2387 Ratings6.661 Ratings
Applicant Tracking8.1499 Ratings7.182 Ratings
Notifications and Alerts8.0500 Ratings7.787 Ratings
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PaylocityUKG Ready
Small Businesses
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Patriot Software
Score 9.1 out of 10
Patriot Software
Patriot Software
Score 9.1 out of 10
Medium-sized Companies
Paypro Workforce Management
Paypro Workforce Management
Score 9.6 out of 10
Paypro Workforce Management
Paypro Workforce Management
Score 9.6 out of 10
Enterprises
Infor Human Resources
Infor Human Resources
Score 7.2 out of 10
Infor Human Resources
Infor Human Resources
Score 7.2 out of 10
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User Ratings
PaylocityUKG Ready
Likelihood to Recommend
7.9
(1049 ratings)
8.1
(212 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
8.9
(95 ratings)
7.3
(18 ratings)
Usability
8.6
(65 ratings)
7.5
(94 ratings)
Availability
8.8
(11 ratings)
9.0
(3 ratings)
Performance
9.4
(11 ratings)
9.3
(7 ratings)
Support Rating
7.2
(87 ratings)
8.1
(73 ratings)
In-Person Training
9.6
(2 ratings)
7.8
(2 ratings)
Online Training
8.2
(10 ratings)
6.3
(4 ratings)
Implementation Rating
8.0
(40 ratings)
6.1
(10 ratings)
Configurability
8.3
(9 ratings)
8.0
(4 ratings)
Contract Terms and Pricing Model
8.4
(7 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Ease of integration
6.7
(8 ratings)
5.6
(66 ratings)
Product Scalability
8.8
(10 ratings)
8.0
(3 ratings)
Professional Services
9.1
(6 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
7.7
(10 ratings)
8.0
(3 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
9.2
(9 ratings)
8.0
(3 ratings)
User Testimonials
PaylocityUKG Ready
Likelihood to Recommend
Paylocity
Well-suited, just all the different components that you can buy to go with it. It's really endless. We were just going to add the expense payment feature and we're really excited about that so it's going to make it a lot easier, but the options are endless.
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UKG
UKG representatives are comprehensive in their work and communication. They listen to what you need and verify with you at every step. We required fields set up expressly for our funds and funders and had multiple accounts. They were able to set this up as needed.
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Pros
Paylocity
  • Provides the majority of our data for our employees and reporting in one software product.
  • Once setup; the Onboarding feature makes bringing in new employees very smooth while collecting and completing all compliance information from the candidate themselves.
  • Performance Module with Journals provides a good platform for documenting positive as well as disciplinary events.
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UKG
  • When you open a ticket, they research and test the answer before they contact you so they know it will work for you. There's no troubleshooting on the phone. All the work was done beforehand.
  • They are super knowledgeable and supportive. They are a pleasure to work with.
  • They are way ahead of the game when it comes to technology and innovation.
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Cons
Paylocity
  • No, I know they're working on implementing it so that we can control our own GL that I'm looking forward to. That is one thing that I feel like has been missing, so I'm happy to see them addressing it.
  • We went through a couple of different service reps, but that's been my only issue. The problem is a couple of the service reps.
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UKG
  • I would like to see the balances for PTO described and grouped differently. Employees continue to be confused with the "Projected balances" section. Maybe this can be worded one way for the users and another for the admins.
  • The Passwords to access the system, plus the need for a verification code, is a huge pain point for our deskless workers. We have a lot of frustration around accessing the system to clock in and out, request time off, etc. The increase in user adoption is a struggle.
  • It would be great to have UKG Pro and UKG Ready in one application on the mobile app; having access to areas to simply punch in and out for your daily shift is counterintuitive.
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Likelihood to Renew
Paylocity
We have had many issues with the way our platform was set up at implementation that still continue to plague us. In addition, our benefits, in particular our FSA, have been mis-managed causing a balance due from an employee (and also a lot of work for our accounting and HR team, as well as stress for the employee). Our service rep continues to answer incorrectly on many fronts (original response is usually check out this paylocity article, vs. helping) and recently our COBRA management was mishandled (not adding Dental to a person on Cobra who had requested it). So- all in all...we are not particularly happy w/ Paylocity
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UKG
We plan to renew our support and use of UKG Ready each year unless it becomes unavailable or the district seeks another vendor. As of now, there are no plans to changes vendors. The district staff is now familiar with using UKG. Another vendor will need to meet the same expectations we have come to enjoy with using UKG
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Usability
Paylocity
I find Paylocity to be almost too robust so that its functionalities are sometimes too complex to use. Sometimes it appears that they don't get a user's experience and keep a software developers mindset which doesn't always work well with users that are not at their technical level of expertise. A perfect example is the way the payroll dashboard USED to look compared to the recent update
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UKG
I put 8 for usability because for some people it may be difficult to use if they are not tech savvy. There are a ton of options and building out your own workflows could be confusing if you do not know what you are doing. However, UKG always provides great learning material and support to aid and teach you.
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Reliability and Availability
Paylocity
Paylocity support is always available and I never have to wait endlessly on hold. If our dedicated account manage is not available, there is an entire team assigned to our account. Every one of them is knowledgeable about our organization and Paylocity's process.
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UKG
The system seems very stable. Being hosted in the cloud, we are vulnerable to internet speeds and busy times. The system has been down a couple times over the 3 months we have been live, but Kronos resolved the issues very quickly. To have access from a desktop, tablet, time clock, or phone app is one of the best features....users have almost NO REASON they can't clock in.
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Performance
Paylocity
pages load in an acceptable amount of time, reports come back quickly, but integration is very complicated and hasn't been possible
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UKG
We were always told that Kronos was the best, but there are reports that we got out of ADP and other payroll providers that we cannot get out of Kronos. One example is a report of Productive/Non-productive hours by department. We also need the dollar amount associated with the hours. This is information that is required on our cost report and we were told that that report is unavailable. It is very frustrating when I can't get what I need.
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Support Rating
Paylocity
Everyone wants immediate assistance. Awaiting a response from an email only to ask 2-3 more questions is time consuming. Within the first six months of setup, I would rather respond back to the instructors who provided me the training in each category of my contract.
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UKG
If I was only rating support itself that would be a 10. Every support case I have entered has been addressed efficiently and with the desired result. On the implementation and transition to support there were multiple issues that those doing the implementation or transition could not answer or workflows and various settings left undone only to be discovered later. We implemented 3 different modules and the expertise we got for each one varied widely.
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In-Person Training
Paylocity
I didn't have in-person training, but I'm sure it was just as great as any other training/assistance Paylocity provides. Paylocity customer service is always available. You never have to be on hold and their answers are always accurate and timely. Documents in the help section are helpful as well. My in-person training was conducted y one of our employees who was involved in the initial set-up and training of all employees. She was excellent.
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UKG
Our in-person training was a hybrid. Live online training with an instructor. They were very knowledgeable of the product & the area they were training on. I asked several specific questions and if they didn't know the answer immediately they followed up after class.
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Online Training
Paylocity
The training was live online, but was with a group of other companies. We did not receive any personalized training with our team. Whenever we would ask for training, we would be sent a peak article link or a video. It felt like the reps we dealt with didn't know the answer to the questions.
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UKG
Pretty good online training, you have many how to options and can watch them several times. It can be hard at times to dig through the amount of data online but can usually find what you are looking for. Also you can download documentation for setting up the profiles and policies.
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Implementation Rating
Paylocity
I had gone through an implementation process of another HR platform (Paycom) in my previous job and was traumatized, it was painful. I was surprised how easy and fast it was with Paylocity, the team was very helpful and set us up for success
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UKG
Make sure the people who are doing the build have extensive knowledge on employment law and asking the right questions. I would bet that the people who helped with our builds did not read any of our employment contracts or ordinances; and when I asked questions about how other companies handled certain basic dictates from federal employment laws, they didn't have any idea what FMLA, FLSA, etc were.
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Alternatives Considered
Paylocity
I did not select Paylocity. It was in place when I joined the company, but I did select ADP for my previous company. Paylocity is difference is the customer service and the account management support. We did not have that level of support at ADP.
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UKG
UKG is great for reporting and for having a pleasant UI. I find that Paylocity has a lot more innovation, but sometimes its reach exceeds its grasp when it comes to implementation of those features. ADP is bog standard, and it works pretty well, but there's little interest in looking good, which matters a lot when it comes to the wide variety of users the systems need to handle.
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Contract Terms and Pricing Model
Paylocity
Include more services in the packages they offer.
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UKG
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Scalability
Paylocity
You have an account manager assigned to you on a daily basis but that person is barely available to you
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UKG
Thus far we are able to add as many users as necessary, implement 3 different bargaining units, 5 different types of user groups. Very flexible.
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Professional Services
Paylocity
Support is quick and proffessional
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UKG
No answers on this topic
Return on Investment
Paylocity
  • We are very fortunate. We're a nonprofit organization that handles the donations of a university. So we are well-funded and so we've never had to make decisions just on money. We want to be fiducially responsible, but we don't just want to take the lowest scholars. So we look just like with our people, we look at different elements, different criteria for what we're doing and we always find that if we choose quality, the ROI will come out in the end and it does, it has .
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UKG
  • This is basic, but we finally know how many employees we have! It sounds ridiculous, but prior to UKG Ready we were on a payroll system that's reports were only as accurate as the last payroll cycle, so they were always 2 weeks behind and static. UKG Ready allows for realtime, daily reporting of information.
  • We are able to get salary data for our various locations to be able to compare them to each other, as well as across our "competitors" and external competition.
  • The data provided allows us to be able to understand the trends at individual locations including attrition, advancement, raise information, and other data points that we haven't historically done comparisons on
  • We can see the demographic and geographical information for our employees and the benefits that they elect
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ScreenShots

UKG Ready Screenshots

Screenshot of UKG Ready® HR - A single solution for employee information that enables comprehensive people analytics and room for HR strategy.Screenshot of UKG Ready® Payroll - Facilitates pay that is quick, simple, and correct.Screenshot of UKG Ready® Time & Attendance - Streamlines time tracking with consistent, fair rules.Screenshot of UKG Ready® Talent - Tools to source, engage, develop and grow people.Screenshot of UKG Ready® Analytics - Offers proactive, practical, and guidance.Screenshot of UKG Ready® Benefits - Right-sizes benefits to match the organization and its people.