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Best HR Management Software

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HR Management Software Overview

What is HRMS and Core HR?

Human Resource (HR) Management Software, also called Core HR, include the following:

  • Benefits administration
  • Personnel tracking
  • Payroll

These systems are also referred to as back-end HR systems since they help manage key administrative HR tasks, and are essentially the employee system of record. These core tasks are distinct from strategic HR tasks like performance management, recruiting, talent management, and learning management.

HR Software and the Emergence of HCM Suites

The dividing line between various HR software categories is blurring. Many core HR vendors are offering adjacent capabilities in order to capture the attention being given to categories that are seen as more strategic vs. administrative.


Talent management software, for example, is focused on helping companies hire, train and keep the highest quality staff. A number of core HR vendors are adding talent management capabilities, just as some talent management vendors are adding in back-end core HR capabilities.


Ultimate Software, Oracle, ADP, and SilkRoad all offer some combination of core HR and talent management features. Few Human Capital Management Suites provide equally strong capabilities across all areas, but convergence is an important trend.

Core HR Software Features & Capabilities

The Core HR features common to most products in this category are as follows:

Core HR / HRIS

The primary function of Core HR software is to provide a central database containing records for all employees past and present, along with contractors. The Human Resource Information System (HRIS) is an employee master record which supplies this, a system of record for employee data.

HRIS contain data on the following:

  • Employee personal information
  • Employment history
  • Job profiles
  • Workflow for transfers
  • Promotions
  • Pay raises
  • Benefits information, etc.

Payroll Management

Payroll management capabilities provide for the following:
  • Calculation of employee pay and benefits
  • Managing direct deposit
  • Salary revisions
  • Payroll tracking

Leave and Attendance Management

Leave and attendance management streamlines communication between HR and employees, and facilitates efficient management of employee leave including:
  • Requisitions
  • Approvals
  • Balance calculation
  • Annual carry-forward

Employee Self-Service

Provision of an employee portal allowing employees to view and update their personal information. This removes a considerable administrative burden from HR staff.

Asset Management

Some Core HR systems have the ability to keep a record of assets issued to employees such as:
  • laptops
  • pagers
  • cell phones, etc.
The record typically includes asset type, number, serial number and date of issuance.

Reporting

HR reporting has come to be seen as more important than ever as HR data is not seen as strategic to the running of any business. Some vendors build their own reporting capabilities, while others partner with BI vendors to embed 3rd-party functionality.

HR Management Products

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UltiPro

Top Rated
694 Ratings

Ultimate Software delivers cloud-based HCM solutions that help businesses accelerate talent acquisition, simplify payroll computations, manage time and attendance, and support proactive, strategic talent management.

TriNet

449 Ratings

TriNet provides small and medium size businesses (SMBs) with full-service HR solutions tailored by industry. The vendor aims to free SMBs from HR complexities by offering access to human capital expertise, benefits, risk mitigation and compliance, payroll and real-time technology. From Main Street...

ADP Workforce Now

436 Ratings

ADP Workforce Now is an cloud-based HR platform for mid-sized businesses.

Ascentis HR

173 Ratings

Ascentis HR uses web-based management programs to help automate complex HR processes. It's fully integrated with Ascentis’ other services including payroll, time and attendance and recruiting.

Oracle HCM Cloud

Top Rated
254 Ratings

Oracle HCM aims to go beyond the basics of HR. According to the vendor, an attractive UI, social, mobile, and reporting capabilities are now table stakes of every HR solution. Oracle HCM aims to allow its users to become strategic leaders of talent, by being engaging, informative, and...

Ceridian Dayforce

Top Rated
164 Ratings

Ceridian is a global HCM software company. Dayforce is Ceridian's flagship cloud HCM platform, and provides HR, payroll, benefits, workforce management, and talent management functionality. According to the vendor, the platform is used by organizations, regardless of industry or size, to optimize...

Paycor

Top Rated
132 Ratings

Paycor offers recruiting, hiring, benefits administration, payroll, tax compliance, and time & attendance tracking capabilities.

RUN Powered by ADP

Top Rated
161 Ratings

RUN powered by ADP is a benefits administration and payroll platform for small businesses with light additional HR features.

Cornerstone OnDemand

Top Rated
128 Ratings

Cornerstone OnDemand is a cloud-based application for talent management. The company's solutions help businesses recruit, train, manage and engage their employees.

Kronos Workforce Ready

Top Rated
147 Ratings

Workforce Ready by Kronos is a human resources (HR) platform with the goal of offering full HCM capabilities at an affordable price. With Kronos Workforce Ready, organizations have a single cloud-based solution for their workforce that incorporates recruiting, onboarding, performance management,...

Workday Human Capital Management

Top Rated
230 Ratings

Workday Human Capital Management is built as a single system with a single source of data, single security model, and single user experience. Workday offers organizations a cloud-based system that evolves to meet changing business needs today and into the future. The user-friendly, global system...

Paycom

86 Ratings

Paycom is a core HR management software solution. It includes features such as talent acquisition and management, time tracking, and payroll management.

Oracle PeopleSoft HCM

261 Ratings

Oracle's PeopleSoft HCM is a complete suite including Global Core Human Capital Management, Workforce Management, Workforce Service Delivery, and Talent Management.

Namely

Top Rated
58 Ratings

Namely, headquartered in New York, offers their eponymous HR platform, for integrated HR, payroll, benefits, and employee performance management.

ADP Vantage HCM

87 Ratings

ADP Vantage HCM is a fully-integrated platform combining the pillars of human capital management: HR, payroll, benefits, talent management and time & attendance.

Zenefits

Top Rated
50 Ratings

Zenefits is a free, cloud-based core-HR platform with benefits administration capabilities. Zenefits, an American company headquartered in San Francisco, is not paid by users of its platform but by benefits providers whose users choose to administer benefits through the Zenefits platform. A...

APS

43 Ratings

APS is a national workforce management and cloud-based HR solution provider. The platform includes core HR, payroll, time and attendance (including manager and employee self-service), ACA compliance tools, and a mobile app.

Paylocity Web Pay

52 Ratings

Web Pay provides 24/7 access to your online payroll and human resource data. Web Pay offers highly customizable functionality for such things as General Ledger and Accruals, along with self-service capabilities and advanced report writing features. Features include: Online Payroll...

Vista

27 Ratings

Vista® is a feature-rich, completely integrated human resource, benefits, payroll, recruiting, and self-service software application that aims to enable organizations to minimize the time invested in administrative HCM and payroll activities by streamlining and automating those processes and...

Paychex Flex

Top Rated
48 Ratings

Paychex Flex, of Paychex' Online Payroll Services, is a cloud-based human resource management and payroll platform, scalable to meet the needs of small businesses, SMBs, and large enterprises.

Kronos Workforce Central

Top Rated
67 Ratings

Kronos Workforce Central is a suite of HR Management offerings targeted mainly at enterprise customers with larger-scale and more complex HR and workforce management issues. Workforce Central provides capabilities for managing time and attendance, payroll, HR, and other labor management functions.

BambooHR

Top Rated
55 Ratings

BambooHR is an on-line human resources solution. Some key features include: Customizable Dashboards and Reports, Automated Time-Off Management, and Employee Self-Service.

Gusto

Top Rated
39 Ratings

Gusto (formerly ZenPayroll) offers payroll, benefits and compliance capabilities.

Epicor HCM

14 Ratings

Epicor HCM is a human resource management system (HRMS) and is available as on-demand software as a service (SaaS), hosted, or on-premise license. Self-service access to the HRMS is available to employees and managers.

Bitrix24

20 Ratings

Bitrix24 is a local-hosted or cloud-based social intranet and project management platform from the the company of the same name, that also contains core HR (HRMS) and CRM features as well.

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