It’s hard to overstate the visual beauty of the platform’s user interface. Nearly every aspect is in easy-to-read large print and jargon-free, with accents of a fun social media-like theme sewn throughout. Bottom line, anyone with a layperson’s knowledge of HR could become an overnight Zenefits prodigy.
We also love that time tracking is included free with all plans. This is a boon to the smallest businesses, which often have tight budgets and a heavy reliance on hourly workers.
If you’d prefer not to use the platform’s built-in time tracking, no worries. Zenefits supports an unusually enormous array of third-party integrations, including lesser-known applications such as Zugata. This presents a smashing opportunity to blend the suite into your broader workflow seamlessly.
Finally, the optional payroll features are impressively comprehensive and highly automated, saving administrators boatloads of time. For example, Zenefits files all federal, state, and some local payroll taxes automatically while reporting new hires to their state of residence effortlessly. Also, nearly every pay situation is covered, from garnishments to tips and more.
While a significant draw to the payroll service is its automated tax filing, not every locale is covered. For example, there is neither county-level support nor is there any easy integration to fulfill this obligation. This means you’ll still have to file local taxes manually should your business operate in these excluded areas.
At the opposite end of the geographic spectrum, international workers outside the US cannot be paid or thoroughly supported with Zenefits. At most, such global employees can be added to the platform mainly for performance management and recordkeeping purposes but not much else.