Rippling vs. Paychex: What’s the difference?

Rippling is the only software that unifies all your siloed HR, IT, and Finance systems into one, easy-to-use platform—so you can fully automate your most repetitive busy work across every system, like payroll, benefits, time tracking, app and device management, and more.

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Data as of 4/10/23

Why do people choose Rippling over Paychex?

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A system that grows with you

Many companies quickly outgrow Paychex because it has only basic functionalities and limited HR capabilities. Rippling supports businesses of all sizes and scales up and down with ease—no need to worry about setting up additional systems as you grow.

A modern system built for all users

The Paychex system was built decades ago and hasn’t been updated to fit modern demands like providing an easy-to-use employee portal and integrations with other systems. Rippling, on the other hand, was built with all users—admins and employees—in mind and seamlessly connects all your HR and IT systems.

One integrated system

Paychex was built as a series of disconnected technologies, meaning you’re required to completely offboard and onboard onto a new system any time you need to switch or upgrade versions. For instance, if you switch from one of the Paychex PEO options to a Paychex payroll option, you’ll need to completely reimplement the new system. Rippling was built as a single, congruent platform that only needs to be implemented once.

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What we’re hearing from customers

Cenk Y

Rippling saved us from combining multiple platforms and paying and tracking them individually — now all of our HR and IT is in one place. It is a comprehensive, one and done solution that saved us from hiring an HR and IT manager (which can cost more than $200K). Definitely recommend that other companies implement Rippling early on.

Penny F

I love how Rippling Support is so responsive and reactionary., they are there for any question I have and are always very friendly.

Jacob C

I've worked with a lot of HR tools in the past and ultimately businesses move away from them because they refuse to innovate and consolidate softwares. Rippling is literally a 1 stop shop for HR, ERP, and IT services so you can't beat that.

Daniel J

Something insanely hard, like setting up unemployment taxes in Ohio, is done effortlessly and simply in Rippling. The customer service and the customer support team (Shout out to RONIKA!!!) makes it EVEN more user, friendly and innovative.

See how we stack up

See how Rippling compares to Paychex and learn how to get rid of your most tedious HR, IT, and Finance busy work with our unified system—from onboarding to offboarding, and everything in between.