Rippling vs. Paylocity: What’s the difference?

Rippling unifies your HR, IT, and Finance systems into one platform to simplify workflows and business processes. For example, you can onboard an employee in 90 seconds.

Paylocity was built in 1997 as a standalone payroll system and tacked on HR modules over time. As a result, their modules aren’t connected together which slows you down and limits everything from automation to reporting.

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Why do people choose Rippling over Paylocity?

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1,000+ pre-built workflows to automate admin work

Paylocity’s disconnected solution forces you to manually make updates across multiple modules even for routine changes, and their workflows are limited to bare basics like task notifications. With Rippling, routine changes flow through the system, and workflows automate advanced tasks such as paying referral bonuses and scheduling meetings.

Configurable reporting to enable insights

Paylocity’s reports can’t pull data across all of their modules, and lack functionality such as pivots, formula fields, and drill-downs. Rippling enables all of these configurations, and our granular, role-based permissions also allow you to share reports securely with a peace of mind.

Fast, reliable support to resolve issues

Paylocity uses a legacy phone support model similar to that of an airline’s customer service department - they can’t instantly direct you to the right specialist or see your screen. Rippling’s live chat responds in <30 seconds, and because we know where you are in the product, we connect you to the right person the very first time.

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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 Paylocity 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.