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Greenshades vs. ADP an In-depth Comparison

Selecting the right payroll and HR platform is foundational to the success of your business. We’re here to help simplify your search with a detailed comparison between Greenshades and ADP.

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Why ADP Customers Love Greenshades

Greenshades Software offers modern real-time processing with cloud based solutions that give visibility and control over payroll and HR processes. The Greenshades solution was built with a “compliance-first” mentality, ensuring your business stays compliant from employee hire to retirement. Greenshades has been in business for 20 years, we handle many unique business needs.

99% compliant tax fillings
Compliant Tax Filings

In 2021 Greenshades facilitated over 150,000 tax filings all while maintaining 99.9999% accuracy. How does ADP stack up?

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Unlimited Pay Runs

With the payroll wizard our average customer can quickly run and process payroll within 10 minutes from start to finish.

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Likelihood to Recommend

At Greenshades our clients are our family and it shows! That’s why they’re so likely to recommend us. (ADP had 72.2%)

Greenshades Vs ADP

Compare Pricing and Features

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ADP Payroll
Additional Fee
Payroll Tax Float
No Float
Additional Fees
Additional Pay Runs
Additional Fee
1099 Processing
Additional Fee
ACA Reporting
Additional Fee
Year-End Reporting
Additional Fee
Error Detection Alerts
Payroll/HR Core
Payroll Essentials Package
Real-Time Processing
Payroll/HR Core
Payroll Essentials Package
Built-In Reports
Payroll/HR Core
Payroll Essentials Package
General Ledger Interface
Payroll/HR Core
Payroll Essentials Package
PTO/Time Off Accruals
Payroll/HR Core
Add-on service Workforce Management
Employee Self-Service Tools
Payroll/HR Core
HR Plus Package
Electronic I-9 Processing
Payroll/HR Core
HR Plus Package
Benefits Administration
Payroll/HR Complete
Add-on service (HR Assist)
*Competitive data on this page was collected as of August 2022 and is subject to change or update. Greenshades does not make any representations as to the completeness or accuracy of the information on this page.

What Makes Greenshades the Best Alternative to ADP 

Both Greenshades and ADP provide a payroll system that supports businesses of various sizes and across many industries.  ADP offers a comprehensive suite of features to support your payroll and HR needs, with a long history in the industry. However, if more flexibility and handling of your funds is important to you then an in-house payroll provider, such as Greenshades, is a better option for your business.

Control of your Business

Your business is unique and so is your payroll. Greenshades gives you the flexibility to run your payroll in a way that reflects your uniqueness, with flexible pay cycles, accommodating businesses with seasonal hiring and high churn. Greenshades empowers organizations to run their business in a way that is most cost-effective and efficient for you, you can pay out unscheduled bonuses or off-cycle pay runs at your will, no matter your business size.

ADP offers a cookie-cutter solution that is rigid and dictates processes to you. Off-schedule payments become off-cycle and cost you money to process. ADP does offer the ADP Enterprise HR package that allows you to configure solutions for payroll and HR to fit your complex business needs, however, this solution is only suggested for large enterprises with 1000+ employees.

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Built-in Compliance

The Greenshades payroll solution automatically updates, calculates, and deducts taxes based on jurisdiction, smoothly handling multijurisdictional scenarios. Other withholdings such as garnishments such as child support are prioritized and applied automatically to payroll. Along with staying compliant with items such as overtime and ACA compliance.

ADP offers an add-on service, ADP SmartCompliance, to navigate the complex compliance environment. ADP SmartCompliance is an extension to your payroll platform to help companies stay compliant through ACA, wage garnishments, payroll taxes, and more.

Cost Effective Solution

Greenshades can be an affordable solution for your business you pay per number of employees per month (on an annual contract). There are no extra costs for running additional pay runs or issuing off-cycle checks. Greenshades does not require a “float”, which gives companies the ability to keep and control their cash flow. Greenshades helps you run payroll and alerts you when your payroll taxes are due, instead of holding onto your funds.

ADP can be costly for many businesses due to implementation costs and extra fees. The lower-tier package, known as ADP Essential Payroll, does not include essential payroll and HR functions you may have to upgrade to the HR Plus, Hiring Advantage, or Performance Plus package. With solutions such as ADP, you are also required to fund an account for payroll taxes.

Our Customers Say It Best
“Greenshades reduces the time required to accomplish certain tasks and makes the process more efficient and organized. This, in turn, frees up time to dedicate to the process improvements that sustain the company’s growth.”
Angelo Tremolada
Corporate Controller, CPA, CGMA
“This software is much less expensive than any other product I have reviewed. For the price, it is easy to use and I like that the information entered in the Greenshades software carries over to our payroll system entry for entry instead of a general "dump" of information on the accounting side.”
Ruth R.
Higher Education, 201-500 employees
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