Wave Payroll Features

Wave Payroll

Payroll solution for small businesses

4.35/5 (51 reviews)

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Benefits Management
Bonus Management
COBRA Administration
Check Printing
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Compensation Management
Compliance Management
Contact Management
Data Migration
Deduction Management
Direct Deposit
Disability Insurance Administration
Document Management
Document Storage
E-Verify/I-9 Forms
Electronic Forms
Employee Benefits Administration
Employee Database
Employee Handbook
Employee Management
Employee Onboarding
Employee Portal
Employee Profiles
Employee Self Service
Employee Time Tracking
Forms Management
HIPAA Compliant
HR Management
HSA/FSA Administration
Health Insurance Administration
Life Insurance Administration
Multi-State
Onboarding
Online Benefits Enrollment
Orientation Workflow Management
Overtime Calculation
Payroll Management
Payroll Reporting
Records Management
Reminders
Reporting & Statistics
Reporting/Analytics
Retirement Plan Management
Role-Based Permissions
SSL Security
Self Service Portal
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Task Management
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Third Party Integrations
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Time Off Requests
Time Tracking
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401(k) Tracking
Accounting Integration
Activity Dashboard
Approval Process Control
Attendance Tracking
Benefits Management
Bonus Management
COBRA Administration
Check Printing
Collaboration Tools
Compensation Management
Compliance Management
Contact Management
Data Migration
Deduction Management
Direct Deposit
Disability Insurance Administration
Document Management
Document Storage
E-Verify/I-9 Forms
Electronic Forms
Employee Benefits Administration
Employee Database
Employee Handbook
Employee Management
Employee Onboarding
Employee Portal
Employee Profiles
Employee Self Service
Employee Time Tracking
Forms Management
HIPAA Compliant
HR Management
HSA/FSA Administration
Health Insurance Administration
Life Insurance Administration
Multi-State
Onboarding
Online Benefits Enrollment
Orientation Workflow Management
Overtime Calculation
Payroll Management
Payroll Reporting
Records Management
Reminders
Reporting & Statistics
Reporting/Analytics
Retirement Plan Management
Role-Based Permissions
SSL Security
Self Service Portal
Sick Leave Tracking
Task Management
Tax Compliance
Third Party Integrations
Time Off Management
Time Off Requests
Time Tracking
Training Management
Vacation/Leave Tracking
W-2 Preparation
Wage Garnishment
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401(k) Tracking
Accounting Integration
Activity Dashboard
Approval Process Control
Attendance Tracking
Benefits Management
Bonus Management
COBRA Administration
Check Printing
Collaboration Tools
Compensation Management
Compliance Management
Contact Management
Data Migration
Deduction Management
Direct Deposit
Disability Insurance Administration
Document Management
Document Storage
E-Verify/I-9 Forms
Electronic Forms
Employee Benefits Administration
Employee Database
Employee Handbook
Employee Management
Employee Onboarding
Employee Portal
Employee Profiles
Employee Self Service
Employee Time Tracking
Forms Management
HIPAA Compliant
HR Management
HSA/FSA Administration
Health Insurance Administration
Life Insurance Administration
Multi-State
Onboarding
Online Benefits Enrollment
Orientation Workflow Management
Overtime Calculation
Payroll Management
Payroll Reporting
Records Management
Reminders
Reporting & Statistics
Reporting/Analytics
Retirement Plan Management
Role-Based Permissions
SSL Security
Self Service Portal
Sick Leave Tracking
Task Management
Tax Compliance
Third Party Integrations
Time Off Management
Time Off Requests
Time Tracking
Training Management
Vacation/Leave Tracking
W-2 Preparation
Wage Garnishment
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Wave Payroll Feature Reviews

25 reviewers had the following to say about Wave Payroll's features:

Michael S T.

Verified Reviewer

Good for very small business, up to 20 employees? But if you will grow, then this is not for you

2019-10-16

Support is ok, but one time there was a delay on payroll from Wave's end, and it was 5PM on a friday, the support team cut us off and we were left in a lurch.

Pros

It is easy and straight forward to run a payroll and to setup new employees.

Cons

Reporting is terrible.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

2/10
Source: GetApp
Helpful?   Yes   No
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Shaun D S.

If was any simpler it'd be illegal

2018-07-18

We were actually able to get everything set-up in 4 hours, not missing a beat, employees were paid on time and reporting cash in - cash out doesn't require a degree from MIT.

Pros

It took me literally 4 hours to get 237 employees added with their payroll information.

Cons

I haven't found a way to import designs from another invoicing software that I was using.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Jennifer N.

Verified Reviewer

Love Wave App!

2017-09-12

Pros

It's simply, easy to use and have a variety of features including, connecting your financial institution to the app for payment, saving and exporting data and interface is very clean.

Cons

The mobile interface does not work very well.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

6/10
Source: GetApp
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Sarah B.

Terrible customer support

2019-06-26

Pros

I don't have any pros to report at this time.

Cons

. --> On 2 occasions I had trouble understanding their responses to my questions when using the chat feature. --> When I asked them to please call someone at my bank to help figure something out, they refused.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: Free Trial

Frequency of use: Occasionally

Likelihood to recommend

0/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
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Verified Reviewer

Wave is better than Xero & QuickBooks

2020-02-07

I prefer this over Xero only because it's free and easy to use on both mobile and desktop.

Pros

I like that it's completely free and has many easy aspects of adding receipts, reporting, tracking your expenses, bank accounts and more.

Cons

There are no cons for me for this software as I recently started using it. I think the only thing they should do is continuously adding more features and updates.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: GetApp
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Atul B.

Ideal for Small Business

2015-08-10

It is integrated into the Wave accounting platform (we use some other Wave apps as well) and has support for both full-time and part-time employees. Signing up new employees is straightforward.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Customer support
Source: Capterra
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Geoff J.

The BEST, most simple accounting software

2019-03-07

I am able to effortlessly pay contractors & employees with direct deposit.

Pros

Ease of use, customer service, price, features & design.

Cons

Some solutions require a work around that is not intuitive.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Jenifer N.

Wave Payroll

2018-08-21

I can print reports. Very Happy.

Pros

Its Free and very easy to use.

Cons

Haven't found any issues with the software

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Anyugel M.

Verified Reviewer

Easy to use

2018-05-09

Pros

the service is rally easy to use and manage, even for those people, like me, without background in payroll management

Cons

It is really ugly and you can't customize the features and the service, because it doesn't left you enough control over the payroll

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: GetApp
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Juan Carlos A.

Simple and easy to use as their name!

2017-10-03

We appreciate the web based option for sheets to allow our remote workforce to access timecards, time off requests, and pay stubs from their locations

Pros

Its very easy to use for all level employees.

Cons

At the end of every week it takes about 6 hours to punch in and key all missed punches from employees. But I do recommend the use of this software.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Aisha L.

Verified Reviewer

I have been using WaveApp For 2 years

2018-06-25

Pros

It is easy to use to manage my client invoices, estimates, employee payroll, and track business expenses.

Cons

When my clients make a payment, I get a notification that I have been paid, however, those funds take a few days before they actually show up in my bank.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: GetApp
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Paula H.

Good Value for Basic Payroll

2015-08-11

PROS: A simple, user-friendly interface for small businesses that want to ensure they are abiding by payroll regulations.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Customer support
Source: Capterra
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Praveen G.

Extremely Poor Customer Service

2019-01-21

Pros

Self-service web interface is fairly easy to use.

Cons

Wave Payroll's customer service is extremely poor.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

1/10
Source: Software Advice
Helpful?   Yes   No
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Casey H.

Easy to use payroll system with no frills

2019-09-17

Overall I love Wave and the Payroll system. Consider starting a free trial to look around the program.

Pros

I have used Wave accounting and recently added on the payroll system for my 2 employees. It was so easy to set up my account and even easier to submit time and get them paid through direct deposit.

Cons

Wave was just bought by QuickBooks and I am concerned about how the acquisition will affect this program.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Andrew N.

Wave Payroll - Super Simple Payroll

2015-08-28

- I don't have to event think about CRA or US tax remittances, it just happens automatically - Getting T4s, T5s, W2, W3, forms 940 and 941 every year couldn't be easier and they integrate nicely into the accounting part of the service as well - Automatically filed ROEs are also a nice touch - Having the payroll service integrated with our invoicing and accounting software just makes everything run smoothly, and saves us a ton of time every month

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Customer support
Source: Capterra
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Tonya K.

No More Payroll Headaches

2019-06-20

This software has saved me a ton of time and frustration.

Pros

I love that they automatically fill out my employee tax forms.

Cons

You need to run payroll and approve it. My employees are salary so the pay is the same each week.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Lawrence D.

Nice on the eyes, poor on performance

2020-12-18

Great for when things were super, super simple, but at 11 employees, I'm ready to ditch for something that can really help us when we really need it to just work.

Pros

User-facing pages are nice looking, invoices and other docs look professional.

Cons

Off-boarding a dismissed employee makes it look as if they have not thought through the process.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

3/10
Source: Capterra
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Britta N.

Wave Payroll

2021-04-30

Overall the experience has been a great one, it has been reliable for the last year.

Pros

I use this to check my payroll and keep a schedule for payments, it is easy and user-friendly plus there is a direct deposit option so employees are not getting paper stubs.

Cons

The software is probably better suited for smaller companies, after a certain number you will be charged for additional users.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Shannon K.

Great product

2018-11-29

Costumer service is helpful.

Pros

Easy to use. Spells out taxes.

Cons

I love the payroll feature too much to have a con.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
(Retail company, 11-50 employees)

Very Intuitive and Easy to Use Payroll Software

2018-08-03

Pros

Payroll by Wave is very easy to use, very intuitive, and it's great that it sent payroll reminders and showed you the total amount to withdraw.

Cons

No complaints at all! I only had good experiences with Payroll by Wave!

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
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Holly P.

Love this software!

2018-04-24

Pros

It is super easy to use and has almost all the features I need.

Cons

I wish it could allow staff access to enter their own hours then I could approve them.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Source: Capterra
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Susanna N.

Quick Payrolls

2019-03-18

Pros

It provides many templates to pick from and colour customizable. Entering the information for the invoice is easy to follow.

Cons

The program runs a bit slow at times, an upgrade on the speed of the website would be helpful.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Jim W.

Simple, Easy Payroll

2015-08-10

Payroll features are easy to setup and control. Email alerts tell me when to run payroll.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Customer support
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
(Entertainment company, 1-10 employees)

Not user friendly; More of a time waster

2019-01-22

Great ideas - bad implementation, less than optimal user interface.

Pros

I don't, it doesn't work. I thought I was signing up for payroll, that it was free not for additional fees. It worked for a month, then stopped. Had to go through the process again. Then again the connections did not work. There is nothing I like about this software.

Cons

Lack of user friendly interface. Dropped connections for Direct Deposit.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

2/10
Source: Capterra
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Aaron E.

Great but missing an important feature

2021-01-14

Pros

I love the interface and all of the features and financial tracking that is included with wave.

Cons

The only reason I switched was because Wave did not offer the ability to make my state tax payments for my payroll.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

5/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
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