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Does anyone have recommendations or advice for implementing a centralized payroll solution for a global workforce? Workday's marketing collateral says their system can handle payroll anywhere in the world. Does anyone have experience with this or other systems? Any insights into specific platforms would be appreciated - as would any "war stories" around centralizing the process. Currently, our US operations manage payroll for three countries on three separate, local SaaS platforms. A few other non-US subsidiaries manage their payroll independently. Thanks.


(Contractor) |

Hi, have you looked into ADP's GlobalView/HCM product? Its a global payroll solution.

Brad Roberts
Title: CFO
Company: Telcontar
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(CFO, Telcontar) |

Should consider looking at They can handle all the international payroll at a country level with a consolidated view for you here.

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Len Green
Title: Performance Improvement Consultant and E..
Company: Haygarth Consulting LLC
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(Performance Improvement Consultant and ERP Strategist, Haygarth Consulting LLC) |


Do you need payroll, or the more comprehensive HR/benefits admin capabilities as well? How many employees in each country?
Payroll is often a very localized application because of country specific legislation, and so you may want to question what exactly you need centralized?
Some international clients I have worked with stay local for payroll and some HR, with sharing of HR data and summary payroll data that corporate really need.That can be done via portals etc.
You also need to look out for laws in countries that govern where personal employee data may be stored (on servers).
I'd suggest you make sure your requirements are clear first, before looking at vendors.

Depending on your size and needs, you could look at:
TMF Group
Success Factors (now owned by SAP)

Todd Wilen, CPA
Title: Director of Financial Reporting
Company: Toll Global Forwarding - Americas
(Director of Financial Reporting, Toll Global Forwarding - Americas) |

You could go with ADP or Ultipro which are both global payroll providers.

Ellen Hynes
Title: CPA, Financial Analyst/Accountant Consul..
Company: TSYS
(CPA, Financial Analyst/Accountant Consultant, TSYS) |

I was told today that Ultipro is not global by a company using it?

Kundan Lal
Title: Accounting & Finance Consultant
Company: Real Time Cloud Services, LLC
(Accounting & Finance Consultant, Real Time Cloud Services, LLC) |

I recommend you to go for SAP, which will cover the full spectrum of your payroll needs under a single dashboard accessible global, in the cloud.

Bruce Berkey
Title: Practice Partner
Company: Impact Consulting Partners
(Practice Partner, Impact Consulting Partners) |

As you have gathered by now, there are varied opinions and products. Having implemented many of these systems, the key is always to define your real needs first, and then evaluate the providers ability to meet them. There are trade offs with any system, so you need to be aware of what they may be, and select the one that offers the best overall solution.

Earl Miller
Title: Director of Finance
Company: Vaccinogen, Inc.
LinkedIn Profile
(Director of Finance, Vaccinogen, Inc.) |

I have been installing a global payroll solution for my current company. I have selected Paylocity for the US payroll and Blue Marble for the international payrolls. Blue Marble is a technology based company where it has partnered with the best of breed payroll service providers in each country. As a client there is direct access directly with the provider. Blue Marble and Paylocity have the ability to create an employee portal through which the employee can record timesheets, PTO, make changes to withholdings, changes of address, view employee manuals, etc. Any changes entered here by employee are automatically entered into payroll.
Blue Marble can provide one employer portal which will have visibility to the worldwide payroll for your company, including Paylocity for the US. Employers may run reports by job title, country, etc. There is also a currency conversion feature when running reports.
I beleive this to be a very cost effective and efficient solution and highly recommend it.

(Principal Financial Officer and VP of Operations) |

Stick with SaaS if you're already there in the US. I've used two of the legacy providers; they get the job done, but not very pleasantly -- you won't want to take a step back. Workday is top tier; Namely is an up-and-comer to consider if you can get comfortable with the fact that they're very young.

Johnathan Taylor
Title: V.P. CFO
Company: Landrum Companies
(V.P. CFO, Landrum Companies) |

I agree with the comments of evaluating your needs. If the employees are in Europe you may want to consider Eurodev at They can help with the complicated HR (and potentially costly) rules in the different countries.

Ellen Hynes
Title: CPA, Financial Analyst/Accountant Consul..
Company: TSYS
(CPA, Financial Analyst/Accountant Consultant, TSYS) |

Regarding WorkDay, their assertion is a little tricky in that I was told today by someone looking at implementing them that " Workday does not offer an international payroll solution, only pre-built integrations between Workday and the third party payroll vendor." You may still pay for two solutions.

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