After conducting extensive research on professional employer organizations, we recommend Oasis Outsourcing as the best PEO service for startups in 2018. To understand how we selected our best picks, you can find our methodology, and a comprehensive list of PEO services, on our best picks page.
Why Oasis Outsourcing?
Oasis Outsourcing is a large company that provides solid PEO services for small businesses and startups. Its flexible structure allows for startups to mix and match services to get exactly what they need. Oasis is ideal for startups looking to build PEO services into their structure and workflow to provide stability and a foundation for growth.
Contract structure: Businesses looking to partner with Oasis will have to sign up for a full year. What separates Oasis from other PEOs with long-term contract requirements is this PEO offers a 90-day money-back guarantee. If you sign up for Oasis's service and aren't satisfied, if you cancel within 90 days, the company will give you your money back. Oasis is one of the only companies we reviewed that would fully refund your money if you cancel your service. This is a great feature for startups and very small businesses that want to try PEO services risk-free.
Tailored solution: Oasis also lets you mix and match services to create your own tailored PEO solution. For small startups, this means you can add and remove services that fit your business. If, for example, you only need payroll processing software and some HR consulting, Oasis can tailor your coverage to include only that. As your business grows, you can add or remove services as needed.
Business size: Oasis doesn't require an employee minimum. This means you can qualify for Oasis's services regardless of your business's size. For very small businesses and startups, this is ideal for implementing HR practices and other PEO services to set a foundation to grow your business. Oasis provides pricing on a per-employee basis and as a percentage of total payroll, depending on the plan you enroll in and what works best for your business.
Training: Oasis offers an extensive library of training resources, including over 6,000 complimentary books, videos, courses and other resources. You can also arrange for on-site training on various HR topics, including workplace safety and conflict management.
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Aspects of Oasis's contract structure and services make it ideal for startups. The company has partnered with almost 10,000 businesses across the United States, and it supports benefits offerings for over 250,000 employees. Working with a company like Oasis also means you'll have access to a range of services, including:
- Handbook and policy development
- Employee onboarding
- Job description development
- New hire reporting
- Compliance services
- HR consultations
- Return-to-work programs
- Workers' compensation
- Safety program development
- Employee screening
- Safety training
- OSHA compliance
- Payroll processing
- Paid time off tracking
- Time and attendance software
- Reports and workforce data
- Discount as well as benefits programs
- ACA compliance
- OSHA compliance
- Workforce management
Oasis's team of experts is structured differently compared to competitors. Instead of having representatives for each area of the PEO model – risk management, payroll, benefits administration, HR consulting – Oasis provides you with three key people that help you with all areas of your account. You'll work with a relationship manager, a payroll representative and a benefits representative.
Oasis can provide other experts in different areas, like risk management, for example, but sales team members assured us that these three people would be the main service managers we would interact with as small business owners. Interacting with these managers can allow you to keep your business and PEO services streamlined.
- Customer service: We posed as a small business owner looking for PEO services and interacted with Oasis representatives via email and phone. The Oasis sales team helped answer our questions and worked to understand our needs as a business. They didn't push a sale or try and overemphasize their services. Instead, they worked with us so we could learn more about the PEO process and how Oasis can meet our needs.
- Accreditation: Oasis is accredited by the Employer Assurance Services Corporation and the IRS. Being accredited by the EASC puts Oasis in the top 5 percent of all PEO companies on the market today. The IRS verification ensures that Oasis is a financially stable and healthy company that's able to meet small business' PEO needs.
Oasis doesn't offer live chat, so your options are limited to phone or email if you need to get in touch with a representative. This may also not be the right choice for you if you don't want to be locked into an agreement: While the 90-day money back guarantee is a nice feature, it still is part of a one-year contract.
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