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Best PEO for Startups: Oasis Outsourcing Review

Oasis Outsourcing PEO
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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.

Oasis Outsourcing is a large company that provides solid PEO services for small businesses and startups. Its flexible structure allows startups to mix and match services to get exactly what they need. One of the major challenges for startups is scaling to effectively meet customer needs. By partnering with a PEO like Oasis, scaling your internal support for things like human resources, payroll and benefits can be taken off your plate. Because Oasis is a major PEO provider, serving more than 8,000 businesses nationwide, you'll have top-shelf services throughout your time with the company regardless of your business's size.

Oasis also provides one of the best training programs of any company we reviewed. You'll be able to educate your workforce on the topics needed for their professional development, which is especially helpful for a young business. Oasis is ideal for startups looking to build PEO services into their structure and workflow to provide stability and a foundation for growth.

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 and cancel within 90 days, the company will give you your money back. Oasis is one of the only companies we reviewed that will fully refund your money if you aren't satisfied. This is a great feature for startups and very small businesses that want to try PEO services risk-free. You can also decide to cancel your services at any time with a 30-day written notice. It's not clear, however, if you'll need to pay additional fees to end your service.

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Oasis lets you mix and match services to create your own tailored PEO solution. This means you can add and remove services that fit your business's needs. 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. This is a major advantage for growing companies that don't have the resources or desire to pay for services they may not use.

Oasis doesn't require a minimum number of employees, so you can qualify for its services regardless of your business's size. Oasis is priced on a per-employee basis or as a percentage of your total payroll, depending on the plan you enroll in and what works best for your business.

Oasis has an extensive library of training resources, including over 6,000 complimentary books, videos, courses and other resources. You can also arrange onsite training on various HR topics, including workplace safety and conflict management.

Aspects of Oasis' 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 for over 250,000 employees. Working with a company like Oasis also means you'll have access to these services:

  • Handbook and policy development
  • Employee onboarding
  • Recruiting
  • 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' team of experts is structured differently from those of 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 to 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, but sales team members assured us that these three people would be the main service managers we would interact with as small business owners. Using three designated managers can 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 answered our questions and worked to understand our needs as a business. They didn't push a sale or overemphasize their services. Instead, they worked with us so we could learn more about the PEO process and how Oasis could meet our needs.

Accreditation: Oasis is accredited by the Employer Assurance Services Corporation and the IRS. The ESAC accreditation 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 businesses' PEO needs. Oasis is also accredited by the Better Business Bureau and earned an A+ rating. This rating is higher than other companies we reviewed – some PEO services don't even have a BBB profile, or they have a very poor letter score.

Oasis 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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Matt D'Angelo

Matt D'Angelo is a Staff Writer based in New York City. After graduating from James Madison University with a degree in Journalism, Matt gained experience as a copy editor and writer for newspapers and various online publications. Matt joined the team in 2017 and covers technology for Business.com and Business News Daily. Follow him on Twitter or email him.