Feeding America Furthers Its Mission of Fighting Hunger by Increasing Operational Efficiencies with Ultimate Software’s UltiPro
Date: June 16, 2015 2:00 PM EDT
Ultimate Software (Nasdaq: ULTI), a leading provider of human capital management (HCM) solutions in the cloud, announced today that Feeding America, the nation’s largest not-for-profit hunger-relief organization, is benefiting from UltiPro’s ability to handle complex payroll for a multi-state workforce, along with Ultimate’s comprehensive, flexible training opportunities.
Incorporated in 1979, Feeding America is a network of 200 food banks and 60,000 food pantries and meal programs that together feed more than 46 million people each year. The Feeding America national office in Chicago selected UltiPro® to allow the organization to focus more resources on fighting hunger. Since going live with UltiPro in April 2011, Feeding America has transformed its people-focused processes to ensure that administrative costs remain as low as possible.
"We have a complex payroll, which could be costly to manage. Our workforce spans 25 states, with many employees who often transition from one state to another depending on regional needs," said Laura Juergens, director of compensation and benefits at Feeding America. "In addition to the tax complexities of a dispersed team, we also have a large variety of job codes and types of workers. Before UltiPro, this translated into a much more time consuming, frustrating, and laborious payroll process. UltiPro handles our payroll beautifully, and today it is faster, more accurate, and requires less manual effort."
For example, included with UltiPro, Ultimate Software delivers a Smart Tax Search tool that automatically recommends the correct federal, state, and local payroll tax, based on where an employee lives and works in the U.S. Additionally, paystubs with tax details, benefits deductions, and W2s are all accessible in UltiPro via mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets. Available 24/7, the UltiPro portal also provides employees with access to collaborative performance management tools for career development.
"UltiPro gives our network of employees the opportunity to conveniently view their career goals and track their progress whenever and from wherever," said Juergens. "We see performance management as a process that is dynamic and something that occurs continuously, not just once a year. With UltiPro, employees can collaborate with managers and journal about their accomplishments. UltiPro's ease of use and user-friendly experience have been huge gains for us."
The HR team at Feeding America can take advantage of Ultimate's extensive training program at any time, from initial activation of UltiPro through their lifetime as an Ultimate customer, at no cost. With flexible delivery options, users may participate in classroom training at a national training center, virtual instructor-led training, and self-paced online courses, enabling HR professionals to select their preferred learning experience.
"Feeding America knows that Ultimate understands our mission in fighting hunger and our core objectives, and helps us to be as efficient as possible with our limited resources," said Juergens. "Ultimate and Feeding America also have great mutual respect for each other's organization, which is exceptional, and we know that we have a long-term partner in Ultimate Software."
"Ultimate views our relationships with our customers as partnerships, so we take a genuine interest in helping our customers achieve their goals. We are glad we can help Feeding America maximize talent and operational efficiencies so it can direct its resources to such a worthwhile company mission," said Chris Phenicie, chief sales officer at Ultimate Software.
About Feeding America
Feeding America is the nationwide network of 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States. Together, we provide food to more than 46 million people through 60,000 food pantries and meal programs in communities across America. Feeding America also supports programs that improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Individuals, charities, businesses and government all have a role in ending hunger. Donate. Volunteer. Advocate. Educate. Together we can solve hunger. Visit www.feedingamerica.org, find us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter.
About Ultimate Software
Ultimate is a leading provider of cloud-based human capital management (HCM) solutions, with more than 19 million people records in the cloud. Ultimate’s award-winning UltiPro delivers HR, payroll, talent, and time and labor management solutions that connect people with the information they need to work more effectively. Founded in 1990, the company is headquartered in Weston, Florida, and employs more than 2,500 professionals. In 2015, for the fourth consecutive year, Ultimate was ranked in the top 25 on FORTUNE’s list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For; recognized for the third year in a row as one of Achievers’ 50 Most Engaged Workplaces™ in North America; and named among the InformationWeek Elite 100, honoring innovation in business technology. In 2014, Ultimate was ranked #8 on Forbes magazine’s list of the 100 Most Innovative Growth Companies, and recognized as a “Leader” in Nucleus Research’s HCM Technology Value Matrix. Ultimate has more than 2,800 customers with employees in 160 countries, including Bloomin’ Brands, Culligan International, Major League Baseball, Pep Boys, Texas Roadhouse, and Yamaha Corporation of America. More information on Ultimate’s products and services for people management can be found at www.ultimatesoftware.com.
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