At ULTIMATE SOFTWARE, 98 percent of employees say their workplace is great.

EMPLOYEE RATINGS

     

This review is based on 1921 employee surveys, with a 90% confidence level and a margin of error of ± 1.33. It was published on Sep 4, 2017. 119621 Visitors

What Employees Say

We have special and unique benefits here.
99%
 
People celebrate special events around here.
99%
 
I feel good about the ways we contribute to the community.
98%
 
I'm proud to tell others I work here.
98%
 
People care about each other here.
98%
 

What They Do

We asked ULTIMATE SOFTWARE to explain what they do. Here is what they had to say.

We provide cloud-based human capital management solutions, including HR, payroll, talent, and time and labor management, to businesses, connecting people with the information they need to work more effectively. We support more than 33 million people records in our cloud.

About this Company

Website: www.ultimatesoftware.com Industry: Information Technology
US Headquarters: WESTON, Florida, 33326 US Sites: 23
Major Locations: Atlanta, Georgia, 30339; Santa Ana, California, 92707; Chicago/Schaumberg, Illinois, 60173; Dallas/Irving, Texas, 75038 US Employees: 3,972
US Revenues: $764.9 million Worldwide Revenues: $781.3 million
Employees Worldwide: 3,792 Corporate Structure: Public
Stock Symbol: ULTI Founded: 1990

Diversity potluck lunch

Perks and Programs

We asked ULTIMATE SOFTWARE to share a few programs they feel really capture what's unique about their workplace. Here is what they had to say.

  • 100% Employer-Paid Medical Coverage: For both employees and their family members, Ultimate Software pays 100% of the premium for healthcare (PPO), prescription, dental, and vision coverage. Same-sex employees and their spouses enjoy this coverage as well, as do part-time employees who work an average of 30 hours per week for 9 months.
  • 40% 401(k) Match - No Cap: Ultimate Software matches employee contributions to the 401(k) plan at 40% with no cap on the matching amount (unlike some companies that, for example, may match at 50% but limit the match to the first 4% of the employee’s salary, making the match effectively 2%). Ultimate also makes this match every pay period for UltiPeeps rather than waiting until the year's end.
  • 100% Equity Participation: Ultimate Software makes all of its employees owners by awarding all new hires restricted stock units (RSUs) when they join the company. Throughout their careers at Ultimate, UltiPeeps continue to receive additional RSU awards, based upon their performance.
  • 2-Day, Expenses-Paid New-Hire Orientation: Ultimate Software pays for all new employees to be flown to Weston, Florida, for a 2-day new-hire orientation quarterly. After hearing formal presentations, new hires have an opportunity to meet CEO Scott Scherr, CPO Vivian Maza, and other executives in casual venues like a barbecue lunch at headquarters and an Italian dinner at Capriccio’s, the restaurant where Ultimate has had countless company gatherings since its founding 27 years ago. While at headquarters, CPO Vivian treats new hires to a tour of the company that includes a visit to CEO Scott’s office, where he loves to chat about Ultimate’s history and the memorabilia from UltiPeeps displayed on his walls. All this follows their online Welcome through UltiPro Onboarding, meetings with assigned mentors, training, and department orientations.
  • Unlimited PTO, 2 Paid Days for Charity: Ultimate now has unlimited PTO and, at an estimated annual value of $4.4 million, every person at Ultimate has 2 fully paid days to contribute each year to a charity of their choice. Often, our UltiPeeps help a charity as a group, but they have the flexibility to participate as an individual. Many charities Ultimate supports were selected by employees. One employee lost her father to a drunk driver in 2009, and she has since spearheaded Ultimate’s participation in MADD. In 2017, for the 7th year, Ultimate was the top fund-raising team in the nation. In addition, our team meetings routinely include a charity-oriented project, such as buying and building bicycles, assembling backpacks with school supplies, or collecting shoes for needy children.
  • Company-Sponsored Trips to Luxury Locations: A unique characteristic of Ultimate’s reward trips for employees is the fact that people in all departments earn them—not just Sales people. All departments have reward trips that serve as a thank you for achievement of goals. Ultimate pays all of the major expenses and frequently includes UltiPeeps’ family members or significant others. Typical trip destinations are Disney World or Universal in Orlando, Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas, and a Ritz or St. Regis hotel in a variety of locations.
  • $300 Per Child, Per Year for Extracurricular Event: Ultimate gives each employee $300 per child per year to spend on their dependent children to participate in a team or extracurricular event of their choice. No matter how many children an employee has. There is no limit to the number of dependent children covered. UltiPeep parents are all grateful, but those with 4 or 5 or more children to support are especially grateful to have the money for baseball uniforms, horseback or dance lessons, entry fees for golf or tennis competitions, and other types of extracurricular events that encourage the rounded development of their children.
  • UltiHome: Site for Personal & Professional Sharing: Ultimate has a website, called UltiHome, dedicated to employee interests, both personal and professional. UltiPeeps proactively communicate with one another, and share their own topics, images, and interests with the entire UltiPeep community. In addition to areas like UltiPeep News, Health & Wellness, and Upcoming Events, there is an UltiBuzz space where UltiPeeps ask for feedback on topics such as favorite restaurants in particular cities, bachelorette-party ideas, daycare services, and guitar teachers. In the Spaces area, UltiPeeps have formed more than 60 interest groups focused on such topics as poker, books, cars, Bible study, PC gaming, recipes, and a variety of sports. There are even groups focused on work-related topics such as usability design, “48 Hours” ideas, and our UltiPro Carrier Network.
  • Generous & Fun Ways of Recognizing People: Our most prestigious honor is the MVP award, and winners are determined by our people's written nominations. MVPs receive 2 first-class airline tickets, $500 cash, and a new Rolex watch. The winner also receives a trophy, held for the year, and is honored with his or her picture and name posted permanently on a Wall-of-Fame plaque. We also have fun awards like the Big Cheese, Big Kahuna, King Pin, Crème de la Crème, You Rock, and others—as well as American-Express gift cards and commemorative, custom-made patches (modeled after NASA’s patches) as extra thanks for hard work and dedication.
  • No Employment or Non-Compete Agreements: Since Ultimate Software was founded in 1990, our CEO Scott Scherr has wanted only those employees who have a true desire to be with the company. For that reason, he’s never used employment or non-compete agreements to prevent employees from leaving. People stay with Ultimate because they want to be here. They stay because it’s a unique environment of trust, innovation, and collaboration. They grow with the company—building competencies, careers, and long-term relationships. They stay because they love the family-like culture. That’s why today, Ultimate has a very-high-for-the-technology-industry employee-retention rate of 96%.

COMPENSATION BY THE NUMBERS

40% Match of employee’s 401(k)/403b contribution up to 100% of salary100% Company-paid health coverage for employees
100% Company-paid health coverage for dependents 100% Company-paid health coverage for part-timers
30 hours Weekly hours required for part-timers to receive health insurance $3,765 Average Tuition Reimbursement
$5,250 Maximum Tuition Reimbursement

COMPENSATION PROGRAMS

  • 401(k) or 403b Program
  • Restricted stock units
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WORK-LIFE BALANCE BY THE NUMBERS

Unlimited Paid time off after one year of full-time employment 7 days Paid time off after one year of part-time employment
50 days Paid sick days after one year of part-time employment Unlimited Paid time off as of first day of full-time employment
7 days Paid time off as of first day of part-time employment

WORK-LIFE BALANCE PROGRAMS

  • Flexible schedule
  • Telecommute option (50% use it)
  • Compressed work weeks
  • Onsite Amenities (Frequent free food (fresh, chef-prepared food at headquarters, food machines at all sites, frequent buffet breakfasts and catered lunches, periodic barbecues in large tents, food trucks, smoothie and ice cream trucks, etc.) Free coffee, espresso, and Cuban coffee Break rooms with televisions, food & drink machines, refrigerators, microwaves, Vitamix blenders for peeps to make their own smoothies, etc. Farmers Market at headquarters for home meals Starbucks location at headquarters in Weston Subsidized massages on site (professional masseuse) Acupuncturist onsite for periodic sessions Yoga, meditation, and exercise classes on site Many wellness classes, including cupping and stretching Exercise bikes & treadmills on site (with trays to read or work while exercising) Game rooms at all locations (e.g. foosball, bumper pool, ping pong, chess, etc) Wii & Xbox setups Basketball court onsite Private, sound-proof room for practicing presentations Golf putting green onsite, inside Large fish tank for relaxing atmosphere at office Onsite ATM at headquarters Car washing available at some locations Onsite, immediate technical help via TechSpots set up at all locations Free fitness tracker bracelets for tracking steps)

FAMILY CARE BY THE NUMBERS

60 days Job-protected maternity leave (including FMLA/STD) 50 days Fully-paid maternity leave (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)
50 days Average length of maternity leave new mothers take60 days Job-protected paternity leave (including FMLA)
20 days Fully-paid paternity leave (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)20 days Average length of paternity leave new fathers take
60 days Job-protected parental leave for adoptive parents (including FMLA)50 days Fully-paid parental leave for adoptive parents (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)
*Employees are not required to use all their personal paid time off before taking parental leave. Not all employees are eligible for parental leave benefits.

FAMILY CARE PROGRAMS

  • On-site or near-site backup childcare center
  • Lactation room(s)
  • Paid sick leave to care for a child or relative

HEALTH INSURANCE COVERS

  • Mental health care
  • Alternative treatments (such as acupuncture, homeopathy, or chiropractic)
  • Fertility treatments

Community and Environmental Impact

16 hours Paid time off to volunteer $2,244,000 Philanthropic donations in last year
$475,000 Total company-matched employee donations in last year Yes Sustainable commuting program
Yes Recycling program Yes Locally-sourced food program

Diversity

  • Written policy prohibits discrimination based on (at a minimum) age, disability, race/ethnicity, religious beliefs, gender and sexual orientation
  • Formal programs (such as resource groups, mentorship, networking, or other affinity groups) support professional development for: Under-represented racial/ethnic minority groups; Women; Lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender employees
  • 8 events a year connect employees with peers from different racial/ethnic, religious or country-of-origin identities
  • Non-birth parents in same-sex relationships can take parental leave
  • Medical care covers gender confirmation surgery

Leadership Diversity

 

Workforce Diversity

 
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DEMOGRAPHICS

 
Eureka moment for engineers

How to Get Hired

We asked ULTIMATE SOFTWARE for some inside information on how to get hired at the organization. Here is what they had to say.

What key characteristics tell you a prospective employee will be a great fit for your company?

Besides looking for people with verifiable competencies, we pursue candidates who fit our “People First” culture. That means we want people who listen to others and respect diverse ethnicities and opinions. People who are innately intelligent and inquisitive, collaborative by nature, and interested in technology innovations are perfect for our culture. We are a goal-focused team at Ultimate Software, and we enjoy the journey of striving together and caring for one another like a family. Candidates interview with both managers and peers who evaluate them on role-related knowledge and experience, strategic thinking, team-player attitude, long-term mindset, growth potential, and fit with our culture. For more detail on our culture and process, visit http://www.ultimatesoftware.com/Ultimate-Company-Culture.

What can prospective employees do to get your attention?

Prospective employees can win our attention by showing us specifically how they align with our “People First” culture and the human capital management (HCM) work we do. To learn more about Ultimate Software and determine if they are a good “fit,” they can visit http://www.ultimatesoftware.com/Ultimate-Company-Culture, and they can find open positions at http://www.ultimatesoftware.com/careers-at-ultimate. They can also find us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and other social sites. Many applicants strike up relationships with our UltiPeeps on social sites and find a doorway in that way.

Are there any positions or types of candidates you are particularly focused on hiring in this coming year?

We are always looking for exceptionally talented engineers and people with strong experience in service-oriented positions. We often have openings for activation/implementation consultants and ongoing support specialists in HR, payroll, time management, and talent management solutions such as recruiting, onboarding, learning, compensation management, performance management, succession management, and business intelligence. For current openings, visit http://www.ultimatesoftware.com/careers-at-ultimate.

What should interested candidates do to find out more and get started?

Visit our Careers page and contact us from there: http://www.ultimatesoftware.com/careers-at-ultimate

hiring Outlook

632 Forecasted positions to fill in coming year 27% Job Growth
79 Average applicants per opening 69,337 Total job applicants
41% New hires by employee referrals 37% Openings filled by current employees
4% Voluntary turnover for full-time employees 16% Voluntary turnover for part-time employees
* All figures refer to 12-month period prior to reporting, unless otherwise noted.

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