Zenefits expands to Scottsdale, plans to hire 1300 in next three years


Parker Conrad, CEO, Zenefits

Hayley Ringle
Reporter- Phoenix Business Journal


Zenefits, a fast-growing human resources tech company, has chosen Scottsdale as its first major expansion outside of its San Francisco headquarters, and plans to hire more than 1,300 employees in the Valley over the next three years.

Zenefits is moving into a nearly 100,000 square-foot office space at the Galleria Corporate Centre in Old Town Scottsdale. The company will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the office.

Zenefits, which launched in May 2013, offers a free, software-as-a-service, cloud-based human resources platform that automates and eliminates time-consuming benefits headaches for small and medium-sized businesses, said CEO and co-founder Parker Conrad.

“It’s a problem right now common to every small business in the U.S.: Every company has all different systems related to HR, from dental, 401K and vacation tracking,” said Conrad .“The problem that creates is any time you hire or terminate you have to add or remove this employee from 20 different places. We make all that paperwork disappear entirely. We take all these disconnected systems and put them all into one central system.”

Employees sign all the benefit forms online and Zenefits takes care of getting the new employee up and running, or vice versa.

“This makes HR departments more strategic,” said Conrad, who has a bachelor’s degree in chemistry. “All of this paperwork has ended up in the HR department, and has ended up being what they do, although that’s not what their job is about. Now they can focus on their people instead of the paperwork.”

The product is free, considered a hub and spoke model, because each of the spokes pay Zenefits on behalf of each of the companies, Conrad said.

Hayley Ringle covers technology and startups for the Phoenix Business Journal.

Article source: http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/blog/techflash/2014/11/exclusive-zenefits-expands-to-scottsdale-plans-to.html