“I think everyone should use Eddy”

A conversation with Chris Ruddy, HR & Operations Specialist at Skill Struck

Chris Ruddy
“I’ve had nothing but positive feedback about the Eddy onboarding process. It’s very nice. It’s easy, streamlined, and just a no-brainer. I think everyone should use Eddy for their onboarding.”

Chris Ruddy

HR & Operations Specialist at Skill Struck

The Results

With the help of Eddy, Chris has streamlined his work with a better payroll process, new hire onboarding packets, training tracking, e-signatures, and overall added a layer of professional organization to employee records

5+ hours saved per week

With Eddy, Chris implemented a much more streamlined payroll process. “Payroll used to take me about five hours a week” says Chris. Eddy’s payroll is so simple to use, Chris has been able to train a new assistant, which he says, has been a breeze. “This person has gone from no payroll experience to successfully preparing payroll for me to process and push the button to submit. [It] is really cool because it saved me a ton of time as a manager.” Chris can now approve and submit payroll in just a few clicks.

A better onboarding process that works for a remote team

Skill Struck has a fully remote workforce, with employees spread out across 13 states. When Skill Struck hired over a dozen new employees in a single year, Chris used Eddy’s onboarding feature to handle the influx.
E-signatures in Eddy make things simple and improve Chris’ data organization. “We have a nice onboarding packet, all customized to Skill Struck. I especially like that I can upload a document and have people sign it through Eddy, because it means everything is all in one place.”
With his remote team in mind, Chris concludes that Eddy’s digital onboarding “very much caters to the modern-day workforce.”

Training tracking that works

Making sure employees have the right certifications is important for a company like Skill Struck. “Everyone’s FERPA-certified because we’re ed-tech,” says Chris, “so I track those training certifications in Eddy.”
The training tracking feature lets employees easily upload proof certification so it is easy to show that each employee is up-to-date. When certifications expire, Eddy notifies Chris automatically.

The Challenge

HR and Operations manager Chris Ruddy was anHR team of one person. As Skill Struck grew, Chris time was split across lots of high priorities. His previous payroll solution was inflexible and time consuming. Pre-Eddy, Chris was overwhelmed handling payroll for over 30 employees—in addition to all his other tasks, from billing to bookkeeping. “I was inputting everything and handling all the actual processing of payroll myself. I didn’t have anyone helping me with that,” he explains.
Chris was looking for an all-in-one HR and payroll platform that could streamline his work, save time, and create a better employee experience. In particular he was looking for a better way to onboard remote employees.

The Solution

Chris found a solution to these challenges using Eddy. He knew it had the right set of tools to meet Skill Struck’s HR needs, and that it would be quick to implement and easy for everyone to use.

Eddy Payroll

Eddy solved the payroll complexity issues at Skill Struck by bringing all payroll data into one system. Time tracking, PTO, holidays are all tracked in Eddy and have convenient reminders to review and approve. Each payroll run automatically brings in the hourly information along with all the benefits and deductions info. Chris explains, “One thing that I take for granted is the fact that a lot of stuff is just integrated. So salary and HSA contribution deductions and stuff are baked in.”
Chris adds that payroll “also has that Eddy signature simplicity.” With past providers, making a simple change to payroll required a call to support to interpret things. With Eddy, “there’s no interpretation needed … you can just edit the [information].”

Eddy Onboarding

For Skills Struck it was important to find a simple-to-use HR platform. “The software we were using before was very cluttered, very glitchy, and very complicated,” Chris said. “The experience with Eddy has been a lot better than what it was with our previous provider. The interface is really nice and very clean.”
Eddy’s onboarding tools helped Chris hire a record number of new employees across multiple states, helping him make sure everything was compliant, organized, and efficient.
It’s a time-saver for Chris, and it helps make a great first impression on new employees. He explains, “I’ve had nothing but positive feedback about the Eddy onboarding process. It’s very nice. It’s easy, streamlined, and just a no-brainer. I think everyone should use Eddy for their onboarding.”

Employee Profiles

Chris uses the employee profiles feature daily to stay organized and keep track of his growing team. “I use it for tracking documents, keeping track of people, and putting information in. I’m big on documentation,” he adds, “so whenever someone’s having performance issues, I track those things in the admin tab for the employee.” Everything Chris or any Skill Struck manager needs to know about an employee is readily available and easily accessible.

About Skill Struck

Skill Struck is an innovative ed-tech startup that offers a full curriculum and a supporting platform to help schools teach coding skills.
Skill Struck believes that coding is for everyone. Originally launched in 2017 as a one-week summer camp, the startup has since grown into a complete, cutting-edge platform for one-on-one learning. They know that computer science is a powerful skill to have in our digital world, and they’re on a mission to empower more students to learn it.


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Headquartered in Utah, the team is fully remote and spread out across 13 states.

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