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Score 8.9 out of 100
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Score 8 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

  • Payroll Relief ranks higher in 1 feature set: Payroll Management

Payroll Management

8.7

Payroll Relief

87%
8.0

PDS Vista

80%
Payroll Relief ranks higher in 4/7 features

Pay calculation

7.3
73%
1 Rating
8.2
82%
16 Ratings

Off-cycle/On-Demand payment

9.1
91%
1 Rating
N/A
0 Ratings

Direct deposit files

9.1
91%
1 Rating
8.2
82%
17 Ratings

Salary revision and increment management

9.1
91%
1 Rating
8.2
82%
13 Ratings

Reimbursement management

9.1
91%
1 Rating
8.2
82%
5 Ratings

Support for external payroll vendors

N/A
0 Ratings
7.3
73%
9 Ratings

Benefit plan administration

N/A
0 Ratings
8.2
82%
16 Ratings

Human Resource Management

Payroll Relief

Feature Set Not Supported
N/A
7.7

PDS Vista

77%
PDS Vista ranks higher in 7/7 features

Employee demographic data

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0
90%
17 Ratings

Employment history

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0
90%
18 Ratings

Job profiles and administration

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0
90%
14 Ratings

Workflow for transfers, promotions, pay raises, etc.

N/A
0 Ratings
7.0
70%
12 Ratings

Organizational charting

N/A
0 Ratings
7.0
70%
13 Ratings

Organization and location management

N/A
0 Ratings
7.0
70%
16 Ratings

Compliance data (COBRA, OSHA, etc.)

N/A
0 Ratings
6.0
60%
11 Ratings

Leave and Attendance Management

Payroll Relief

Feature Set Not Supported
N/A
8.2

PDS Vista

82%
PDS Vista ranks higher in 3/3 features

Approval workflow

N/A
0 Ratings
8.2
82%
7 Ratings

Balance details

N/A
0 Ratings
8.2
82%
13 Ratings

Annual carry-forward and encashment

N/A
0 Ratings
8.2
82%
12 Ratings

Employee Self Service

Payroll Relief

Feature Set Not Supported
N/A
7.1

PDS Vista

71%
PDS Vista ranks higher in 5/5 features

View and generate pay and benefit information

N/A
0 Ratings
8.2
82%
16 Ratings

Update personal information

N/A
0 Ratings
7.3
73%
14 Ratings

View company policy documentation

N/A
0 Ratings
7.3
73%
8 Ratings

Employee recognition

N/A
0 Ratings
7.2
72%
5 Ratings

View job history

N/A
0 Ratings
5.8
58%
4 Ratings

Asset Management

Payroll Relief

Feature Set Not Supported
N/A
7.3

PDS Vista

73%
PDS Vista ranks higher in 1/1 features

Tracking of all physical assets

N/A
0 Ratings
7.3
73%
7 Ratings

HR Reporting

Payroll Relief

Feature Set Not Supported
N/A
8.0

PDS Vista

80%
PDS Vista ranks higher in 3/3 features

Report builder

N/A
0 Ratings
8.0
80%
14 Ratings

Pre-built reports

N/A
0 Ratings
8.0
80%
16 Ratings

Ability to combine HR data with external data

N/A
0 Ratings
8.0
80%
13 Ratings

Onboarding

Payroll Relief

Feature Set Not Supported
N/A
7.3

PDS Vista

73%
PDS Vista ranks higher in 1/1 features

New hire portal

N/A
0 Ratings
7.3
73%
1 Rating

Performance and Goals

Payroll Relief

Feature Set Not Supported
N/A
5.8

PDS Vista

58%
PDS Vista ranks higher in 3/3 features

Corporate goal setting

N/A
0 Ratings
5.5
55%
2 Ratings

Individual goal setting

N/A
0 Ratings
5.5
55%
2 Ratings

Performance tracking

N/A
0 Ratings
6.4
64%
2 Ratings

Performance Management

Payroll Relief

Feature Set Not Supported
N/A
7.3

PDS Vista

73%
PDS Vista ranks higher in 5/5 features

Performance plans

N/A
0 Ratings
7.3
73%
2 Ratings

Performance improvement plans

N/A
0 Ratings
7.3
73%
1 Rating

Review status tracking

N/A
0 Ratings
7.3
73%
2 Ratings

Review reminders

N/A
0 Ratings
7.2
72%
3 Ratings

Multiple review frequency

N/A
0 Ratings
7.3
73%
2 Ratings

Succession Planning

Payroll Relief

Feature Set Not Supported
N/A
3.6

PDS Vista

36%
PDS Vista ranks higher in 4/4 features

Create succession plans/pools

N/A
0 Ratings
3.6
36%
1 Rating

Candidate ranking

N/A
0 Ratings
3.6
36%
1 Rating

Candidate search

N/A
0 Ratings
3.6
36%
1 Rating

Candidate development

N/A
0 Ratings
3.6
36%
1 Rating

Recruiting / ATS

Payroll Relief

Feature Set Not Supported
N/A
2.5

PDS Vista

25%
PDS Vista ranks higher in 5/5 features

Job Requisition Management

N/A
0 Ratings
3.1
31%
3 Ratings

Company Website Posting

N/A
0 Ratings
3.1
31%
3 Ratings

Duplicate Candidate Prevention

N/A
0 Ratings
1.9
19%
2 Ratings

Applicant Tracking

N/A
0 Ratings
2.3
23%
3 Ratings

Notifications and Alerts

N/A
0 Ratings
2.0
20%
2 Ratings

Attribute Ratings

  • Payroll Relief is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

Likelihood to Recommend

8.2

Payroll Relief

82%
1 Rating
8.0

PDS Vista

80%
23 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

Payroll Relief

N/A
0 Ratings
9.1

PDS Vista

91%
7 Ratings

Usability

Payroll Relief

N/A
0 Ratings
8.2

PDS Vista

82%
2 Ratings

Availability

Payroll Relief

N/A
0 Ratings
9.5

PDS Vista

95%
4 Ratings

Performance

Payroll Relief

N/A
0 Ratings
10.0

PDS Vista

100%
2 Ratings

Support Rating

Payroll Relief

N/A
0 Ratings
8.2

PDS Vista

82%
6 Ratings

Online Training

Payroll Relief

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0

PDS Vista

90%
2 Ratings

Implementation Rating

Payroll Relief

N/A
0 Ratings
7.3

PDS Vista

73%
2 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

AccountantsWorld

Payroll Relief can be customized to work for just about any business. Electronic tax payment and e-filing services are not available in all states so the system may be less appropriate in jurisdictions where there is a lack of automation on the back-end. This lack of automation can be overcome by a payroll processing provider that has good internal processes and an understanding of how to handle their clients' filings/payments directly with these unsupported states
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Personnel Data Systems (PDS)

As Vista HRMS is fully customizable to suit your needs, a company should determine if they have a current employee who can do the work themselves otherwise they will need to consider the additional cost of asking PDS to do the customizations for them. There are additional modules that we aren't currently making use of, but each company should learn about the functionality of each of them as some may be more beneficial than others. When gathering your questions, ask all potential users of the system what they would want to see in an HRMS. We did so before selecting Vista HRMS and we got pages and pages of questions and comments and made sure that each item was addressed beforehand and was something that we would be able to incorporate into the system. You have the option of taking the system in house or being a hosted client. Make sure you figure out what resources your IT department has available. If you have a dedicated administrator who will do all the upgrades and enhancements great, otherwise you may need PDS to help out and having PDS host may be a better option
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Pros

AccountantsWorld

  • Payroll entry and approval is simple
  • The system supports unlimited pay types so it is easy to customize the system for our clients
  • The system automates the filing of most tax forms and W-2s
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Personnel Data Systems (PDS)

  • Vista HRMS is very flexible, it does everything we need for HR, benefits and payroll. It’s user-friendly and intuitive to use, when we roll out new self-service items our employees have no problems and require minimal training or documentation.
  • PDS has excellent customer service and support. We get answers to the majority of our questions and problems quickly, within the day that we call. More complex issues that may require PDS’ technical support are usually addressed within a few days. We were upgrading our production servers to Windows 2012 over a weekend and a key person in our organization was on leave. When we checked with PDS to see what cost would be involved if we needed their help, they said it was included in our regular maintenance, no extra cost.
  • The PDS User’s Conference is an excellent learning opportunity for training on everything Vista does, including using Crystal Reports for custom reporting. You also get to meet and talk to the executive and development staff and have direct input into the future product development.
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Cons

AccountantsWorld

  • The site navigation can be confusing.
  • The system lacks HR functionality. There is no automated employee onboarding option. PTO can be tracked but there is no way for employees to request time off from their employee portal.
  • Payroll processors do not get a dashboard showing a list of payrolls that are scheduled to be processed each day like some other systems do.
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Personnel Data Systems (PDS)

  • Typical of any system built for the unknown requirements of hundreds or thousands of customers with varying needs, PDS sometimes doesn't fit our processes precisely out of the box. However, this con is far outweighed by the ability to configure and customize the system.
  • The most significant pet peeve of our users is the necessity for so many clicks to navigate between different areas or the system or to review applicants. These items are being addressed based on feedback from the user community in an upcoming release.
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Pricing Details

Payroll Relief

Starting Price

$1,495 per month

Editions & Modules

Payroll Relief editions and modules pricing
EditionModules
First Year Cost$14951
Pay per Paycheck (after first year)$20002
Pay per Payroll$356.953

Offerings

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services

Entry-level set up fee?

No setup fee

Additional Details

PDS Vista

Starting Price

Editions & Modules

PDS Vista editions and modules pricing
EditionModules

Footnotes

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    License pricing is based on the number of full and part-time active employees within bands (e.g. 751-1,000). SaaS pricing is based on PEPM.

    Likelihood to Renew

    AccountantsWorld

    No answers on this topic

    Personnel Data Systems (PDS)

    I feel so invested in Vista HRMS that I don't really want to try other options. I know we as an organization are not using this product to it's full potential and that is just due to us lacking the resources to be able to invest the time into breaking it apart and making it work to the best ability for us. The system works great as is, but there are a lot of implementations we can put into place to help us out even more. For example, we would love to start using Workflow to create more efficiencies. I personally have a very good relationship with our hosted vendor who supports Vista HRMS and can help me with any issues and concerns, this is a big part of the reason that I would renew with this product and continue to be an advocate for Vista HRMS.
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    Usability

    AccountantsWorld

    No answers on this topic

    Personnel Data Systems (PDS)

    The interface is intuitive, even if it does require some extra clicks to get to where you are going. The screens are consistently designed and formatted. There is a logical flow and organization to the application layout and menuing systems.
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    Support Rating

    AccountantsWorld

    No answers on this topic

    Personnel Data Systems (PDS)

    PDS has excellent customer service and support. We get answers to the
    majority of our questions and problems quickly, within the day that we
    call. More complex issues that may require PDS’ technical support are
    usually addressed within a few days
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    Online Training

    AccountantsWorld

    No answers on this topic

    Personnel Data Systems (PDS)

    The resources and online tools that PDS provide are extremely thorough and helpful in our training and learning.
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    Implementation Rating

    AccountantsWorld

    No answers on this topic

    Personnel Data Systems (PDS)

    Ask lots of questions, ensure you fully understand the functionality (particularly history records) and train, train, train the users for correct and complete utilization of the system.
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    Alternatives Considered

    AccountantsWorld

    Payroll relief is more customizable and easier to use than some other systems we have reviewed. The fee structure is better suited for our client base as well.
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    Personnel Data Systems (PDS)

    I've used Peoplesoft HCM in the past. The products have some similarities, but they are marketed to different sized companies, so it's a bit of apples to oranges. Peoplesoft was very complex and challenging to manage and support. Vista HRMS should require fewer technical resources and still provide robust features for HR and Payroll. We selected Vista HRMS because it met the majority of our requirements and was priced to enable us to purchase and implement it within our budget. Also, it's an integrated system (although not truly one system when you count Vista Time) which is an improvement over our current state.
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    Return on Investment

    AccountantsWorld

    • We can process a large number of payrolls with a relatively small staff.
    • Payroll relief is simple to sell and support.
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    Personnel Data Systems (PDS)

    • Positive impact would definitely be self-service for both employees and managers to view and update selected data.
    • Through some analytics our managers are able to track turnover for their site/department by many criteria (length of service, reason, etc) and can view a number of other analytical reports such as headcount and demographics which help them to make informed decisions about their department.
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