ActiveCollab vs. APS Payroll

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
ActiveCollab
Score 4.3 out of 10
N/A
Active Collab is a project management solution built around features such as task management, collaboration, time tracking, and invoicing.
$8
per member/per month
APS Payroll
Score 5.0 out of 10
Mid-Size Companies (51-1,000 employees)
APS is a national workforce management and cloud-based HR solution provider. The platform includes core HR, payroll, time and attendance (including manager and employee self-service), compliance tools, and onboarding.N/A
Pricing
ActiveCollabAPS Payroll
Editions & Modules
ActiveCollab Project Management
$8
per member/per month
Self-Hosted Plan
$999.00
license
No answers on this topic
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
ActiveCollabAPS Payroll
Free Trial
YesNo
Free/Freemium Version
YesNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
YesYes
Entry-level Setup Fee$6.25 per member, per month, annual billingRequired
Additional DetailsOur Payroll solution is offered as a standalone service, but additional solutions must be used in conjunction with our Payroll solution. This ensures the best possible user experience for our customers.
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Features
ActiveCollabAPS Payroll
Project Management
Comparison of Project Management features of Product A and Product B
ActiveCollab
3.6
13 Ratings
71% below category average
APS Payroll
-
Ratings
Task Management5.512 Ratings00 Ratings
Resource Management1.08 Ratings00 Ratings
Gantt Charts3.07 Ratings00 Ratings
Scheduling1.011 Ratings00 Ratings
Workflow Automation7.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Team Collaboration6.313 Ratings00 Ratings
Support for Agile Methodology7.07 Ratings00 Ratings
Support for Waterfall Methodology7.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Document Management3.08 Ratings00 Ratings
Email integration4.09 Ratings00 Ratings
Mobile Access1.310 Ratings00 Ratings
Timesheet Tracking2.09 Ratings00 Ratings
Change request and Case Management1.08 Ratings00 Ratings
Budget and Expense Management2.07 Ratings00 Ratings
Professional Services Automation
Comparison of Professional Services Automation features of Product A and Product B
ActiveCollab
5.7
8 Ratings
26% below category average
APS Payroll
-
Ratings
Quotes/estimates6.97 Ratings00 Ratings
Invoicing6.96 Ratings00 Ratings
Project & financial reporting1.07 Ratings00 Ratings
Integration with accounting software7.94 Ratings00 Ratings
Human Resource Management
Comparison of Human Resource Management features of Product A and Product B
ActiveCollab
-
Ratings
APS Payroll
7.6
33 Ratings
4% below category average
Employee demographic data00 Ratings8.030 Ratings
Employment history00 Ratings8.028 Ratings
Job profiles and administration00 Ratings8.021 Ratings
Workflow for transfers, promotions, pay raises, etc.00 Ratings8.326 Ratings
Organizational charting00 Ratings4.013 Ratings
Organization and location management00 Ratings8.619 Ratings
Compliance data (COBRA, OSHA, etc.)00 Ratings8.020 Ratings
Payroll Management
Comparison of Payroll Management features of Product A and Product B
ActiveCollab
-
Ratings
APS Payroll
9.1
33 Ratings
12% above category average
Pay calculation00 Ratings10.032 Ratings
Support for external payroll vendors00 Ratings8.013 Ratings
Off-cycle/On-Demand payment00 Ratings10.04 Ratings
Benefit plan administration00 Ratings8.822 Ratings
Direct deposit files00 Ratings10.032 Ratings
Salary revision and increment management00 Ratings8.024 Ratings
Reimbursement management00 Ratings8.913 Ratings
Leave and Attendance Management
Comparison of Leave and Attendance Management features of Product A and Product B
ActiveCollab
-
Ratings
APS Payroll
10.0
26 Ratings
21% above category average
Approval workflow00 Ratings10.026 Ratings
Balance details00 Ratings9.925 Ratings
Annual carry-forward and encashment00 Ratings10.019 Ratings
Employee Self Service
Comparison of Employee Self Service features of Product A and Product B
ActiveCollab
-
Ratings
APS Payroll
8.0
34 Ratings
2% below category average
View and generate pay and benefit information00 Ratings10.033 Ratings
Update personal information00 Ratings10.031 Ratings
View company policy documentation00 Ratings6.823 Ratings
Employee recognition00 Ratings5.014 Ratings
View job history00 Ratings8.023 Ratings
Asset Management
Comparison of Asset Management features of Product A and Product B
ActiveCollab
-
Ratings
APS Payroll
5.8
12 Ratings
30% below category average
Tracking of all physical assets00 Ratings5.812 Ratings
HR Reporting
Comparison of HR Reporting features of Product A and Product B
ActiveCollab
-
Ratings
APS Payroll
5.6
33 Ratings
31% below category average
Report builder00 Ratings5.133 Ratings
Pre-built reports00 Ratings5.032 Ratings
Ability to combine HR data with external data00 Ratings6.617 Ratings
Onboarding
Comparison of Onboarding features of Product A and Product B
ActiveCollab
-
Ratings
APS Payroll
9.7
19 Ratings
19% above category average
New hire portal00 Ratings9.519 Ratings
Manager tracking tools00 Ratings9.815 Ratings
Performance and Goals
Comparison of Performance and Goals features of Product A and Product B
ActiveCollab
-
Ratings
APS Payroll
7.4
11 Ratings
10% below category average
Corporate goal setting00 Ratings8.12 Ratings
Individual goal setting00 Ratings7.89 Ratings
Line-of sight-visibility00 Ratings5.18 Ratings
Performance tracking00 Ratings8.611 Ratings
Performance Management
Comparison of Performance Management features of Product A and Product B
ActiveCollab
-
Ratings
APS Payroll
6.8
13 Ratings
16% below category average
Performance plans00 Ratings7.612 Ratings
Performance improvement plans00 Ratings6.010 Ratings
Review status tracking00 Ratings7.611 Ratings
Review reminders00 Ratings7.212 Ratings
Multiple review frequency00 Ratings5.611 Ratings
Succession Planning
Comparison of Succession Planning features of Product A and Product B
ActiveCollab
-
Ratings
APS Payroll
5.0
1 Ratings
46% below category average
Create succession plans/pools00 Ratings5.01 Ratings
Candidate ranking00 Ratings5.01 Ratings
Recruiting / ATS
Comparison of Recruiting / ATS features of Product A and Product B
ActiveCollab
-
Ratings
APS Payroll
8.1
8 Ratings
3% above category average
Job Requisition Management00 Ratings9.56 Ratings
Company Website Posting00 Ratings9.57 Ratings
Publish to Social Media00 Ratings6.16 Ratings
Job Search Site Posting00 Ratings8.86 Ratings
Duplicate Candidate Prevention00 Ratings6.57 Ratings
Applicant Tracking00 Ratings9.16 Ratings
Notifications and Alerts00 Ratings6.98 Ratings
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User Ratings
ActiveCollabAPS Payroll
Likelihood to Recommend
3.1
(13 ratings)
1.1
(36 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
-
(0 ratings)
9.7
(6 ratings)
Usability
-
(0 ratings)
9.5
(4 ratings)
Availability
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
Performance
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
7.1
(3 ratings)
6.8
(5 ratings)
In-Person Training
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
Online Training
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
Implementation Rating
-
(0 ratings)
8.7
(4 ratings)
Configurability
-
(0 ratings)
8.0
(1 ratings)
Ease of integration
-
(0 ratings)
8.0
(1 ratings)
Product Scalability
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
ActiveCollabAPS Payroll
Likelihood to Recommend
ActiveCollab
Scenarios where ActiveCollab works well 1) ActiveCollab works well for small teams specifically T&M teams.Its invoicing feature is unique & can make your life easy. 2) It is very easy to use & posses good range of filters like on the task list, we can drag/drop tasks, Filter by assignee's,
tasks lists, due dates, or completed tasks. 3) It has some simple but awesome features like when you're in
the middle of writing something i.e a comment on story and get interrupted,
it retains what you wrote. 4) It allows you to tag team members in threads of comments to grab their attention, its really needed when teams are distributed. Thus helping team members to collaborate easily & stay on same page. 5) It integrates pretty well with other web apps like quickbooks , Slack, Trello, HubSpot, Zapier etc Scenarios where ActiveCollab did not work well 1) Tasks can not have multiple assignee's here so if two members are working on same task it did not allow you to reflect that. 2) Sorting capability is not their under invoicing 3) It did not work well for larger teams 4) Search option is not very detailed & you may end up wasting lot of time searching one particular bug or issue.












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APS Payroll
I think that APS Online is scalable to any organization. It's a wonderful product and I have had so many managers that work with me that feel the same way. We haven't been with them quite a year yet but since we've started it has made a world of difference for us. Things to ask about- 1- Do they specialize in or can they accommodate states that you are working in and their various rules? 2- What type of customer service? Do they have a call center or do they have a designated person like APS? 3- How long do your reports stay in the system? (ADP "archived" theirs after a year so we couldn't reach them)
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Pros
ActiveCollab
  • Great for project and task assignments, project workflow and communications.
  • Solid web-based platform that doesn't require software downloads, also includes great mobile platform.
  • Great reporting tools for managing billing, estimating, project workflow and other essential project details.
  • Allows for both the agency and its clients to interact on a single platform using role-specific permissions.
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APS Payroll
  • It's fast and intuitive. Our previous contractors were ADP and Paychex and neither were intuitive. Our payroll runs have less errors now than with previous vendors. Payroll prep time is down from 5 hours with ADP to 2 hours with APS for the HR Manager.
  • The limiters are great. I'm always afraid of that error that no one caught. Let's assume that you add a $200 limiter to overtime. Any time that a staff member is about to receive more than $200 in overtime for that pay period, a red flag goes up for the HR manager to double check.
  • We have 3 programs in public schools that block certain ports. APS has a 2nd feature using GPS so that staff can only check in for their shift while they are in the designated GPS range. Great for someone who has to report to a remote location. Just add the GPS coordinates and they can't check until they get to the project.
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Cons
ActiveCollab
  • It isn't possible to set members of staff as part time, so if someone is unavailable on certain days you must manually enter them as OOO every single day that they are not in, that other teammates work. Hours also can't be edited individually - everyone is treated as working the same hours in a day, rendering capacity planner useless for flexi working teams
  • Subtasks cannot be assigned their own hours and deadlines, meaning the To Do list view can't be seen in actual date order and capacity planner does not reflect all time allocated to an individual's schedule unless every task is set up as a separate task rather than subtask
  • There is no way to see all tasks of a certain type across multiple campaigns (e.g all copywriting tasks vs all technical tasks) - support team suggested exporting data and making spreadsheets
  • Kanban view isn't available for people's own task lists ('board' view here shows a list)
  • Not possible to have one task be assigned to more than one person
  • Notifications are not sent when tasks are updated, so you have to leave comments and tag people each time
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APS Payroll
  • Reporting - We have six different business units and the reporting is separate for all three. Most reporting I do requires information from all business units so am running six reports and then copying and pasting to get the report I need.
  • Multi-state taxes - We have a number of employees who live in New York and work in New Jersey. APS OnLine is designed to accommodate one state withholding so ability to have "worked in" state and "lived in" state taxes withheld went away. This was a shortfall.
  • The Carrier connection setup took much longer than expected. After a year, we are still having some issues with some items transferring over to the GL.
  • The CA overtime calculation does not calculate after 8 hours per day, only on the 40 per week so we override each week.
  • Reporting - when running Benefit reports, it recognizes employees who formerly carried the plan but may have dropped it. To get around this, we have to delete off the employee's record so the history is not readily available.
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Likelihood to Renew
ActiveCollab
No answers on this topic
APS Payroll
I have been using the system for over a year now and feel more comfortable with the functionality of it. I have just recently implemented the benefit administration portion.
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Usability
ActiveCollab
No answers on this topic
APS Payroll
In general, it's a great system to use. We were looking for simplicity and ease of use and have received raves from our employees in their ability to access and make use of the system. There is still so much more that we have yet to gain as we continue working through each of the modules.
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Reliability and Availability
ActiveCollab
No answers on this topic
APS Payroll
I haven't had any outages
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Performance
ActiveCollab
No answers on this topic
APS Payroll
Very quick
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Support Rating
ActiveCollab
We have not required support for ActiveCollab as it works pretty seamlessly. We didn't have any issues with using the platform or with any billing issues. The self-service aspect of the platform is robust and easy to navigate so we have not encountered any errors that required assistance from the support team.
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APS Payroll
I had to learn APS on my own, and the support team held my hand. They are still there when I have an occasional question. Anytime I need support, I can call my rep or send an email and help is on the way, without failure. The support team is awesome
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In-Person Training
ActiveCollab
No answers on this topic
APS Payroll
Even if it wasn't in-person on location, we felt like we had our trainer in the room with us.
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Online Training
ActiveCollab
No answers on this topic
APS Payroll
We had great webinars.
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Implementation Rating
ActiveCollab
No answers on this topic
APS Payroll
It would have been helpful to understand the phases of the implementation up front so I could have prepared differently for enrollments, billing, and transfer of information to payroll. At the end of the day, I'm happy with the selection and the system and anticipate I will like it better as we go along. We have done a number of other system implementations in the past few years, and this has been pretty painless, however, I've had a few surprises.
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Alternatives Considered
ActiveCollab
ActiveCollab is easier to use and simpler in its setup. It has the right mix of features and simplicity. It's also project-oriented which is important for our workflow. Other tools are often too task-oriented, making it hard to track projects. Overall, ActiveCollab has a great mix of simplicity with good features.
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APS Payroll
Paychex was probably the best system, but the constant shifting of support teams caused a loss of institutional knowledge every time. ADP was impersonal and support phone calls almost always went overseas. The lack of knowledge of the support service was disturbing. It was hoped that APS would provide a good system with quality support. Support normally isn't bad other than the journal entry.
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Scalability
ActiveCollab
No answers on this topic
APS Payroll
I've never had a problem with the system nor in finding the right information.
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Return on Investment
ActiveCollab
  • Allows our team to stay organized and keep conversations on tasks.
  • The To-Do List email every morning helps me mentally prepare and know exactly what I should be doing as soon as I start work.
  • Powerful and useful integrations save lots of time (Google Drive, Slack, Dropbox, Zapier and more!).
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APS Payroll
  • We were able to transition quickly and continue to successfully hire and onboard new hires for several Clubs that opened within weeks of moving to APS.
  • We do struggle a bit with the ease of reporting simply because our locations are all under separate EIN and that can make it difficult to easily combine data queried under custom reports, so the volume of reporting that I might wish to be able to push through weekly in order to help address 'real time' trends is not always available.
  • The lack of effective dating for position and wage changes does mean that HR and available APS data is not 'real time' accurate and that HR does need to return to the system to update changes well after-the-fact, which is not ideal.
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ScreenShots

ActiveCollab Screenshots

Screenshot of the dashboard with an overview of projects.Screenshot of multiple task views currently showing a Kanban view of the tasklists and tasks.Screenshot of Overview of all recent activity.Screenshot of Calendar view with task dependencies.Screenshot of Permission settings (owner, member, client, client+).Screenshot of List of available Add-ons.

APS Payroll Screenshots

Screenshot of Benefits Administration Dashboard