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ADP SmartCompliance

Top Rated
80 Ratings

ADP SmartCompliance

Top Rated
80 Ratings
Score 7.3 out of 101

Payroll by Wave

1 Ratings
Score 7 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

ADP SmartCompliance

ADP SmartCompliance is great at making sure that all the necessary information is where it needs to be.
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Payroll by Wave

Payroll by Wave is a simple tool - and of course it requires you to be inside the Wave ecosystem. So if you are invoicing and accounting with Wave, you are probably a small mom 'n pop setup in search of low-maintenance and cost-effective software. Payroll is a good complement to your Wave account.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Payroll Management

ADP SmartCompliance
9.0
Payroll by Wave
Pay calculation
ADP SmartCompliance
9.1
Payroll by Wave
Benefit plan administration
ADP SmartCompliance
9.1
Payroll by Wave
Direct deposit files
ADP SmartCompliance
9.1
Payroll by Wave
Salary revision and increment management
ADP SmartCompliance
9.1
Payroll by Wave
Reimbursement management
ADP SmartCompliance
8.6
Payroll by Wave

Pros

  • ADP SmartCompliance is great in that it provides all the reporting and info that you need in one spot and in an organized manner.
  • I like that ADP SmartCompliance allows you to upload agency notices and track the process of where it is at.
  • ADP allows the user to update tax rates an new states easily and quickly.
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  • An intuitive, clear UI helps you know where everything is, what options are at your disposal. Calendars and timelines show that Wave really thought out how to provide you with useful tool.
  • Pay day can be automated and straightforward.
  • Wave onboarding provides guidance at what information to input next until you are all set up.
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Cons

  • It would be great to have How To guides more easily accessible. (maybe within the sections that they pertain to). For example, a how-to guide on how to add a new state to the within the set up the screen.
  • I think that being able to download the quarterly tax filings that ADP filed on our behalf are missing. We do not know what was submitted directly to the agencies.
  • A built-in Quarter end / Year end checklist or workflow that is directly in ADP SC would be great. Currently, I reference a spreadsheet that is outside of ADP SC to ensure that I have checked the necessary reports and reconciled. If this could be a step by step task (with the due dates) within ADP SC and if you could mark it complete within the system instead of having to scan and fax the sign off sheet for the quarter... that would be great and would help keep me on track.
  • Reminders within ADP SC that would let me know when it was time to submit my Monthly file for Illinois would be great. I currently have a calendar reminder to remind me to send the monthly integration file.
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  • Payroll is a paid feature at $10 + $4/employee per month. I suppose this is a normal expense, but other payroll systems I've used, such as ones built into online banking, have cost me a fraction of this.
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Likelihood to Renew

ADP SmartCompliance9.1
Based on 1 answer
I use ADP more often than anyone in our company, and it has saved a great deal of time, money, and effort in payroll tax.
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Usability

ADP SmartCompliance7.3
Based on 2 answers
Its easy to use just need additional changes to make some functions easier to find on the interface
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Support

ADP SmartCompliance6.4
Based on 2 answers
The account managers have too many clients to give great customer service all the time. I had to complain to get better customer service
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Implementation

ADP SmartCompliance8.2
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almost everything went smoothly, but I needed to check everything, and make some corrections later
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Alternatives Considered

ADP is far superior
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We moved away from Wave as most of our contractors are time-based, and Wave flat out refuses to provide time tracking features. We tried integrations, but the pricing/complexity goes up and reliability goes down when integrating systems which were not intended to communicate. We since moved to Avaza and sacrificed Payroll for more robust time tracking, project management, and a very open feature development process
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Return on Investment

  • Our Payroll department has been able to move to a 100% electronic payment requirement in the four states we operate in, eliminating approximately $6,000/semi-monthly for postage, packaging and stop payment fees associated with live check processing. We've also been able to reduce the fraud risk in our 64 buildings by eliminating the need to keep a payroll check book in each for emergencies
  • We have been able to reallocate three head counts from manual tracking and entry of garnishments. The Garnishment Service Center has taken the responsibility of answering and tracking orders, issuing copies to employees and handling general inquiries from agencies and employees from our in-house staff.
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  • We tested Wave briefly and Wave Payroll briefly. Impact was minimal as it did not quite fit our needs.
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Pricing Details

ADP SmartCompliance

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Required
Additional Pricing Details
Pricing varies based upon modules deployed and features enabled.

Payroll by Wave

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details