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Score 6 out of 101
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Score 8.3 out of 101

Likelihood to Recommend

ADP TotalSource

ADP TotalSource (as a PEO) is well-suited for companies that need a little help acquiring the next tier of benefit offerings from payers. Assuming they continue providing additional training to account representatives, they are well suited for companies who would like to reduce their exposure to payroll and human resources. The service is less appropriate for smaller companies who can easily handle payroll functions in house.
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Meta4 PeopleNet Core HR

Meta4 PeopleNet Core HR is a very powerful HR tool with abundant features that could fulfill pretty much all the HR needs of a small to medium sized organization. It might be an overkill for very small businesses with less than 20 employees as its really geared towards larger organizations. It offers powerful tools to performance reviews as well as employee HR management tasks. One interesting feature is the ability for employees to perform self administrative tasks through the software which allows some automation of tasks. On the other hand, the program can be so feature rich that require an advanced user with data analytic skills to fully utility. Companies that use the software will need to have at least one manager procure training before utilizing its full range of features.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Human Resource Management

ADP TotalSource
8.2
Meta4 PeopleNet Core HR
7.3
Employee demographic data
ADP TotalSource
7.6
Meta4 PeopleNet Core HR
7.0
Employment history
ADP TotalSource
8.4
Meta4 PeopleNet Core HR
6.0
Job profiles and administration
ADP TotalSource
7.7
Meta4 PeopleNet Core HR
8.0
Workflow for transfers, promotions, pay raises, etc.
ADP TotalSource
8.5
Meta4 PeopleNet Core HR
7.0
Organizational charting
ADP TotalSource
8.6
Meta4 PeopleNet Core HR
7.0
Organization and location management
ADP TotalSource
7.4
Meta4 PeopleNet Core HR
9.0
Compliance data (COBRA, OSHA, etc.)
ADP TotalSource
9.4
Meta4 PeopleNet Core HR
7.0

Payroll Management

ADP TotalSource
7.6
Meta4 PeopleNet Core HR
6.2
Pay calculation
ADP TotalSource
7.6
Meta4 PeopleNet Core HR
6.0
Support for external payroll vendors
ADP TotalSource
9.7
Meta4 PeopleNet Core HR
5.0
Benefit plan administration
ADP TotalSource
7.7
Meta4 PeopleNet Core HR
6.0
Direct deposit files
ADP TotalSource
7.9
Meta4 PeopleNet Core HR
7.0
Salary revision and increment management
ADP TotalSource
9.3
Meta4 PeopleNet Core HR
7.0
Reimbursement management
ADP TotalSource
3.5
Meta4 PeopleNet Core HR
6.0

Leave and Attendance Management

ADP TotalSource
6.6
Meta4 PeopleNet Core HR
6.3
Approval workflow
ADP TotalSource
6.4
Meta4 PeopleNet Core HR
7.0
Balance details
ADP TotalSource
6.6
Meta4 PeopleNet Core HR
7.0
Annual carry-forward and encashment
ADP TotalSource
6.8
Meta4 PeopleNet Core HR
5.0

Employee Self Service

ADP TotalSource
7.9
Meta4 PeopleNet Core HR
6.4
View and generate pay and benefit information
ADP TotalSource
8.2
Meta4 PeopleNet Core HR
6.0
Update personal information
ADP TotalSource
8.2
Meta4 PeopleNet Core HR
7.0
View company policy documentation
ADP TotalSource
7.5
Meta4 PeopleNet Core HR
7.0
Employee recognition
ADP TotalSource
8.0
Meta4 PeopleNet Core HR
5.0
View job history
ADP TotalSource
7.8
Meta4 PeopleNet Core HR
7.0

Asset Management

ADP TotalSource
8.1
Meta4 PeopleNet Core HR
Tracking of all physical assets
ADP TotalSource
8.1
Meta4 PeopleNet Core HR

HR Reporting

ADP TotalSource
5.7
Meta4 PeopleNet Core HR
7.0
Report builder
ADP TotalSource
6.3
Meta4 PeopleNet Core HR
9.0
Pre-built reports
ADP TotalSource
5.4
Meta4 PeopleNet Core HR
7.0
Ability to combine HR data with external data
ADP TotalSource
5.3
Meta4 PeopleNet Core HR
5.0

Onboarding

ADP TotalSource
6.5
Meta4 PeopleNet Core HR
New hire portal
ADP TotalSource
6.5
Meta4 PeopleNet Core HR
Manager tracking tools
ADP TotalSource
6.4
Meta4 PeopleNet Core HR

Performance and Goals

ADP TotalSource
7.0
Meta4 PeopleNet Core HR
7.0
Corporate goal setting
ADP TotalSource
6.0
Meta4 PeopleNet Core HR
Individual goal setting
ADP TotalSource
8.0
Meta4 PeopleNet Core HR
Line-of sight-visibility
ADP TotalSource
6.0
Meta4 PeopleNet Core HR
Performance tracking
ADP TotalSource
8.0
Meta4 PeopleNet Core HR
7.0

Performance Management

ADP TotalSource
7.9
Meta4 PeopleNet Core HR
7.7
Performance plans
ADP TotalSource
6.0
Meta4 PeopleNet Core HR
8.0
Performance improvement plans
ADP TotalSource
9.0
Meta4 PeopleNet Core HR
8.0
Review status tracking
ADP TotalSource
8.2
Meta4 PeopleNet Core HR
7.0
Review reminders
ADP TotalSource
8.6
Meta4 PeopleNet Core HR
Multiple review frequency
ADP TotalSource
8.0
Meta4 PeopleNet Core HR

Succession Planning

ADP TotalSource
7.0
Meta4 PeopleNet Core HR
Create succession plans/pools
ADP TotalSource
7.0
Meta4 PeopleNet Core HR
Candidate ranking
ADP TotalSource
7.0
Meta4 PeopleNet Core HR
Candidate search
ADP TotalSource
8.0
Meta4 PeopleNet Core HR
Candidate development
ADP TotalSource
6.0
Meta4 PeopleNet Core HR

Recruiting / ATS

ADP TotalSource
7.4
Meta4 PeopleNet Core HR
6.4
Job Requisition Management
ADP TotalSource
6.0
Meta4 PeopleNet Core HR
8.0
Company Website Posting
ADP TotalSource
8.0
Meta4 PeopleNet Core HR
7.0
Publish to Social Media
ADP TotalSource
7.0
Meta4 PeopleNet Core HR
6.0
Job Search Site Posting
ADP TotalSource
9.0
Meta4 PeopleNet Core HR
5.0
Duplicate Candidate Prevention
ADP TotalSource
6.0
Meta4 PeopleNet Core HR
5.0
Applicant Tracking
ADP TotalSource
7.0
Meta4 PeopleNet Core HR
8.0
Notifications and Alerts
ADP TotalSource
9.0
Meta4 PeopleNet Core HR
6.0

Pros

ADP TotalSource

  • Their payroll software offers the expected levels of security/controls regarding timecard approvals.
  • Personally, I have found their "canned" reporting software pretty easy to use.
  • As far as account representatives, William (Bill) Eddy has been a pleasure to work with. The majority of the other individuals assigned to our account have left a poor taste in my mouth. Terrence Jeffrey Malari was a great deal of help in working through some personal questions I had. Actually, the representatives assigned to individual needs seem to be pretty helpful, the account team could use some additional training.
  • ADP built a custom report that is capable of uploading directly into our general ledger.
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Meta4 PeopleNet Core HR

  • The software is very flexible in working with different types of organization functions, departments, and with projects.
  • The program is provides a solid recruitment platform.
  • Managers can use the software for performance reviews and for analysis.
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Cons

ADP TotalSource

  • They failed to file wages with the state for over 1 and 1/2 years
  • They classified 401k contributions as after tax and then had to amend form W-2 on multiple employees
  • They represented that short-term disability insurance was available during the proposal process, and after signing, side that it was in fact, not available, or a true bait and switch.
  • Their platform is very outdated and even their consultants cannot maneuver around and create reports.
  • It is very difficult to reach your assigned representative.
  • The executive of their customer service provides all kinds of promises but does not execute on promises
  • Choosing ADP was one of my biggest regrets and I would like to prevent this same experience from happening to any other small business.
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Meta4 PeopleNet Core HR

  • Meta4 PeopleNet Core HR can be a bit overwhelming for light users with limited experience.
  • The performance review features are extensive and require a highly skilled manager that work with data analytics
  • The program is not quite as strong in its recruitment features as other software offerings.
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Alternatives Considered

ADP TotalSource

I chose ADP incorrectly concluding that since they are a big player in the PEO market, they must have processes and controls in place, as well as a robust reporting platform. What I experienced with ADP is anything but what they represented and what I believed I was contracting for. Unless you want to irreparably harm your business, choose another PEO rather than ADP. Choose any other than ADP.
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Meta4 PeopleNet Core HR

Meta4 PeopleNet Core HR really shines as a flexible product capable of evolving with an organization's changing needs. Its robust features, cloud based architecture, and performance analysis help push the product ahead of some of its competitors. While not perfect, the software offers in-depth performance review functions and data analysis tools that show performance trends. With its self administrative tools, employees can help manage their own information, reducing workload for HR managers
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Return on Investment

ADP TotalSource

  • ADP Total Source offers TERRIBLE REPORTING
  • ADP Total Source represents that they offer state of the art reporting. Please don't believe their claims. If you do, buyer beware.
  • ADP Total Source contracts to offer certain services and then does not fulfill promises. Since they are such a large company, they dare you to file a lawsuit against them. Since they are so big, you have very little recourse. Your business will suffer from using ADP as a co-employment partners.
  • ADP failed to complete required state reporting and they offered no explanation, just an amended filing.
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Meta4 PeopleNet Core HR

  • Meta4 PeopleNet Core HR can require training and experience to fully utility its features
  • The program really helps with provide self administrative tools for employees to perform on their own, lowering management work loads.
  • What really makes the software shine is its flexible department management tools. One can setup extensive organization systems that are flexible enough to meet a wide range of organization needs.
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Pricing Details

ADP TotalSource

General

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

Meta4 PeopleNet Core HR

General

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

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