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Score 5.7 out of 101
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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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Sage People

Sage People is well suited to small-medium sized organizations that would like a cloud-based HR solution with no need for servers or software to install. I really like the fact that it is based on Salesforce.com so you know that it will be extremely reliable and well supported. It is very flexible and customizable and can work in complex HR arrangements. For example, we have employees in nearly 60 countries and multiple HR jurisdictions and we are able to make it work for us. However, if you are moving from a traditional or customized HR system there may be a steep learning curve and you should be prepared to spend a lot of time setting up and customizing to your needs, in addition to training.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Human Resource Management

ADP TotalSource
8.3
Sage People
7.2
Employee demographic data
ADP TotalSource
7.7
Sage People
7.4
Employment history
ADP TotalSource
8.4
Sage People
9.3
Job profiles and administration
ADP TotalSource
7.7
Sage People
9.3
Workflow for transfers, promotions, pay raises, etc.
ADP TotalSource
8.6
Sage People
4.5
Organizational charting
ADP TotalSource
8.7
Sage People
7.6
Organization and location management
ADP TotalSource
7.6
Sage People
8.4
Compliance data (COBRA, OSHA, etc.)
ADP TotalSource
9.5
Sage People
4.1

Payroll Management

ADP TotalSource
7.4
Sage People
9.3
Pay calculation
ADP TotalSource
7.4
Sage People
Support for external payroll vendors
ADP TotalSource
9.8
Sage People
9.3
Benefit plan administration
ADP TotalSource
7.4
Sage People
Direct deposit files
ADP TotalSource
7.7
Sage People
Salary revision and increment management
ADP TotalSource
9.3
Sage People
Reimbursement management
ADP TotalSource
2.6
Sage People

Leave and Attendance Management

ADP TotalSource
6.2
Sage People
9.2
Approval workflow
ADP TotalSource
6.1
Sage People
9.4
Balance details
ADP TotalSource
6.2
Sage People
9.0
Annual carry-forward and encashment
ADP TotalSource
6.4
Sage People
9.4

Employee Self Service

ADP TotalSource
7.9
Sage People
8.7
View and generate pay and benefit information
ADP TotalSource
8.1
Sage People
9.6
Update personal information
ADP TotalSource
8.1
Sage People
9.6
View company policy documentation
ADP TotalSource
7.4
Sage People
10.0
Employee recognition
ADP TotalSource
8.0
Sage People
5.1
View job history
ADP TotalSource
7.7
Sage People
9.3

Asset Management

ADP TotalSource
8.3
Sage People
Tracking of all physical assets
ADP TotalSource
8.3
Sage People

HR Reporting

ADP TotalSource
5.0
Sage People
9.6
Report builder
ADP TotalSource
6.0
Sage People
9.6
Pre-built reports
ADP TotalSource
4.7
Sage People
9.6
Ability to combine HR data with external data
ADP TotalSource
4.4
Sage People
9.6

Onboarding

ADP TotalSource
5.9
Sage People
9.3
New hire portal
ADP TotalSource
6.0
Sage People
9.3
Manager tracking tools
ADP TotalSource
5.7
Sage People
9.3

Performance and Goals

ADP TotalSource
7.0
Sage People
7.4
Corporate goal setting
ADP TotalSource
6.0
Sage People
7.4
Individual goal setting
ADP TotalSource
8.0
Sage People
7.7
Line-of sight-visibility
ADP TotalSource
6.0
Sage People
7.7
Performance tracking
ADP TotalSource
8.0
Sage People
6.7

Performance Management

ADP TotalSource
8.0
Sage People
7.0
Performance plans
ADP TotalSource
6.0
Sage People
6.4
Performance improvement plans
ADP TotalSource
9.0
Sage People
5.0
Review status tracking
ADP TotalSource
8.5
Sage People
6.1
Review reminders
ADP TotalSource
8.7
Sage People
8.6
Multiple review frequency
ADP TotalSource
8.0
Sage People
9.0

Succession Planning

ADP TotalSource
7.0
Sage People
8.0
Create succession plans/pools
ADP TotalSource
7.0
Sage People
8.4
Candidate ranking
ADP TotalSource
7.0
Sage People
8.0
Candidate search
ADP TotalSource
8.0
Sage People
8.0
Candidate development
ADP TotalSource
6.0
Sage People
7.6

Recruiting / ATS

ADP TotalSource
7.4
Sage People
6.9
Job Requisition Management
ADP TotalSource
6.0
Sage People
8.0
Company Website Posting
ADP TotalSource
8.0
Sage People
7.7
Publish to Social Media
ADP TotalSource
7.0
Sage People
7.7
Job Search Site Posting
ADP TotalSource
9.0
Sage People
7.4
Duplicate Candidate Prevention
ADP TotalSource
6.0
Sage People
3.1
Applicant Tracking
ADP TotalSource
7.0
Sage People
6.1
Notifications and Alerts
ADP TotalSource
9.0
Sage People
8.0

Pros

ADP TotalSource

  • During my 1 and 1/2 years of frustration, ADP does nothing well.
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Sage People

  • Sage is highly flexible and configurable, allowing us to manage the variety of geographies and functional units in one platform.
  • Sage is highly customer focused, with great CSM support.
  • Sage People will be able to integrate with other Sage pillars such as Accounting and Payroll.
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Cons

ADP TotalSource

  • While the prebuilt reports were great, I would have to contact TS in order to get a custom report. This only happened a few times because like I said, they had a variety of prebuilt reports that fit my needs
  • iReports was implemented and it became more difficult to find employee paystubs and find YTD pay
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Sage People

  • We found out-of-the-box configuration and fields for employees and salary to be lacking and had to do extensive customization especially for salary.
  • Basic salary functionality like uniform pay grades and automatic calculations based on FTE are lacking. This makes simple things like COLA adjustments to be a chore.
  • It is very easy to customize, which is a "Pro", but also means that you might have to do quite a bit of customization to get it to do what you'd like.
  • The employee Self-serve ("WX") interface can be a bit slow at times.
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Alternatives Considered

ADP TotalSource

We use ADP simply to to track pay for employees. We really like more of the functionality of Workday as it is really easy to import org charts and track performance. The graphics and appearance of these sections are also really nice! We also use Workday to track time off as it was more popular among employees to use when we asked them to compare more options. However, ADP is much better at tracking pay and because it carries information over from previous jobs, employees really like this as well!
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Sage People

Sage was a better fit for us for two reasons. One is that SuccessFactors seemed geared toward larger, more structured companies rather than to mid-size companies. The second reason is that from an Implementation standpoint, Sage has their own team while SuccessFactors uses third-party vendors. We felt that Sage would be more invested with us and a better partner in our success.
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Return on Investment

ADP TotalSource

  • ADP has made onboarding a breeze, which has saved us a ton of time in the hiring process. Freeing up employees to start work as soon as possible is extremely valuable in any space.
  • ADP doesn't need direct oversight most of the time, it being a very "set it and forget it" type of platform frees up our HR department for other things.
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Sage People

  • Sage People has helped us to standardize our HR processes across a complex multinational environment. Overall, this has saved us time and resources
  • Licensing can be expensive especially for HR administrator licenses, and non-profit pricing isn't as good as we would hope. However, in the long run, costs are saved because there is no need for internal infrastructures such as servers or client applications
  • Integration with multiple payroll providers saves time and money and reduces the chance for errors.
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Pricing Details

ADP TotalSource

General

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

Sage People

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Required

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