ADP Workforce Now vs. AkkenCloud

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
ADP Workforce Now
Score 7.9 out of 10
Mid-Size Companies (51-1,000 employees)
ADP Workforce Now is a cloud-based HR platform for mid-sized businesses. It features customizable modules of various HR services that businesses can tailor to their specific needs, as well as regulatory monitoring and alerts to help businesses remain compliant.N/A
AkkenCloud
Score 7.0 out of 10
N/A
AkkenCloud is a cloud-based ATS developed by Akken Inc in New Hampshire. This product offers the full suite of features typical of applicant tracking systems: A user-friendly interface and mobile device integration Batch or mass communication with potential candidates via multiple channels such as email or by leveraging its integration with social networking sites (e.g. LinkedIn) Instantaneous posting to multiple job boards Job alerts and category sorted…N/A
Pricing
ADP Workforce NowAkkenCloud
Editions & Modules
Essential
Contact sales team
Enhanced
Contact sales team
Complete
Contact sales team
HR Pro
Contact sales team
Payroll Essentials
Contact sales team
HR Plus
Contact sales team
Hiring Advantage
Contact sales team
Performance Plus
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
ADP Workforce NowAkkenCloud
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
YesNo
Entry-level Setup FeeRequiredNo setup fee
Additional DetailsPlease contact ADP for a product demo and ask about a hands-on "test drive" of Workforce Now.
More Pricing Information
Community Pulse
ADP Workforce NowAkkenCloud
Considered Both Products
ADP Workforce Now
Chose ADP Workforce Now
Well, we will be moving on from ADP. In terms of comparison, Bullhorn has the same shortcomings that ADP had. It's clunky and takes a lot of steps to minimal things. Lots of pretty colors and visual appeal but clunky to use. Akken is probably the worst system I've ever used. …
AkkenCloud
Chose AkkenCloud
I've used Sendouts, Bullhorn, Primepoint, and ADP's Workforce Now. If I had been here, I would have never selected Akken. It is truly the worst ATS I've ever seen and I can't believe they are in business. It blows my mind because they are really a horrible, horrible ATS.
Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
ADP Workforce NowAkkenCloud
Human Resource Management
Comparison of Human Resource Management features of Product A and Product B
ADP Workforce Now
7.6
1021 Ratings
4% below category average
AkkenCloud
-
Ratings
Employee demographic data8.1901 Ratings00 Ratings
Employment history8.2937 Ratings00 Ratings
Job profiles and administration7.9889 Ratings00 Ratings
Workflow for transfers, promotions, pay raises, etc.7.4916 Ratings00 Ratings
Organizational charting6.7641 Ratings00 Ratings
Organization and location management7.5702 Ratings00 Ratings
Compliance data (COBRA, OSHA, etc.)7.4648 Ratings00 Ratings
Payroll Management
Comparison of Payroll Management features of Product A and Product B
ADP Workforce Now
7.9
1033 Ratings
2% below category average
AkkenCloud
-
Ratings
Pay calculation8.6994 Ratings00 Ratings
Support for external payroll vendors7.2389 Ratings00 Ratings
Off-cycle/On-Demand payment7.7293 Ratings00 Ratings
Benefit plan administration7.9796 Ratings00 Ratings
Direct deposit files8.6982 Ratings00 Ratings
Salary revision and increment management7.7768 Ratings00 Ratings
Reimbursement management7.4467 Ratings00 Ratings
Leave and Attendance Management
Comparison of Leave and Attendance Management features of Product A and Product B
ADP Workforce Now
7.6
843 Ratings
7% below category average
AkkenCloud
-
Ratings
Approval workflow7.8765 Ratings00 Ratings
Balance details7.6798 Ratings00 Ratings
Annual carry-forward and encashment7.5646 Ratings00 Ratings
Employee Self Service
Comparison of Employee Self Service features of Product A and Product B
ADP Workforce Now
7.9
1013 Ratings
3% below category average
AkkenCloud
-
Ratings
View and generate pay and benefit information8.2976 Ratings00 Ratings
Update personal information8.5967 Ratings00 Ratings
View company policy documentation8.1781 Ratings00 Ratings
Employee recognition7.0364 Ratings00 Ratings
View job history7.732 Ratings00 Ratings
Asset Management
Comparison of Asset Management features of Product A and Product B
ADP Workforce Now
6.0
12 Ratings
26% below category average
AkkenCloud
-
Ratings
Tracking of all physical assets6.012 Ratings00 Ratings
HR Reporting
Comparison of HR Reporting features of Product A and Product B
ADP Workforce Now
6.9
943 Ratings
10% below category average
AkkenCloud
-
Ratings
Report builder7.3926 Ratings00 Ratings
Pre-built reports7.5922 Ratings00 Ratings
Ability to combine HR data with external data6.1549 Ratings00 Ratings
Onboarding
Comparison of Onboarding features of Product A and Product B
ADP Workforce Now
7.0
115 Ratings
14% below category average
AkkenCloud
-
Ratings
New hire portal7.4111 Ratings00 Ratings
Manager tracking tools6.691 Ratings00 Ratings
Performance and Goals
Comparison of Performance and Goals features of Product A and Product B
ADP Workforce Now
7.8
309 Ratings
5% below category average
AkkenCloud
-
Ratings
Corporate goal setting8.0238 Ratings00 Ratings
Individual goal setting8.0289 Ratings00 Ratings
Line-of sight-visibility7.6236 Ratings00 Ratings
Performance tracking7.9282 Ratings00 Ratings
Performance Management
Comparison of Performance Management features of Product A and Product B
ADP Workforce Now
7.3
400 Ratings
9% below category average
AkkenCloud
-
Ratings
Performance plans7.3359 Ratings00 Ratings
Performance improvement plans7.3307 Ratings00 Ratings
Review status tracking7.5364 Ratings00 Ratings
Review reminders7.2377 Ratings00 Ratings
Multiple review frequency7.2312 Ratings00 Ratings
Succession Planning
Comparison of Succession Planning features of Product A and Product B
ADP Workforce Now
6.0
7 Ratings
28% below category average
AkkenCloud
-
Ratings
Create succession plans/pools5.86 Ratings00 Ratings
Candidate ranking5.86 Ratings00 Ratings
Candidate search6.37 Ratings00 Ratings
Candidate development6.26 Ratings00 Ratings
Recruiting / ATS
Comparison of Recruiting / ATS features of Product A and Product B
ADP Workforce Now
6.8
420 Ratings
14% below category average
AkkenCloud
7.7
8 Ratings
3% below category average
Job Requisition Management7.5365 Ratings6.28 Ratings
Company Website Posting8.1357 Ratings8.67 Ratings
Publish to Social Media6.9286 Ratings8.65 Ratings
Job Search Site Posting7.2320 Ratings8.75 Ratings
Duplicate Candidate Prevention2.38 Ratings9.28 Ratings
Applicant Tracking7.0361 Ratings7.58 Ratings
Notifications and Alerts8.3382 Ratings7.05 Ratings
Resume Management00 Ratings9.47 Ratings
Candidate Search00 Ratings4.18 Ratings
Collaboration00 Ratings4.98 Ratings
Task Creation and Delegation00 Ratings8.27 Ratings
Email Templates00 Ratings8.05 Ratings
User Permissions00 Ratings9.05 Ratings
Reporting00 Ratings8.06 Ratings
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User Ratings
ADP Workforce NowAkkenCloud
Likelihood to Recommend
8.2
(1088 ratings)
6.1
(13 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
7.3
(82 ratings)
7.6
(5 ratings)
Usability
5.2
(79 ratings)
8.0
(1 ratings)
Availability
7.3
(14 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Performance
6.4
(13 ratings)
6.0
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
7.0
(462 ratings)
2.0
(3 ratings)
In-Person Training
8.2
(9 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Online Training
5.8
(17 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Implementation Rating
5.0
(34 ratings)
6.0
(1 ratings)
Configurability
6.4
(10 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Ease of integration
6.1
(8 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Product Scalability
7.4
(750 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
5.2
(8 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
6.1
(8 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
ADP Workforce NowAkkenCloud
Likelihood to Recommend
ADP
If you are looking to automate processes and have the system handle administrative, boring tasks this is the system for you. They are continuing to evolve and are coming out with improvements constantly. Have a suggestion on an improvement they will listen and consider implementing.
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AkkenCloud
I don't know many other scenarios, as I have been with this company for 13 years and in this industry for roughly 25 years. It is a tool that is well suited for our company and this industry in general. As a staffing company, you can accomplish nearly everything imaginable with this tool. The only area I have seen that might not be ideal is if you wanted to run all kinds of metrics. You can run a variety of reports in Akken, the data fields are limited sometimes and one would think that wouldn't need to be the case. You should be able to put whatever data you want in any field to create the report you need.
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Pros
ADP
  • HRIS that is personalized for the employee and addresses DE&I needs.
  • Payroll, of course! The system addresses all needs, such as deductions, additional pay, premium OT, and shift differentials.
  • Onboarding is an excellent way to stay in compliance and have all documents completed.
  • Tax and Banking and resolution to any issues.
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AkkenCloud
  • Automatically keeps a record of activities such as email conversations related to a candidate.
  • Time and date stamp on events logged to a candidate and customer is a great resource.
  • Completing full company profiles with all contacts is very helpful for later efficiency.
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Cons
ADP
  • I would like it if better communication was sent out about new product updates. Sometimes, I go into a screen and things are different and I have to relearn it on the fly.
  • Editing the mobile app - I would like it if what is shown on the desktop version was automatically on the app. WAY more of my employees use the app, but I put the most important information on the desktop version because it is easier to update.
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AkkenCloud
  • This is the worst ATS I've ever used. It's hard to find what you need. It's not set up in a coherent manner and things are all over the place.
  • I have to download a resume just to view it.
  • The parse function only works in Internet Explorer and it works poorly then. Makes it impossible to tell if its actually a duplicate because it flags everything.
  • No section for meaningful notes. Notes are all just reports of action.
  • No way to make it efficient for direct hires. All geared towards staffing so it makes you fill out non-sense information that will be inaccurate and irrelevant just to satisfy field requirements.
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Likelihood to Renew
ADP
Due to the lack of support from the sales and service center we are looking at other options outside of ADP. Again it is a good system, it just lacks the support it deserves from the company employees. It is just unimaginable that you will need to reach out to a service provider several times for the same issue and not get it resolved.
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AkkenCloud
There is no reason for us to make a switch. Everybody in the office is familiar with it and it allows us to get our work done faster. There are no pressing issues that would warrant a change at this point
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Usability
ADP
I would give it a 10 however I do not like when ADP does facelifts in Workforce Now which does not add any value other than having to relearn navigation. I am also not a big fan of being forced to refer to the Bridge. We have Google which gives the same results. If I understood the answer I would not contact our Account Rep.
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AkkenCloud
Akken is quite easy to use however there are a few more complex functions or multi steps to go through to run reports and find historic information.
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Reliability and Availability
ADP
ADP outages are very rare
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AkkenCloud
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Performance
ADP
Overall, I think the functionality of the program works pretty well. Sometimes, certain browsers do not work well for the policy function of ADP, but that is the only issue thus far
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AkkenCloud
It's an average tool. The calendar function isn't great, email is slow, and there always seem to be day-to-day issues. The functionality is mostly there for a staffing firm, but there are plenty of areas of improvement still needed
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Support Rating
ADP
I have contacted support multiple times and have always been happy with the results. ADP's support staff is always helpful and makes easy work of solving problems. I love my Payroll Account Manager, as well as my Enhanced Time Account Manager.
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AkkenCloud
The best support we have received has been from sales. Customer success is pretty much a joke. We have been yelled at by customer success reps; been told to take a screenshot of something we are not seeing; been told there are no issues on there in when Akken hadn't been working for hours, only to have it magically fixed shortly after we reported the problem; and been told engineering was working on a problem for weeks without resolution. If you are going to be working with IT Staffing companies, you have to understand that we have a modicum of knowledge in IT, and you can't BS us. Honesty will get you a lot farther than stringing us along with BS.
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In-Person Training
ADP
In-person training was pretty good - I think this significantly depends on the trainer. Our trainer was really good and showed what ADP can do - but I know that all trainers are not the same - and this truly makes such as difference. Overall, our training went pretty well.
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AkkenCloud
No answers on this topic
Online Training
ADP
At the time training was not as expansive as it is now. If it could go wrong it did for me so the process was difficult and lengthy. I needed to have more in person walkthroughs of things to ensure the transition was done correctly. Not sure what else I can say, we were part of the initial move to Workforce Now when it was introduced.
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AkkenCloud
No answers on this topic
Implementation Rating
ADP
Either assign more than one specialist to the implementation process, or assign less clients to the implementation specialist. The process requires attention to detail and the ability to test and re-test as well as verify the information. It also requires a lot of back and forth between the client ant the implementation specialist, so they need to be readily available during the whole implementation process.
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AkkenCloud
Encourage your team to watch the training videos available.
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Alternatives Considered
ADP
Although this SAS takes longer to perform the everyday functions related to payroll and HR data input, the difference in this software and our previous software is like night and day. We were on a very old server platform and had too many issues with continuous need for backup.
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AkkenCloud
We preferred the ability to go with Mac computers. That was the number one selling point for us. Besides that we liked the ease of the product. The email interface looked exactly like Outlook. The calendar the same. The price was also a big selling point. It came in slightly cheaper than Bullhorn and other systems and in our opinion a better product.
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Scalability
ADP
We have been able to grow with ADP from just a few hundred employees to over 10,000 so it's actually very scalable for payroll usage. We do not use the benefits and onboarding offerings for most of our employees but they are built to scale easily enough for when our corporate team has over 1,000 FTE.
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AkkenCloud
No answers on this topic
Return on Investment
ADP
  • ADP WorkforceNow has provided a positive ROI for our company. It has saved me countless hours in the time I used to spend preparing reports, managing benefits, and annual enrollment, recruitment tracking, and much more.
  • The integration with Payscale has allowed our company to take every position in our organization and benchmark it to industries and job titles. This has allowed us to be more competitive on recruitment and retention.
  • We have used the new DE&I dashboard to provide valuable information on the landscape of our workforce, as well as areas of our organization that may not be as diverse.
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AkkenCloud
  • Sometimes the system is slow and the process of hiring someone is lengthy so it takes a long time to complete it so it takes away from other things I could be working on
  • It’s easy and quick to manage candidates to show what process they’re in
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ScreenShots

ADP Workforce Now Screenshots

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