ADP Workforce Now vs. BQE CORE

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
BQE CORE
Score 8.5 out of 10
Small Businesses (1-50 employees)
BQE CORE is a business management solution built specifically for professional service firms. BQE CORE is a combination of a billing assistant, project management, and accounting solution. CORE is designed to do the hard work of delivering actionable insights directly to the user's dashboards or inbox. BQE CORE replaces the products Engineeroffice, Archioffice, and BillQuick; the functionality of these applications is now found in BQE CORE.N/A
Pricing
ADP Workforce NowBQE CORE
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
Contact sales team
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
ADP Workforce NowBQE CORE
Free Trial
NoYes
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
YesYes
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 NowBQE CORE
Considered Both Products
ADP Workforce Now

No answer on this topic

BQE CORE
Chose BQE CORE
just different - strengths and weakness are mostly opposite
Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
ADP Workforce NowBQE CORE
Human Resource Management
Comparison of Human Resource Management features of Product A and Product B
ADP Workforce Now
7.6
1022 Ratings
3% below category average
BQE CORE
-
Ratings
Employee demographic data8.1902 Ratings00 Ratings
Employment history8.2938 Ratings00 Ratings
Job profiles and administration7.9890 Ratings00 Ratings
Workflow for transfers, promotions, pay raises, etc.7.4917 Ratings00 Ratings
Organizational charting6.7642 Ratings00 Ratings
Organization and location management7.5703 Ratings00 Ratings
Compliance data (COBRA, OSHA, etc.)7.4649 Ratings00 Ratings
Payroll Management
Comparison of Payroll Management features of Product A and Product B
ADP Workforce Now
7.9
1034 Ratings
2% below category average
BQE CORE
-
Ratings
Pay calculation8.6995 Ratings00 Ratings
Support for external payroll vendors7.2389 Ratings00 Ratings
Off-cycle/On-Demand payment7.8294 Ratings00 Ratings
Benefit plan administration7.9797 Ratings00 Ratings
Direct deposit files8.6983 Ratings00 Ratings
Salary revision and increment management7.7769 Ratings00 Ratings
Reimbursement management7.4468 Ratings00 Ratings
Leave and Attendance Management
Comparison of Leave and Attendance Management features of Product A and Product B
ADP Workforce Now
7.7
844 Ratings
5% below category average
BQE CORE
-
Ratings
Approval workflow7.8766 Ratings00 Ratings
Balance details7.6799 Ratings00 Ratings
Annual carry-forward and encashment7.6647 Ratings00 Ratings
Employee Self Service
Comparison of Employee Self Service features of Product A and Product B
ADP Workforce Now
7.9
1014 Ratings
3% below category average
BQE CORE
-
Ratings
View and generate pay and benefit information8.2977 Ratings00 Ratings
Update personal information8.5968 Ratings00 Ratings
View company policy documentation8.1782 Ratings00 Ratings
Employee recognition7.0365 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
BQE CORE
-
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
7.0
944 Ratings
8% below category average
BQE CORE
-
Ratings
Report builder7.3927 Ratings00 Ratings
Pre-built reports7.5923 Ratings00 Ratings
Ability to combine HR data with external data6.1550 Ratings00 Ratings
Onboarding
Comparison of Onboarding features of Product A and Product B
ADP Workforce Now
7.0
116 Ratings
14% below category average
BQE CORE
-
Ratings
New hire portal7.4112 Ratings00 Ratings
Manager tracking tools6.692 Ratings00 Ratings
Performance and Goals
Comparison of Performance and Goals features of Product A and Product B
ADP Workforce Now
7.8
310 Ratings
5% below category average
BQE CORE
-
Ratings
Corporate goal setting7.9239 Ratings00 Ratings
Individual goal setting7.9290 Ratings00 Ratings
Line-of sight-visibility7.5237 Ratings00 Ratings
Performance tracking7.8283 Ratings00 Ratings
Performance Management
Comparison of Performance Management features of Product A and Product B
ADP Workforce Now
7.3
401 Ratings
9% below category average
BQE CORE
-
Ratings
Performance plans7.3360 Ratings00 Ratings
Performance improvement plans7.2308 Ratings00 Ratings
Review status tracking7.5365 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
BQE CORE
-
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
BQE CORE
-
Ratings
Job Requisition Management7.5365 Ratings00 Ratings
Company Website Posting8.1357 Ratings00 Ratings
Publish to Social Media7.0286 Ratings00 Ratings
Job Search Site Posting7.2320 Ratings00 Ratings
Duplicate Candidate Prevention2.38 Ratings00 Ratings
Applicant Tracking7.1361 Ratings00 Ratings
Notifications and Alerts8.2382 Ratings00 Ratings
Project Management
Comparison of Project Management features of Product A and Product B
ADP Workforce Now
-
Ratings
BQE CORE
8.1
57 Ratings
8% above category average
Task Management00 Ratings8.739 Ratings
Resource Management00 Ratings9.340 Ratings
Gantt Charts00 Ratings6.716 Ratings
Scheduling00 Ratings8.226 Ratings
Workflow Automation00 Ratings7.627 Ratings
Team Collaboration00 Ratings8.033 Ratings
Support for Agile Methodology00 Ratings8.613 Ratings
Support for Waterfall Methodology00 Ratings8.312 Ratings
Document Management00 Ratings7.230 Ratings
Email integration00 Ratings7.226 Ratings
Mobile Access00 Ratings8.533 Ratings
Timesheet Tracking00 Ratings9.457 Ratings
Change request and Case Management00 Ratings8.322 Ratings
Budget and Expense Management00 Ratings7.644 Ratings
Professional Services Automation
Comparison of Professional Services Automation features of Product A and Product B
ADP Workforce Now
-
Ratings
BQE CORE
8.6
40 Ratings
15% above category average
Quotes/estimates00 Ratings7.722 Ratings
Invoicing00 Ratings9.035 Ratings
Project & financial reporting00 Ratings8.939 Ratings
Integration with accounting software00 Ratings8.725 Ratings
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ADP Workforce NowBQE CORE
Small Businesses
Patriot Software
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Score 9.1 out of 10
Stackby
Stackby
Score 9.6 out of 10
Medium-sized Companies
Paypro Workforce Management
Paypro Workforce Management
Score 9.6 out of 10
SAP Ruum
SAP Ruum
Score 9.0 out of 10
Enterprises
Infor Human Resources
Infor Human Resources
Score 7.2 out of 10
Quickbase
Quickbase
Score 9.2 out of 10
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User Ratings
ADP Workforce NowBQE CORE
Likelihood to Recommend
8.1
(1089 ratings)
8.6
(150 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
7.3
(82 ratings)
7.1
(8 ratings)
Usability
5.3
(79 ratings)
8.1
(100 ratings)
Availability
7.3
(14 ratings)
8.2
(1 ratings)
Performance
6.4
(13 ratings)
7.3
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
7.0
(463 ratings)
7.9
(90 ratings)
In-Person Training
8.2
(9 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Online Training
5.8
(17 ratings)
6.4
(1 ratings)
Implementation Rating
5.6
(34 ratings)
2.8
(6 ratings)
Configurability
6.4
(10 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Ease of integration
6.1
(8 ratings)
4.5
(1 ratings)
Product Scalability
7.4
(751 ratings)
8.2
(1 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
5.2
(8 ratings)
8.2
(1 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
6.1
(8 ratings)
8.2
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
ADP Workforce NowBQE CORE
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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BQE Software Inc.
BQE CORE is well suited for a firm trying to get a better understanding of their project performance as a whole as well as better manage time and project resources. It is not the greatest for client management through a project or through invoicing, but it is do-able within the system.
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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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BQE Software Inc.
  • Invoice Collections within Billing is a great tool because of the ability to take notes and track contact.
  • Invoices are professional looking and easy for our clients to understand the overall progress within each phase of their project.
  • Dashboards are the best tool EVER!
  • The Contact List feature within Clients setup is the perfect way to track multiple project managers within a large company that also has multiple contracts with us.
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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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BQE Software Inc.
  • Customizable Reporting
  • Linking Project to Payment all together
  • Assigning contacts to particular roles - such as Invoicing, Contracts, etc.
  • Accounting Functionality - they are basically a project management accounting software, so in my opinion, they could learn some things from other accounting software such as QuickBooks etc.
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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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BQE Software Inc.
We have been using Core for a few years now, and honestly started to look at other software systems to see what was out there. What we chose was a nightmare for migration so we never left Core. Now we have added invoicing and payments from Core instead of double entry with QBO. Still only a few cycles in but looks like it will be up to speed soon and working smoothly.
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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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BQE Software Inc.
The foundation is awesome, like I have said before, however the house being built on it, the educational resources being provided to us (more of sales pitches that don't work), and flexible workflow opportunities, is making us look elsewhere for how much we will be spending on per user. It's crazy to think how flexible they are not when it comes to user settings. Lack of integration with other sources is awful.
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Reliability and Availability
ADP
ADP outages are very rare
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BQE Software Inc.
I can only remember a couple of times in 4 years that Core has been unavailable.
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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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BQE Software Inc.
This is one area that does need some improvement. It can be slow at time, so we had our IT look at it from our side and we had no issues, so it has to be some slowness on their side.
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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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BQE Software Inc.
As a new employee and CORE user, I talk to support on a weekly basis. I have never had to wait for more than 3 min to get connect with a support rep, and all my questions have been answered. The support representatives are polite and eager to help no matter how simple your question is.
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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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BQE Software Inc.
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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BQE Software Inc.
Make sure you have someone training you that fits your style of learning.
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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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BQE Software Inc.
It does take some time to understand the options and to find the best invoice template.
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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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BQE Software Inc.
Deltek Vision is far more advanced, more encompassing and offers more flexibility with what you want to do. However, it's also quite difficult to use, whereas BQE CORE is intuitive and user friendly. The trade off is worth it in some arenas but overall it's not suited for a larger fast paced company. Great for smaller companies.
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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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BQE Software Inc.
This software works on a small and large scale.
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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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BQE Software Inc.
  • Quick setup of new tasks under a parent project, with immediate hourly billing to it.
  • Monitoring of details of non-chargeable efforts in appropriate detail
  • Validation of hourly cost, billing cost, benefit cost, profitability by person and role
  • Company tracking of write-off's included in corporate and project reporting, no data is "lost"
  • Can track excessive work time as +PTO in lieu of pay for use as future vacation
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ScreenShots

ADP Workforce Now Screenshots

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BQE CORE Screenshots

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