ADP Workforce Now vs. Dayforce

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
ADP Workforce Now
Score 8.0 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
Dayforce
Score 7.9 out of 10
Enterprise companies (1,001+ employees)
Dayforce HCM is a cloud-based platform encompassing HR, payroll, benefits, and talent and workforce management. It provides companies with a scalable framework and real-time data, such as continual pay calculations, to enable efficient decision-making.N/A
Pricing
ADP Workforce NowDayforce
Editions & Modules
Essential
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Enhanced
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Complete
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HR Pro
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Payroll Essentials
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HR Plus
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Hiring Advantage
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Performance Plus
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
ADP Workforce NowDayforce
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
YesYes
Entry-level Setup FeeRequiredOptional
Additional DetailsPlease contact ADP for a product demo and ask about a hands-on "test drive" of Workforce Now.
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Community Pulse
ADP Workforce NowDayforce
Considered Both Products
ADP Workforce Now
Chose ADP Workforce Now
I really liked Ceridian's platform but I think it was too large and too expensive for our sized company. Paycom had a decent platform but we were just not comfortable with the salesperson who was selling it. Paychex is obviously a provider for very small companies.
Chose ADP Workforce Now
Back in the 1980s, I used ADP (Resource?) and it was very antiquated and time-consuming. I remember having a stack, and I mean a stack of maybe 20 floppy discs, that had to be inserted to copy the file in case of loss.
I used Ceridian Dayforce at my last position for 28 years, …
Chose ADP Workforce Now
We had a Ceridian demo and decided to stay with ADP because we felt like the customer/client support we would receive from ADP was better, and is probably the best in the business. At the end of the day your Human Capital Management system is only has good as the …
Chose ADP Workforce Now
ADP is a better plug and play product than Ceridian, however Ceridian was able to be customized which is more helpful for larger companies.
Chose ADP Workforce Now
Ceridian is a superior product. They seem more expensive at first than ADP but the amount of time spent with customer service when they could help is time wasted.

TMS timekeeping was more user friendly and could be customized. ADP timecards are laid out poorly and require too …
Chose ADP Workforce Now
ADP at the time was lacking in keeping up with technology enhancements 18 years ago when I used Ceridian. Since ADP has stepped up to meet or exceed the everchanging technology that will continue to be the reason why or why not an organization stays with their HRIS system.
Chose ADP Workforce Now
In our evaluation of HRIS/Payroll systems we found ADP to be the most robust platform with the greatest number of features, fair pricing, quality, knowledgeable staff and so forth. None of the other systems offered as many features or options at the right price point for our …
Chose ADP Workforce Now
ADP is more user friendly & has better support.
Chose ADP Workforce Now
I would rank ADP at the top, purely because of its scalability and reasonable cost structure. ADP generally should have all features that a company would need for HR & payroll needs, although not every module is the best-in-class. For instance, we've never used ADP for …
Chose ADP Workforce Now
ADP Workforce Now is 3rd in my ranking with the above-used platforms. ADP TotalSource and Workday are above them.
Chose ADP Workforce Now
ADP is a lot more user friendly both on the administrator and employee side and the reports can be converted to Excel to help when doing various projects for the company. Ceridian is the only one that I have used [in] respect to benefits, so I can't compare any of the other …
Chose ADP Workforce Now
double to triple the price for bad service and more errors than successes.
Chose ADP Workforce Now
I didn't pick ADP. Ultimate is highly configurable and support with config and tax is far superior.
Chose ADP Workforce Now
ADP is not as efficient or useful but we had to chose ADP based on our parent company.
Chose ADP Workforce Now
ADP definitely surpasses them all!
Chose ADP Workforce Now
Although I didn't select ADP Workforce Now for our company, I can say that it stacks up a lot better than other systems I've used or evaluated in the past. The payroll module is user-friendly and very intuitive. It didn't take my team very long at all to get the process down …
Chose ADP Workforce Now
Paylocity seems to be the only platform that I would consider over ADP. It seems to be more "whole" when adding a module. But WFN is more advanced and easier than the others.
Chose ADP Workforce Now
This system is far better than its competitors in the market space. It has greater functionality, stronger integration capabilities and it is priced lower than the competition. We have used UltiPro and Paycom in the past and have found that ADP Workforce Now is easier for our …
Chose ADP Workforce Now
ADP Workforce Now is more visually appealing and user-friendly to the employees.
Chose ADP Workforce Now
I was not part of that decision-making process.
Chose ADP Workforce Now
ADP seems to flow better and is more user friendly and visually pleasing.
Chose ADP Workforce Now
I preferred DayForce to ADP Workforce Now.
Dayforce
Chose Dayforce
ADP Workforce Now is the system we used prior and that I still use for other consulting services, and this system falls far inferior to the functionality of Ceridian Dayforce especially in terms of payroll processing and delivery but also in other aspects like benefits, …
Chose Dayforce
the ease of use in unmatched in my experience with other vendors. We are able to use Ceridian Dayforce to accomplish many goals without the need for other vendors. However, we do have other outside vendors we are required to use that we are able to integrate successfully with …
Chose Dayforce
Every module within Ceridian Dayforce talks to each other. The real time live data is beneficial to the team when trying to troubleshoot. And the ability to ease integrations
Chose Dayforce
It's been wonderful having payroll, HR, Time, and Benefits all in a single application. I don't have to guess which system I need to use for these because they're all together on Ceridian Dayforce.
Chose Dayforce
We are still integrating our benefits from a third-party module, but having all other modules in a single application has led to cleaner data and more accurate information in one centralized location, which is a definite time saver.
Chose Dayforce
It makes the HR related process more streamline and allows us to have metrics that enables a better experience for our team
Chose Dayforce
All of the info for Payroll, HR updates, employee updates, Time worked and PTO are in a single application, with a single login, updated in every screen or module in real time. There is no lag in data from screen to screen or from user to user, its almost instant.
Chose Dayforce
Time saving...UKG systems do not speak to each other well and it makes for time wasted and headaches. To get something done in ADP you need to make multiple calls and waste time speaking to multiple people. ADP GL creation is so complicated that I as never able to really make …
Chose Dayforce
Having an integrated solution has improved manager and employee self-service and data accuracy (one source of truth).
Chose Dayforce
Ceridian Dayforce seems more seamless and intuitive and offers information across each of its components to make use within any single feature easy.
Chose Dayforce
We have less issues with importing and spend less time on data entry now that we left ADP for Dayforce. The features that ADP had were not even comparable to what Dayforce has to offer and it has created such a change in culture here. It really has been a game changer and such …
Chose Dayforce
The only difference that I have seen is that I no longer have to import the timesheets, although we do still import from a third party for one particular specialized group.
Chose Dayforce
My experience with the other companies I have used is very similar. ADP also had a single platform with modules like Ceridian Dayforce has and it worked better with the tax integration. However, Ceridian Dayforce does have a very easy-to-use and simple payroll processing …
Chose Dayforce
I love having a "one stop shop." Using other payroll softwares where you have to use many different systems to gather the information you need to solve payroll inquiries or to pay employees can get time consuming and confusing. I love how Ceridian Dayforce integrated all of …
Chose Dayforce
Dayforce has allowed us to have one employee record, one area for tombstone data, which in turn means that one change will take effect over the whole system. One single update will update all areas of the employees life in the company, from payroll, time and benefits. This …
Chose Dayforce
The impact is huge and very hard to put into words. It has eliminated extra work, allowed for timely operations and fewer errors.
Chose Dayforce
Having everything in one place and all of the data "talking" to each other has allowed for a lot less time locating information. It also ensure that data is correct across multiple areas - payroll, job info, and benefits. We don't have to spend extra time making sure data is …
Chose Dayforce
Having Payroll, HR, Time and Attendance are in one single system makes our job smoother. One user name and password, one support centre, and we're able to look up HR/Payroll records in the same system.
Chose Dayforce
Dayforce is less complicated than other products and allows you the flexibility to meet your business needs. It is a stronger tool with greater technology and creative problem solving ability.
Chose Dayforce
There is no need to pull hours from another platform and upload them into the system, like with ADP TimeSaver.
Chose Dayforce
Having all Modules in a single application without dealing with uploads has made our processing times shorter and also aided to ensure we have real time data. Everything being "under one roof" has definitely aided in the internal communications between Accounting, Payroll, and …
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Features
ADP Workforce NowDayforce
Human Resource Management
Comparison of Human Resource Management features of Product A and Product B
ADP Workforce Now
7.7
1017 Ratings
2% below category average
Dayforce
7.8
581 Ratings
0% below category average
Employee demographic data8.3898 Ratings8.1504 Ratings
Employment history8.3934 Ratings8.4539 Ratings
Job profiles and administration8.0885 Ratings7.9529 Ratings
Workflow for transfers, promotions, pay raises, etc.7.4912 Ratings7.8531 Ratings
Organizational charting6.8638 Ratings7.3482 Ratings
Organization and location management7.4699 Ratings7.7527 Ratings
Compliance data (COBRA, OSHA, etc.)7.7644 Ratings7.5351 Ratings
Payroll Management
Comparison of Payroll Management features of Product A and Product B
ADP Workforce Now
8.1
1029 Ratings
1% above category average
Dayforce
8.4
581 Ratings
5% above category average
Pay calculation8.7990 Ratings9.0567 Ratings
Support for external payroll vendors7.4384 Ratings7.5283 Ratings
Off-cycle/On-Demand payment8.0290 Ratings8.9131 Ratings
Benefit plan administration8.0795 Ratings8.0456 Ratings
Direct deposit files8.8978 Ratings9.0552 Ratings
Salary revision and increment management7.9764 Ratings8.4436 Ratings
Reimbursement management7.9463 Ratings8.1294 Ratings
Leave and Attendance Management
Comparison of Leave and Attendance Management features of Product A and Product B
ADP Workforce Now
7.7
841 Ratings
4% below category average
Dayforce
7.9
527 Ratings
2% below category average
Approval workflow7.9763 Ratings8.3495 Ratings
Balance details7.6797 Ratings7.7509 Ratings
Annual carry-forward and encashment7.5645 Ratings7.9416 Ratings
Employee Self Service
Comparison of Employee Self Service features of Product A and Product B
ADP Workforce Now
8.1
1010 Ratings
0% below category average
Dayforce
8.0
593 Ratings
1% below category average
View and generate pay and benefit information8.4973 Ratings8.5564 Ratings
Update personal information8.7964 Ratings8.7577 Ratings
View company policy documentation8.3778 Ratings8.0397 Ratings
Employee recognition7.4363 Ratings7.1206 Ratings
View job history7.732 Ratings8.0473 Ratings
Asset Management
Comparison of Asset Management features of Product A and Product B
ADP Workforce Now
6.0
12 Ratings
25% below category average
Dayforce
7.4
97 Ratings
5% below category average
Tracking of all physical assets6.012 Ratings7.497 Ratings
HR Reporting
Comparison of HR Reporting features of Product A and Product B
ADP Workforce Now
7.2
940 Ratings
5% below category average
Dayforce
7.2
580 Ratings
5% below category average
Report builder7.5923 Ratings7.6571 Ratings
Pre-built reports7.7919 Ratings7.7571 Ratings
Ability to combine HR data with external data6.4546 Ratings6.3399 Ratings
Onboarding
Comparison of Onboarding features of Product A and Product B
ADP Workforce Now
7.2
112 Ratings
10% below category average
Dayforce
7.8
373 Ratings
2% below category average
New hire portal7.6108 Ratings7.7363 Ratings
Manager tracking tools6.888 Ratings7.8319 Ratings
Performance and Goals
Comparison of Performance and Goals features of Product A and Product B
ADP Workforce Now
7.8
307 Ratings
4% below category average
Dayforce
7.6
240 Ratings
7% below category average
Corporate goal setting8.2236 Ratings7.4201 Ratings
Individual goal setting7.9288 Ratings7.8220 Ratings
Line-of sight-visibility7.5235 Ratings7.5188 Ratings
Performance tracking7.9281 Ratings7.8225 Ratings
Performance Management
Comparison of Performance Management features of Product A and Product B
ADP Workforce Now
7.6
398 Ratings
4% below category average
Dayforce
7.7
264 Ratings
3% below category average
Performance plans7.5357 Ratings7.5245 Ratings
Performance improvement plans7.5305 Ratings7.6210 Ratings
Review status tracking7.8362 Ratings7.8247 Ratings
Review reminders7.6374 Ratings7.8243 Ratings
Multiple review frequency7.5309 Ratings8.0219 Ratings
Succession Planning
Comparison of Succession Planning features of Product A and Product B
ADP Workforce Now
6.0
7 Ratings
27% below category average
Dayforce
6.8
119 Ratings
15% below category average
Create succession plans/pools5.86 Ratings7.094 Ratings
Candidate ranking5.86 Ratings6.8102 Ratings
Candidate search6.37 Ratings6.5107 Ratings
Candidate development6.26 Ratings6.994 Ratings
Recruiting / ATS
Comparison of Recruiting / ATS features of Product A and Product B
ADP Workforce Now
6.9
418 Ratings
12% below category average
Dayforce
7.3
286 Ratings
6% below category average
Job Requisition Management7.6363 Ratings7.4270 Ratings
Company Website Posting8.2355 Ratings7.4264 Ratings
Publish to Social Media7.3284 Ratings7.5221 Ratings
Job Search Site Posting7.4318 Ratings7.4253 Ratings
Duplicate Candidate Prevention2.38 Ratings6.6216 Ratings
Applicant Tracking7.2359 Ratings7.3263 Ratings
Notifications and Alerts8.1380 Ratings7.2257 Ratings
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User Ratings
ADP Workforce NowDayforce
Likelihood to Recommend
8.4
(1084 ratings)
8.0
(621 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
7.4
(82 ratings)
8.7
(85 ratings)
Usability
6.2
(78 ratings)
6.3
(60 ratings)
Availability
7.4
(14 ratings)
10.0
(12 ratings)
Performance
6.5
(13 ratings)
5.0
(13 ratings)
Support Rating
7.1
(461 ratings)
7.7
(65 ratings)
In-Person Training
8.1
(9 ratings)
7.0
(11 ratings)
Online Training
5.8
(17 ratings)
7.4
(18 ratings)
Implementation Rating
6.1
(34 ratings)
6.6
(43 ratings)
Configurability
6.3
(10 ratings)
8.8
(13 ratings)
Ease of integration
6.1
(8 ratings)
8.0
(8 ratings)
Product Scalability
7.6
(746 ratings)
9.9
(14 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
5.2
(8 ratings)
8.9
(18 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
6.1
(8 ratings)
9.9
(12 ratings)
User Testimonials
ADP Workforce NowDayforce
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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Dayforce
Ceridian is well suited for transferring time data between systems to ensure employees are accurately compensated based on their time. Ceridian is not ideal when an employee has transferred to a different country. (As previously mentioned, we are required to create a new user record which with our setup requires the existing employee to be hired in the new location).
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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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Dayforce
  • Reporting. It has an extensive report builder with stock reports, ad-hoc reports, and the ability to build your own custom reports.
  • Payroll. The continuous payroll engine makes processing complex payrolls much easier and faster.
  • Forms. The stock forms are a great jumping off point to start creating custom forms that work better for your processes and organization.
  • Documentation. Every module is well documented, and you're always bound to learn something if you read through them properly!
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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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Dayforce
  • In payroll, there are sometimes issues with calculating pay when people’s rates change mid-pay period
  • Would love to see an option to assist with building SQL or XML statements in the future (maybe co-pilot AI?)
  • Would love an easy way to store pre-hire documents with candidates that syncs over to their HR profile when hired
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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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Dayforce
We are highly invested in Ceridian's Dayforce product. It give us the flexibility and scaling that our growing company needs. Its potential reaches beyond the basic HR functions to the decision making that our Management Team needs. Ceridian is always innovating the employee and employee experiences to offer cutting edge options.
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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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Dayforce
I think it's very usable for the employee. I don't think it is as easy for the HR/PR admins - especially if there is an issue. There are so many setup screens that need to be looked at to try to figure out why payroll isn't calculating properly, hours aren't feeding over correctly, or benefits are not calculating properly. For the most part, they can't do their own troubleshooting. The same is true for the managers. Our managers find it cumbersome to go into make any schedule changes after the schedules have been generated.
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Reliability and Availability
ADP
ADP outages are very rare
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Dayforce
We have never experienced a total/unplanned outages that effected our ability to process payroll. However, there are times when the application's speed is significantly effected - and processing a payroll may take up to twice as long as normal.
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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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Dayforce
We haven't noticed any slow-down due to the integration of Dayforce WFM with our Ceridian HPL products (HRIS and Payroll). The new HTML view of the timesheets don't load as quickly as the old Silverlight view - however, we have gotten used to the change.
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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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Dayforce
Most of the time the support is great; it's not always super efficient but I always get the help I need. Occasionally it takes a lot longer than we had hoped or get conflicting responses. We had one ticket recently where we were told we would have to pay the service team to support us on the project and then another person called the next day with the solution to our query and was able to find a solution easily. Generally, though, the response is great and they either walk me though how to do something via a Zoom Meeting or they email step-by-step instructions on how to do it and say if I have questions we can set up a meeting to discuss further.
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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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Dayforce
Because the training we reviewed at Insights has changed how we use the system everyday. This is a key factor in our training.
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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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Dayforce
The online training is very good, there is a wide variety of topics offered and several dates and times. The instructors are very knowledgeable about the subjects they are teaching. There are so many ways to program Dayforce that just the basics seem to be covered in the class.
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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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Dayforce
Have a strong internal team. Communicate with your implementation team - they are there to make it work for you. Take the time to really think about how you want the system to work for you - in some cases, you may need to rethink your own business practices to see if you are working harder when the system could do it for you
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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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Dayforce
All of the info for Payroll, HR updates, employee updates, Time worked and PTO are in a single application, with a single login, updated in every screen or module in real time. There is no lag in data from screen to screen or from user to user, its almost instant.
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Scalability
ADP
It handles very well with very sensitive data of a company especially of employees. Even provides HR services regarding recruitment services like recruitment, providing notification, even handles increment cycle of employee, any awards achieved by employees. All of this services are handled by them in very efficient way.
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Dayforce
Overall, we are extremely happy with the Dayforce WFM module. Our biggest pain point is concerning the twice annual software upgrades - which is the only reason I haven't rated them as a '10'. Because every customer is configured differently, the upgrades can sometimes have adverse effects on our current configured policies/rules. And although they roll-out the upgraded version in a test environment several weeks before go-live, not all testing is accurate in that environment. Some issues do not present themselves until you are working with live punches.
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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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Dayforce
  • Performance Reviews/Comp used to be handled via paper and tracking/reporting was a nightmare - having all of that in the system is so much more efficient and provides huge ROI
  • Our organization used to have big problems with hiring managers going rogue and hiring positions that aren't approved by Finance - we built an approval workflow in the system that triggers before any req is approved which has completely solved this problem
  • Dayforce Wallet has been a huge perk for our employees - it's heavily used and our crew love it
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ScreenShots

ADP Workforce Now Screenshots

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Dayforce Screenshots

Screenshot of Dayforce Home ScreenScreenshot of Scheduling DashboardScreenshot of Compensation DashboardScreenshot of Succession Planning - Talent MatrixScreenshot of Payroll DashboardScreenshot of Dayforce Mobile - Recruiting