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Kronos Workforce Ready

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154 Ratings

ADP Workforce Now

470 Ratings
Score 7 out of 101

Kronos Workforce Ready

Top Rated
154 Ratings
Score 7.3 out of 101

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ADP Workforce Now

I have an HR department of one and it has been essential in streamlining a lot of my processes so I highly recommend it for anyone who is operating with a small HR team
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Kronos Workforce Ready

We have a large population of employees who don't have access to a computer during the day (and some who don't own one at home). The phone app is great! They can see their paystubs, request vacation, look at their benefits, etc., all on their phones. This is a great feature. Kronos is very easy to customize which is helpful because every employee and manager has different preferences on what is on their home page, how they use the system, what they want to see in the system and what they don't want to see. I think it would be very wise of Kronos to find a new partner in regards to taxes. BSI is no where near the kind of company or has the kind of system that Kronos provides. I have been so frustrated at times with BSI that I have thought about switching the entire HRIS system to someone else so I don't have to deal with BSI. The partnership makes Kronos look bad.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Human Resource Management

ADP Workforce Now
7.6
Kronos Workforce Ready
6.9
Employee demographic data
ADP Workforce Now
8.1
Kronos Workforce Ready
8.0
Employment history
ADP Workforce Now
8.1
Kronos Workforce Ready
8.5
Job profiles and administration
ADP Workforce Now
7.7
Kronos Workforce Ready
7.6
Workflow for transfers, promotions, pay raises, etc.
ADP Workforce Now
7.4
Kronos Workforce Ready
7.0
Organizational charting
ADP Workforce Now
6.6
Kronos Workforce Ready
4.7
Organization and location management
ADP Workforce Now
7.3
Kronos Workforce Ready
7.4
Compliance data (COBRA, OSHA, etc.)
ADP Workforce Now
8.0
Kronos Workforce Ready
4.8

Payroll Management

ADP Workforce Now
8.1
Kronos Workforce Ready
7.2
Pay calculation
ADP Workforce Now
8.7
Kronos Workforce Ready
7.9
Support for external payroll vendors
ADP Workforce Now
7.5
Kronos Workforce Ready
6.2
Benefit plan administration
ADP Workforce Now
8.0
Kronos Workforce Ready
6.6
Direct deposit files
ADP Workforce Now
8.6
Kronos Workforce Ready
7.6
Salary revision and increment management
ADP Workforce Now
7.9
Kronos Workforce Ready
7.7
Reimbursement management
ADP Workforce Now
7.7
Kronos Workforce Ready

Leave and Attendance Management

ADP Workforce Now
8.1
Kronos Workforce Ready
7.9
Approval workflow
ADP Workforce Now
8.1
Kronos Workforce Ready
7.7
Balance details
ADP Workforce Now
8.1
Kronos Workforce Ready
8.0
Annual carry-forward and encashment
ADP Workforce Now
8.1
Kronos Workforce Ready
8.1

Employee Self Service

ADP Workforce Now
8.2
Kronos Workforce Ready
8.1
View and generate pay and benefit information
ADP Workforce Now
8.8
Kronos Workforce Ready
8.3
Update personal information
ADP Workforce Now
8.7
Kronos Workforce Ready
8.6
View company policy documentation
ADP Workforce Now
8.6
Kronos Workforce Ready
7.9
Employee recognition
ADP Workforce Now
7.6
Kronos Workforce Ready
View job history
ADP Workforce Now
7.6
Kronos Workforce Ready
7.5

Asset Management

ADP Workforce Now
6.0
Kronos Workforce Ready
8.4
Tracking of all physical assets
ADP Workforce Now
6.0
Kronos Workforce Ready
8.4

HR Reporting

ADP Workforce Now
7.0
Kronos Workforce Ready
5.1
Report builder
ADP Workforce Now
7.1
Kronos Workforce Ready
5.1
Pre-built reports
ADP Workforce Now
7.0
Kronos Workforce Ready
5.0
Ability to combine HR data with external data
ADP Workforce Now
7.0
Kronos Workforce Ready

Onboarding

ADP Workforce Now
5.5
Kronos Workforce Ready
7.4
New hire portal
ADP Workforce Now
6.1
Kronos Workforce Ready
7.5
Manager tracking tools
ADP Workforce Now
4.9
Kronos Workforce Ready
7.3

Performance and Goals

ADP Workforce Now
7.8
Kronos Workforce Ready
4.2
Corporate goal setting
ADP Workforce Now
7.7
Kronos Workforce Ready
Individual goal setting
ADP Workforce Now
7.9
Kronos Workforce Ready
4.0
Line-of sight-visibility
ADP Workforce Now
7.7
Kronos Workforce Ready
Performance tracking
ADP Workforce Now
7.9
Kronos Workforce Ready
4.5

Performance Management

ADP Workforce Now
7.5
Kronos Workforce Ready
5.1
Performance plans
ADP Workforce Now
7.6
Kronos Workforce Ready
6.7
Performance improvement plans
ADP Workforce Now
7.5
Kronos Workforce Ready
4.7
Review status tracking
ADP Workforce Now
7.7
Kronos Workforce Ready
4.8
Review reminders
ADP Workforce Now
7.4
Kronos Workforce Ready
4.6
Multiple review frequency
ADP Workforce Now
7.3
Kronos Workforce Ready
4.4

Succession Planning

ADP Workforce Now
6.0
Kronos Workforce Ready
Create succession plans/pools
ADP Workforce Now
5.8
Kronos Workforce Ready
Candidate ranking
ADP Workforce Now
5.8
Kronos Workforce Ready
Candidate search
ADP Workforce Now
6.3
Kronos Workforce Ready
Candidate development
ADP Workforce Now
6.2
Kronos Workforce Ready

Recruiting / ATS

ADP Workforce Now
6.7
Kronos Workforce Ready
8.2
Job Requisition Management
ADP Workforce Now
7.9
Kronos Workforce Ready
7.2
Company Website Posting
ADP Workforce Now
7.5
Kronos Workforce Ready
8.7
Publish to Social Media
ADP Workforce Now
7.5
Kronos Workforce Ready
9.0
Job Search Site Posting
ADP Workforce Now
6.7
Kronos Workforce Ready
10.0
Duplicate Candidate Prevention
ADP Workforce Now
2.3
Kronos Workforce Ready
7.4
Applicant Tracking
ADP Workforce Now
7.3
Kronos Workforce Ready
7.4
Notifications and Alerts
ADP Workforce Now
7.6
Kronos Workforce Ready
7.4

Pros

  • ADP WFN seamlessly ties their HRIS to a payroll system so that there is absolute transparency and alignment between payroll and HR.
  • The granularity available when establishing security groups proved to be critically essential in providing visibility and access to the appropriate team members.
  • I liked that WFN included the ability to attach an employee photo with the employee record so that when I needed to speak with someone I wasn't familiar with, I could easily pull the picture and then find them on the manufacturing floor.
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  • The notification portion of Kronos is amazing. It completely automates the process of running anniversary and birthday reports and instead you spend a short amount of time (only once) setting up who gets the notifications and what they say and the system then does the rest for you. You can have the notifications sent to a particular person or each employee's managers. I used to have to run monthly reports and figure out who had anniversaries and when they had them and then keep track and manually notify each supervisor. Kronos has taken that and completely automated it.
  • The reports in Kronos are completely customizable. There are a large number of canned reports but within each of those reports, you have the ability to easily add or remove additional data. You can then save those reports and make them company wide or only for your use. If a manager then runs that report, only the employees who are assigned to that particular manager will show up on the reports.
  • I have used several other HRIS systems in my career and Kronos' reporting functions are by far the best and easiest to use that I have come across.
  • The workflow process is great. If you aren't sure how to set up a particular workflow, Kronos support will walk you through it. It's great how you have so many options of what happens during the HR Action or Payroll Action processes. The one we use the most, across the entire organization, is our workflow for vacation requests. Prior to Kronos, we had paper forms that the employee completed, then the manager signed, then they were sent to HR who had to keep track of them and process them during payroll. Now, the employee requests it online, the manager receives and e-mail that the employee requested time off, the manager approves or denies and then the employee receives e-mail notification of the approval or denial. Employees can see their balances which was not the case before we started using Kronos. Everything is automated and doesn't need my attention.
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Cons

  • It is a little difficult to pull reports.
  • If you switch off the tab, it will sometimes log you out of your session.
  • The interface could be a little bit cleaner, as well as the search function (more readily search within an existing folder).
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  • The tax piece of Kronos was the one thing that has made me slightly regret my decision to use Kronos. We have 7 EINs so we have a lot of taxes to file on a quarterly basis. The BSI system we have to use (which is a third party) is terrible. We have had nothing but problems with it. BSI has some agreement with Kronos that doesn't allow us to speak directly with BSI and it's extremely frustrating. We are on our 5th quarter of filing using the BSI system and are still having issues. This is not much of an automated process and the BSI system seems so far behind Kronos' technology. It's not user-friendly and has definitely caused a lot of issues. If there was one thing I would change about Kronos it would be the tax filing portion. Maybe if we didn't have to use BSI it would be different. The systems I have used in the past have processed our quarterly taxes for us so this was a big change for me.
  • I do not like that the system allows employees to request vacation time that they may not have available. Employees can request time off even if they don't have any vacation available and if their supervisor approves it, it populates in their timecard. I have caught several employees with negative vacation balances in the system. I think it should not allow them to request this time off if they don't have a current balance in the system.
  • When you terminate an employee, their benefits don't automatically terminate. You have to go into each active benefit and put the termination date in or your reports won't be correct. This should be something that automatically occurs once you terminate that employee.
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Likelihood to Renew

ADP Workforce Now8.9
Based on 29 answers
We're looking into other vendors for cost savings. Sometimes it's frustrating to contact the general ledger deparment.
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Kronos Workforce Ready1.7
Based on 2 answers
We have begun looking for other vendors to supply this products need as Kronos WFR cannot deliver the suite of applications which it should with this product.*6/5/17 Edit - We started the new year with a new application. WFR proved to be unable to correct the errors within the application. We are much happier with the new application as we can use it effectively.
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Usability

ADP Workforce Now8.1
Based on 16 answers
Most functionality is intuitive, but there are some fields that are unique to other processes that need to be identified on screen so the user knows when a field is required to accomplish a specific goal.
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Kronos Workforce Ready9.6
Based on 3 answers
While some tasks such as updating an employee's basic info, password, and approver preferences are very easy to do and straightforward (all combined on a single employee maintenance page and updateable through a single 'save'), other items prove to be more cumbersome such as navigating through multiple layers of employees when you are up higher in management with more system rights
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Performance

ADP Workforce Now8.6
Based on 2 answers
No answer on this topic is available.
Kronos Workforce Ready6.4
Based on 5 answers
We were always told that Kronos was the best, but there are reports that we got out of ADP and other payroll providers that we cannot get out of Kronos. One example is a report of Productive/Non-productive hours by department. We also need the dollar amount associated with the hours. This is information that is required on our cost report and we were told that that report is unavailable. It is very frustrating when I can't get what I need.
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Support

ADP Workforce Now6.2
Based on 14 answers
ADP has gone back to the designated "team support" module for clients on the newer versions of WFN, and the introduction of "The Bridge" has just added additional resources for problem resolution. It is a blog of current users who can share ideas/solutions in real time. And open case numbers are relatively east to track, and will allow the clients to view status of specific cases in the near future. We currently have no open items!
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Kronos Workforce Ready7.6
Based on 52 answers
We did not get much support when we were trying to implement. We felt like we were the only company with requirements for both Canada and the US and this seemed odd to us because North America is the most common place it was implemented. We found there was no integration with our source system so this made us have to create files so we can update members by position and make sure the right managers are in place for each group. We were not able to produce the requirements in a timely manner and we were not treated respectfully by the project manager from Kronos at the time
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Online Training

ADP Workforce Now8.4
Based on 5 answers
The instructions from the recruiting agency on how to use the system was pretty straightforward. It provided step-by-step procedures on where you would need to log in your hours as well as what you would need to highlight (i.e. regular, overtime, etc.) detailing the type of hours that were worked overall. The handout also provided some pictures of the application
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Implementation

ADP Workforce Now7.2
Based on 8 answers
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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Kronos Workforce Ready10.0
Based on 1 answer
No answer on this topic is available.

Alternatives Considered

There is a reason ADP is the industry leader. If you are looking to make pay statements or financials easily accessible, even if you could consider this in the future, for your employees, Workforce Now is definitely the way to go. I did not find that the case would be the same with other software when going through demos with their sales reps and implementation teams.
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In comparison to the previous payroll system, Kronos is 150% better in user friendliness, time tracking, data exporting and updates for changes as implemented. There are webinars scheduled by Kronos to make the users aware of changes and improvements to the system and technical support to assist with issues as they arise. The old system had technical support but they made the changes that were needed and took time to make those changes. By contrast, Kronos technical support walks us through the process to make the changes and empowers us to make the changes adhoc.
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Return on Investment

  • Sped up the HR process
  • Ability to onboard new employees much quicker
  • Efficient tracking of all things related to payroll.
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  • From the HR perspective, it has allowed us to track a lot of different information in one spot that we used to have in many different areas. This allows more people to have access to the data and keep it more up-to-date.
  • Our time keeping is more accurate with this system than in our previous system which was antiquated.
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Pricing Details

ADP Workforce Now

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Required
Additional Pricing Details
Please contact ADP for a product demo and ask about a hands-on "test drive" of Workforce Now.

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Kronos Workforce Ready

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Required
Additional Pricing Details
For pricing information please contact Sales at 1 (800) 225-1561.

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