ADP Workforce Now vs. LinkedIn Learning (Lynda.com)

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
LinkedIn Learning (Lynda.com)
Score 8.1 out of 10
N/A
Lynda.com (now offered as part of LinkedIn Learning) is an elearning course library acquired and now supported by LinkedIn in May 2015.N/A
Pricing
ADP Workforce NowLinkedIn Learning (Lynda.com)
Editions & Modules
Essential
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Enhanced
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Complete
Contact sales team
HR Pro
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Payroll Essentials
Contact sales team
HR Plus
Contact sales team
Hiring Advantage
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Performance Plus
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
ADP Workforce NowLinkedIn Learning (Lynda.com)
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 NowLinkedIn Learning (Lynda.com)
Considered Both Products
ADP Workforce Now
Chose ADP Workforce Now
To be perfectly frank, the payroll side of this solution works and our payroll person is happy. I went back to ADP because of the pressure from our finance team and have regretted it everyday. It is horrible. I have used UltiPro and Paylocity and I recommend UltiProp all day, …
LinkedIn Learning (Lynda.com)

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Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
ADP Workforce NowLinkedIn Learning (Lynda.com)
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
LinkedIn Learning (Lynda.com)
-
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
LinkedIn Learning (Lynda.com)
-
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
LinkedIn Learning (Lynda.com)
-
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
LinkedIn Learning (Lynda.com)
-
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
LinkedIn Learning (Lynda.com)
-
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
LinkedIn Learning (Lynda.com)
-
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
LinkedIn Learning (Lynda.com)
-
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
LinkedIn Learning (Lynda.com)
-
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
LinkedIn Learning (Lynda.com)
-
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
LinkedIn Learning (Lynda.com)
-
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
LinkedIn Learning (Lynda.com)
-
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
Learning Management
Comparison of Learning Management features of Product A and Product B
ADP Workforce Now
-
Ratings
LinkedIn Learning (Lynda.com)
8.4
7 Ratings
2% below category average
Course authoring00 Ratings9.06 Ratings
Course catalog or library00 Ratings9.07 Ratings
Player/Portal00 Ratings9.07 Ratings
Learning content00 Ratings10.07 Ratings
Progress tracking & certifications00 Ratings10.07 Ratings
Learning reporting & analytics00 Ratings8.06 Ratings
Social learning00 Ratings8.05 Ratings
Gamification00 Ratings7.01 Ratings
eLearning Content
Comparison of eLearning Content features of Product A and Product B
ADP Workforce Now
-
Ratings
LinkedIn Learning (Lynda.com)
8.0
1 Ratings
7% below category average
Multi-Lingual Support00 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Structured Learning00 Ratings9.01 Ratings
Course Searches00 Ratings7.01 Ratings
Historical Metrics00 Ratings8.01 Ratings
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User Ratings
ADP Workforce NowLinkedIn Learning (Lynda.com)
Likelihood to Recommend
8.1
(1089 ratings)
9.8
(34 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
7.3
(82 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Usability
5.3
(79 ratings)
9.6
(3 ratings)
Availability
7.3
(14 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Performance
6.4
(13 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Support Rating
7.0
(463 ratings)
3.1
(12 ratings)
In-Person Training
8.2
(9 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Online Training
5.8
(17 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Implementation Rating
5.6
(34 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Configurability
6.4
(10 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Ease of integration
6.1
(8 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Product Scalability
7.4
(751 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 NowLinkedIn Learning (Lynda.com)
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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LinkedIn
I've learned hundreds of software applications over the last several decades, and trained teams in offices and one-on-one. At one point, books and trade magazines were a great way to get up to speed with an application, but they've become less and less effective for getting started. Video lessons have some strengths; you can get a rapid overview of a program's capabilities and watch an experienced user using its tools efficiently. On rare occasions they'll even point out bugs that could trip you up, but I wish instructors shared more of those issues. However, it takes a very self-motivated learner to sit through training sessions. Most people don't fit that category, and a subscription may end up gathering dust like a pandemic gym membership. My account is sometimes dormant for months, but then I'll be watching lessons continually the following month. I've often wondered if it was worth it for that reason. I have some friends that voraciously devoured class after Lynda.com class, and built successful careers on that training. But many others never use their account. It's helpful to consider whether you're a self-motivated learner. If not, it may not be the best format for you. More complicated software often can't be adequately introduced in a several-hour-long series of videos. I found Final Cut Pro (7) hard to learn online, also Logic Pro. Other somewhat complicated programs like DVD Pro were a snap to learn, and I learned a lot about PHP and Actionscript programming from Lynda.com. Some web and graphics software is exceptionally explained by real experts, such as Lynda's Photoshop classes, which are the best I've seen on that subject. Many of her web production courses will take you every step along the way to creating your own website, even if you haven't coded before. Adobe and Apple have both published similar project-based tutorial classes in book form, and I think they're a bit more polished, but the video instructor can help move you along through all the content more easily. Learning software seems to work better from an online video than a book these days; it's helpful to already be sitting at the computer where you're able to try everything out as it's explained. Most people don't seem to retain software principles unless they're trying them while learning. A bad instructor can make it difficult to sit through a video class. Lynda.com and others generally have a large variety of content creators, so you're not as limited with instructors as you might be at a University, where the same instructor may teach several related applications. Departmental faculty may have much more targeted and creative applications for your software though, while paid corporate software training can be mind-numbingly bad. Continuing ed classes that I've taken usually seemed to just focus on learning the tools in a software product. They often don't or even can't show you how to apply the software for your purposes as full time faculty at a University might. Some Lynda.com instructors weren't great, but most seemed a cut above the continuing ed and corporate software trainers I've learned from or contracted. The majority of the classes seemed to apply the software for an impressive final project. Redundancy is a real drawback among the online lessons. Often the advanced classes repeat many of the concepts from the introductory "Essentials" courses. If you know an earlier version of an application and just want to learn new features, a book may be a faster route to your goal. I originally suggested the "New Features" lessons that Lynda began to offer for updated releases, and I think they're especially helpful. It's much harder to skim through a video than a page of text, so I'd anticipate having to complement your Lynda.com lessons with other instructional materials. Lynda.com didn't have as many of the "fluff" courses that LinkedIn is now offering. These titles read like articles from Cosmo. They might be better served to offer "How to respond to a connection request from a recruiter who works in a field completely unrelated to you."
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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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LinkedIn
  • Industry expert authors/instructors - you're learning from people with pedigree.
  • Breadth and depth of catalog - not only is there a wide range of topics and disciplines, but there are frequently several levels of depth within each (eg. Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced).
  • Time needed to complete each course AND each section of a course are included - you know what you're getting into from the first click.
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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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LinkedIn
  • LinkedIn Learning provides learning paths, but it's left much to be desired. Not enough direction about the why, or learning outcomes.
  • Some courses provide exercises/quizzes. Others do not. There's definitely a missing piece to test comprehension.
  • The library is so large, it's difficult to really build your own learning. I find it better for just-in-time learning.
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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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LinkedIn
It can help all employees learn to strengthen current skills or to learn new skills and then can learn to excel in their current department or they learn a new skills in a new department creating interconnection and cross-departmental value in a company.
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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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LinkedIn
Very user friendly, easy to copy and/or download notes offline, and follow up with your instructor is easy as pie. You can even LinkedIn with your instructor and follow up with questions/concerns online and in several forums. Very cool concept and easy to use.
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Reliability and Availability
ADP
ADP outages are very rare
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LinkedIn
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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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LinkedIn
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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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LinkedIn
The technical team behind LinkedIn Learning (or Lynda.com) knows their job, and they usually solve problems very quickly. While I haven't had many run-ins with them (thus the low rating), I do find that when we call them, the problem gets resolved in a reasonable amount of time. The flip-side of this comment is that we never have needed to call them with a high-priority issue.
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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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LinkedIn
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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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LinkedIn
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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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LinkedIn
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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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LinkedIn
Our organization has used different webinars, including ones on LinkedIn, to provide similar insight. But it's a totally different ballgame. Lynda.com offers in-depth tutorials rather than just a 2-hour video broadcast. With lynda.com there are more information and experts, as well as so many different courses fit for every need/want. There is also a lot more flexibility with lynda. You can take it on the go, watch on mobile and at anytime, rather than being tied to a certain time slot.
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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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LinkedIn
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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LinkedIn
  • I can't think of a negative impact that Lynda.com has when it relates to the extensive library of training software that is available to subscribers. I'm lucky that my job provides a free subscription for instructors. I use Lynda.com to hone in on my technical skills.
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