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Paychex Flex

Top Rated
52 Ratings

ADP Workforce Now

469 Ratings
Score 7 out of 101

Paychex Flex

Top Rated
52 Ratings
Score 6.5 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

ADP Workforce Now

Well-suited for companies with 10 or more employees. The more employees the more efficient ADP is for all aspects. Less appropriate for small companies where payroll and reporting is very manageable.
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Paychex Flex

Overall, I have been very pleased with Paychex as a company and their online platform, Paychex Flex. I have the peace of mind that our payroll is in capable hands. Complex Ohio taxes aside, our payroll is pretty simple. We are under 20 employees and most of them are salaried. I know that Paychex Flex is able to handle much more complex payroll runs, but I do not have personal experience with this.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Human Resource Management

ADP Workforce Now
7.6
Paychex Flex
5.0
Employee demographic data
ADP Workforce Now
8.1
Paychex Flex
6.6
Employment history
ADP Workforce Now
8.1
Paychex Flex
5.8
Job profiles and administration
ADP Workforce Now
7.7
Paychex Flex
5.1
Workflow for transfers, promotions, pay raises, etc.
ADP Workforce Now
7.4
Paychex Flex
5.5
Organizational charting
ADP Workforce Now
6.6
Paychex Flex
1.0
Organization and location management
ADP Workforce Now
7.3
Paychex Flex
4.0
Compliance data (COBRA, OSHA, etc.)
ADP Workforce Now
7.9
Paychex Flex
7.1

Payroll Management

ADP Workforce Now
8.1
Paychex Flex
7.8
Pay calculation
ADP Workforce Now
8.7
Paychex Flex
8.0
Support for external payroll vendors
ADP Workforce Now
7.5
Paychex Flex
Benefit plan administration
ADP Workforce Now
8.0
Paychex Flex
6.3
Direct deposit files
ADP Workforce Now
8.7
Paychex Flex
8.9
Salary revision and increment management
ADP Workforce Now
7.9
Paychex Flex
8.9
Reimbursement management
ADP Workforce Now
7.7
Paychex Flex
6.8

Leave and Attendance Management

ADP Workforce Now
8.1
Paychex Flex
7.7
Approval workflow
ADP Workforce Now
8.1
Paychex Flex
8.0
Balance details
ADP Workforce Now
8.1
Paychex Flex
7.1
Annual carry-forward and encashment
ADP Workforce Now
8.1
Paychex Flex
8.1

Employee Self Service

ADP Workforce Now
8.2
Paychex Flex
7.1
View and generate pay and benefit information
ADP Workforce Now
8.8
Paychex Flex
8.0
Update personal information
ADP Workforce Now
8.7
Paychex Flex
8.1
View company policy documentation
ADP Workforce Now
8.6
Paychex Flex
6.1
Employee recognition
ADP Workforce Now
7.6
Paychex Flex
View job history
ADP Workforce Now
7.6
Paychex Flex
6.0

Asset Management

ADP Workforce Now
6.0
Paychex Flex
4.2
Tracking of all physical assets
ADP Workforce Now
6.0
Paychex Flex
4.2

HR Reporting

ADP Workforce Now
7.0
Paychex Flex
4.5
Report builder
ADP Workforce Now
7.1
Paychex Flex
3.7
Pre-built reports
ADP Workforce Now
7.0
Paychex Flex
3.9
Ability to combine HR data with external data
ADP Workforce Now
7.0
Paychex Flex
5.7

Onboarding

ADP Workforce Now
5.5
Paychex Flex
5.4
New hire portal
ADP Workforce Now
6.1
Paychex Flex
5.3
Manager tracking tools
ADP Workforce Now
4.9
Paychex Flex
5.4

Performance and Goals

ADP Workforce Now
7.8
Paychex Flex
Corporate goal setting
ADP Workforce Now
7.7
Paychex Flex
Individual goal setting
ADP Workforce Now
7.9
Paychex Flex
Line-of sight-visibility
ADP Workforce Now
7.7
Paychex Flex
Performance tracking
ADP Workforce Now
7.9
Paychex Flex

Performance Management

ADP Workforce Now
7.5
Paychex Flex
Performance plans
ADP Workforce Now
7.6
Paychex Flex
Performance improvement plans
ADP Workforce Now
7.5
Paychex Flex
Review status tracking
ADP Workforce Now
7.7
Paychex Flex
Review reminders
ADP Workforce Now
7.4
Paychex Flex
Multiple review frequency
ADP Workforce Now
7.3
Paychex Flex

Succession Planning

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

Recruiting / ATS

ADP Workforce Now
6.7
Paychex Flex
8.9
Job Requisition Management
ADP Workforce Now
7.9
Paychex Flex
9.1
Company Website Posting
ADP Workforce Now
7.5
Paychex Flex
9.1
Publish to Social Media
ADP Workforce Now
7.5
Paychex Flex
9.1
Job Search Site Posting
ADP Workforce Now
6.7
Paychex Flex
9.1
Duplicate Candidate Prevention
ADP Workforce Now
2.3
Paychex Flex
8.0
Applicant Tracking
ADP Workforce Now
7.3
Paychex Flex
9.1
Notifications and Alerts
ADP Workforce Now
7.6
Paychex Flex
8.8

Pros

  • Tax and governmental reporting. For a small business these reports are cumbersome, and time consuming
  • Direct deposit - no more printing out checks and distributing to all employees.
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  • As a user, and not an HR professional, I can't speak to what it did well. I do know that our HR team (and company as a whole) was not pleased with it as a whole since we are jumping ship
  • Check stubs were easy to locate (and print, if you fancy that)
  • Tax documents were on the main page, which worked out well for those of us who needed to find it again easily
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Cons

  • Re-Hire process is not well-defined. I have not had an easy time with any employee I have re-hired. ADP has acknowledged that there are issues with this process so hopefully they are looking into it.
  • Reports - The report name does NOT always indicate what the final report will supply. It would be very helpful to show a sample of what the report looks like when completed so we can see if it has the information needed. At this point, I have to go thru the whole process of selecting the criteria and running the report and then find out if it is what I was looking for or not.
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  • Information feed - Errors occur between reporting from product to product.
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Likelihood to Renew

ADP Workforce Now8.9
Based on 29 answers
  • Ease of use for the administrator and the employee
  • Perfect payroll audit - fewer payroll errors
  • Customer Service
  • Flexibility
  • Tax Service
  • Garnishment Service
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Paychex Flex8.8
Based on 3 answers
overall we have had good experience. when problems occur paychex is quick to resolve the problems; however when encountering recurring problems and issues it doesn't matter how quickly they are resolved they should re-occur. Paychex will price match competitor's quotes.
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Usability

ADP Workforce Now8.0
Based on 16 answers
The screens are very easy to understand and employees can easily navigate the system which makes it easier on me since I am not always having to answer questions.
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Paychex Flex8.2
Based on 1 answer
It works for me and takes all the stress out of payroll. They also do all the reporting.
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Support

ADP Workforce Now6.1
Based on 14 answers
My questions are answered by our support person as needed.
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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 Now7.1
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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Alternatives Considered

Prior to our switch to ADP in 2009, we used Abra and had to manually enter timecards and record time. The flow in ADP Workforce Now is wonderful!
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Paychex Flex is geared towards a larger and more sophisticated organization than Xero. Xero is really only the better solution to an organization that was previously keeping its books in Excel. Paychex Flex helps companies program future payroll decisions and inputs ahead of time which allows organizations to solve problems, automate those solutions, and move on to other value-generating activities.
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Return on Investment

  • ADP Workforce Now is a working partner. Utilizing the product has saved time and money for our accounting department.
  • The timekeeping program allows us to utilize department and job tracking.
  • The custom reporting options and having all of the employee related functions in one program, helps to generate information and reports that used to take hours to pull together.
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  • Helps organize certain pieces of information for employees.
  • Helps facilitate retirement funds for employees.
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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.

Paychex Flex

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
Required
Additional Pricing Details