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ADP Workforce Now

469 Ratings
Score 7 out of 101

Payroll by Wave

1 Ratings
Score 7 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

ADP Workforce Now

For a small employer, with very little turnover and few benefit options, ADP may be too costly for the benefit. There are many affordable payroll providers available for small organizations.For large employers with many benefits options, employees in multiple locations, multiple tax jurisdictions and varied pay types (salary, hourly, commission, etc), ADP is ideal. The extended customer service hours, extensive resources for international pay, and capability for multi state taxation is crucial for an international employer.
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Payroll by Wave

Payroll by Wave is a simple tool - and of course it requires you to be inside the Wave ecosystem. So if you are invoicing and accounting with Wave, you are probably a small mom 'n pop setup in search of low-maintenance and cost-effective software. Payroll is a good complement to your Wave account.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Human Resource Management

ADP Workforce Now
7.6
Payroll by Wave
Employee demographic data
ADP Workforce Now
8.0
Payroll by Wave
Employment history
ADP Workforce Now
8.1
Payroll by Wave
Job profiles and administration
ADP Workforce Now
7.7
Payroll by Wave
Workflow for transfers, promotions, pay raises, etc.
ADP Workforce Now
7.4
Payroll by Wave
Organizational charting
ADP Workforce Now
6.6
Payroll by Wave
Organization and location management
ADP Workforce Now
7.3
Payroll by Wave
Compliance data (COBRA, OSHA, etc.)
ADP Workforce Now
7.9
Payroll by Wave

Payroll Management

ADP Workforce Now
8.1
Payroll by Wave
Pay calculation
ADP Workforce Now
8.7
Payroll by Wave
Support for external payroll vendors
ADP Workforce Now
7.5
Payroll by Wave
Benefit plan administration
ADP Workforce Now
8.0
Payroll by Wave
Direct deposit files
ADP Workforce Now
8.7
Payroll by Wave
Salary revision and increment management
ADP Workforce Now
7.9
Payroll by Wave
Reimbursement management
ADP Workforce Now
7.7
Payroll by Wave

Leave and Attendance Management

ADP Workforce Now
8.1
Payroll by Wave
Approval workflow
ADP Workforce Now
8.1
Payroll by Wave
Balance details
ADP Workforce Now
8.1
Payroll by Wave
Annual carry-forward and encashment
ADP Workforce Now
8.1
Payroll by Wave

Employee Self Service

ADP Workforce Now
8.2
Payroll by Wave
View and generate pay and benefit information
ADP Workforce Now
8.8
Payroll by Wave
Update personal information
ADP Workforce Now
8.7
Payroll by Wave
View company policy documentation
ADP Workforce Now
8.6
Payroll by Wave
Employee recognition
ADP Workforce Now
7.6
Payroll by Wave
View job history
ADP Workforce Now
7.6
Payroll by Wave

Asset Management

ADP Workforce Now
6.0
Payroll by Wave
Tracking of all physical assets
ADP Workforce Now
6.0
Payroll by Wave

HR Reporting

ADP Workforce Now
7.0
Payroll by Wave
Report builder
ADP Workforce Now
7.1
Payroll by Wave
Pre-built reports
ADP Workforce Now
7.0
Payroll by Wave
Ability to combine HR data with external data
ADP Workforce Now
7.0
Payroll by Wave

Onboarding

ADP Workforce Now
5.5
Payroll by Wave
New hire portal
ADP Workforce Now
6.1
Payroll by Wave
Manager tracking tools
ADP Workforce Now
4.9
Payroll by Wave

Performance and Goals

ADP Workforce Now
7.8
Payroll by Wave
Corporate goal setting
ADP Workforce Now
7.7
Payroll by Wave
Individual goal setting
ADP Workforce Now
7.9
Payroll by Wave
Line-of sight-visibility
ADP Workforce Now
7.7
Payroll by Wave
Performance tracking
ADP Workforce Now
7.9
Payroll by Wave

Performance Management

ADP Workforce Now
7.5
Payroll by Wave
Performance plans
ADP Workforce Now
7.6
Payroll by Wave
Performance improvement plans
ADP Workforce Now
7.5
Payroll by Wave
Review status tracking
ADP Workforce Now
7.7
Payroll by Wave
Review reminders
ADP Workforce Now
7.4
Payroll by Wave
Multiple review frequency
ADP Workforce Now
7.3
Payroll by Wave

Succession Planning

ADP Workforce Now
6.0
Payroll by Wave
Create succession plans/pools
ADP Workforce Now
5.8
Payroll by Wave
Candidate ranking
ADP Workforce Now
5.8
Payroll by Wave
Candidate search
ADP Workforce Now
6.3
Payroll by Wave
Candidate development
ADP Workforce Now
6.2
Payroll by Wave

Recruiting / ATS

ADP Workforce Now
6.7
Payroll by Wave
Job Requisition Management
ADP Workforce Now
7.9
Payroll by Wave
Company Website Posting
ADP Workforce Now
7.5
Payroll by Wave
Publish to Social Media
ADP Workforce Now
7.5
Payroll by Wave
Job Search Site Posting
ADP Workforce Now
6.7
Payroll by Wave
Duplicate Candidate Prevention
ADP Workforce Now
2.3
Payroll by Wave
Applicant Tracking
ADP Workforce Now
7.3
Payroll by Wave
Notifications and Alerts
ADP Workforce Now
7.6
Payroll by Wave

Pros

  • Highly trained customer service representatives. When calling, wait times are usually short. All representatives have a broad base of training so most questions are resolved right away. There is an extensive 'back office' of more experienced team members to address the more complex issues and anomalies. Recent training updates including the common sharing of representative email address for ongoing follow up access.
  • Learning opportunities are available through videos, webcasts, PDFs , conferences and virtual conferences. I have found the quarter and year end videos to be especially helpful. I am appreciative of emails with links to articles with payroll relevance, saving me the time to research.
  • Reporting capabilities are extensive. There are many standard reports that provide the base report with opportunity to customize fields, sorting, etc. And they can be saved for future use, with additional edit capabilities. Also available are fully custom reports, built by the the user, with the option of guidance from an ADP report writer. My experience includes a completely custom created report that I now use on a regular basis. The personal attention and investment of time to get my report exactly as needed was much appreciated.
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  • An intuitive, clear UI helps you know where everything is, what options are at your disposal. Calendars and timelines show that Wave really thought out how to provide you with useful tool.
  • Pay day can be automated and straightforward.
  • Wave onboarding provides guidance at what information to input next until you are all set up.
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Cons

  • Managers would like a link to their Outlook calendar for all of their reports' vacation time. Currently, the employee will get a link to add to their personal Outlook just not the managers.
  • Would like to see real time changes when updating any of the configurations pages. It is a pain to have to log off and log back on to see how the changes look.
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  • Payroll is a paid feature at $10 + $4/employee per month. I suppose this is a normal expense, but other payroll systems I've used, such as ones built into online banking, have cost me a fraction of this.
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Likelihood to Renew

ADP Workforce Now8.9
Based on 29 answers
Once you get used to Workforce Now, it becomes "home." Additionally, changing databases is such a huge decision that it is unrealistic to jump from one to another.
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Usability

ADP Workforce Now8.0
Based on 16 answers
Because most of the payroll piece is self explanatory. Some training may be required to learn the lingo, but they also have "help" screens available on each section. I use this function if I don't understand what is going on. The time and attendance piece is fairly easy for the employee to learn with very little training.
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Support

ADP Workforce Now6.1
Based on 14 answers
They are good but not great.
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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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We moved away from Wave as most of our contractors are time-based, and Wave flat out refuses to provide time tracking features. We tried integrations, but the pricing/complexity goes up and reliability goes down when integrating systems which were not intended to communicate. We since moved to Avaza and sacrificed Payroll for more robust time tracking, project management, and a very open feature development process
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Return on Investment

  • I handle all payroll aspects and the administration of our benefits, ESOP and 401k. Before ADP, I had an assistance who would key hours into our old system. Had so many key errors and we no longer have that since the employees clock in and out on their computer. Payroll is completed so quickly that I have more time to focus on other issues.
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  • We tested Wave briefly and Wave Payroll briefly. Impact was minimal as it did not quite fit our needs.
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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.

Payroll by Wave

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details