Advanced Cloud HR vs. Paychex Flex

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Advanced Cloud HR
Score 9.3 out of 10
N/A
OpenHR from UK company Advanced is a complete human resource management system (HRMS). Integration with OpenPeople, the vendor's payroll processing system, presents a complete automated HR solution.N/A
Paychex Flex
Score 6.6 out of 10
N/A
Paychex Flex, of Paychex' Online Payroll Services, is a cloud-based human resource management and payroll platform. Paychex offers core and specialized services, and scales to meet the needs of small businesses, SMBs, and large enterprises.
$59
per month/+$4 per employee
Pricing
Advanced Cloud HRPaychex Flex
Editions & Modules
No answers on this topic
Paychex Go
$59
per month/+$4 per employee
Paychex Flex Service
Contact sales team
Paychex Flex Enterprise
Contact sales team
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Advanced Cloud HRPaychex Flex
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeRequired
Additional Details
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Community Pulse
Advanced Cloud HRPaychex Flex
Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
Advanced Cloud HRPaychex Flex
Human Resource Management
Comparison of Human Resource Management features of Product A and Product B
Advanced Cloud HR
8.6
1 Ratings
9% above category average
Paychex Flex
6.6
247 Ratings
18% below category average
Employee demographic data8.01 Ratings7.9197 Ratings
Employment history10.01 Ratings8.1220 Ratings
Job profiles and administration10.01 Ratings6.8155 Ratings
Workflow for transfers, promotions, pay raises, etc.8.01 Ratings7.2154 Ratings
Organizational charting7.01 Ratings1.01 Ratings
Organization and location management7.01 Ratings7.8138 Ratings
Compliance data (COBRA, OSHA, etc.)10.01 Ratings7.4132 Ratings
Leave and Attendance Management
Comparison of Leave and Attendance Management features of Product A and Product B
Advanced Cloud HR
10.0
1 Ratings
21% above category average
Paychex Flex
7.0
144 Ratings
15% below category average
Approval workflow10.01 Ratings6.2102 Ratings
Balance details10.01 Ratings7.4136 Ratings
Annual carry-forward and encashment10.01 Ratings7.2110 Ratings
Employee Self Service
Comparison of Employee Self Service features of Product A and Product B
Advanced Cloud HR
8.6
1 Ratings
5% above category average
Paychex Flex
8.5
249 Ratings
4% above category average
View and generate pay and benefit information6.01 Ratings8.5228 Ratings
Update personal information10.01 Ratings9.0239 Ratings
View company policy documentation7.01 Ratings7.7111 Ratings
Employee recognition10.01 Ratings00 Ratings
View job history10.01 Ratings8.7168 Ratings
HR Reporting
Comparison of HR Reporting features of Product A and Product B
Advanced Cloud HR
6.7
1 Ratings
13% below category average
Paychex Flex
5.8
164 Ratings
27% below category average
Report builder10.01 Ratings5.5134 Ratings
Pre-built reports6.01 Ratings6.6154 Ratings
Ability to combine HR data with external data4.01 Ratings5.383 Ratings
Onboarding
Comparison of Onboarding features of Product A and Product B
Advanced Cloud HR
4.5
1 Ratings
56% below category average
Paychex Flex
7.9
158 Ratings
2% below category average
New hire portal4.01 Ratings8.0151 Ratings
Manager tracking tools5.01 Ratings7.8100 Ratings
Performance and Goals
Comparison of Performance and Goals features of Product A and Product B
Advanced Cloud HR
8.3
1 Ratings
1% above category average
Paychex Flex
-
Ratings
Corporate goal setting8.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Individual goal setting8.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Line-of sight-visibility8.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Performance tracking9.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Performance Management
Comparison of Performance Management features of Product A and Product B
Advanced Cloud HR
7.8
1 Ratings
2% below category average
Paychex Flex
-
Ratings
Performance plans6.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Performance improvement plans8.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Review status tracking8.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Review reminders8.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Multiple review frequency9.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Succession Planning
Comparison of Succession Planning features of Product A and Product B
Advanced Cloud HR
8.3
1 Ratings
4% above category average
Paychex Flex
-
Ratings
Create succession plans/pools7.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Candidate ranking6.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Candidate search10.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Candidate development10.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Recruiting / ATS
Comparison of Recruiting / ATS features of Product A and Product B
Advanced Cloud HR
6.6
1 Ratings
17% below category average
Paychex Flex
8.4
59 Ratings
7% above category average
Job Requisition Management9.01 Ratings9.732 Ratings
Company Website Posting8.01 Ratings9.830 Ratings
Publish to Social Media4.01 Ratings6.623 Ratings
Job Search Site Posting8.01 Ratings6.530 Ratings
Duplicate Candidate Prevention7.01 Ratings6.728 Ratings
Applicant Tracking6.01 Ratings9.733 Ratings
Notifications and Alerts4.01 Ratings9.853 Ratings
Payroll Management
Comparison of Payroll Management features of Product A and Product B
Advanced Cloud HR
-
Ratings
Paychex Flex
8.5
288 Ratings
6% above category average
Pay calculation00 Ratings8.9271 Ratings
Off-cycle/On-Demand payment00 Ratings9.2136 Ratings
Benefit plan administration00 Ratings7.2156 Ratings
Direct deposit files00 Ratings9.2270 Ratings
Salary revision and increment management00 Ratings8.5193 Ratings
Reimbursement management00 Ratings8.0105 Ratings
Asset Management
Comparison of Asset Management features of Product A and Product B
Advanced Cloud HR
-
Ratings
Paychex Flex
7.7
40 Ratings
1% below category average
Tracking of all physical assets00 Ratings7.740 Ratings
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Advanced Cloud HRPaychex Flex
Small Businesses
Patriot Software
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Score 9.1 out of 10
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Patriot Software
Score 9.1 out of 10
Medium-sized Companies
Paypro Workforce Management
Paypro Workforce Management
Score 9.6 out of 10
Paypro Workforce Management
Paypro Workforce Management
Score 9.6 out of 10
Enterprises
Infor Human Resources
Infor Human Resources
Score 7.2 out of 10
Infor Human Resources
Infor Human Resources
Score 7.2 out of 10
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User Ratings
Advanced Cloud HRPaychex Flex
Likelihood to Recommend
8.0
(1 ratings)
7.6
(298 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(42 ratings)
Usability
-
(0 ratings)
7.9
(240 ratings)
Availability
-
(0 ratings)
9.3
(10 ratings)
Performance
-
(0 ratings)
9.1
(10 ratings)
Support Rating
-
(0 ratings)
7.6
(245 ratings)
In-Person Training
-
(0 ratings)
4.5
(1 ratings)
Online Training
-
(0 ratings)
7.1
(4 ratings)
Implementation Rating
-
(0 ratings)
9.4
(11 ratings)
Configurability
-
(0 ratings)
7.6
(8 ratings)
Ease of integration
-
(0 ratings)
9.1
(3 ratings)
Product Scalability
-
(0 ratings)
9.3
(10 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
-
(0 ratings)
8.9
(31 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
-
(0 ratings)
9.2
(32 ratings)
User Testimonials
Advanced Cloud HRPaychex Flex
Likelihood to Recommend
Advanced
Advanced Cloud HR helps to solve problems with diversified magnitude and changing needs of an organization, the ones which are faced by the HR department obviously. This tool is a simple solution to most of the challenging HR tasks like leave application, Training tracking, Career progression, and many others. This makes it enough solution to cater to all the existing and futuristic HR problems.
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Paychex, Inc.
In my experience, Paychex Flex is well suited for small to medium sized businesses. It has been helpful in streamlining the onboarding process and it is easy to update and maintain employee profiles and records. It has worked will in a non-profit environment where there is clergy pay and housing, which can get quite complicated. I cannot think of a scenario where it would be less appropriate.
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Pros
Advanced
  • Robust employee problems addressal.
  • Self accessible admin tasks.
  • Employee reporting is very easy.
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Paychex, Inc.
  • I like I can enter payroll and if I need to leave the program, I can resume at a later time and my information is saved.
  • I like the analytics & reports features.
  • I like how all my employees have easy access to their portal.
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Cons
Advanced
  • User interface and navigation.
  • Ready training material not available easily.
  • Could add employee feedback functionality.
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Paychex, Inc.
  • Reporting writing is difficult to figure out
  • Employee turnover inside Paychex was a problem, until we were assigned to Neil Williams - since that time it has settled down
  • Pressure to convert personal connection with payroll advisor to using automated service
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Likelihood to Renew
Advanced
No answers on this topic
Paychex, Inc.
Overall I like the features that Paychex Flex offers. I am sure that there are other features that I am unaware of, so I am excited to see if there is more that Flex is capable of to make my job easier. The basic features are really user friendly and easy to access. If there ever is an issue customer service is great
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Usability
Advanced
No answers on this topic
Paychex, Inc.
Some things could be streamlined. For example, we could do custom options for the "add items" tab which has so many options that we never use. "Medical Pay" could be something that the system remembers for the applicable employees. Salaried employees' salaries should definitely be auto-filled. Overall the system works well but I think it could be improved to be easier to use and read.
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Reliability and Availability
Advanced
No answers on this topic
Paychex, Inc.
We have not experienced any difficulties with unplanned outages. Notifications are always made for outages, and they do not effect normal business operations.
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Performance
Advanced
No answers on this topic
Paychex, Inc.
Unless there is lag time within the internet, the Paychex Flex website loads exceptional fast, pages load quickly and reports that I need to print or download load quickly. If I need to create a specialized report, once I complete it I receive an e-mail telling me my report is ready to be downloaded. Changing between web pages is fast as well.
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Support Rating
Advanced
No answers on this topic
Paychex, Inc.
Our dedicated representative is one of the main reasons we are sticking with Paychex Flex. If it were not for this person, other platforms could provide the same/similar functionality. It is the ability to speak with someone that understands our business and is willing to get questions answered in a timely fashion that keeps us with Paychex Flex.
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In-Person Training
Advanced
No answers on this topic
Paychex, Inc.
We did online training only
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Online Training
Advanced
No answers on this topic
Paychex, Inc.
It was easy to understand and follow along. I do like the informational videos that we can utilize before we opt to call in for customer service support. It has made a difference since sometimes that resolves the issue I may have had and saved myself a phone call to Paychex support.
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Implementation Rating
Advanced
No answers on this topic
Paychex, Inc.
Implementation was very smooth. The most cumbersome task was entering the current employees into the system during initial set up, but Paychex staff handled most of that and verified against prior system reports as well as internal reports provided to ensure 100% accuracy.
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Alternatives Considered
Advanced
This is a cloud-native application and it's very easy to implement and deploy across multiple platforms. This makes it a go-to tool for many organizations. However, the above-mentioned tools are no way less. They are the market leaders in the HRM department and are already established, players. But considering the price tag, they carry on license Advance Cloud HR is absolutely a no-brainer choice for organizations looking to get value for money.
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Paychex, Inc.
We still use QB Desktop Pro to maintain a Check Register / Overall Balance for the company, but once having tried QB Payroll Online for about 3 months prior to finding Paychex Flex I can tell you that there's just no comparison. QB online is VERY EXPENSIVE and not so user-friendly. I hated every minute of those 6 payrolls we ran through QB online.
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Scalability
Advanced
No answers on this topic
Paychex, Inc.
Employees can log in at home and get up to date information on their FSA balance and any medical bill reimbursements they may have uploaded. At renewal time they have the ability to make changes to their FSA or for new employees star the enrollment.
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Return on Investment
Advanced
  • Excellent purchase considering the problems that the tool can address.
  • One stop solution to all the major HR activities.
  • It has the capability to enhance and adapt to changing Employee related data challenges.
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Paychex, Inc.
  • I do not believe we have saved anything additionally. The time we've had to spend to get things to hopefully work is sad. This is the reason we've had to turn off all extra "products" of Paychex Flex. Time and Attendance is horrible. Benefits management is horrible. The user experience is horrible.
  • One thing I do not understand is why are updates for states, cities, counties, school districts, etc. not automatically updated? Should we not get a big red flag if we have an employee living/working, being paid in CA, but they aren't set up for CA sick time? If it is required to be on the paycheck stub to show the balance of the sick time, why would we not be notified that we are out of compliance?
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