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APS

42 Ratings

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1 Ratings

APS

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Likelihood to Recommend

APS

They are more suited to growing, nimble companies. They are soon adding employee approval to time cards and checkin by facial recognition. Additions and changes to improve functionality might not work for a very large company like GE.
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Harpoon

If you're freelancing or running a small marketing agency, I'll steer you strongly towards Harpoon. It's such a terrific fit for this business type. It provides easy invoice management so if that's all you care about, use Harpoon this way. If you want a tool that will guide you towards success, Harpoon helps you do this when launching your account. Know what you want to earn, what it takes to get there, and how you're doing along the way. What financial software for freelancers provides simple project tools? Harpoon.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Human Resource Management

APS
8.5
Harpoon
Employee demographic data
APS
9.4
Harpoon
Employment history
APS
8.7
Harpoon
Job profiles and administration
APS
8.3
Harpoon
Workflow for transfers, promotions, pay raises, etc.
APS
8.2
Harpoon
Organizational charting
APS
7.9
Harpoon
Organization and location management
APS
8.4
Harpoon
Compliance data (COBRA, OSHA, etc.)
APS
8.4
Harpoon

Payroll Management

APS
8.5
Harpoon
Pay calculation
APS
9.2
Harpoon
Support for external payroll vendors
APS
5.7
Harpoon
Benefit plan administration
APS
8.2
Harpoon
Direct deposit files
APS
9.9
Harpoon
Salary revision and increment management
APS
8.9
Harpoon
Reimbursement management
APS
9.0
Harpoon

Leave and Attendance Management

APS
8.7
Harpoon
Approval workflow
APS
9.4
Harpoon
Balance details
APS
8.2
Harpoon
Annual carry-forward and encashment
APS
8.3
Harpoon

Employee Self Service

APS
8.6
Harpoon
View and generate pay and benefit information
APS
9.4
Harpoon
Update personal information
APS
9.4
Harpoon
View company policy documentation
APS
8.1
Harpoon
Employee recognition
APS
7.6
Harpoon
View job history
APS
8.6
Harpoon

Asset Management

APS
8.0
Harpoon
Tracking of all physical assets
APS
8.0
Harpoon

HR Reporting

APS
8.4
Harpoon
Report builder
APS
9.2
Harpoon
Pre-built reports
APS
8.5
Harpoon
Ability to combine HR data with external data
APS
7.4
Harpoon

Onboarding

APS
9.0
Harpoon
New hire portal
APS
9.3
Harpoon
Manager tracking tools
APS
8.7
Harpoon

Performance and Goals

APS
7.8
Harpoon
Corporate goal setting
APS
8.1
Harpoon
Individual goal setting
APS
8.2
Harpoon
Line-of sight-visibility
APS
8.2
Harpoon
Performance tracking
APS
6.9
Harpoon

Performance Management

APS
8.0
Harpoon
Performance plans
APS
7.9
Harpoon
Performance improvement plans
APS
7.0
Harpoon
Review status tracking
APS
8.4
Harpoon
Review reminders
APS
8.3
Harpoon
Multiple review frequency
APS
8.5
Harpoon

Succession Planning

APS
5.0
Harpoon
Create succession plans/pools
APS
5.0
Harpoon
Candidate ranking
APS
5.0
Harpoon

Recruiting / ATS

APS
8.8
Harpoon
Job Requisition Management
APS
9.2
Harpoon
Company Website Posting
APS
9.2
Harpoon
Publish to Social Media
APS
9.2
Harpoon
Job Search Site Posting
APS
8.8
Harpoon
Duplicate Candidate Prevention
APS
7.6
Harpoon
Applicant Tracking
APS
8.4
Harpoon
Notifications and Alerts
APS
9.2
Harpoon

Pros

  • It's fast and intuitive. Our previous contractors were ADP and Paychex and neither were intuitive. Our payroll runs have less errors now than with previous vendors. Payroll prep time is down from 5 hours with ADP to 2 hours with APS for the HR Manager.
  • The limiters are great. I'm always afraid of that error that no one caught. Let's assume that you add a $200 limiter to overtime. Any time that a staff member is about to receive more than $200 in overtime for that pay period, a red flag goes up for the HR manager to double check.
  • We have 3 programs in public schools that block certain ports. APS has a 2nd feature using GPS so that staff can only check in for their shift while they are in the designated GPS range. Great for someone who has to report to a remote location. Just add the GPS coordinates and they can't check until they get to the project.
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  • Makes Sending Invoices & Collecting Payment Easy, for Freelancers
  • Tracking Financial Goals (Monthly & Annual) & Projecting Future Results
  • Provides Insights On AR, Earned Income, Top Clients, and other helpful but highly relevant data points.
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Cons

  • Reporting - We have six different business units and the reporting is separate for all three. Most reporting I do requires information from all business units so am running six reports and then copying and pasting to get the report I need.
  • Multi-state taxes - We have a number of employees who live in New York and work in New Jersey. APS OnLine is designed to accommodate one state withholding so ability to have "worked in" state and "lived in" state taxes withheld went away. This was a shortfall.
  • The Carrier connection setup took much longer than expected. After a year, we are still having some issues with some items transferring over to the GL.
  • The CA overtime calculation does not calculate after 8 hours per day, only on the 40 per week so we override each week.
  • Reporting - when running Benefit reports, it recognizes employees who formerly carried the plan but may have dropped it. To get around this, we have to delete off the employee's record so the history is not readily available.
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  • The automatic expense management is basic. It does sync with banks, but I've had some duplicate entry issues that are being worked out of the system.
  • I'd like to see additional reports that dive deeper into some of the dashboard widgets.
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Likelihood to Renew

APS9.7
Based on 6 answers
I have been using the system for over a year now and feel more comfortable with the functionality of it. I have just recently implemented the benefit administration portion.
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Usability

APS9.5
Based on 4 answers
Very well streamlined, easy to understand, very intuitive
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Reliability and Availability

APS9.0
Based on 1 answer
I haven't had any outages
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Performance

APS9.0
Based on 1 answer
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Support

APS9.9
Based on 3 answers
There is one primary account representative that we contact on a regular basis. If she is unavailable, there are others on her team. It does seem that our implementation was more complex than others that have been installed, so fixes are not as easily remedied.
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In-Person Training

APS9.0
Based on 1 answer
Even if it wasn't in-person on location, we felt like we had our trainer in the room with us.
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Online Training

APS9.0
Based on 1 answer
We had great webinars.
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Implementation

APS8.7
Based on 4 answers
It would have been helpful to understand the phases of the implementation up front so I could have prepared differently for enrollments, billing, and transfer of information to payroll. At the end of the day, I'm happy with the selection and the system and anticipate I will like it better as we go along. We have done a number of other system implementations in the past few years, and this has been pretty painless, however, I've had a few surprises.
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Alternatives Considered

I selected APS because of the way they responded when I initially reached out to them. I honestly don't remember all of the payroll companies that I contacted. APS was quick to answer my question with straight forward answers. They were very pleasant and always seemed to genuinely happy to help.
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I've used Less Accounting and & Quickbooks Online. After Less Accounting was acquired, its development was mostly stopped. While the tool was a simple way to manage invoices and expenses, its directional philosophy changed with the new owners. Quickbooks Online was a solid tool, but the company support was unhelpful and hard to work with at times. Harpoon provides a great tool, with a company that cares about its users.
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Scalability

APS9.0
Based on 1 answer
I've never had a problem with the system nor in finding the right information.
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Return on Investment

  • The switch to APS has been a positive one. It saves us a lot of time compared to our previous system.
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  • Clear and precise visibility of my financial status.
  • Projections of how I'm doing today, this month, and this year.
  • Clarity on what needs to happen with client development to reach my goals.
  • It shrinks the amount of time I spend on getting clients to pay my invoices.
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Pricing Details

APS

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Required
APS Editions & Modules
APS
Additional Pricing Details
Our Payroll solution is offered as a standalone service, but additional solutions must be used in conjunction with our Payroll solution. This ensures the best possible user experience for our customers.

Harpoon

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Harpoon Editions & Modules
Harpoon
Edition
Single User - Unlimited Everything
$191
1. per month
Additional Pricing Details