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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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Kronos Workforce Ready

Administration and accounting for employees to input their hours. As long as an employee can have the training, then they can go in and input their hours. However, Kronos can be slow and it can be confusing without the training needed to input the hours. Otherwise, once you have the training it's very self-explanatory
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Feature Rating Comparison

Human Resource Management

APS
8.5
Kronos Workforce Ready
6.7
Employee demographic data
APS
9.4
Kronos Workforce Ready
7.1
Employment history
APS
8.7
Kronos Workforce Ready
7.5
Job profiles and administration
APS
8.3
Kronos Workforce Ready
7.4
Workflow for transfers, promotions, pay raises, etc.
APS
8.2
Kronos Workforce Ready
6.8
Organizational charting
APS
7.9
Kronos Workforce Ready
6.4
Organization and location management
APS
8.4
Kronos Workforce Ready
7.1
Compliance data (COBRA, OSHA, etc.)
APS
8.4
Kronos Workforce Ready
4.7

Payroll Management

APS
8.5
Kronos Workforce Ready
6.9
Pay calculation
APS
9.2
Kronos Workforce Ready
7.2
Support for external payroll vendors
APS
5.7
Kronos Workforce Ready
6.8
Benefit plan administration
APS
8.2
Kronos Workforce Ready
6.4
Direct deposit files
APS
9.9
Kronos Workforce Ready
6.7
Salary revision and increment management
APS
9.0
Kronos Workforce Ready
7.6
Reimbursement management
APS
9.0
Kronos Workforce Ready

Leave and Attendance Management

APS
8.7
Kronos Workforce Ready
7.8
Approval workflow
APS
9.4
Kronos Workforce Ready
7.4
Balance details
APS
8.2
Kronos Workforce Ready
7.8
Annual carry-forward and encashment
APS
8.3
Kronos Workforce Ready
8.2

Employee Self Service

APS
8.6
Kronos Workforce Ready
7.6
View and generate pay and benefit information
APS
9.4
Kronos Workforce Ready
7.9
Update personal information
APS
9.5
Kronos Workforce Ready
8.3
View company policy documentation
APS
8.1
Kronos Workforce Ready
7.7
Employee recognition
APS
7.6
Kronos Workforce Ready
View job history
APS
8.6
Kronos Workforce Ready
6.6

Asset Management

APS
8.0
Kronos Workforce Ready
7.4
Tracking of all physical assets
APS
8.0
Kronos Workforce Ready
7.4

HR Reporting

APS
8.4
Kronos Workforce Ready
5.8
Report builder
APS
9.2
Kronos Workforce Ready
6.0
Pre-built reports
APS
8.6
Kronos Workforce Ready
5.6
Ability to combine HR data with external data
APS
7.4
Kronos Workforce Ready

Onboarding

APS
9.0
Kronos Workforce Ready
7.4
New hire portal
APS
9.3
Kronos Workforce Ready
7.4
Manager tracking tools
APS
8.7
Kronos Workforce Ready
7.3

Performance and Goals

APS
7.8
Kronos Workforce Ready
6.9
Corporate goal setting
APS
8.1
Kronos Workforce Ready
Individual goal setting
APS
8.2
Kronos Workforce Ready
6.3
Line-of sight-visibility
APS
8.2
Kronos Workforce Ready
Performance tracking
APS
6.9
Kronos Workforce Ready
7.5

Performance Management

APS
8.0
Kronos Workforce Ready
6.2
Performance plans
APS
7.9
Kronos Workforce Ready
6.9
Performance improvement plans
APS
7.0
Kronos Workforce Ready
5.2
Review status tracking
APS
8.4
Kronos Workforce Ready
6.0
Review reminders
APS
8.3
Kronos Workforce Ready
6.8
Multiple review frequency
APS
8.5
Kronos Workforce Ready
5.9

Succession Planning

APS
5.0
Kronos Workforce Ready
8.5
Create succession plans/pools
APS
5.0
Kronos Workforce Ready
8.5
Candidate ranking
APS
5.0
Kronos Workforce Ready

Recruiting / ATS

APS
8.8
Kronos Workforce Ready
7.9
Job Requisition Management
APS
9.2
Kronos Workforce Ready
7.5
Company Website Posting
APS
9.2
Kronos Workforce Ready
8.0
Publish to Social Media
APS
9.2
Kronos Workforce Ready
7.6
Job Search Site Posting
APS
8.8
Kronos Workforce Ready
8.7
Duplicate Candidate Prevention
APS
7.6
Kronos Workforce Ready
7.5
Applicant Tracking
APS
8.4
Kronos Workforce Ready
8.4
Notifications and Alerts
APS
9.2
Kronos Workforce Ready
7.8

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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  • The notification portion of Kronos is amazing. It completely automates the process of running anniversary and birthday reports and instead you spend a short amount of time (only once) setting up who gets the notifications and what they say and the system then does the rest for you. You can have the notifications sent to a particular person or each employee's managers. I used to have to run monthly reports and figure out who had anniversaries and when they had them and then keep track and manually notify each supervisor. Kronos has taken that and completely automated it.
  • The reports in Kronos are completely customizable. There are a large number of canned reports but within each of those reports, you have the ability to easily add or remove additional data. You can then save those reports and make them company wide or only for your use. If a manager then runs that report, only the employees who are assigned to that particular manager will show up on the reports.
  • I have used several other HRIS systems in my career and Kronos' reporting functions are by far the best and easiest to use that I have come across.
  • The workflow process is great. If you aren't sure how to set up a particular workflow, Kronos support will walk you through it. It's great how you have so many options of what happens during the HR Action or Payroll Action processes. The one we use the most, across the entire organization, is our workflow for vacation requests. Prior to Kronos, we had paper forms that the employee completed, then the manager signed, then they were sent to HR who had to keep track of them and process them during payroll. Now, the employee requests it online, the manager receives and e-mail that the employee requested time off, the manager approves or denies and then the employee receives e-mail notification of the approval or denial. Employees can see their balances which was not the case before we started using Kronos. Everything is automated and doesn't need my attention.
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Cons

  • State by state rules - In a few states that we work in they have very strict rules on overtime, sick leave, etc and APS didn't have the time and attendance pre-configured correctly for these. Their development team has really worked with us to handle it but it just took a bit longer. Overall though they have been very upfront about it and have been able to make the necessary changes.
  • No scheduling - I think this is something in development right now but I know that other larger companies do have this capability. It would be great to have but it truly hasn't "hurt" our ability to do payroll.
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  • The tax piece of Kronos was the one thing that has made me slightly regret my decision to use Kronos. We have 7 EINs so we have a lot of taxes to file on a quarterly basis. The BSI system we have to use (which is a third party) is terrible. We have had nothing but problems with it. BSI has some agreement with Kronos that doesn't allow us to speak directly with BSI and it's extremely frustrating. We are on our 5th quarter of filing using the BSI system and are still having issues. This is not much of an automated process and the BSI system seems so far behind Kronos' technology. It's not user-friendly and has definitely caused a lot of issues. If there was one thing I would change about Kronos it would be the tax filing portion. Maybe if we didn't have to use BSI it would be different. The systems I have used in the past have processed our quarterly taxes for us so this was a big change for me.
  • I do not like that the system allows employees to request vacation time that they may not have available. Employees can request time off even if they don't have any vacation available and if their supervisor approves it, it populates in their timecard. I have caught several employees with negative vacation balances in the system. I think it should not allow them to request this time off if they don't have a current balance in the system.
  • When you terminate an employee, their benefits don't automatically terminate. You have to go into each active benefit and put the termination date in or your reports won't be correct. This should be something that automatically occurs once you terminate that employee.
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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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Kronos Workforce Ready1.5
Based on 2 answers
We have begun looking for other vendors to supply this products need as Kronos WFR cannot deliver the suite of applications which it should with this product.*6/5/17 Edit - We started the new year with a new application. WFR proved to be unable to correct the errors within the application. We are much happier with the new application as we can use it effectively.
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Usability

APS9.5
Based on 4 answers
In general, it's a great system to use. We were looking for simplicity and ease of use and have received raves from our employees in their ability to access and make use of the system. There is still so much more that we have yet to gain as we continue working through each of the modules.
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Kronos Workforce Ready9.6
Based on 3 answers
While some tasks such as updating an employee's basic info, password, and approver preferences are very easy to do and straightforward (all combined on a single employee maintenance page and updateable through a single 'save'), other items prove to be more cumbersome such as navigating through multiple layers of employees when you are up higher in management with more system rights
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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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Kronos Workforce Ready6.5
Based on 5 answers
We were always told that Kronos was the best, but there are reports that we got out of ADP and other payroll providers that we cannot get out of Kronos. One example is a report of Productive/Non-productive hours by department. We also need the dollar amount associated with the hours. This is information that is required on our cost report and we were told that that report is unavailable. It is very frustrating when I can't get what I need.
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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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Kronos Workforce Ready7.6
Based on 52 answers
The Kronos support staff is great! They are all very knowledgeable, are thorough when explaining or showing me how to fix something and very friendly to speak with over the phone. The only reason I didn't give it a 10 was because there are times when I just want to pick up the phone and ask a quick question but I have to start a case instead. The online help has been very useful because a lot of times I can find the answer to my question on my own
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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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Kronos Workforce Ready10.0
Based on 1 answer
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Alternatives Considered

All the other payroll systems were very complicated and had a lot of capabilities that were nto needed for an organization of our size. This made it difficult to use and confusing. APS covers all our needs and does so with ease of use and great support
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Kronos Workforce Ready has TimeForce beat in every single area involving timekeeping and payroll. Kronos has allowed us to decrease our payroll processing time - down from three full days to less than one day. The ability to use Kronos as a time clock with each punch in and out recorded is also an improvement from TimeForce.
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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

  • Very cost effective way for us to process payroll.
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  • With automated time reports, managers are able to see where they stand on potential overtime hours that could generate by employees
  • Payroll processes are streamlined speeding up the whole process from start to end - it used to take nearly 8 hours to process payroll on a different system, and now it is possible in just a few hours (which includes timesheet reviews, audits, etc.)
  • Being a web based system, it has lightened the load of work for our in-house IT department and they are able to spend their time working on other things instead of the payroll system.
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Pricing Details

APS

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Required
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.

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Kronos Workforce Ready

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Required
Additional Pricing Details
For pricing information please contact Sales at 1 (800) 225-1561.

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