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Likelihood to Recommend

Avature

Avature [CRM] is a great product for those who are looking to simplify their hiring and onboarding process. If you're tired of being stressed out with the hiring process and making sure that you are bringing on someone that is a good fit then I would highly suggest giving Avature [CRM] a shot. There are so many other things it can do that will help you with the HR and onboarding side of things.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

PDS Vista

As Vista HRMS is fully customizable to suit your needs, a company should determine if they have a current employee who can do the work themselves otherwise they will need to consider the additional cost of asking PDS to do the customizations for them. There are additional modules that we aren't currently making use of, but each company should learn about the functionality of each of them as some may be more beneficial than others. When gathering your questions, ask all potential users of the system what they would want to see in an HRMS. We did so before selecting Vista HRMS and we got pages and pages of questions and comments and made sure that each item was addressed beforehand and was something that we would be able to incorporate into the system.You have the option of taking the system in house or being a hosted client. Make sure you figure out what resources your IT department has available. If you have a dedicated administrator who will do all the upgrades and enhancements great, otherwise you may need PDS to help out and having PDS host may be a better option
Amitai Levin | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Recruiting / ATS

Avature
8.6
PDS Vista
2.5
Company Website Posting
Avature
8.0
PDS Vista
3.1
Publish to Social Media
Avature
8.0
PDS Vista
Customized Application Form
Avature
9.0
PDS Vista
Resume Management
Avature
9.0
PDS Vista
Duplicate Candidate Prevention
Avature
9.0
PDS Vista
1.9
Candidate Search
Avature
9.0
PDS Vista
Collaboration
Avature
9.0
PDS Vista
Task Creation and Delegation
Avature
8.0
PDS Vista
Email Templates
Avature
8.0
PDS Vista
User Permissions
Avature
8.0
PDS Vista
Notifications and Alerts
Avature
9.0
PDS Vista
2.0
Reporting
Avature
9.2
PDS Vista
Job Requisition Management
Avature
PDS Vista
3.1
Applicant Tracking
Avature
PDS Vista
2.3

Human Resource Management

Avature
PDS Vista
7.7
Employee demographic data
Avature
PDS Vista
9.0
Employment history
Avature
PDS Vista
9.0
Job profiles and administration
Avature
PDS Vista
9.0
Workflow for transfers, promotions, pay raises, etc.
Avature
PDS Vista
7.0
Organizational charting
Avature
PDS Vista
7.0
Organization and location management
Avature
PDS Vista
7.0
Compliance data (COBRA, OSHA, etc.)
Avature
PDS Vista
6.0

Payroll Management

Avature
PDS Vista
8.0
Pay calculation
Avature
PDS Vista
8.2
Support for external payroll vendors
Avature
PDS Vista
7.3
Benefit plan administration
Avature
PDS Vista
8.2
Direct deposit files
Avature
PDS Vista
8.2
Salary revision and increment management
Avature
PDS Vista
8.2
Reimbursement management
Avature
PDS Vista
8.2

Leave and Attendance Management

Avature
PDS Vista
8.2
Approval workflow
Avature
PDS Vista
8.2
Balance details
Avature
PDS Vista
8.2
Annual carry-forward and encashment
Avature
PDS Vista
8.2

Employee Self Service

Avature
PDS Vista
7.1
View and generate pay and benefit information
Avature
PDS Vista
8.2
Update personal information
Avature
PDS Vista
7.3
View company policy documentation
Avature
PDS Vista
7.3
Employee recognition
Avature
PDS Vista
7.2
View job history
Avature
PDS Vista
5.8

Asset Management

Avature
PDS Vista
7.3
Tracking of all physical assets
Avature
PDS Vista
7.3

HR Reporting

Avature
PDS Vista
8.0
Report builder
Avature
PDS Vista
8.0
Pre-built reports
Avature
PDS Vista
8.0
Ability to combine HR data with external data
Avature
PDS Vista
8.0

Onboarding

Avature
PDS Vista
7.3
New hire portal
Avature
PDS Vista
7.3

Performance and Goals

Avature
PDS Vista
5.8
Corporate goal setting
Avature
PDS Vista
5.5
Individual goal setting
Avature
PDS Vista
5.5
Performance tracking
Avature
PDS Vista
6.4

Performance Management

Avature
PDS Vista
7.3
Performance plans
Avature
PDS Vista
7.3
Performance improvement plans
Avature
PDS Vista
7.3
Review status tracking
Avature
PDS Vista
7.3
Review reminders
Avature
PDS Vista
7.2
Multiple review frequency
Avature
PDS Vista
7.3

Succession Planning

Avature
PDS Vista
3.6
Create succession plans/pools
Avature
PDS Vista
3.6
Candidate ranking
Avature
PDS Vista
3.6
Candidate search
Avature
PDS Vista
3.6
Candidate development
Avature
PDS Vista
3.6

Pros

Avature

  • Easy to use. Tagging of candidates' skills works great too.
  • Easy to search, add data on a candidate, not cumbersome at all.
  • Use of Portals is great for events.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

PDS Vista

  • Vista HRMS is very flexible, it does everything we need for HR, benefits and payroll. It’s user-friendly and intuitive to use, when we roll out new self-service items our employees have no problems and require minimal training or documentation.
  • PDS has excellent customer service and support. We get answers to the majority of our questions and problems quickly, within the day that we call. More complex issues that may require PDS’ technical support are usually addressed within a few days. We were upgrading our production servers to Windows 2012 over a weekend and a key person in our organization was on leave. When we checked with PDS to see what cost would be involved if we needed their help, they said it was included in our regular maintenance, no extra cost.
  • The PDS User’s Conference is an excellent learning opportunity for training on everything Vista does, including using Crystal Reports for custom reporting. You also get to meet and talk to the executive and development staff and have direct input into the future product development.
Marcia Fenton | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Avature

  • drag & drop multiple C.V.s not supported
  • Bulk Import of C.V. (email is limited to 20 attachments) a bit limited
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

PDS Vista

  • Typical of any system built for the unknown requirements of hundreds or thousands of customers with varying needs, PDS sometimes doesn't fit our processes precisely out of the box. However, this con is far outweighed by the ability to configure and customize the system.
  • The most significant pet peeve of our users is the necessity for so many clicks to navigate between different areas or the system or to review applicants. These items are being addressed based on feedback from the user community in an upcoming release.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Avature

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

PDS Vista

PDS Vista 9.1
Based on 7 answers
I feel so invested in Vista HRMS that I don't really want to try other options. I know we as an organization are not using this product to it's full potential and that is just due to us lacking the resources to be able to invest the time into breaking it apart and making it work to the best ability for us. The system works great as is, but there are a lot of implementations we can put into place to help us out even more. For example, we would love to start using Workflow to create more efficiencies. I personally have a very good relationship with our hosted vendor who supports Vista HRMS and can help me with any issues and concerns, this is a big part of the reason that I would renew with this product and continue to be an advocate for Vista HRMS.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Avature

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

PDS Vista

PDS Vista 8.2
Based on 2 answers
The interface is intuitive, even if it does require some extra clicks to get to where you are going. The screens are consistently designed and formatted. There is a logical flow and organization to the application layout and menuing systems.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Avature

Avature 9.0
Based on 2 answers
Great and fast responses, always available during implementation phase.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

PDS Vista

PDS Vista 8.2
Based on 6 answers
PDS has excellent customer service and support. We get answers to the
majority of our questions and problems quickly, within the day that we
call. More complex issues that may require PDS’ technical support are
usually addressed within a few days
Marcia Fenton | TrustRadius Reviewer

Online Training

Avature

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

PDS Vista

PDS Vista 10.0
Based on 1 answer
The resources and online tools that PDS provide are extremely thorough and helpful in our training and learning.
Amitai Levin | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Avature

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

PDS Vista

PDS Vista 7.3
Based on 2 answers
Ask lots of questions, ensure you fully understand the functionality (particularly history records) and train, train, train the users for correct and complete utilization of the system.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Avature

Avature has been a strong CRM for us as we have many recruiters, divisions and many locations. Ease of use is great as well.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

PDS Vista

I've used Peoplesoft HCM in the past. The products have some similarities, but they are marketed to different sized companies, so it's a bit of apples to oranges. Peoplesoft was very complex and challenging to manage and support. Vista HRMS should require fewer technical resources and still provide robust features for HR and Payroll. We selected Vista HRMS because it met the majority of our requirements and was priced to enable us to purchase and implement it within our budget. Also, it's an integrated system (although not truly one system when you count Vista Time) which is an improvement over our current state.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Avature

  • Avature has saved us a ton of time when it comes to hiring.
  • Avature allows us to collaborate more effectively on a new hire.
  • Bundling so many different features has helped us save on software costs.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

PDS Vista

  • Positive impact would definitely be self-service for both employees and managers to view and update selected data.
  • Through some analytics our managers are able to track turnover for their site/department by many criteria (length of service, reason, etc) and can view a number of other analytical reports such as headcount and demographics which help them to make informed decisions about their department.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Pricing Details

Avature

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
No

PDS Vista

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Avature
9.0
PDS Vista
8.0

Likelihood to Renew

Avature
PDS Vista
9.1

Usability

Avature
PDS Vista
8.2

Reliability and Availability

Avature
PDS Vista
9.5

Performance

Avature
PDS Vista
10.0

Support Rating

Avature
9.0
PDS Vista
8.2

Online Training

Avature
PDS Vista
10.0

Implementation Rating

Avature
PDS Vista
7.3

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