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Likelihood to Recommend

BambooHR

If you are managing a small/medium-sized organization with up to 500 employees, BambooHR is a great utility. It will automate the entire recruitment and selection process, make time tracking benefit administration highly efficient, and enhance the integrity of annual performance appraisals. It will eliminate nearly all kinds of unnecessary record management and paperwork. All the information about an employee can be accessed at any time of the day. However, for a large organization, the HRIS can erect virtual walls among employees and make management of human resources a daunting task for the HR manager.
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

Human Resource Management

BambooHR
8.5
PDS Vista
7.7
Employee demographic data
BambooHR
8.7
PDS Vista
9.0
Employment history
BambooHR
8.9
PDS Vista
9.0
Job profiles and administration
BambooHR
8.6
PDS Vista
9.0
Workflow for transfers, promotions, pay raises, etc.
BambooHR
8.4
PDS Vista
7.0
Organizational charting
BambooHR
8.3
PDS Vista
7.0
Organization and location management
BambooHR
8.4
PDS Vista
7.0
Compliance data (COBRA, OSHA, etc.)
BambooHR
8.2
PDS Vista
6.0

Payroll Management

BambooHR
8.7
PDS Vista
8.0
Pay calculation
BambooHR
8.5
PDS Vista
8.2
Support for external payroll vendors
BambooHR
8.7
PDS Vista
7.3
Off-cycle/On-Demand payment
BambooHR
8.6
PDS Vista
Benefit plan administration
BambooHR
9.0
PDS Vista
8.2
Direct deposit files
BambooHR
8.8
PDS Vista
8.2
Salary revision and increment management
BambooHR
8.8
PDS Vista
8.2
Reimbursement management
BambooHR
8.6
PDS Vista
8.2

Leave and Attendance Management

BambooHR
9.2
PDS Vista
8.2
Approval workflow
BambooHR
9.3
PDS Vista
8.2
Balance details
BambooHR
9.2
PDS Vista
8.2
Annual carry-forward and encashment
BambooHR
9.0
PDS Vista
8.2

Employee Self Service

BambooHR
8.8
PDS Vista
7.1
View and generate pay and benefit information
BambooHR
8.8
PDS Vista
8.2
Update personal information
BambooHR
9.0
PDS Vista
7.3
View company policy documentation
BambooHR
8.7
PDS Vista
7.3
Employee recognition
BambooHR
8.7
PDS Vista
7.2
View job history
BambooHR
9.1
PDS Vista
5.8

Asset Management

BambooHR
7.6
PDS Vista
7.3
Tracking of all physical assets
BambooHR
7.6
PDS Vista
7.3

HR Reporting

BambooHR
8.2
PDS Vista
8.0
Report builder
BambooHR
8.2
PDS Vista
8.0
Pre-built reports
BambooHR
8.1
PDS Vista
8.0
Ability to combine HR data with external data
BambooHR
8.2
PDS Vista
8.0

Onboarding

BambooHR
8.6
PDS Vista
7.3
New hire portal
BambooHR
8.6
PDS Vista
7.3
Manager tracking tools
BambooHR
8.6
PDS Vista

Performance and Goals

BambooHR
8.2
PDS Vista
5.8
Corporate goal setting
BambooHR
8.0
PDS Vista
5.5
Individual goal setting
BambooHR
8.2
PDS Vista
5.5
Line-of sight-visibility
BambooHR
8.1
PDS Vista
Performance tracking
BambooHR
8.6
PDS Vista
6.4

Performance Management

BambooHR
8.5
PDS Vista
7.3
Performance plans
BambooHR
8.5
PDS Vista
7.3
Performance improvement plans
BambooHR
8.3
PDS Vista
7.3
Review status tracking
BambooHR
8.8
PDS Vista
7.3
Review reminders
BambooHR
8.6
PDS Vista
7.2
Multiple review frequency
BambooHR
8.3
PDS Vista
7.3

Succession Planning

BambooHR
8.1
PDS Vista
3.6
Create succession plans/pools
BambooHR
8.1
PDS Vista
3.6
Candidate ranking
BambooHR
8.0
PDS Vista
3.6
Candidate search
BambooHR
8.2
PDS Vista
3.6
Candidate development
BambooHR
8.1
PDS Vista
3.6

Recruiting / ATS

BambooHR
8.3
PDS Vista
2.5
Job Requisition Management
BambooHR
8.3
PDS Vista
3.1
Company Website Posting
BambooHR
8.2
PDS Vista
3.1
Publish to Social Media
BambooHR
8.4
PDS Vista
Job Search Site Posting
BambooHR
8.4
PDS Vista
Duplicate Candidate Prevention
BambooHR
8.1
PDS Vista
1.9
Applicant Tracking
BambooHR
8.2
PDS Vista
2.3
Notifications and Alerts
BambooHR
8.7
PDS Vista
2.0

Pros

BambooHR

  • Helps us prepare our payroll on time and do so in an error-free manner.
  • Implements ATS in our organization and this is crucial in growing our talented workforce.
  • It's stable, and all organizations from small to mid-sized are able to use it efficiently.
Martin Oliver | 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

BambooHR

  • Some edge cases aren't as fleshed out. For example, asset inventory management isn't something BambooHR can really excel at currently.
  • Something akin to Google Forms but with the privacy protections of being already in the HRIS would be great for collecting anonymized responses.
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

BambooHR

BambooHR 10.0
Based on 2 answers
We have tried other software in the last year and have not found it to be comparable to Bamboo HR especially in relation to the HR functionalities such as workflows, onboarding, automation, user-friendly experience, innovation, timekeeping, and ability to integrate with other 3rd party Payroll processing software. In addition, the employee ease of access and navigation of the platform makes this software crucial within our current culture of multi-site and remote work environments.
Kendra Zondervan | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

BambooHR

BambooHR 9.3
Based on 3 answers
Does not have many problems and this ensures all of users are able to use it reliably. There is a free demo available to illustrate the accurate usage of the platform and even customer support. All of these help in improving the usability of the platform and ensure that all users are comfortable with the platform.
Chris Edwards | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

Reliability and Availability

BambooHR

BambooHR 10.0
Based on 1 answer
Yes, there is a huge team in the back of the online platform or it looks like it because I have never been left without an answer when I have a question or waiting from a response on my chat .... There must be a huge team, this is so great and I always seem to have someone that is very knowledgeable too. So many times in the past I had to leave with customer service that would connect you with someone else because of the expertise, here everyone seems to be some kind of an expert in the HR function.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

PDS Vista

PDS Vista 9.5
Based on 4 answers
No answer on this topic is available.

Performance

BambooHR

BambooHR 9.0
Based on 1 answer
I love BambooHR. Reports are easy to run and download and it usually covers any types of requests I get from the management team. You get excel or .csv downloads/reports and it is fast and simple, not too crowded so it is easy to read through. We don't integrate the tool yet but again, soon we will. we just did not had the time to utilize it yet but that's the plan.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

PDS Vista

PDS Vista 10.0
Based on 2 answers
No answer on this topic is available.

Support Rating

BambooHR

BambooHR 8.4
Based on 28 answers
Support is effective and responsive. During our time with BambooHR we did not experience many issues, but initial support on setup was helpful and allowed for a quick turnaround on getting started. Since then, few needs have arisen for contacting support, but I would not hesitate to do so and would recommend BambooHR based on the quality of their support team.
Matt LeMaire, B.A., M.A. | 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

BambooHR

BambooHR 10.0
Based on 1 answer
The online training team is great. Theis is so well done! very user friendly, very nice to go through. Then you get all those exemples and questions to test you and make sure you understand the training as we go along. This is a great asset from the tool, I don't think I have ever been left without understanding because there is help and additional resources to understand or extra windows that explain terms or answer Q&A.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

BambooHR

BambooHR 10.0
Based on 2 answers
it was very easy to sign up, quick and we could use the site very quickly as well.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

BambooHR

I would say they both have a lot of strengths for sure. Workday manages data on a mass scale a little bit better in my opinion, but Bamboo HR is more user friendly and pleasing to the eyes
Hayden Anderson | 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

Scalability

BambooHR

BambooHR 10.0
Based on 1 answer
There is so much you can do with this platform, it is incredible and so welcoming. We don't utilize it 100% yet just because we are growing and the HR team has not been able to concentrate on other areas offered to us but but we will soon. Which is also why we got the product, specifically because what BambooHR can do to help us meet our growing business needs.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

PDS Vista

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Return on Investment

BambooHR

  • There has been an excellent rate of profitability in our work season, especially thanks to the optimization of our operations through BambooHR.
  • Currently estimated gains appear to be 500%, which leaves our ROI at 4, demonstrating that the platform has a high return on investment.
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

BambooHR

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional
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PDS Vista

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

BambooHR
8.8
PDS Vista
8.0

Likelihood to Renew

BambooHR
10.0
PDS Vista
9.1

Usability

BambooHR
9.3
PDS Vista
8.2

Reliability and Availability

BambooHR
10.0
PDS Vista
9.5

Performance

BambooHR
9.0
PDS Vista
10.0

Support Rating

BambooHR
8.4
PDS Vista
8.2

Online Training

BambooHR
10.0
PDS Vista
10.0

Implementation Rating

BambooHR
10.0
PDS Vista
7.3

Scalability

BambooHR
10.0
PDS Vista

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