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Feature Set Ratings

  • BambooHR ranks higher in 10 feature sets: Human Resource Management, Payroll Management, Leave and Attendance Management, Employee Self Service, Asset Management, Onboarding, Performance and Goals, Performance Management, Succession Planning, Recruiting / ATS
  • PDS Vista ranks higher in 1 feature set: HR Reporting

Human Resource Management

8.3

BambooHR

83%
7.7

PDS Vista

77%
BambooHR ranks higher in 5/7 features

Employee demographic data

8.3
83%
62 Ratings
9.0
90%
17 Ratings

Employment history

9.0
90%
68 Ratings
9.0
90%
18 Ratings

Job profiles and administration

8.7
87%
68 Ratings
9.0
90%
14 Ratings

Workflow for transfers, promotions, pay raises, etc.

8.3
83%
61 Ratings
7.0
70%
12 Ratings

Organizational charting

8.0
80%
66 Ratings
7.0
70%
13 Ratings

Organization and location management

8.3
83%
61 Ratings
7.0
70%
16 Ratings

Compliance data (COBRA, OSHA, etc.)

7.5
75%
40 Ratings
6.0
60%
11 Ratings

Payroll Management

8.4

BambooHR

84%
8.0

PDS Vista

80%
BambooHR ranks higher in 6/7 features

Pay calculation

8.3
83%
35 Ratings
8.2
82%
16 Ratings

Support for external payroll vendors

8.1
81%
30 Ratings
7.3
73%
9 Ratings

Off-cycle/On-Demand payment

8.6
86%
15 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Benefit plan administration

7.9
79%
41 Ratings
8.2
82%
16 Ratings

Direct deposit files

8.4
84%
41 Ratings
8.2
82%
17 Ratings

Salary revision and increment management

8.6
86%
42 Ratings
8.2
82%
13 Ratings

Reimbursement management

8.8
88%
22 Ratings
8.2
82%
5 Ratings

Leave and Attendance Management

9.1

BambooHR

91%
8.2

PDS Vista

82%
BambooHR ranks higher in 3/3 features

Approval workflow

9.4
94%
67 Ratings
8.2
82%
7 Ratings

Balance details

9.1
91%
59 Ratings
8.2
82%
13 Ratings

Annual carry-forward and encashment

8.6
86%
52 Ratings
8.2
82%
12 Ratings

Employee Self Service

8.6

BambooHR

86%
7.1

PDS Vista

71%
BambooHR ranks higher in 5/5 features

View and generate pay and benefit information

9.0
90%
47 Ratings
8.2
82%
16 Ratings

Update personal information

9.0
90%
74 Ratings
7.3
73%
14 Ratings

View company policy documentation

8.7
87%
60 Ratings
7.3
73%
8 Ratings

Employee recognition

7.2
72%
52 Ratings
7.2
72%
5 Ratings

View job history

9.2
92%
69 Ratings
5.8
58%
4 Ratings

Asset Management

8.4

BambooHR

84%
7.3

PDS Vista

73%
BambooHR ranks higher in 1/1 features

Tracking of all physical assets

8.4
84%
32 Ratings
7.3
73%
7 Ratings

HR Reporting

7.6

BambooHR

76%
8.0

PDS Vista

80%
PDS Vista ranks higher in 3/3 features

Report builder

7.7
77%
53 Ratings
8.0
80%
14 Ratings

Pre-built reports

7.9
79%
52 Ratings
8.0
80%
16 Ratings

Ability to combine HR data with external data

7.3
73%
44 Ratings
8.0
80%
13 Ratings

Onboarding

8.1

BambooHR

81%
7.3

PDS Vista

73%
BambooHR ranks higher in 2/2 features

New hire portal

8.2
82%
55 Ratings
7.3
73%
1 Rating

Manager tracking tools

8.0
80%
53 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Performance and Goals

8.1

BambooHR

81%
5.8

PDS Vista

58%
BambooHR ranks higher in 4/4 features

Corporate goal setting

8.1
81%
33 Ratings
5.5
55%
2 Ratings

Individual goal setting

8.5
85%
38 Ratings
5.5
55%
2 Ratings

Line-of sight-visibility

8.1
81%
29 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Performance tracking

7.8
78%
34 Ratings
6.4
64%
2 Ratings

Performance Management

8.0

BambooHR

80%
7.3

PDS Vista

73%
BambooHR ranks higher in 5/5 features

Performance plans

7.9
79%
39 Ratings
7.3
73%
2 Ratings

Performance improvement plans

8.1
81%
38 Ratings
7.3
73%
1 Rating

Review status tracking

7.8
78%
39 Ratings
7.3
73%
2 Ratings

Review reminders

8.4
84%
41 Ratings
7.2
72%
3 Ratings

Multiple review frequency

7.9
79%
36 Ratings
7.3
73%
2 Ratings

Succession Planning

7.8

BambooHR

78%
3.6

PDS Vista

36%
BambooHR ranks higher in 4/4 features

Create succession plans/pools

7.8
78%
23 Ratings
3.6
36%
1 Rating

Candidate ranking

7.9
79%
27 Ratings
3.6
36%
1 Rating

Candidate search

7.8
78%
27 Ratings
3.6
36%
1 Rating

Candidate development

7.9
79%
24 Ratings
3.6
36%
1 Rating

Recruiting / ATS

8.1

BambooHR

81%
2.5

PDS Vista

25%
BambooHR ranks higher in 7/7 features

Job Requisition Management

8.0
80%
32 Ratings
3.1
31%
3 Ratings

Company Website Posting

8.3
83%
36 Ratings
3.1
31%
3 Ratings

Publish to Social Media

7.6
76%
33 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Job Search Site Posting

8.4
84%
33 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Duplicate Candidate Prevention

7.4
74%
29 Ratings
1.9
19%
2 Ratings

Applicant Tracking

8.2
82%
40 Ratings
2.3
23%
3 Ratings

Notifications and Alerts

8.7
87%
42 Ratings
2.0
20%
2 Ratings

Attribute Ratings

  • BambooHR is rated higher in 7 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Likelihood to Renew, Usability, Availability, Support Rating, Online Training, Implementation Rating
  • PDS Vista is rated higher in 1 area: Performance

Likelihood to Recommend

8.9

BambooHR

89%
80 Ratings
8.0

PDS Vista

80%
23 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

10.0

BambooHR

100%
3 Ratings
9.1

PDS Vista

91%
7 Ratings

Usability

9.1

BambooHR

91%
3 Ratings
8.2

PDS Vista

82%
2 Ratings

Availability

10.0

BambooHR

100%
1 Rating
9.5

PDS Vista

95%
4 Ratings

Performance

9.0

BambooHR

90%
1 Rating
10.0

PDS Vista

100%
2 Ratings

Support Rating

8.4

BambooHR

84%
26 Ratings
8.2

PDS Vista

82%
6 Ratings

Online Training

10.0

BambooHR

100%
1 Rating
9.0

PDS Vista

90%
2 Ratings

Implementation Rating

10.0

BambooHR

100%
2 Ratings
7.3

PDS Vista

73%
2 Ratings

Product Scalability

10.0

BambooHR

100%
1 Rating

PDS Vista

N/A
0 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

BambooHR

Overall BambooHr has excelled in satisfying our needs. It performs well as a one-stop-shop for HR challenges. It has benefitted us as an excellent repository for personnel information both in processing prospective and new hires, as well as existing employees. It provides a fairly simple, but [the] straightforward system for managing and using time off. Some areas do need some work, however. There is no ability to set up a default set of time-off types/accruals for a new hire, which means this has to be done manually for each new employee. This creates a lot of opportunities for human error. It also has a very opaque and unhelpful API when it comes to the management of the time data; Whereas the rest of the API is exceptional. Lastly, the ability to request time off only allows for a flat number of hours in a day; it doesn't allow the employee to request specific times. As a result, we rely on the employee and manager to communicate the time successfully in the notes field. There is a big difference between arriving 1 hour late, leaving 1 hour early, and stepping out for an extended lunch.
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Personnel Data Systems (PDS)

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
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Pros

BambooHR

  • BambooHR has a top-notch electronic onboarding process. It is fully customizable and works very well with applicants of all technological capabilities. Onboarding allows you to add every step the new employee and the business partners must complete through timed, dated, notifications, digital documents, e-signatures, and a back-end administrative ability to follow up.
  • BambooHR has good applicant tracking system. They currently integrate with indeed and ZipRecruiter. However, it is easy to create links for other platforms with the ability to distinguish where you are getting recruiting traction. In addition the ability to rate, and communicate about an applicant is confidential between the hiring managers and HR. Also, there is an easy way to create a candidate pool of eligible candidates for later passive recruiting, that is called Talent Pools.
  • BambooHR has a unique feature called Announcements. This function allows various announcements to go out via email, through the application, or a combination of both to directed target audiences or the entire company.
  • BambooHR also sends out announcements (customizable) on every new hire. This allows folks to see who is starting and learn a bit about them before they meet them.
  • BambooHR has a great function for tracking time by the task or job. This is great for tracking productivity gaps for administrative positions or job costing for positions that have billable hours.
  • BambooHR also has easy to organize digital documents. You can easily upload documents via drop and drag. Documents can be added to folders and then downloaded later if an employee terminates.
  • Goal in performance management are very good, they follow the SMART methodology but there is no way to attach them to a performance review. They do allow the employee to adjust using a slide bar and you can attach people to a goal. In addition it notifies the supervisor but you cannot shut off notifications.
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Personnel Data Systems (PDS)

  • 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.
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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.
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Personnel Data Systems (PDS)

  • 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.
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Pricing Details

BambooHR

Starting Price

$59 per month

Editions & Modules

BambooHR editions and modules pricing
EditionModules
12 Employees$991

Footnotes

  1. per month

Offerings

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services

Entry-level set up fee?

Optional Call for Quote

Additional Details

After 12 employees, each additional employee is $8.25 each. To run payroll for employees is an additional $75 a month for $10 employees, with each additional employee being $4.25. Adding performance management is $4.25 a month and tracking features are $3.00 a month.

PDS Vista

Starting Price

Editions & Modules

PDS Vista editions and modules pricing
EditionModules

Footnotes

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    License pricing is based on the number of full and part-time active employees within bands (e.g. 751-1,000). SaaS pricing is based on PEPM.

    Likelihood to Renew

    BambooHR

    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.
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    Personnel Data Systems (PDS)

    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.
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    Usability

    BambooHR

    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.
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    Personnel Data Systems (PDS)

    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.
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    Reliability and Availability

    BambooHR

    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.
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    Personnel Data Systems (PDS)

    No answers on this topic

    Performance

    BambooHR

    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.
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    Personnel Data Systems (PDS)

    No answers on this topic

    Support Rating

    BambooHR

    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.
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    Personnel Data Systems (PDS)

    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
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    Online Training

    BambooHR

    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.
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    Personnel Data Systems (PDS)

    The resources and online tools that PDS provide are extremely thorough and helpful in our training and learning.
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    Implementation Rating

    BambooHR

    it was very easy to sign up, quick and we could use the site very quickly as well.
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    Personnel Data Systems (PDS)

    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.
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    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
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    Personnel Data Systems (PDS)

    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.
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    Scalability

    BambooHR

    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.
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    Personnel Data Systems (PDS)

    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.
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    Personnel Data Systems (PDS)

    • 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.
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