Buddy Punch vs. PDS Vista

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Buddy Punch
Score 8.9 out of 10
Small Businesses (1-50 employees)
Buddy Punch is an online time tracking and scheduling application. Track time, time off, locations, and jobs. The solution aims to help punching in & out intuitive for employees & easy for users to view & export time. Employees can clock in using a browser or the Buddy Punch Google, iOS, & Android apps. Users can view who's working, their GPS position or even limit where they can punch. The solution integrates with QuickBooks, ADP, Paychex, & SurePayroll while also offering Excel exports. …
$3.49
per month per user
PDS Vista
Score 6.1 out of 10
Enterprise companies (1,001+ employees)
Vista® is a human resource, benefits, payroll, recruiting, and self-service software. Functional elements include recruitment, staffing, position and training management, compliance, and performance and compensation.N/A
Pricing
Buddy PunchPDS Vista
Editions & Modules
Time & Attendance
$3.49
per month per user
Time & Attendance + Scheduling
$4.49
per month per user
Enterprise
$9.49
per month per user
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Buddy PunchPDS Vista
Free Trial
YesNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoYes
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Features
Buddy PunchPDS Vista
Human Resource Management
Comparison of Human Resource Management features of Product A and Product B
Buddy Punch
-
Ratings
PDS Vista
7.7
18 Ratings
Employee demographic data00 Ratings9.017 Ratings
Employment history00 Ratings9.018 Ratings
Job profiles and administration00 Ratings9.014 Ratings
Workflow for transfers, promotions, pay raises, etc.00 Ratings7.012 Ratings
Organizational charting00 Ratings7.013 Ratings
Organization and location management00 Ratings7.016 Ratings
Compliance data (COBRA, OSHA, etc.)00 Ratings6.011 Ratings
Payroll Management
Comparison of Payroll Management features of Product A and Product B
Buddy Punch
-
Ratings
PDS Vista
8.0
18 Ratings
Pay calculation00 Ratings8.216 Ratings
Support for external payroll vendors00 Ratings7.39 Ratings
Benefit plan administration00 Ratings8.216 Ratings
Direct deposit files00 Ratings8.217 Ratings
Salary revision and increment management00 Ratings8.213 Ratings
Reimbursement management00 Ratings8.25 Ratings
Leave and Attendance Management
Comparison of Leave and Attendance Management features of Product A and Product B
Buddy Punch
-
Ratings
PDS Vista
8.2
13 Ratings
Approval workflow00 Ratings8.27 Ratings
Balance details00 Ratings8.213 Ratings
Annual carry-forward and encashment00 Ratings8.212 Ratings
Employee Self Service
Comparison of Employee Self Service features of Product A and Product B
Buddy Punch
-
Ratings
PDS Vista
7.1
17 Ratings
View and generate pay and benefit information00 Ratings8.216 Ratings
Update personal information00 Ratings7.314 Ratings
View company policy documentation00 Ratings7.38 Ratings
Employee recognition00 Ratings7.25 Ratings
View job history00 Ratings5.84 Ratings
Asset Management
Comparison of Asset Management features of Product A and Product B
Buddy Punch
-
Ratings
PDS Vista
7.3
7 Ratings
Tracking of all physical assets00 Ratings7.37 Ratings
HR Reporting
Comparison of HR Reporting features of Product A and Product B
Buddy Punch
-
Ratings
PDS Vista
8.0
16 Ratings
Report builder00 Ratings8.014 Ratings
Pre-built reports00 Ratings8.016 Ratings
Ability to combine HR data with external data00 Ratings8.013 Ratings
Onboarding
Comparison of Onboarding features of Product A and Product B
Buddy Punch
-
Ratings
PDS Vista
7.3
1 Ratings
New hire portal00 Ratings7.31 Ratings
Performance and Goals
Comparison of Performance and Goals features of Product A and Product B
Buddy Punch
-
Ratings
PDS Vista
5.8
2 Ratings
Corporate goal setting00 Ratings5.52 Ratings
Individual goal setting00 Ratings5.52 Ratings
Performance tracking00 Ratings6.42 Ratings
Performance Management
Comparison of Performance Management features of Product A and Product B
Buddy Punch
-
Ratings
PDS Vista
7.3
4 Ratings
Performance plans00 Ratings7.32 Ratings
Performance improvement plans00 Ratings7.31 Ratings
Review status tracking00 Ratings7.32 Ratings
Review reminders00 Ratings7.23 Ratings
Multiple review frequency00 Ratings7.32 Ratings
Succession Planning
Comparison of Succession Planning features of Product A and Product B
Buddy Punch
-
Ratings
PDS Vista
3.6
1 Ratings
Create succession plans/pools00 Ratings3.61 Ratings
Candidate ranking00 Ratings3.61 Ratings
Candidate search00 Ratings3.61 Ratings
Candidate development00 Ratings3.61 Ratings
Recruiting / ATS
Comparison of Recruiting / ATS features of Product A and Product B
Buddy Punch
-
Ratings
PDS Vista
2.5
3 Ratings
Job Requisition Management00 Ratings3.13 Ratings
Company Website Posting00 Ratings3.13 Ratings
Duplicate Candidate Prevention00 Ratings1.92 Ratings
Applicant Tracking00 Ratings2.33 Ratings
Notifications and Alerts00 Ratings2.02 Ratings
User Ratings
Buddy PunchPDS Vista
Likelihood to Recommend
8.8
(21 ratings)
8.0
(23 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
-
(0 ratings)
9.1
(7 ratings)
Usability
-
(0 ratings)
8.2
(2 ratings)
Availability
-
(0 ratings)
9.5
(4 ratings)
Performance
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(2 ratings)
Support Rating
-
(0 ratings)
8.2
(6 ratings)
Online Training
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(2 ratings)
Implementation Rating
-
(0 ratings)
7.3
(2 ratings)
User Testimonials
Buddy PunchPDS Vista
Likelihood to Recommend
Buddy Punch
I think that is very convenient as far as tracking your employees when they are punching in or out to ensure they are physically at the location they are supposed to be for that shift. I also think that the option to download this app to your personal phone is amazing, it makes it more convenient to punch in or out when you aren't near a laptop or a residence to use one. The feature of being able to attach a note with your punches explaining possible late punchers or absences is very beneficial to the employee allows show proof if needed.
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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
Buddy Punch
  • Their customer service is second to none. We have requested several changes over the years for the web interface and app; I think all the requests we've made were implemented by this point. I only wish this was the case with other companies we utilize.
  • They allow you to set different pay rates based on department which allows us to pay employees more for the skilled jobs they perform versus the more basic work they perform. This is a huge benefit to a small company as it encourages employees to strive for more skilled work and they keep moving up the ladder to become even better assets to the company.
  • The reports you can run are very thorough and work very well for us when it comes time to enter payroll.
  • Having the ability to set alerts has allowed us to cut back on unnecessary overtime as employees can get reminders prior to going over. We can also set reminders for employees to punch in/out for the ones that have a tendency to forget.
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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
Buddy Punch
  • Sometimes I need to check back to be sure I'm still punched in.
  • The indicator between punched in and out is not very indicative of if I am or not.
  • I want to total hours not just by the week but by pay periods 1-15 days, 16-end of [the] month.
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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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Likelihood to Renew
Buddy Punch
No answers on this topic
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
Buddy Punch
No answers on this topic
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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Support Rating
Buddy Punch
No answers on this topic
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
Buddy Punch
No answers on this topic
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
Buddy Punch
No answers on this topic
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
Buddy Punch
We originally scheduled and ran payroll through Homebase, but in the last few months the software became very buggy, customer service was slow and when they did respond, was not helpful. When we cancelled our account they didn't even try to make things right. We are so happy that Buddy Punch is like us--taking care of their clients and really invested in their success!
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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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Return on Investment
Buddy Punch
  • Efficiency has definitely gone up switching to Buddy Punch. Ive never quantified specific hours or time lapse it has given to my personal managerial efficiency. But it has without doubt.
  • I can see a better overview of the employees I need to be concerned with and not have to filter out others not concerning me.
  • Ease of use has decreased mental stress and angst in maneuvering employee time cards.
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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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