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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.
Nicole Segebart | 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

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

Payroll Management

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

Leave and Attendance Management

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

Employee Self Service

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

Asset Management

Buddy Punch
PDS Vista
7.3
Tracking of all physical assets
Buddy Punch
PDS Vista
7.3

HR Reporting

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

Onboarding

Buddy Punch
PDS Vista
7.3
New hire portal
Buddy Punch
PDS Vista
7.3

Performance and Goals

Buddy Punch
PDS Vista
5.8
Corporate goal setting
Buddy Punch
PDS Vista
5.5
Individual goal setting
Buddy Punch
PDS Vista
5.5
Performance tracking
Buddy Punch
PDS Vista
6.4

Performance Management

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

Succession Planning

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

Recruiting / ATS

Buddy Punch
PDS Vista
2.5
Job Requisition Management
Buddy Punch
PDS Vista
3.1
Company Website Posting
Buddy Punch
PDS Vista
3.1
Duplicate Candidate Prevention
Buddy Punch
PDS Vista
1.9
Applicant Tracking
Buddy Punch
PDS Vista
2.3
Notifications and Alerts
Buddy Punch
PDS Vista
2.0

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.
Jake Cowden | 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

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.
Thomas Carson | 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

Buddy Punch

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

Buddy Punch

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

Buddy Punch

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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

Buddy Punch

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

Buddy Punch

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

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!
Joy Jones | 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

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.
Tony Factor | 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

Buddy Punch

General

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

Starting Price

$2,599 For 4 Employees, Unlimited Administrators

Buddy Punch Editions & Modules

Edition
Time & Attendance25.991
Time & Attendance + Scheduling35.991
Enterprise45.991
  1. For 4 Employees, Unlimited Administrators
Additional Pricing Details
We offer three plans, each with a monthly or annual payment option. We offer tiers, as you have more employees you move into the next tier. It's an all-inclusive fee (not a per-user fee) and includes access to our website/mobile apps from as many locations and devices as needed. There are no startup, cancellation, support, or additional fees of any kind. There are no taxes either, so you'd only need to worry about the monthly/annual subscription price.

PDS Vista

General

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

Starting Price

PDS Vista Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing 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.

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Buddy Punch
8.8
PDS Vista
8.0

Likelihood to Renew

Buddy Punch
PDS Vista
9.1

Usability

Buddy Punch
PDS Vista
8.2

Reliability and Availability

Buddy Punch
PDS Vista
9.5

Performance

Buddy Punch
PDS Vista
10.0

Support Rating

Buddy Punch
PDS Vista
8.2

Online Training

Buddy Punch
PDS Vista
10.0

Implementation Rating

Buddy Punch
PDS Vista
7.3

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