Buddy Punch vs. syncHR

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Buddy Punch
Score 6.8 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
syncHR
Score 6.0 out of 10
Mid-Size Companies (51-1,000 employees)
SyncHR headquartered in Oakland, California offers their eponymous platform for HR management, benefits and payroll.N/A
Pricing
Buddy PunchsyncHR
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
syncHR v5.9
Varies
Per User per Month
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Buddy PunchsyncHR
Free Trial
YesNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeRequired
Additional DetailsWe offer three plans, each with a monthly or annual payment option. Each plan has a per user price and a base fee of $19. There are no startup, cancellation, support, or additional fees of any kind.SyncHR charges a one-time implementation fee plus a PEPM fee. All charges are based on employer size and complexity.
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Features
Buddy PunchsyncHR
Human Resource Management
Comparison of Human Resource Management features of Product A and Product B
Buddy Punch
-
Ratings
syncHR
9.4
1 Ratings
18% above category average
Employee demographic data00 Ratings9.01 Ratings
Employment history00 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Job profiles and administration00 Ratings9.01 Ratings
Workflow for transfers, promotions, pay raises, etc.00 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Organizational charting00 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Organization and location management00 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Compliance data (COBRA, OSHA, etc.)00 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Payroll Management
Comparison of Payroll Management features of Product A and Product B
Buddy Punch
-
Ratings
syncHR
9.4
1 Ratings
16% above category average
Pay calculation00 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Benefit plan administration00 Ratings9.01 Ratings
Direct deposit files00 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Salary revision and increment management00 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Reimbursement management00 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Leave and Attendance Management
Comparison of Leave and Attendance Management features of Product A and Product B
Buddy Punch
-
Ratings
syncHR
9.0
1 Ratings
10% above category average
Approval workflow00 Ratings9.01 Ratings
Balance details00 Ratings9.01 Ratings
Annual carry-forward and encashment00 Ratings9.01 Ratings
Employee Self Service
Comparison of Employee Self Service features of Product A and Product B
Buddy Punch
-
Ratings
syncHR
9.2
1 Ratings
12% above category average
View and generate pay and benefit information00 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Update personal information00 Ratings10.01 Ratings
View company policy documentation00 Ratings9.01 Ratings
Employee recognition00 Ratings8.01 Ratings
View job history00 Ratings9.01 Ratings
Asset Management
Comparison of Asset Management features of Product A and Product B
Buddy Punch
-
Ratings
syncHR
10.0
1 Ratings
25% above category average
Tracking of all physical assets00 Ratings10.01 Ratings
HR Reporting
Comparison of HR Reporting features of Product A and Product B
Buddy Punch
-
Ratings
syncHR
10.0
1 Ratings
27% above category average
Report builder00 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Pre-built reports00 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Ability to combine HR data with external data00 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Onboarding
Comparison of Onboarding features of Product A and Product B
Buddy Punch
-
Ratings
syncHR
10.0
1 Ratings
22% above category average
New hire portal00 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Manager tracking tools00 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Performance and Goals
Comparison of Performance and Goals features of Product A and Product B
Buddy Punch
-
Ratings
syncHR
9.0
1 Ratings
9% above category average
Corporate goal setting00 Ratings9.01 Ratings
Individual goal setting00 Ratings9.01 Ratings
Line-of sight-visibility00 Ratings9.01 Ratings
Performance tracking00 Ratings9.01 Ratings
Performance Management
Comparison of Performance Management features of Product A and Product B
Buddy Punch
-
Ratings
syncHR
8.4
1 Ratings
5% above category average
Performance plans00 Ratings9.01 Ratings
Performance improvement plans00 Ratings9.01 Ratings
Review status tracking00 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Review reminders00 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Multiple review frequency00 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Recruiting / ATS
Comparison of Recruiting / ATS features of Product A and Product B
Buddy Punch
-
Ratings
syncHR
8.9
1 Ratings
13% above category average
Job Requisition Management00 Ratings9.01 Ratings
Company Website Posting00 Ratings9.01 Ratings
Publish to Social Media00 Ratings9.01 Ratings
Job Search Site Posting00 Ratings9.01 Ratings
Duplicate Candidate Prevention00 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Applicant Tracking00 Ratings9.01 Ratings
Notifications and Alerts00 Ratings9.01 Ratings
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User Ratings
Buddy PunchsyncHR
Likelihood to Recommend
9.0
(21 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
Usability
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
Online Training
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Implementation Rating
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
Buddy PunchsyncHR
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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SyncHR
syncHR is designed for mid to large size companies, typically 200-2000 employees. Any organization that has a strong reporting need and/or a complicated payroll process could benefit from the unique features built into the platform
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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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SyncHR
  • Automated retroactive change processing and mid-period rate changes – completely automated with no manual intervention needed - If you ever need to give someone a merit increase and make it retroactive or if an employee is entitled to enroll in health benefits on their first day employment but has 30 days to enroll, syncHR will automatically handles these retro changes.
  • A single application designed from the ground up that gives equal weight to HR, payroll, and benefit functions - syncHR is designed as a true unified solution with no back-end mainframes or separate front-ends vs backends. Everything is processed real-time in the cloud which has eliminated all discrepancies.
  • Customer Service - syncHR provides a designated account manager as your single point of contact. Since the The StaffWell Group is a 24/7 business, I needed a company that was available when I needed them. syncHR delivered with 24/7 emergency support.
  • Event-driven employee self service - Other systems we have used rely on employees to make the correct choices as to what is required when completing an employee initiated transaction. With syncHR, the system always directs the employee to the next step reducing both errors and calls to our support staff. I believe this is also the reason why we had a 40% increase in the adoption of ESS.
  • Dynamic Security & Workflows - syncHR has no static pages which allows security and workflows to be updated automatically whenever a change is made. This has virtually eliminated the time and effort required from HR to manually update workflows to the correct personnel.
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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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SyncHR
  • Learning Management System- syncHR currently does not offer an LMS system. They only track and report training dates, licenses and certifications.
  • Although syncHR is a global solution it is somewhat limited to tracking employee headcount, HR documents, paperless on boarding and benefit information. There is no international payroll option like the one they provide for domestic employees. Although the system can handle multiple languages and currencies, I would like to see a global payroll option.
  • Succession Planning - syncHR provides little functionality for succession planning. The system can track budgets vs actuals, goals and ratings but does not offer a true succession planning module
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Usability
Buddy Punch
No answers on this topic
SyncHR
Overall the system is very easy to navigate but more importantly my employees find it so easy to use. The percentage of employees who now use ESS went up by 40%
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Support Rating
Buddy Punch
No answers on this topic
SyncHR
Whenever we need support our designated account manager is there to provide answers for us. If she doesn't have or know the answer, additional support is provided via a service matter expert in that field. Support hours are 24/7
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Online Training
Buddy Punch
No answers on this topic
SyncHR
Training was very well done and thorough
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Implementation Rating
Buddy Punch
No answers on this topic
SyncHR
During the first few weeks of implementation it is important to have all key members participate in meetings. Finance, HR, Payroll and Benefits should be involved from the early stages to ensure that the solution is designed to meet your specific requirements. Since syncHR personalizes their solution for each company a few wrong steps early on regarding the design we wanted caused us to spend extra time later. The more info you provide syncHR upfront the better they can take all of your rules and needs into account from day one. In our case, finance did not get involved right away and therefore some of the items that we needed for our GL needed to be re-done. SyncHR was very accommodating though as they spent extra time with us to update some of the allocations so that finance got what they needed
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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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SyncHR
As I mentioned I have used UltiPro, ADP, Ceridian as well as several others and none of them seem to offer half of the functionality and service that syncHR provides. Although we had some problems from time to time, I hold companies in high regard by how they resolve these problems. It's a comfort knowing that my HCM provider truly cares about me and my business so if for no other reason than this, I feel syncHR is far and away the best system I have used. The system works as advertised which is all I could ask for
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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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SyncHR
  • Due to complexity of our payroll, it would typically take us almost 3 full days to verify hours and perform retro changes before actually running payroll. With so many retroactive changes and manual calculations it was a time consuming and error prone process. With syncHR, the accuracy of payroll has increased tremendously and the amount of time we now spend preparing to process payroll decreased to less than 4 hours per week. All approved time seamlessly moves from the T&A module into payroll and all retro transactions are automatically processed.
  • When I initially selected syncHR I was a little hesitant because I never heard of them before and was concerned about their viability as a company and customer service. Several years later I'm happy to say that syncHR has provided better support than any of the better know competitors ever did.
  • Although no system is ever perfect, overall syncHR has exceeded most of my expectations. The sales and implementation process was wonderful, the salesperson was responsive and did not oversell what the system could do.
  • Training & Implementation - syncHR spent a considerable amount of time learning my business rules in order to build the system to meet my requirements. Training was provided on all aspects of the system until my team felt comfortable enough to handle things on their own. I never felt as though we had a set number of hours of training or that our questions, no matter how redundant or simple were a bother to them.
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ScreenShots

Buddy Punch Screenshots

Screenshot of The Administrator's DashboardScreenshot of Time Off CalendarScreenshot of Schedule View

syncHR Screenshots

Screenshot of Org ChartScreenshot of ESS PortalScreenshot of Ad-Hoc Report WriterScreenshot of Time & Attendance